Defense Dominates Second Scrimmage Of The Spring
April 17, 2010
ANNAPOLIS, Md.--The Navy defense completely dominated the offense in the second scrimmage of the spring Saturday morning at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo was so disgusted by the offense's lack of effort and execution, that he declined to speak to the media after the scrimmage.
"We got our butts kicked," said offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper. "There is nothing magical about it, we got our butts kicked. There is nothing more to say."
The defense held the offense to just two field goals on 18 possessions. The offense managed just 295 yards of total offense on 86 plays (3.4 yards per play), including a paltry 171 yards on the ground on 68 rushes (2.5 yards per carry).
"Defensively I thought we played pretty well today," said defensive coordinator Buddy Green. "We had guys running to the football and we played with some enthusiasm."
The defensive line completely dominated the offensive line with nose guards Jared Marks and Chase Burge leading the way. Marks recorded seven tackles and a tackle for a loss, while Burge had six tackles. Defensive ends Joshua Jones (five tackles and a tackle for a loss) and Neil Doogan (six tackles) also had a strong scrimmage.
Outside linebacker Collin Sturdivant led all linebackers in tackles with six stops and a tackle for a loss, while fellow outside linebackers Andrew Sharp, Jerry Hauburger and Aaron McCauley had five tackles apiece. Inside linebacker Max Blue added four tackles, while inside backer Matt Warrick had three tackles, including two tackles for a loss.
Offensively there was not a whole lot to talk about. Fullbacks Delvin Diggs (nine carries) and Kevin Eckel (six carries) and slot back David Zapata (four carries) led the rushing attack with 23 yards apiece.
The quarterbacks did have some success throwing the ball, completing 12 of their 17 attempts (Bo Snelson also had a pass attempt) for 124 yards. Kriss Proctor led the way, completing five of his eight pass attempts for 58 yards.
Zapata was the leading receiver with three catches for 46 yards, while Snelson had two catches for 23 yards.
"The defense has kicked our butts all spring," said Jasper. "Everybody on the offensive side of the ball has to do a better job. I have to do a better job of calling plays and the players have to do a better job of playing. There were no positives today on the offensive side of the football. None."
Navy will be back in action Friday night at 7:00 p.m. at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in the annual Blue-Gold spring football game. Admission is free and there is a $5 charge to park. For those fans that can't make it to the spring game, the game will be broadcast on Navy All-Access and live stats will be available on navysports.com