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Posted at 1:59 PM ET, 11/13/2010

Kriss Proctor to start at quarterback today

By Gene Wang

Reserve quarterback Kriss Proctor will start this afternoon against Central Michigan, giving regular starter Ricky Dobbs a chance to rest and recover from nagging ailments as Navy heads into the stretch run that includes next week's Senior Day matchup against Arkansas State and the regular season finale against Army in Philadelphia.

Proctor, a junior, is no stranger to starting, having done so twice last season when Dobbs was nursing a cracked kneecap. Proctor has played sparingly this season, but when he has stepped onto the field, he has excelled.

In last week's 76-35 victory over East Carolina in which the Midshipmen scored more points than any other team has this season, Proctor ran for 78 yards and two touchdowns on five carries after the outcome was all but decided. He also briefly relieved Dobbs in a 37-23 victory over Louisiana Tech on Sept. 12, carrying six times for 24 yards and a touchdown.

Proctor has a favorable matchup against the Chippewas, who are ranked 66th in the country against the run, giving up 154 yards per game. It also will provide Proctor another opportunity to cement his standing as the prohibitive favorite to start next season after Dobbs graduates.

Proctor is among the fastest players on the team, and the coaching staff has said it's comfortable with him running the triple option because he has studied the system extensively despite limited chances in games.

"They're different quarterbacks, but [Proctor is] definitely capable of running the option," Coach Ken Niumatalolo said. "We hope Ricky recovers quickly and gets healthy soon, but we have great confidence in Kriss."

Dobbs hurt his ankle in a 17-14 loss to Maryland in the season opener, and the effects of that carried over into subsequent games.

Dobbs, who became the academy's all-time leader in total touchdowns last week, has two games of at least 100 yards rushing this season after seven such games last year. He's also well short of the pace he was on last season for rushing touchdowns, when he scored 27 to set an NCAA single-season record for by a quarterback. Dobbs has 10 touchdowns through nine games this year.

By Gene Wang  | November 13, 2010; 1:59 PM ET
Categories:  Kriss Proctor, Ricky Dobbs  
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