QB Miller shines in first Navy football scrimmage

August 11, 2012 | WNST Staff

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—The Navy football team conducted its first full scrimmage of fall camp on Saturday afternoon in front of approximately 3,000 fans at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

“It’s fortunate we still have three weeks to go before our first game, because we still have a ways to go,” said Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo.  “We got a lot of good work in, over 100 snaps, and we were able to evaluate a lot of players. We were substituting in a bunch of people today and that hurts your chemistry at times but today was a big evaluation day for us.

Junior quarterback Trey Miller completed 13 of his 19 pass attempts for 123 yards and one touchdown, while rushing for 32 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries to lead the offense.  His touchdown pass was a 26-yard strike to senior slot back John Howell down the middle of the field.

Freshman quarterback Keenan Reynolds completed four of his nine pass attempts for 40 yards, while sophomore quarterback John Hendrick was 1-6 for eight yards.  Reynolds rushed for just four yards on six carries, while Hendrick had 10 rushing yards on six carries.

“The quarterbacks still have a lot of work to do,” said Niumatalolo.  “Today was good for them to get used to game management.

Senior fullback Prentice Christian had 113 yards rushing on 10 carries, including a 52-yard touchdown run, while sophomore fullback Noah Copeland rushed for 68 yards on seven carries, including a 52-yard touchdown run.  Senior slot back Gee Gee Greene scored on a 10-yard run on his only carry of the day.

All told, the offense ran 107 plays (73 rushes, 34 passes) for 560 yards (389 rushing, 171 passing) and scored five touchdowns on the day (4 rushing and 1 passing).

Senior linebackers John Michael Nurthen (seven tackles, tackle for a loss and a sack) and Matt Warrick (seven tackles) led the defense, while sophomore defensive end Paul Quessenberry had six tackles, a tackle for a loss and a sack.

Senior linebacker Brye French, junior outside linebacker DJ Sargenti, junior linebacker Cody Peterson and junior nose guard Barry Dabney all had five tackles apiece, with Dabney also recording a tackle for a loss.

The Mids will conduct their final two-a-day practice on Monday at 8:00 AM and 4:00 and will then practice Tuesday-Thursday at 4:00 PM at the Naval Academy.  The team will hold a second scrimmage on Friday at 2:00 PM, but this one will be closed to the general public.