Navy has "total confidence" in Proctor
Navy will determine on Thursday if junior quarterback Ricky Dobbs will be able to play on Saturday against Wake Forest (4-3). If he can't, because of an injured right knee, then sophomore Kriss Proctor will get his first career start. Coach Ken Niumatalolo says he has "total confidence" in Proctor.
"He was a great recruit for us, a great get for us," Niumatalolo said of Proctor, who was recruited by Nevada, Utah and Stanford as a safety. " For us to beat some Division I schools was a recruiting coup for us. He's got a bright future. [Proctor and Dobbs are] different. Ricky's a stronger runner, but Kriss is pretty fast. He's faster than Ricky. He'll present some different positives for us."
Proctor, who missed the first few weeks of the season with an injured knee, made his collegiate debut against Rice, taking over for Dobbs in the second half. In slightly less than a half, Proctor ran for 85 yards and scored three touchdowns. He played in an option offense in high school, so he's very comfortable making reads; offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper compared him to former quarterback standout Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada in an interview with GoMids.com.
"I'd be lying if I said I wasn't nervous," Proctor said, when asked about the possibility of starting on Saturday. "I can't let that affect the way that I play. I have to have confidence in everybody around me, and I think they have confidence in me as well."
Proctor was a three-sport star at Big Bear (Calif.) High; he played football (quarterback/safety/kicker), basketball (point guard), and baseball (center field/first base) and earned all-league honors in all three. He won the Ken Hubbs Memorial Award, which is given to the San Bernadino area's top athlete. His local newspaper, the Riverside Press-Enterprise, called him "Mr. Versatile" and "Big Bear's version of Deion Sanders" for his wide-ranging skills.
You can read more about Proctor in this terrific article from the L.A. Times. It details how he was a bit of a local celebrity in high school, and he thrives under pressure:
But the local fire department, sheriff's department or even the Marines might want to recruit him too, because there aren't many teenagers better at handling pressure. Proctor thrives in tough situations. He made a 37-yard field goal last season as time expired to beat Twentynine Palms. In a semifinal playoff game against San Bernardino Aquinas, with his team trailing by 10 points and three minutes left, Proctor threw a touchdown pass, kicked the onside kick, then stripped the ball away from an Aquinas player. He drove Big Bear down field, scoring the winning touchdown on a quarterback sneak with 30 seconds to spare.
October 22, 2009; 10:41 AM ET
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