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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2013
The lives and careers of Navy football coach Ken Niumatalolo and Army coach Rich Ellerson have crossed many times over nearly three decades, starting when Niumatalolo was a two-sport high school athlete outside Honolulu and Ellerson recruited him to play quarterback at Hawaii. Ellerson brought Niumatalolo and two more highly acclaimed players, Thor Salanoa and Brian Norwood, from Radford High to play for the Rainbows. Salanoa was Niumatalo's cousin and Norwood, now the associate head coach at Baylor, was one of his best friends.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2014
Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo didn't celebrate very long after his team's bowl win over Middle Tennessee State last December. The preparation - at least mentally - had already started for the 2014 season opener against Ohio State in Baltimore. "It heightens everything you do, I couldn't even enjoy our bowl game," Niumatalolo recalled Saturday. "As soon as you win the bowl game, you're thinking the next game you're playing is Ohio State, everything you do you've got to take it to the [n]
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | December 29, 2013
The Navy football team has accomplished all of its preseason goals in 2013: the Midshipmen beat both of their service academy rivals to retain the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy for the second straight year and won the requisite number of games to earn a bowl invitation for the 10th time in the past 11 seasons. With four consecutive wins, Navy (8-4) now wants to do something it hasn't done since 2009 - win a bowl game. The Midshipmen will get that opportunity when they meet Middle Tennessee State (8-4)
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By Bill Wagner and Baltimore Sun Media Group | August 2, 2014
Ken Niumatalolo recently joked that the more he watches Ohio State on film, “the scarier it gets.” The seventh-year Navy head coach was serious when he said the Buckeyes have the potential to “embarrass us.” Navy opens the season Aug. 30 at M&T Bank Stadium against the Buckeyes, who are considered a national championship contender by most experts. Ohio State went 24-2 in two seasons under head coach Urban Meyer , who has recruited a slew of high school All-Americans since arriving in Columbus three years ago. “This is the toughest opening opponent we've had in my 17 years here,” Niumatalolo said.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2013
Navy's annual spring football game has been canceled due to a scheduling conflict, coach Ken Niumatalolo said Wednesday. The game had been scheduled for April 12 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Niumatalolo said in a news release that the team will add one practice to get to the full allotment of 15 workouts allowed by the NCAA in the spring. Two of the practices -- scrimmages on March 30 and April 6, both starting at 9 a.m. at the stadium -- will be open to the general public.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2011
Navy football coach Ken Niumatalolo said Thursday that he suspended senior captain Alexander Teich after a series of incidents involving Teich's leadership role with the team. Without getting into specifics, Niumatalolo said they began during Saturday's 35-34 overtime loss to Air Force in Annapolis and spilled into the first two days of practice. Niumatalolo acknowledged that he kicked the team's leading rusher off the field midway through Tuesday's practice. He announced Wednesday that Teich would "probably" not play Saturday against Southern Mississippi at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2011
Navy co-captain Alexander Teich will "probably" not play Saturday against Southern Mississippi, Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo said after practice Wednesday in Annapolis. The senior fullback was not at practice and missed part of Tuesday's practice. Niumatalolo would not disclose the reasons that Teich was absent, but made it clear that it was not because of an injury. "There are some things that Alex needs to take care of to make sure he's conforming with who we are as a program, we'll see kind of where that goes," Niumatalolo said.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2011
Jabaree Tuani had seen enough. As another play by the scout-team offense had found another hole in Navy's first-team defense, the senior defensive end stomped around like an old-time wrestler, spit flying to punctuate his frustration. Watching from a few yards away at a practice last week, defensive coordinator Buddy Green couldn't have been prouder. "Tuani and I are on the same page. I expect him to be an extension of me," Green said. "He knows how I think, he knows what we want in the effort level and what we've got to have in intensity.
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By Camille Powell and Camille Powell,The Washington Post | October 22, 2009
Navy junior quarterback Ricky Dobbs did not practice Tuesday after undergoing a magnetic resonance imaging to determine the severity of an injured right knee. Dobbs, who leads the country in touchdowns scored (16), is considered day-to-day, and his status for Saturday's game against Wake Forest will be determined later this week, according to coach Ken Niumatalolo. Dobbs was hurt on the second play of the Midshipmen's 38-35 overtime victory at Southern Methodist on Saturday, Niumatalolo said.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2012
Navy quarterback Trey Miller was held out of practice Monday after sustaining an ankle injury in Saturday's 28-21 overtime win at Air Force. With his left foot in a boot, Miller watched as freshman Keenan Reynolds ran most of the drills in preparation of Friday's game at Central Michigan. Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo said before practice in Annapolis that the protection on Miller's foot was "a precaution" and he wouldn't know until seeing how the junior responds to treatment whether he will play this week.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | April 1, 2014
With heavy hearts and a new slogan to help remember their fallen teammate, the Navy football team returned to practice Tuesday in Annapolis. It came 10 days after freshman slotback Will McKamey collapsed from a brain injury on a nearby field and was flown by medical helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma, where he died last Tuesday night. It came the day after more than 50 midshipmen, team members and coaches, as well as athletic director Chet Gladchuk and Vice Admiral Mike Miller, the academy's superintendant, attended McKamey's funeral in Knoxville, Tenn.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | March 16, 2014
A few weeks before the 2013 football season started at Navy, Ken Niumatalolo sat in his office and talked about how it was the most talented bunch of Midshipmen he had been around as both the team's head coach and as an assistant under both Paul Johnson and Charlie Weatherbie. Going into his seventh season as head coach, Niumatalolo knows that this year's team - led by junior quarterback Keenan Reynolds - could be even better than the one that finished 9-4 last fall by sweeping its fellow service academies and topping off the season with a contentious bowl victory over Middle Tennessee State.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | December 29, 2013
The Navy football team has accomplished all of its preseason goals in 2013: the Midshipmen beat both of their service academy rivals to retain the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy for the second straight year and won the requisite number of games to earn a bowl invitation for the 10th time in the past 11 seasons. With four consecutive wins, Navy (8-4) now wants to do something it hasn't done since 2009 - win a bowl game. The Midshipmen will get that opportunity when they meet Middle Tennessee State (8-4)
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | December 14, 2013
PHILADELPHIA - Navy freshman cornerback Brendon Clements had gained plenty of on-field experience going into his first Army-Navy game, having started for much of his first year in Annapolis. Yet when Clements woke up Saturday morning at the team's hotel, he was more nervous than he had ever been for a college game. The feeling didn't go away after he went to breakfast, nor did it after he a pregame meeting. “I told some of the other players I haven't been nervous all year and I'm nervous now, and we haven't even left for the game yet,” Clements recalled a few hours later.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2013
The lives and careers of Navy football coach Ken Niumatalolo and Army coach Rich Ellerson have crossed many times over nearly three decades, starting when Niumatalolo was a two-sport high school athlete outside Honolulu and Ellerson recruited him to play quarterback at Hawaii. Ellerson brought Niumatalolo and two more highly acclaimed players, Thor Salanoa and Brian Norwood, from Radford High to play for the Rainbows. Salanoa was Niumatalo's cousin and Norwood, now the associate head coach at Baylor, was one of his best friends.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | December 9, 2013
Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo calls starting middle linebacker Cody Peterson "soft spoken. " Inside linebackers coach Steve Johns refers to the senior as "quiet. " Peterson describes himself as "introverted. " Senior wide receiver Matt Aiken paints a different picture of his teammate and co-captain. "He's got a tough-guy mentality, and he definitely brings that every day to practice," Aiken said last week. "He comes ready to play every day, just 100 percent every practice. Even yesterday, he was getting into a fight at practice with one of our younger guys.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | October 31, 2011
When Aaron Santiago fell awkwardly and broke his left arm in two places in a 40-14 win at Western Kentucky on Sept. 10, some thought the senior slotback might have played his last game for Navy. When Kriss Proctor felt his left elbow pop out of place for the second time this season two weeks ago against East Carolina, the senior quarterback looked like he was done for awhile, too. Both were at practice Monday in Annapolis and both are expected to play Saturday on Senior Day when Navy (2-6)
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | November 20, 2013
In the not-too-distant future, Navy will meet archrival Army in the latest installment of arguably college football's greatest rivalry at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field on Dec. 14. But before the Midshipmen (6-4) can begin focusing on preparing for their most contentious foe, they still have the matter of a nationally televised game Friday night at San Jose State (5-5). The two sides have met just twice, but the Spartans won both meetings, in 2011 and 2012. And they need just one more victory to become bowl-eligible.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | November 21, 2013
Buddy Green, the defensive coordinator for Navy's football team, has a steadfast policy of refraining from publicly assessing any unit of the defense until season's end. "Ask me on Dec. 31," he said when approached about the development of the pass defense. Junior free safety Parrish Gaines, however, does not share his coach's reservations. "We're getting better week by week," said Gaines, who shifted from cornerback in the team's victory over Pittsburgh on Oct. 26. "We still have guys in new positions.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | November 20, 2013
In the not-too-distant future, Navy will meet archrival Army in the latest installment of arguably college football's greatest rivalry at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field on Dec. 14. But before the Midshipmen (6-4) can begin focusing on preparing for their most contentious foe, they still have the matter of a nationally televised game Friday night at San Jose State (5-5). The two sides have met just twice, but the Spartans won both meetings, in 2011 and 2012. And they need just one more victory to become bowl-eligible.
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