Thursday, March 11, 2010
Navy makes a couple of spring depth moves
By Graham Watson
Navy football, which will begin spring practice at the end of the month, released its depth chart this week and there are a couple of interesting moves listed.
Junior Mike Stukel has been moved from quarterback to slot back, a move coach Ken Niumatalolo wanted to do last year, but couldn’t because of injuries to backup quarterback Kriss Proctor in the preseason and starter Ricky Dobbs during the year.
Stukel is currently listed as the second-string slot back behind Marcus Curry, who started most of last season.
Curry made headlines this offseason for failing a drug test administered by the Naval Academy. However, it was determined that Curry didn’t knowingly ingest marijuana and was allowed to stay with the team. No punishment was assessed and Curry is expected to participate in spring football.
The other major depth chart move for the Midshipmen is Mario Washington, the team’s third-leading receiver last season, listed a co-starter at cornerback with Kwesi Mitchell. Washington, a senior, had nine catches for 165 yards in 2009.
The move to corner is a spring experiment and Washington can move back to receiver if he can’t become a starter at cornerback. However, receiver is one of the deepest positions on the depth chart and Washington is athletic enough to make the move to defense work.
Navy will begin spring practice on March 29.