Stalled offense starts QB debate


September 11, 2006|By Gary Lambrecht

Navy has never had a full-blown quarterback controversy under fifth-year coach Paul Johnson, but the Midshipmen (2-0) could be headed into the thick of one this week.

After Navy's 21-20 victory over Massachusetts, during which Johnson juggled senior starter Brian Hampton and sophomore backup Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada all day, only to watch both - particularly Hampton - struggle running the option and throwing the ball, Johnson was undecided about who will start at Stanford on Saturday.

Navy@Stanford Saturday 10 p.m., 1090 AM, 1050 AM, 1370 AM, 1430 AM


UP --Navy's senior-laden defense stood tall, as the Mids held UMass to six points and 80 yards in the second half. Keenan Little and DuJuan Price each had an interception, and John Chan and Rob Caldwell each had nine tackles.

DOWN -- Erase

UMass hurt itself as much as Navy damaged the Minutemen. In addition to an ill-advised halfback pass that was intercepted, two UMass touchdowns - the opening kickoff and a third-quarter, 4-yard pass - were nullified by penalties.

EVEN -- Fast forward

Stanford is 0-2, having blown a 20-point lead before losing, 35-34, at San Jose State on Saturday. Senior quarterback Trent Edwards had a career-high four touchdown passes in the loss.

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