Matt Molloy out for rest of season
Navy will be without starting right tackle Matt Molloy for the rest of the season because of multiple concussions, Coach Ken Niumatalolo said after yesterday's late afternoon practice two days following a 14-6 loss to Air Force. The senior left the game -- the Midshipmen's first loss to a service academy following 15 straight wins -- after his second concussion this season. Molloy's first came in a season-opening 17-14 loss to Maryland.
"Right now Matt's done. He's done," Niumatalolo said. "Great young man, and we're going to miss him on the field, but for the longevity of him as a person, it's the best thing for him."
Molloy had missed the two games leading up to Air Force after a concussion during the second half against the Terrapins on Labor Day at M&T Bank Stadium. The Midshipmen amassed just 193 total yards in the first game Molloy missed, a 13-7 victory over FCS Georgia Southern, then rebounded to beat Louisiana Tech, 37-23.
In Saturday's loss in Colorado Springs, Navy failed to score a touchdown against Air Force for the first time since 1976 and did not score a touchdown in a service academy game for the first time since 1987, continuing a disturbing trend when inside an opponent's 20-yard line. In 19 such opportunities this season, Navy has just seven touchdowns.
Molloy, who has a history of concussions, became a starter halfway through his sophomore year and had been a bedrock along an offensive line that last season had a lot to do with Navy going 10-4 as Ricky Dobbs rushed for 27 touchdowns, the most in NCAA history by a quarterback in a single season.
Niumatalolo said Molloy would remain with the team as a student-coach. Navy's next game is Saturday at Wake Forest, which is coming off a 24-20 loss to Georgia Tech, coached by former Navy coach Paul Johnson.