ANNAPOLIS, SEPT. 16 -- Senior quarterback Gary McIntosh, who left the Navy football team Sept. 6, has been reinstated, following a meeting with the players Saturday night.

When the Midshipmen returned by bus from a 56-14 loss to Virginia in Charlottesville, McIntosh was waiting. He asked the team to take him back and his wish was granted.

"Gary came to the team and apologized for his actions," cocaptains Bill Bowling and Alton Grizzard said in a statement issued today through the Navy sports information office. "He admitted he made a bad decision. The team felt a sense of loyalty to a fellow midshipman who was reaching out for support."

Grizzard said there would be no further comment on the subject from McIntosh or from the rest of the team.

Coach George Chaump left the resolution of the McIntosh situation to the team and said he supported their decision. He too said he would have no further comment.

McIntosh, a highly regarded high school star at Gonzaga, transferred to Navy from Maryland in 1987. He saw considerable action as a sophomore in 1988, but started only one game in 1989 and finished the season as a reserve split end.

With the arrival of Chaump and his wide-open offense, McIntosh was inspired with hope that his career could be rejuvenated. However, when he learned Sept. 6 that Grizzard would start the opener two days later against Richmond, McIntosh did not return to practice.

McIntosh went to Chaump on Monday and the two spoke for 45 minutes, but McIntosh did not ask to rejoin the team and it was assumed at that time that his football career was over.