Navy Football Team Conducts Blue & Gold Scrimmage
Aug. 13, 2011
The Navy football team conducted its annual Blue & Gold scrimmage and barbeque on Saturday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in front of more than 3,000 of its most loyal fans.
"There was good and bad today on both sides of the football," said Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo. "There were way too many turnovers. We have to take care of the ball. We had too many penalties, which is something we are usually pretty good at, and the defense gave up too many big plays. We have to clean up some things on both sides of the ball. We have three weeks to get better."
The offense scored four touchdowns on the day against the defense, with the first team offense scoring three times and the second team offense once.
Senior quarterback Kriss Proctor ran the ball seven times for 29 yards and two touchdowns, while completing six of 13 passes for 81 yards and two interceptions.
"I thought Kriss did some good things throwing the football, but he threw a couple of passes he shouldn't have thrown and that's why we are out here today so he can learn from his mistakes," said Niumatalolo. "He just needs to play smart and play within the confines of the offense. If you don't like what you see run it and we will snap it again. I have great confidence in Kriss. A big part of his game was taken away today because you can't tackle him. That's a big part of who he is (making people miss). Kriss is going to be fine."
Senior fullbacks Alexander Teich and Delvin Diggs ripped off big runs against the first team defense. Teich carried the ball five times for 74 yards, including a 52-yard touchdown run, while Diggs had four carries for 61 yards, including a 52-yard run that set up a Proctor touchdown.
"From an offensive standpoint it was good to see the big plays, but as the head coach I'm always going to look at it the other way," said Niumatalolo. "We don't want to give up big plays. I thought the defense played solid, they just gave up some big plays."
Two other fullbacks had solid outings. Sophomore Mike Patrick, who was moved from slot back to fullback, carried the ball seven times for 36 yards, while freshman Noah Copeland had seven carries for 41 yards.
"Copeland was our best back at the prep school last year, probably our best player at the prep school," said Niumatalolo. "We are really excited about him. He is more like Teich, he's not a big bruising back like Kyle Eckel, but very shifty. We just have to get him to be a complete back now. He needs to learn how to block and he went the wrong way a couple of times. From a skill standpoint we are very excited about him."
Backup quarterback Trey Miller had an impressive day throwing the football, completing nine of his 13 pass attempts for 136 yards and one touchdown. His touchdown was a 52-yard strike down the left sideline to Bruce Andrews. Andrews finished the day with four catches for 78 yards.
"Bruce Andrews has been unbelievable," said Niumatalolo. By far, and I hope I don't jinx him, but by far the most impressive player in camp on the entire team. He has come out of nowhere. Coming into camp he really wasn't in the mix, maybe fighting for the last spot at wide receiver. "He's made play after play after play. The first couple of days I was like 'nice job Bruce,' but then he just kept making plays day after day. I'm very pleased with him."
Matt Warrick led the defense with eight tackles, while Caleb King, Shawn Lynch and Mike Huf picked off passes. King's interception was a sensational play as he made a diving pick of a Proctor pass in the flat. John Michael Nurthen and Andrew Glaize had six tackles each, with Nurthen coming up with a fumble recovery.
Navy will conduct its final two-a-day of fall camp on Monday at 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Single game and season tickets are on sale now at www.navysports.com(.)