Navy's system lives and dies with the effectiveness of its quarterbacks. Thankfully the Mids have two experienced signal callers returning for the 2008 season.
Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada (5-11, 195, Sr.) - Rushed for 834 yards and a team best 12 touchdowns. Also completed 55 of 98 pass attempts for 952 yards. Has an impressive 22 career rushing touchdowns, only two behind Heisman Trophy winner Joe Bellino and former Navy QB Aaron Polanco. Selected to 2007's All-Scout.com Service Academy team. (AP Photo at right by Matthew S. Gunby)
Others to watch:
Brian Blick (5-10, 185, Fr.)
Jarod Bryant (5-10, 189, Sr.) - Bryant led a fourth quarter Navy rally to beat Duke. During the 2007 season he rushed for 464 yards and completed 17 of 31 passes for 252 yards. Could also see time at slot back this season.
Ricky Dobbs (6-1, 194, So.) - Developing young quarterback who could be the heir to Kaheaku-Enhada. Was listed as Navy's third string quarterback after spring drills.
Syril Gaines (6-2, 215, Fr.)
Kriss Proctor (6-1, 160, Fr.)
Kameron Smith (6-0, 175, Fr.)
Mike Stukel (5-11, 180, Fr.)
Joe Taylor (5-11, 205, Sr.)
Greg Zingler (6-0, 192, Jr.)
Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo comments
"I feel very good about our quarterback situation .... Kaipo has been consistent for us the last two years and I am expecting a big year out of him. We are very comfortable with Jarod in the game at quarterback as well, they both bring different things to the table. Ricky is a guy that is probably a year away, but we think he has a chance to do some good things in the future."
Navy quarterbacks power rating (1-10): 9.1