Kaheaku-Enhanda likes the ball in his hands

He played every skill position in high school. Quarterback. Running back. Wide receiver. Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhanda even returned punts and kickoffs at Kapolei High School in Hawaii. "I like to have have the ball in my hands and I feel that's a good thing for me," Kaheaku-Enhanda says.

Kaheaku-Enhanda has had the ball a lot during Navy practices this spring. Even better, he's seeing action at his favorite position: Quarterback.

Kaheaku-Enhanda, a freshman, is running second-string behind projected starter Brian Hampton. That's a minor coup, considering Kaheaku-Enhanda entered camp lumped in with a handful of quarterbacks behind Hampton.

"I know Brian is No. 1," Kaheaku-Enhanda says. But he could be Navy's quarterback of the future. Kaheaku-Enhanda has the skills and the pedigree.

He runs a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash and is so athletic that Navy coach Paul Johnson played him at wide receiver last fall just to get him on the field. Johnson and Kaheaku-Enhanda had an agreement that he would eventually get a shot at playing quarterback for the Midshipmen.

Kaheaku-Enhanda seems like he could be a perfect fit if he keeps developing. He ran the same triple-option offense that Johnson employs at Kapolei. That makes a lot of sense.

Kaheaku-Enhanda's high school coach, Michael Carter, developed as a quarterback under Johnson at Hawaii. Johnson served as offensive coordinator for the Rainbows from (1987-94) and ran the same option attack.

"The speed of the game is just so much different on the college level," says Kaheaku-Enhanda, who is 5-foot-11, 175 pounds. "But running it in high school has helped me so much. I like to run hard and when you run hard it's hard to defend." It might seem like an odd connection geographically, but thanks to his islands roots, Johnson has developed a Hawaii to Annapolis connection. The reigning dean of service academy football coaches, Johnson still keeps in contact with several coaches, including Carter.

Kaheaku-Enhanda was an all-state selection at Kapolei, putting up crazy stats, scoring on touchdown passes, runs, catches and returns. He even spent time at safety.

But his path with the Midshipmen seems to be at quarterback. Hampton is the guy and, of course, Navy fans hope he stays healthy. But running the option is physically demanding.

If Hampton is dinged up, even for only a series, Johnson could motion to Kaheaku-Enhanda to step in. Then what happens?

We know this much about Kaheaku-Enhanda: He's confident and likes to have theball in his hands.

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