Notre Dame eyes Navy

Can you say upset? How about upset of the year? Heck, if Navy beats 11th-ranked Notre Dame in Baltimore Saturday it would serve as one of the biggest upsets in the Midshipmen's history.

Notre Dame is only a 14-point favorite, but Navy lost starting quarterback Brian Hampton for the rest of the year, after he sustained a gruesome knee injury against Rutgers on Oct. 14. Let's not forget: Notre Dame has won 42 in a row over the Midshipmen. That serves as an NCAA record. If this upset goes down, folks in Annapolis will likely be telling stories about unheralded quarterbacks. Sophomores Jarod Bryant and Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada are expected to see time at quarterback against Notre Dame (6-1).

Kaheaku-Enhada was a highly regarded player in high school in Kapolei, Hawaii. Bryant was Mr. Football in the state of Alabama in 2004. Notre Dame Charlie Weis has a scouting report on both players.

Said Weis of Bryant: "There's a guy that was a top recruit. As a matter of fact, I think Auburn offered him as a defensive back. I mean, this is not just another guy athletically. He saw a limited time in their Bowl victory and he's seen action in both the UConn and Rutgers game." Said Weis of Kaheaku-Enhada: "Now, he played in all 12 games last year, was basically on special teams as a backup wide receiver, and he's been considered one of their better athletes, so he killed it in the spring game. So this is not a guy that they're looking of having any comfort level of him being in there."

Notre Dame defeated Navy 42-21 last season in South Bend. Quarterback Brady Quinn completed 22-of-31 passes for 284 yards with three touchdowns. The Fighting Irish put away Navy with 21 unanswered points in the second quarter to take a 28-7 halftime lead.

Once again, Navy (5-2) will try to control the ball against Notre Dame. Keep the Fighting Irish off the field. If the Midshipmen can do that, they might have a fighting chance. Even Quinn admits that.

"I think it puts a lot of pressure on you as an offense because you have to be extremely efficient with your production out on the field.," he said. "Every drive counts. You've really got to make some points and put them on the board quickly, otherwise it's half time as soon as you know it and it's the end of the fourth quarter. It's scary when you look at a team that's able to possess the ball for such a long amount of time and really take the ball out of your hands."


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