ANNAPOLIS -- It was a simple Blue-Gold game that meant little to the few fans who bothered to attend. But for Navy coach George Chaump, at least the spring practice ended with the knowledge that his offense next season will be in good hands.
Those hands belong to Jim Kubiak, who in his first spring practice completed 18 of 28 passes for 316 yards, as the Blue team defeated the Gold squad, 33-7, at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
Sure Kubiak, who'll be a sophomore, played most of the game with the protection of a red jersey that made him untouchable to the Gold defense. But next season's projected starter displayed accuracy, power and poise during his two-touchdown performance.
"Kubiak's going to be a real good quarterback," said Chaump, who will enter his third season at Navy with the balanced offense for which he has yearned. "He's a real threat throwing the football."
And Chaump may have found an additional threat in receiver Michael Jefferson. At 5 feet 7, 170 pounds, Jefferson caught just one pass as a plebe this past season, but he had seven catches yesterday for 165 yards and two touchdowns -- the longest an 81-yard catch from Kubiak in the first half.
"Michael's got great speed," said Chaump said. "He can get deep. Even though he's a small target he can catch the ball."
Overall, it was a conservative effort by the Midshipmen, who showed little of the flash and none of the trick plays that Chaump is known for in games.
"We didn't want to show everything," said Chaump, adding that scouts for Navy's 1992 opponents were in the crowd. "But I was satisfied. We just wanted to have fun and play everybody. Our players really gave a great effort this spring."
Navy will open the 1992 season on Sept. 12 at home against Virginia.