Blue-Gold Game Wraps Up 2011 Spring Season

The Blue defeated the Gold, 7-6, on a chilly Friday night in Annapolis.

If you like defense, you'd have loved the 2011 Navy spring football game.

The Blue and the Gold offenses combined for just 306 yards of total offense – only an average of 2.7 yards per play – as the Blue eked out a 7-6 win on Friday, April 22, 2011. The difference was a missed Brynmor Hughes extra point in the 3rd quarter.

"I thought the defenses on both sides played great," said senior linebacker Caleb King. "We're a real close-knit group and have been pushing each other to get better. I knew the Gold defense would play well because those young guys have done that all spring."

Game-time temperature a chilly 46 degrees and rain throughout the game combined with no-hit rules on the quarterbacks made for a choppy offensive game. Neither team could generate anything in the first half, combining for six punts, three missed field goals, two turnovers and two drives ending in downs.

"Not being able to get tackled limited my abilities somewhat," said senior quarterback Kriss Proctor. "I'd get leverage on someone and then hear the whistle."

"We tried to be simple because of the weather," said Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo. "But you know, it's going to be cold when we play football."

"I thought the Gold team had great energy," continued Niumatalolo. "I thought the Blue team played just to get through it."

At halftime, sophomore quarterback Trey Miller was presented with the VADM Mack award as the most improved player in spring drills.

"I was definitely shocked. I didn't know anything about it. I've improved this spring but I have a long way to go," said Miller.

"It was nerve-wracking to go into the spring with no clear-cut #2 QB," said offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper. "Being live in the spring helped Trey."

When asked about incumbent first-string quarterback Kriss Proctor, Jasper said, "Kriss will make us a lot faster on offense. But he has to make that drag throw and he knows it."

The third QB in the mix, sophomore Jarvis Cummings "has a chance," said Jasper. "He's in a situation with Trey Miller similar to Proctor and (Mike) Stukel were in - two good quarterbacks's in the same class."

Navy will open the 2011 football season September 3rd, hosting Delaware.

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