Miller impressive as Navy backup QB

Navy football conducted its initial intra-squad scrimmage this past Saturday morning and the most impressive performer was freshman quarterback Trey Miller. The Midshipmen entered spring camp needing to identify a backup to Kriss Proctor at that position and Miller is beginning to make the coaching staff feel more comfortable.

Miller displayed superb speed, quickness and moves in rushing for 82 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries. The Georgia native showed decent accuracy and touch in also completing 4 of 5 passes for 41 yards.

"Trey did a good job of moving the football today. He showed quick feet in getting out of some sacks and showed some moves in making some nice runs," Navy offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper said.

Miller was, in essence, Navy's fourth string quarterback last season even though the depth chart only lists three players per position. He practiced with the primary offense and thus got to watch Proctor and starter Ricky Dobbs direct the offense on a daily basis. That experience puts Miller ahead of classmate Jarvis Cummings, who served on the scout team and thus spent practices mimicking the upcoming opponent's offensive system.

"Trey was in meetings all last year so he can answer a lot of my questions. The main thing is to see him do things on the field and understand why he's doing it. He's not there yet. He'll call a play, but not know why we're doing it," Jasper said. "He needs to get to the point where he can check a play at the line of scrimmage and say ‘Coach, this is why I did that.' That's when you know that they really understand the offense."

Miller, a product of Whitfield Academy in Marietta, Ga., displayed tremendous elusiveness on Saturday morning as he repeatedly escaped sacks or potential tackles for loss by making defenders miss. The 6-foot, 191-pound Georgia native led the second team offense to two touchdowns in four drives and directed the starting offense to a field goal in two drives. Jasper said Miller still has a long way to go in terms of thoroughly understanding the team's triple-option offense and being able to identify defensive coverages well enough to check plays at the line of scrimmage.

Cummings has also shown flashes this spring as he also possesses dynamic running ability. A powerfully-built 5-foot-11, 210-pounder from Hempfield High in Lancaster, Pa., Cummings has shown an ability to juke out or run over would-be tacklers in breaking several long runs in practice. Head coach Ken Niumatalolo has liked what he's seen out of both young quarterbacks so far this spring.

"Trey and Jarvis are two young bucks that are talented, but have a long way to go. I'm encouraged by what I see out of both of them," Niumatalolo said.


Another current plebe that stood on during the Saturday morning scrimmage was wide receiver Matt Aiken, who gained 62 yards on two reverses. The 6-foot, 190-pound Virginia native flashed outstanding speed and explosiveness in bursting seams at the line of scrimmage and blowing past defenders.

Aiken is a smooth runner with some great acceleration along with the wiggle to freeze would-be tacklers and there is hope he could succeed the graduating Greg Jones as a playmaker at receiver. He played in 12 of 13 games as a freshman, serving as Navy's punt returner versus Army and San Diego State. The talented youngster caught a 61-yard pass against Wake Forest, but the play was nullified by a holding penalty. "I'm excited about Matt. He's been solid so far this spring. He's blocked well and done some good things," Niumatalolo said.


Freshman Cody Peterson was buried on the depth chart at fullback, probably ranking sixth behind Alexander Teich, Ashby Christian, Delvin Diggs, Kevin Eckel and Austin Beaty. Navy's coaching staff liked the size, toughness and aggressiveness of Peterson and didn't want to see it go to waste.

Peterson was switched to outside linebacker prior to spring camp and has already made some noise. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder has made some bone-jarring hits in practice and impressed the staff with his athleticism, aggressiveness and willingness to learn.

"Cody has made great strides. He has a chance to be a special player. He is a very physical kid who takes coaching very well," outside linebackers coach Tony Grantham said.

Gary Myers is another player trying to make the switch from offense to defense and earn a spot on the depth chart. Myers, who was Navy's punt returner for 11 games before getting injured and also saw some action as part of the wide receiver rotation, is now listed as the backup at both right cornerback and rover/safety. The 6-foot-1, 194-pound senior from San Antonio performed well in Saturday's scrimmage, ranking among the defensive leaders with five tackles. Top Stories