Dobbs feeling good after win over Notre Dame
Junior quarterback Ricky Dobbs felt pretty good, physically and mentally, after Navy's 23-21 victory over Notre Dame on Saturday. His injured right knee didn't bother him, and the most pain he had was because of a contusion on his quadriceps. The two weeks of rest paid off, he said.
Dobbs ran for 102 yards — his third 100-yard performance this season — and scored one touchdown — his 17th, which leads the nation—against the Fighting Irish. He also completed 2 of 3 passes for 56 yards, including a 52-yard touchdown to wide receiver Greg Jones.
But the play that made Dobbs the happiest might have been fullback Vince Murray's 25-yard touchdown run on the first play of the second quarter. Dobbs checked out of the initial play call by offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper after he noticed that there were two linebackers in the box. Murray was barely touched as he scooted up the middle to the end zone.
"I was proud after that because I guess you could say that was the first time I had made a check like that off of something we had in practice," Dobbs said. "It just kind of solidified everything that Coach Jasper had been saying about getting us in the right plays....Coach Jasper came in and gave a play and then they came out lined up in something different; I made a check and it ended up being a touchdown. That was definitely a proud moment for me, seeing Vince take it to the house."
Another proud moment came after the game, when Dobbs met up with Patrick Staub, his roommate at the academy. Staub and his family are huge Notre Dame fans — he keeps pictures of the Fighting Irish in the room he shares with Dobbs — and they watched the game from the stands. Afterwards, Staub's older brother asked Dobbs to autograph the No. 7 Notre Dame jersey that he was wearing. Dobbs gladly obliged.
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