Navy will limit reps of QB Reynolds in spring

March 13, 2013

Navy Coach Ken Niumatalolo indicated he will limit starting quarterback Keenan Reynolds during the offseason, prohibiting the sophomore from taking live snaps in spring practice or perhaps even participating in the spring game.

Navy will begin spring practice Monday.

“I’ve seen him play. I know what he can do,” Niumatalolo said of Reynolds, who last season went 6-2 as the third freshman in program history to start at quarterback and first since 1991. “We don’t want to put him in there just to prove something.”

Reynolds’s accuracy (56.5 completion percentage) and knack for completing throws on the move have compelled Niumatalolo to explore more options in the passing game. He and his assistants have been visiting with coaches from programs that employ spread principles and the shotgun formation.

“Obviously we’re an option team, so we’ve had to expand and try to increase our knowledge to make sure we put ourselves in the best position to be successful,” Niumatalolo said. “I mean, we’re not going to just do things to do them. We’re trying to do things that help us, so I’m excited this spring to see what it looks like.”

With Reynolds’s participation limited, Navy will rotate juniors Trey Miller and John Hendrick in the spring. Miller started the first five games last season but had issues with turnovers, and Hendrick played in one game.

Miller could move to slotback if Hendrick develops enough that the coaching staff feels comfortable with him as the primary backup quarterback, Niumatalolo said.

— Gene Wang

Notre Dame announced it is leaving the fractured Big East a year sooner than originally anticipated for the ACC in all sports except football and hockey.

The switch was approved in a vote by Big East university presidents in the wake of a split announced last week of the league’s football schools and seven Catholic schools that next season are forming their own basketball-focused conference with the Big East name. The vote means Notre Dame coaches can begin scheduling for the 2013-14 school year.

“It removes the uncertainty that made it hard for our coaches and athletes, so we’re very happy to resolve that for them,” athletic director Jack Swarbrick said in a telephone interview.

high schools

Princeton Day senior Aquille Carr, whose electrifying moves draw large crowds to gyms and a cult-like following on YouTube, will address reports later this week that he is planning to play professional basketball overseas.

Carr will announce his decision following Princeton Day‘s season finale Saturday at the Laurel Boys & Girls Club, according to Storm Coach Van Whitfield.

The Princeton Day senior, who is committed to play in college for Seton Hall but has not signed his letter-of-intent, set off a flurry of reports Tuesday when he tweeted at 5:42 a.m.: “The money wont always be there gotta get it when u can.”

Carr averaged an area-high 27.6 points per game for the Storm (33-13).

— Brandon Parker

Soccer

Lionel Messi started the comeback with two first-half goals, and Barcelona overwhelmed visiting AC Milan, 4-0, to reach its sixth straight Champions League quarterfinal and become the first team to advance after losing the first leg, 2-0, on the road.

Messi scored in the fifth and 40th minutes, moving into sole possession of second on the Champions League career scoring list with 58 goals. David Villa put Barcelona ahead in the aggregate series in the 55th minute, and left back Jordi Alba sealed the win when he scored in the second minute of stoppage time.

In the other match, Galatasaray won 3-2 at Schalke to advance on 4-3 aggregate and reach the quarterfinals for the first time since 2001. . . .

American midfielder Carli Lloyd will be sidelined six to eight weeks after breaking a bone in her left shoulder during the Algarve Cup in Portugal.

TENNIS

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic defeated Grigor Dimitrov, 7-6 (7-4), 6-1, to reach the fourth round at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., with his 20th consecutive victory.

Djokovic moves on to play Sam Querrey, a 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (9-7), 7-5 winner over Marinko Matosevic. Querrey, the last player to beat Djokovic, is poised to take over as the top-ranked American in the men’s game from Mardy Fish, who lost, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-0), to No. 8 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Maria Sharapova advanced to the quarterfinals with a 7-5, 6-0 win over Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino of Spain.

From staff reports and wire services

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