Chaump is all smiles, spring game is all Blue

April 25, 1993|By Jerry Bembry | Jerry Bembry,Staff Writer

George Chaump smiled as he looked up at the scoreboard that told the story of the Blue team's 35-0 win over the Gold during Navy's spring football game yesterday.

"With a lopsided game like that, it's nice to know that your first team is doing the job," Chaump said. "If you don't have a score like that it means you have a lot of depth -- or you're having problems."

With only about 100 fans in the stands of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, the Navy first team had its way in a scrimmage which allowed full contact -- except on the quarterback.

Under those conditions, Navy quarterback Jim Kubiak posted impressive numbers, completing 26 of 40 passes for 272 yards an two touchdowns. Kubiak, a junior next season, missed most of last season after suffering a shoulder separation that required surgery in the season-opener against Virginia.

During spring practice Kubiak was limited to short passes as he continued to recover from surgery, and yesterday he showed a lot of precision in short- and medium-range throws.

"Kubiak has been accurate all spring," Chaump said. "Having him back makes a difference."

Kubiak had touchdown passes of 12 and 17 yards -- one to junior tight end Jamie Spaman (seven catches, 68 yards) and the other to sophomore wide receiver Deric Cotton.

At halftime, Spaman, a member of last season's plebe/JV team, was presented the 1993 William P. Mack Award given to the most improved player during spring football. In Navy's only other full-contact scrimmage of the spring, Spaman caught eight passes for 111 yards.

"He's a big kid," Chaump said of Spaman, 6 feet 6, 230 pounds, who played with the plebe/JV basketball team as a freshman. "He was recruited out of the brigade by [running back] Jason Van Matre, and you have to take a look at a big guy like that."

Another player making a comeback yesterday was Navy fullback Brad Stramanak, who rushed 15 times for 23 yards and scored on three one-yard runs. Stramanak, who scored a team-leading five touchdowns two seasons ago, missed all of last year after undergoing reconstructive surgery on his right knee last spring.

Navy got through the spring practices relatively injury-free, but two players were injured in the first quarter of yesterday's game.

Fullback Cleavon Smith suffered a bruise on his lower leg early in the game in an injury that Chaump later labeled "not serious." And later defensive back Derek Teff was removed on a stretcher after a collision with Spaman. Teff hurt his head and neck and was taken as a precaution for X-rays, which proved negative.

Navy, which returns seven starters on offense and six on defense, will open its season Sept. 11 at Virginia.

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