Navy spring football game

Proctor shines under center with Dobbs still on the sideline

By Steve Yanda
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, April 24, 2010

Just as he'd done throughout Navy's spring practices, Kriss Proctor lined up under center with the first-team offense Friday night at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Proctor repeatedly guided his squad downfield, chipping in a handful of dazzling runs and cementing the encouraging impression he made on the coaching staff over the past month.

Though he looked the part of a starting quarterback, Proctor had to savor the Blue team's 38-7 win over the Gold team during Navy's spring game.

He rushed for 111 yards on 11 carries and tallied rushing touchdowns of 1, 28 and 36 yards -- all in the first half.

But if all goes as planned for the Midshipmen next fall, Friday night was the last time Proctor will orchestrate the first-team offense for quite a while.

"You can see it's a little bit easier said than done getting [Proctor] on the ground," Navy Coach Ken Niumatalolo said. "The kid is very elusive, but we've known that about him. Unfortunately, he's behind one of the better quarterbacks that we've ever had here at the Academy."

Standing on the sideline during the scrimmage in blue sweatpants and a blue jersey draped over pad-less shoulders was rising senior quarterback Ricky Dobbs, whose ability to recover from offseason knee surgery will play a large role in determining whether Navy can build off last season's 10-4 campaign.

Dobbs underwent surgery Jan. 21 to repair a cracked right kneecap and took part only in non-contact drills this spring.

Last season, Dobbs set an NCAA record for quarterbacks by rushing for 27 touchdowns and led the Midshipmen in rushing with 1,203 yards. Niumatalolo said Dobbs would have played had Friday night's scrimmage been a regular season game.

With Dobbs sidelined, Proctor stood out. On the third play of the third quarter Proctor tossed a 56-yard touchdown pass to rising junior slotback Bo Snelson. Proctor completed 8 of 11 passes for 105 yards.

"Today was the first day I was live contact, so we opened up the playbook a little bit," said Proctor, a rising junior. "The linebackers had a few tough reads that opened some holes, and we had some big plays."

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