Spring 2011 - Key
What's happening this spring season? Several Scout
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Q: Navy doesn't throw the ball anyway, but how much more will the offense be about the running game with QB Kriss Proctor running it? How big a hole is there at inside linebacker without Tyler Simmons?
From Jim Lawler, GoMids.com … During his last two season Kriss Proctor has been a very efficient and very effective option quarterback. Proctor has a 2-1 record as a starter. With his 85 career carries, he has averaged 6.2 yards a carry and scored nine touchdowns. An option quarterback since high school, Proctor understands and is comfortable with his pitch keys and reads. While not as physical as former quarterback Ricky Dobbs, Proctor runs hard and is faster than Dobbs.
The concern with Proctor revolves around his ability to throw the ball effectively. Last year, Proctor's mechanics looked better in the spring, but in his limited appearances he completed just 2-of-5 throws. No one expects him to match Ricky Dobbs' arm strength, big plays, or to challenge the Navy single season passing touchdown record Dobbs set last year, however, Proctor needs to throw well enough to keep opponents honest. The jury is still out if he can makes enough throws in the passing game.
As a base 3-4 defense Navy is heavily reliant on solid play by its linebackers. Tyler Simmons who recorded 131 stops last year was a tackling machine. The Mids now need to replace three linebackers after outside linebacker Aaron McCauley separated from the academy this spring. The good news is that the Mids have recruited well here and have some talent that did get experience last year, and now, linebacker is the team's deepest area on defense.
Matt Warrick played well when he started late in the year at inside linebacker. Seniors Max Blue and Caleb King both started inside last year.. At the outside linebacker spots seniors Jared Shannon and Mason Graham start spring at the top of the depth chart.
The biggest concern this spring is the Mids pass defense. Navy lost safety Wyatt Middleton, a captain, and one of the best defensive backs the school ever produced. Wyatt started the most games in Navy football history, recorded 317 tackles, broke up 18 passes and had five interceptions. To make the task more difficult, Navy loses its best cover corner in Kevin Edwards, and also not helping the cause is the lack of a pass rush, ranking just 98th in the country in sacks and losing sack leader Billy Yarbourgh.
Even with Middleton at rover, Navy's pass defense was simply awful last year. The Mids consistently seemed to make almost every quarterback seem like the second coming of Joe Montana. Defensive coordinator Buddy Green's bend but don't break scheme was consistently picked apart, allowing opponents to complete 68.4% of their passes while surrendering 22 touchdown passes. Senior cornerback Kwesi Mitchell is the lone returning starter, and he'll need plenty of help. In an effort to improve this glaring weakness coach Ken Niumatalolo has moved long time assistant Keith Jones from outside linebacker coach to secondary coach.
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