Friday, May 7, 2010
Navy dismisses slotback Curry
By Graham Watson
Navy slotback Marcus Curry has been dismissed from the team.
The Annapolis Capital is reporting that coach Ken Niumatalolo gave Curry his marching orders for not complying with team rules.
"It's unfortunate, but it had to be done. We're a football team and the rules apply to everybody," Niumatalolo told the paper without elaborating on the situation.
Curry has had a history of trouble while at the Naval Academy.
In late January, it was reported that Curry was allowed to remain at the Naval Academy despite testing positive for drug use. However, Vice Adm. Jeffrey L. Fowler, the academy superintendent, said Curry’s positive test was a result of accidental ingestion.
According to the Annapolis Capital, Curry also had been cited for an honor code offense.
Curry, who rushed for 585 yards and was the team’s leading receiver with 287 yards, was limited in spring practices while recovering from offseason knee surgery. In his absence, players such as Mike Stukel, who was moved from quarterback this spring and ascended to the top of the depth chart, freshman Gee Gee Greene and sophomore Aaron Santiago. The Midshipmen also will have a healthy Ricky Dobbs, the Mids starting quarterback who underwent knee surgery this offseason but practiced this spring and expects to be in better form in the fall. Dobbs led the Mids in rushing with 1,192 yards. Navy also returns Vince Murray, who was second on the team in rushing with 971 yards.