Navy Scrimmage Report

ANNAPOLIS, Md.-Starting quarterback Lamar Owens (Sr./Savannah, Ga.) led the first team offense on a 16-play, 70-yard drive against the first team defense on the initial series of the day to highlight Navy's scrimmage on a sweltering Saturday morning at the Naval Academy. Reggie Campbell (So./Sanford, Fla.) capped off the drive with a two-yard touchdown run off a pitch from Owens on fourth-and-goal.

The Navy offense scored five touchdowns during the two-hour scrimmage, while the defense came up with two scores off fumble recoveries.

"It was a typical first scrimmage there was some good and some bad," said Navy head football coach Paul Johnson. "I thought the first team offense moved the ball pretty good. The second team offense not so good. The first team defense did some things well at times. The offense put the ball on the ground too much."

Owens finished the scrimmage completing five of his nine pass attempts for 70 yards with one interception. He also rushed for 29 yards on 10 carries.

Junior fullback Matt Hall (Cape Coral, Fla.) continued his solid camp on Saturday with 50 yards rushing on 15 carries and two catches for 35 yards.

"Hall is clearly the best fullback, especially with Ballard (Adam) being out," said Johnson. "Eric Kettani (Kirtland, Ohio) has a chance to be a good player and so does Justin Guzman (Fullerton, Calif.), but they are freshman. He should be way ahead of them and he is. Matt has always run hard. He's a good runner. He's not real fast, but he's quick."

Several quarterbacks were given an opportunity to work with both the first and second units as the coaches continued their evaluations. Brian Hampton (Jr./Scott Air Force Base, Ill.) completed six of 13 passes for 48 yards and rushed for 29 yards and a touchdown, while Joe Taylor (Fr./Montross, Pa.) completed three of his five pass attempts for 58 yards and a touchdown. Taylor threw a beautiful 42-yard touchdown strike to Garth Davidson (Jr./Moorestown, N.J.) on the longest pass play of the day.

"Hampton is a very talented kid. He has the ability if he just focuses and does some things. He's doing better," said Johnson.

Navy's young offensive line continued to make strides, though they still have a ways to go before they are ready to play Maryland on Sept. 3.

"They weren't spectacular today. They were like everybody else. At times they did some good things and at times they didn't. I think this year's group is smarter. They don't turn as many people loose. If you don't turn guys loose you have a chance. That's the best way to kill a drive, just turn somebody loose."

The most impressive aspect of the offense may have been the young slot backs as Campbell and a pair of freshmen impressed. Campbell rushed for 21 yards and a touchdown on three carries and caught one pass for 15 yards. Karlos Whittaker (Fr./North Chicago, Ill.) carries the ball three times for 23 yards and scored on an impressive seven yard run, while John Forbes (Fr./Tampa, Fla.) ripped off a 35-yard touchdown run and finished the day with 46 yards rushing on two carries.

"The young slot backs are pretty athletic," said Johnson. "We are going to play them. Reggie Campbell is playing his ever-living tail off. He's really playing well in every aspect of the game."

Junior wide receiver Jason Tomlinson (Arlington, Texas) showed flashes of why many people consider him the best offensive player on the football team. Tomlinson caught three passes for 25 yards and carried the ball twice on reverses for 34 yards. Tyree Barnes (Fr./Hampton, Va.), who has impressed the coaches during fall camp, had one catch for 12 yards. "I think Barnes is going to be a good player. He's definitely going to play. Mick Yokitis (Sr./Pittsburg, Pa.) has had a good camp and Kyle Kimbro (So./Kyle, Texas) has been hurt, but we think he can play. Lloyd Regas (Sr./Jacksonville, Fla.) has played some. We have some guys that will block and play hard."

The defense showed they could make some plays on Saturday as they scored two touchdowns off fumble recoveries.

The first touchdown came about thanks to a spectacular play by outside linebacker David Mahoney (Jr./Fort Myers, Fla.), who dove to keep an errant Hampton pitch from going out of bounds. Mahoney batted the ball back in play where it was picked up in stride by Dorian Smith (Jr./Alexandria, Va.), who took it the rest of the way for a 35-yard touchdown. The second touchdown came when Chris Kuhar-Pitters (So. /Spokane, Wash.) picked up a fumble after a Tye Adams (Jr./Blackfoot, Idaho) sack and rumbled 20 yards for the score.

Navy's inside linebacker corps, who have big shoes to fill with the loss of Bobby McClarin and Lane Jackson, showed they have the potential to step right in and pick up where last year's group left off. Rob Caldwell (Jr./St. John, Ind.) recorded six tackles and a tackle for a loss, Jake Biles (Sr./Lorena, Texas) had five tackles and a pass break up. Joe Cylc (Jr./Claymont, Del.) was in on a scrimmage-high tying seven tackles and a tackle for loss and Irv Spencer (So./Oakwood Village, Ohio) had three tackles, a tackle for a loss and a forced fumble.

"They play hard, but none of them have really played in a game so we will have to see. There isn't anybody bestowing any pre-season awards on them."

Dujuan Price (Jr./Austin, Texas) had the only interception of the day for the defense, while junior defensive linemen John Chan (Pleasant Hill, Calif.), Andy Tattersall (Fern Park, Fla.) and Larry Cylc (Claymont, Del.) tied for a scrimmage-high seven tackles.

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