A playing cast will allow Navy flanker Ken Heine to play in Saturday's Notre Dame game at East Rutherford, N.J., it was announced yesterday. He had missed two weeks with a broken left arm.
"He has got a cast from his wrist to his forearm," Coach Gary Tranquill said. "Tonight's practice will be critical for us to find out if he can play at full strength against Notre Dame. But he has been catching the ball well in practice."
Defensive back Vince McBeth, out since breaking his leg against Air Force Oct. 6, will not be 100 percent, but should be available to play against the Irish.
After three straight losses, Notre Dame rebounded to win, 30-22, over previously undefeated Louisiana State last weekend. "Last week they decided they were going to go out and hammer some people and they went out and totally dominated LSU's defense," Tranquill said. "They did it with a ball control offense and that's what scares me."
Falling behind early in last week's 28-28 tie against Pitt, Navy was forced to pass for most of the second half, but Tranquill foresees no drastic changes in his offensive scheme this week. "We're going in with basically the same game plan that we've gone in with every game this season," he said.