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For Niumatalolo, team mind-set is focal point

Navy Coach Ken Niumatalolo presided over the first practice of the spring, and while there is considerable optimism within the program heading into this season, that was tempered a bit considering the team practiced in just helmets, jerseys and shorts.

"You don't play football in helmets and shorts," he said following today's two-hour workout.

As far as what's on the agenda for spring practice, Niumatalolo said the emphasis would be on establishing identity and not necessarily looking ahead to the regular season, which begins Sept. 6 against Maryland at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

"Just the mentality, just who we are, the way we play," Niumatalolo said. "There's a lot of young guys who haven't played, trying to get them to understand the way we play Navy football from an effort standpoint. Yeah we're going to teach schemes . . . but really it's more a mentality, learning how to play the game fast."

Here's more of what Niumatalolo had to say after the first spring practice:

By Gene Wang  |  March 29, 2010; 6:55 PM ET
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Yo Gene, might want to get Navy's schedule correct -- I'd hate to have to hear you explain to the editor about how you missed Ricky Dobb's Heismann-worthy performance because you showed up at M&T Bank Stadium on the wrong day.

Posted by: dougb95 | April 2, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

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