Injuries force Navy's Chaump to go with 3rd QB in 3 weeks

September 22, 1992|By Jerry Bembry | Jerry Bembry,Staff Writer

With injuries forcing him to go with his third quarterback in as many games, Navy coach George Chaump may start unproven Steve Seoane when the Midshipmen play host to Rutgers on Saturday.

Seoane, a 5-foot-11, 191-pound senior from Tampa, Fla., practiced with the first-team offense yesterday and may make his first career start this week.

Seoane got his first playing time in Saturday's 28-0 loss at Boston College after senior Brian Ellis left the game in the third quarter with a broken jaw. Ellis was making his first career start after sophomore Jim Kubiak suffered a dislocated shoulder in the season-opening, 53-0 loss to Virginia. Kubiak will be out another two to four weeks.

The only player on the team with college experience at quarterback is Jason Van Matre, but the junior spent the preseason at tailback. Van Matre started last season at quarterback before switching to tailback late in the season.

"If we had an open week, we'd try to get Jason ready," Chaump said. "But it's almost impossible to get a quarterback ready in the 3 1/2 days of work you have if you're playing next week."

Seoane did not play last season after having knee surgery -- his second knee operation since arriving at Navy. Seoane completed two of five passes Saturday and was intercepted twice.

"Steve Seoane is a senior and he hasn't played much, but he has a strong arm and is a heady quarterback," Chaump said. "Like Brian Ellis, he's been waiting a long time for a chance. We have to hang with our offense."

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