Wide Receiver Situation a Big Concern
For a team which isn't known for its wide receiving prowess the Mids sure are struggling in that department right now. With starter Brandon Turner on the sidelines due to an inability to pass his physical readiness test the last thing the team needed was for anything to happen to the other starter Matt Aiken. Sure enough at the end of an innocuous 11 yard end around during the blue-gold game Aiken took a shot to the knee and had to be helped off the field.
Aiken was the second leading receiver for the Academy in 2011 and he spent the remainder of the game with his knee iced on the sideline. "I'm very concerned," Navy offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper commented. "I thought he caught it in the knee. I was hoping it was maybe a thigh contusion, but maybe it's a hyperextension. That's a good thing. Nothing really bad if he can work back from that because he's already had some knee trouble."
Part of the scrimmage was dedicated to the special teams and the Mids showed that the kickers in question have a long way to go to be called special. The five Mids candidates went 0-for-5 from 46 yards, 2-for-5 from 47 yards, 2-for-5 from 32 yards, and 5-for-5 from 27 yards. That means that of the 15 kicks from over extra point distance the Mids were a woeful 4-15 combined.
The most frustrating part of this situation for Ken Niumatalolo is that none of the candidates is showing any consistency. Stephen Picchini the junior atop the depth chart was solid on his two shorter tries but was short and blocked on the two longer attempts. Another junior, the injury prone Brynmor Hughes, hit his 47 yarder with room to spare but then hammered his 32 yard try off an upright.
The Navy coaches will be hoping that someone can transfer their practice kicking to game situations before camp winds down and the kicks start to count.
Navy Weekend Camp Notes 8/13
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