NCF Nation: Mario Washington

Navy football player Mario Washington has been dismissed from the team, according to several reports.

According to the Annapolis Capital, Washington was dismissed from the Academy for an honor violation in May. Commander Joe Carpenter, Naval Academy spokesman, was not allowed to discuss the specifics of the separation.

Washington, a senior, was one of the Midshipmen’s top athletes and was listed as both a wide receiver and defensive back on the latest depth chart this spring. Last season, Washington, who started two games at receiver, had nine catches for 165 yards and led the team with 14 punt returns.
"Obviously we are disappointed because Mario was a big part of our team, a big part of our football family," Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo told the Annapolis Capital. “He brought a lot of joy and energy to the locker room. Our biggest concern right now is that Mario finds a new school and graduate."

Washington is the second player to be dismissed from Navy this offseason. Slotback Marcus Curry also left school after he was dismissed from the team for detrimental conduct.
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.

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