Ricky Dobbs's status in serious doubt for Saturday
Navy quarterback Ricky Dobbs was held out of practice for a third straight day yesterday, leaving the senior's availability for Saturday's game against Central Michigan in considerable doubt one week after he reportedly suffered a minor concussion resulting from a light blow to the head early in a 76-35 victory over East Carolina.
Dobbs played into the fourth quarter against the Pirates, rushing for 100 yards and one touchdown and passing for 75 yards and two touchdowns, before yielding to backup Kriss Proctor, who would start if the coaching staff elects to hold out the academy's all-time leader in touchdowns.
"We're probably leaning a little more towards Proctor," Coach Ken Niumatalolo said. "We'll kind of see. At this point I'm thinking if [Dobbs] does play, it might be in a reserve role."
Dobbs has started every game this season despite suffereing an ankle injury in the season opener against Maryland. He has played in 15 consecutive games dating from last season, when he sat out against Wake Forest on Oct. 24 because of a cracked right kneecap. Dobbs then played in extremely limited capacity the following week against Temple. Proctor was the starter in both of those games.
Against East Carolina, Proctor rushed for 78 yards and two touchdowns in relief of Dobbs. Proctor also spelled Dobbs against Louisiana Tech this season, rushing for 24 yards and a touchdown on six carries in a 37-23 victory in Ruston, La.
"Nothing changes," said Proctor, who took snaps with the first-team offense while Dobbs was on the mend. "Come out here and work hard, no matter what. That's kind of my motto. That's our team motto. I'm working with the one's this week, getting comfortable with the offense, with Brady [DeMell] at center, so we've just got to go out and execute."