Navy football coach Elliot Uzelac said yesterday that Alton Grizzard, starting quarterback for the Midshipmen's final seven games this season, will have to compete with transfer Gary McIntosh for the position next spring.

"It's open going into the spring," said Uzelac, whose team finished this season 2-9 -- Navy's worst record since 1970. "There's no question there's going to be a battle at quarterback. We'll have to see who's going to win."

The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Grizzard led the Midshipmen in rushing, carrying the ball 152 times for 519 yards -- the most gained in one season by a Navy quarterback and by a Navy freshman. He completed 30 of 73 passes (41.1 percent) for 490 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions.

Senior John Nobers started and played all of Navy's first two games, losses to Division I-AA William and Mary and Lehigh. He was replaced by Grizzard during each of Navy's next two games, losses to North Carolina and Virginia Tech.

McIntosh, who is about 6-2 and 200 pounds, is a graduate of Washington, D.C.'s Gonzaga High School. He attended Maryland one year, then transferred to Navy. Although transferring made him he ineligible to play this season, McIntosh practiced with the scout team.

"We said from the beginning that it {the starting quarterback position} has to be won next spring," Uzelac said.

Navy Notes:

Cmdr. Jim Campbell, Navy's deputy athletic director since 1985, said he is planning to retire from the service sometime this spring or summer.