Healthy Bryant back as starter as QB door revolves

Navy Football

November 11, 2008|By Don Markus | Don Markus,don.markus@baltsun.com

Navy has stayed remarkably healthy this season, except for one important position: quarterback.

What has been a revolving door turns again Saturday, when senior Jarod Bryant will start against Notre Dame at M&T Bank Stadium after missing the team's previous game against Temple with a sprained shoulder.

"I think that week off kind of got his legs back a little bit, too," Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo said after practice yesterday in Annapolis. "He looks like he's got a little burst there. Jared was really sharp today."

Bryant said he felt "close" to 100 percent.

"Last Thursday was the first real day I practiced and I wasn't sure what was going to happen, and it felt a lot better than I thought it would," Bryant said.

With senior Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada unable to play because of a recurring hamstring injury, sophomore Ricky Dobbs will be Bryant's backup.

"We will not hesitate to put Ricky in," Niumatalolo said. "Obviously if we're doing very good offensively with Jarod, we wouldn't want to do anything to break up our chemistry, but we might need to put him [Dobbs] in there to give us a spark. After what he's done the past two weeks, we're definitely not afraid to put him in."

Because of injuries to Bryant and Kaheaku-Enhada, Dobbs came off the bench against Southern Methodist and Temple to lead Navy to victory.

New role for Weis?

In his weekly news conference Sunday, Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis said he will take a more "active" role in the team's play-calling, starting this week.

Whether that means Weis will call plays could be announced at his news conference today.

The decision whether to take those duties away from offensive coordinator Mike Haywood comes after the Fighting Irish were shut out Saturday at Boston College, 17-0.

Tickets available

A limited number of single tickets are still available for Saturday's game. They can be purchased for $60 each by calling 1-800-US4NAVY.

NAVY VS. NOTRE DAME

Saturday, noon,

M&T Bank

Stadium

TV: Chs. 13, 9

Line: Notre Dame by 3

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