Concussion could bench Navy's Dobbs vs. Central Michigan

Navy quarterback was hurt in win over East Carolina

November 11, 2010|By From Sun staff and news services

Navy quarterback Ricky Dobbs hasn't practiced this week, leaving the senior's availability for Saturday's game against Central Michigan in doubt one week after he reportedly suffered a minor concussion resulting from a light blow to the head early in a 76-35 victory over East Carolina.

Dobbs played into the fourth quarter against the Pirates, rushing for 100 yards and one touchdown and passing for 75yards and two touchdowns, before yielding to backup Kriss Proctor, who would start if the coaching staff decides to hold out the academy's all-time leader in touchdowns.

"We're probably leaning a little more toward Proctor," coach Ken Niumatalolo said. "We'll kind of see. At this point I'm thinking if [Dobbs] does play, it might be in a reserve role."

Dobbs has started every game this season despite having suffered an ankle injury in the season opener against Maryland. He has played in 15 consecutive games dating back to last season, when he sat out against Wake Forest on Oct. 24 because of a cracked right kneecap. Dobbs then played in extremely limited capacity the following week against Temple. Proctor was the starter in both of those games.

Against East Carolina, Proctor rushed for 78 yards and two touchdowns in relief of Dobbs. Proctor also spelled Dobbs against Louisiana Tech this season, rushing for 24 yards and a touchdown on six carries in a 37-23 victory in Ruston, La.

"Nothing changes," said Proctor, who took snaps with the first-team offense while Dobbs was on the mend. "Come out here and work hard, no matter what. That's kind of my motto. That's our team motto."

Gene Wang, The Washington Post

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He was joined on the All-CIAA first team by Saint Augustine's senior offensive lineman Justin Wells (Poly). The second team included two senior defensive backs from Bowie State, Terence Peete Jr. and Sterling Grant-Jones (Edmondson).

Men's basketball: Towson signed 6-foot point guard Kris Walden of Henrico High in Richmond, Va., to a letter of intent. Walden is averaging 11.2 points per game going into his senior year. The Warriors are 33-19 with him in the lineup. …

Mount St. Mary's signed 6-10 center Taylor Danaher of Fredericksburg (Va.) Christian School to a letter of intent. Danaher averaged 24 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks per game as a junior while playing in the Central Virginia Home-school Athletic Association. …

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Men's soccer: Loyola senior forward Phil Bannister and sophomore defender Gerwyn Jones were named to the All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference first team. Senior midfielders Eddie Dines and Glenn Leitch made the second team, and freshman defender Jamie Libby and freshman forward Stephen Dooley were selected to the rookie team. …

Towson senior midfielder Marco Mangione (Calvert Hall) was named to the All-Colonial Athletic Association first team. Tigers freshman forward Olakunle Banjo made the second team and rookie team. …

Mount St. Mary's junior forward Chris Wheeler and senior midfielder Eric Detzel were named to the All-Northeast Conference first team. …

Navy senior Alex Foskett and junior Sam Miller made the All-Patriot League academic team.

Field hockey: Cornell freshman forward Hannah Balleza (Severna Park) was named Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Year, the first Big Red player to earn the distinction since 1994. …

Johns Hopkins senior midfielder Ariana Branchini, junior defender Amy Wharton and junior goalie Kim Stein were named to the All-Centennial Conference first team. Blue Jays junior forward Carly Bianco and McDaniel senior defender Stephanie Hammond (Hereford) made the second team. …

Three players from Salisbury, ranked seventh in Division III, were named to the All-Capital Athletic Conference first team: senior midfielder Kandice Hancock, junior back Tara McGovern and sophomore forward Erica Henderson. The first team also included St. Mary's sophomore forward Lauriann Parker (Glenelg), St.Mary's sophomore midfielder Natalie Hackstaff, St. Mary's senior back Allie Skiest (Seton Keough) and Stevenson junior goalie Kara Zimmerman (Arundel). The second team included four players from Salisbury — junior forward Caitlin Walker (Fallston), senior midfielder Katie Fost, senior back Ashley Kisner and junior goalie Anna Cooke — and Stevenson senior back Natalie DiPaolo (Perry Hall).

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