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Navy senior QB Zach Abey has moved to wide receiver.

Abey (6'2/218) posted 1,413 yards and 19 touchdowns on the ground last season while working as starting quarterback for the Midshipmen, but the emergence of Malcolm Perry -- who started in the Military Bowl and has been tabbed as the team's starter over Abey moving forward -- has Navy trying him out in a different role. This move to receiver was made following the close of spring practice. Unlike in more traditional offensive systems, wideouts in HC Ken Niumatalolo's option attack are blockers first-and-foremost, pass-catchers secondarily. The team also discussed moving Abey to fullback (he had a tryout there during the aforementioned Military Bowl), but the depth chart is loaded there and it's a more difficult transition. He's already being listed as co-starter at "X" receiver. Niumatalolo said that Abey is "excited" by the possibilities of his positional shift.
May 2 - 12:24 PM

Navy junior QB Malcolm Perry (foot) did not take part in live drills on Saturday.

While Perry was held out of live work along with a several other notable pieces (Zach Abbey and Garret Lewis among them), the 5-foot-9, 185-pounder did take part in skeleton throwing drills. He reportedly unleashed some impressive throws in that session. Expect Navy to continue to play matters relatively cautiously with Perry this spring, as he injured his foot in the Midshipmen's blowout of Virginia Military Bowl in December and is still working his way back to full health. Expectations for Perry once he's returned to the fold are sky high.
Mar 31 - 3:32 PM

Navy hired Southern Virginia HC Joe DuPaix to serve as slotbacks coach.

DuPaix has been working as head coach with Division-III Southern Virginia for the past two seasons. This new job with the Midshipmen represents his second run with the program, as he previously worked on staff at Navy from 2008-10. Said HC Ken Niumatalolo in a statement, "His experience as a head coach, his deep option background and his personal character will be a great addition to our program." DuPaix's addition to staff shifts previous SB coach Danny O'Rourke to OT coach. Previous OT coach Bryce McDonald left the program earlier this offseason, hence why Navy had the room to make a new hire.
Mar 30 - 4:49 PM

Navy HC Ken Niumatalolo's wife Barbara passes along that Jarren Jasper's recovery following his heart transplant is progressing normally.

Jasper, the 14-year-old son of Navy OC Ivin Jasper, underwent surgery for a heart transplant on Tuesday. For the time being, the younger Jasper will continue to be sedated in a sterile environment. That he made it through the first 24 hours post-surgery is a very encouraging sign. Fingers crossed.
Jan 31 - 1:43 PM

Jarren Jasper, the son of Navy OC Ivin Jasper, received a heart transplant.

The 14-year old Jasper had been waiting on the heart transplant list since the summer after he failed a physical in August due to abnormally fast heart rate. A subsequent surgery intended to alleviate that issue landed him on life support for 11 days due to complications from the procedure. He later had a left ventricular assist device installed to help pump blood through his heart while he awaited a potential transfer. His transplant surgery took place on Monday. It's still early, but the doctor who performed that surgery said that it was successful. "Words can’t begin to describe the level of happiness this brings to our family," Donna Jasper, Jarren's mother, told ESPN's Heather Dinich. "Want to send a special thank you and also send out condolences to the donor family who made this miracle possible."
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 30 - 2:30 PM

Navy HC Ken Niumatalolo told ESPN's Heather Dinich that he is withdrawing his candidacy for the open head-coaching job at Arizona.

"After much prayer and pondering, it has become crystal clear the USNA is a special place with special people and [I love it here!]. Plus I have unfinished business to finish," Niumatalolo explained to Dinich on Sunday morning. He had reportedly been in negotiation with Arizona -- and those negotiations were said to be hot and heavy -- earlier this weekend. With Niumatalolo no longer an option for the Wildcats, keep an eye on Troy HC Neal Brown and UCLA OC Jedd Fisch. Both have been linked to the job over the last week. Former Texas A&M HC Kevin Sumlin could also be in play, here.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 14 - 12:13 PM

Football Scoop reports that Arizona is negotiating with Navy HC Ken Niumatalolo to fill their open head-coaching position.

News of Niumatalolo's candidacy emerged on Friday. Despite since-deleted Twitter outcry from QB Khalil Tate -- who wrote to social media that he did not come to Arizona to run the triple option -- it looks like this one has some momentum behind it. While one of Football Scoop's sources went so far as to say that "[u]nless they mess this up, Kenny is going to Arizona," we've seen Niumatalolo turn heel on negotiations before, most recently when BYU wooed the Midshipmen head honcho two years back. For now, we'll take a wait-and-see approach to the situation, here. Niumatalolo has compiled an 84-48 record across 10 seasons at Navy.
Jan 13 - 2:26 PM

The Arizona Daily Star's Michael Lev reports that Navy HC Ken Niumatalolo is "considered one of the finalists" for the open head-coaching position at Arizona.

This would be a bold, bold move by the Wildcats. No team in the Pac-12 currently runs the option, Niumatalolo's specialty, and that kind of experiment could prove successful relatively early after he takes over simply due to the fact that conference teams have almost no experience defending it. That being said, such a move to Niumatalolo would not necessarily be a clean one -- Arizona's roster is not built for the option and while the prospect of QB Khalil Tate in such a system is tantalizing, the 6-foot-2, 208-pounder would probably need to add a little playing weight in anticipation of the pounding he would take on a regular basis. As for candidates outside Niumatalolo, Troy's Neal Brown and UCLA's Jedd Fisch have both reportedly caught the program's eye.
Jan 12 - 12:38 PM

Navy senior FB Chris High ran for 101 yards on 19 carries in a 49-7 crushing of Virginia on Thursday in the Military Bowl.

High didn't find the end zone, but that's the only negative thing you can say about the game for the fullback. Whether he was lead-blocking for quarterbacks Malcolm Perry or Zach Abey or getting the football, he was front and center of the impressive Midshipmen rushing attack. His career ends with back-to-back 500 yard seasons.
Thu, Dec 28, 2017 04:56:00 PM

Navy sophomore QB Malcolm Perry (foot) ran for 114 yards and two scores on 16 carries in a 49-7 thrashing of Virginia on Thursday in the Military Bowl.

Perry was having a monster football game before injuring his foot and leaving for most of the second half. Assuming it's not a long-term injury, Navy fans should be very excited, as the sophomore QB showed big-time upside, particularly in a 250 yard rushing game against Army. Fellow signal-caller Zach Abey is reportedly moving to fullback, which makes Perry the favorite to win the job. He could easily be a 1,500 yard rusher next year in the AAC.
Thu, Dec 28, 2017 04:53:00 PM

Navy junior QB Zach Abey ran for 88 yards and five touchdowns on 13 carries in a 49-7 victory over Virginia in the Military Bowl on Thursday.

Five rushing touchdowns is impressive no matter what, but when you consider that Abey didn't even start this game, it becomes even more spectacular. Abey and the Midshipmen simply had no trouble gashing the Cavalier defense, who couldn't tackle and couldn't stay disciplined against the option offense. There are rumors that Abey will be moving to fullback next year, but wherever he plays, he's strong enough with enough quickness to put up big numbers in the rushing attack.
Thu, Dec 28, 2017 04:51:00 PM

Navy sophomore QB Malcolm Perry (foot) is out for the rest of the Military Bowl.

Perry injured the foot on a carry, and former starting quarterback Zach Abey has taken over as signal-caller. We'll have more on the severity of the injury when it's updated, likely after the game.
Thu, Dec 28, 2017 03:47:00 PM

Navy senior WR Tyler Carmona (undisclosed) is not playing in the Military Bowl.

Carmona is Navy's leading wideout with 14 catches for 381 yards with four scores. While the Midshipmen don't throw the football much, it's still a loss, particularly if the game is close and Navy needs to throw the football late in the game. He's also one of their better blockers on the outside.
Thu, Dec 28, 2017 01:46:00 PM

The Capital Gazette's Bill Wagner passes along that "[e]arly speculation" has Navy junior QB Zach Abey shifting over to fullback this coming offseason so that "his talents are not wasted."

"Abey did most of his damage between the tackles, routinely running over defenders or breaking tackles," Wagner writes. It should be a relatively easy positional shift for the junior given his running style. This season, the 6-foot-2, 218-pounder has rushed for 1,325 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Sun, Dec 24, 2017 03:15:00 PM

Navy HC Ken Niumatalolo said that sophomore SB/QB Malcolm Perry will likely serve as the team's starting quarterback in 2018.

"Probably. We’ll see. I haven’t really thought that far ahead. It’s kind of fresh off this game," Niumatalolo said following Navy's loss to Army earlier this month. He later added, "He’s a talented kid and I’m excited for the future." Perry, who was used mostly as a slotback this year, started two of the final three games at quarterback for the campaign. In those contests, the 5-foot-9, 185-pound sophomore rushed for a combined 532 yards and five touchdowns. He's already been tabbed as the starting quarterback for the team's military Bowl showdown with Virginia on Dec. 28.
Sun, Dec 24, 2017 03:07:00 PM


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