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Navy junior QB Malcolm Perry ran for 223 yards with three touchdowns on 19 carries in Saturday's 51-21 win over Lehigh.

As a thrower, he had two completions and an interception. But the story was Perry's excellence on the ground. He averaged 11.7 yards per carry with a long of 62. Navy as a team ripped Lehigh for 484 yards on the ground. This was Perry's third career 200-yard rushing game. Next week, Navy returns to conference play with a date at SMU.
Sep 15 - 7:13 PM

Navy junior QB Malcolm Perry ran for 166 yards with two touchdowns on 36 carries in Saturday's 22-21 win over Memphis.

The "quarterback" also threw for 22 yards. This is now back-to-back games that the option offense hasn't been very efficient. The Midshipmen averaged just 3.6 yards per carry today, but Perry still can break off big plays. Perry broke tons of Memphis tackles on the way to an exciting 19 yard touchdown in the fourth quarterback in the comeback win. Things should be easier against Lehigh next Saturday, but it was a great win despite not everything clicking today.
Sep 8 - 6:51 PM

Navy junior QB Malcolm Perry completed 1-of-3 passes for 19 yards and a touchdown and ran 17 times for a game-high 108 yards and one score on Saturday in a 59-41 loss at Hawaii.

On paper, Perry appears to have been very effective on the ground, grabbing 6.4 yards per rush, but it was mostly skewed by his 75-yard scoring run late in the second quarter. If you take out that huge play he had just 33 yards on 16 totes, or a paltry 2.1 yards per carry. When the team got down into the red zone, former QB Zach Abey was used to run the offense and he had four touchdown runs. Perry won't be asked to pass the ball very much in the triple-option attack, and he apparently will be off of red-zone duties, too, at least early on. Navy will look to rebound from its loss against Memphis next Saturday in Annapolis.
Sep 2 - 3:09 AM

Navy senior QB/WR Zach Abey misfired on his only pass attempt in Saturday's 59-41 loss at Hawaii, but he rushed five times for 17 yards and four touchdowns.

Abey moved from quarterback to wide receiver during the offseason, but he was running the offense under center in the red zone. He was very effective, too, posting his team's first score of the season on a 3-yard plunge in the second quarter. He added a pair of third-quarter TD scampers and he recorded the final score on a 2-yard TD in the fourth. It was an impressive performance by the former quarterback. He'll likely be a huge part of the red zone plan next Saturday at home against Memphis.
Sep 2 - 3:04 AM

Navy senior FB Anthony Gargiulo was named a co-captain for the 2018 season.

Gargiulo is set to be the starting fullback this season with the departure of Chris High. Gargiulo should end up producing similarly to High last season, and has actually averaged a better yards per carry than him at this point in his career. He should approach 150 carries on the run-oriented Midshipmen offense.
Aug 6 - 8:51 PM

Navy HC Ken Niumatalolo said that junior QB Malcolm Perry (foot) has "got a better feel now."

Perry (5'9/185) injured his foot back in bowl action in December. While he was able to take part in spring practices, he did so at less than full tilt. Niumatalolo indicated that the junior signal-caller has made strong progress in the interim. The coach has referred to Perry as one of the best athletes he has ever coached. While there's no questioning his upside as a runner, he's still incredibly green as a starting quarterback -- he worked as a slotback for the Mids for most of the 2017 campaign before starting two of the last three games at quarterback. Perry's not going to be tasked with throwing the ball much, of course, but the triple-option is a mentally-intensive system for the quarterback running it.
Jul 25 - 2:31 PM

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


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