Monday, September 05, 2016

Navy QB Smith out for year; UConn's Hopkins sidelined for a bit

Tough news coming out of Navy with the local media there reporting that starting quarterback Tago Smith tore his ACL and is out for the remainder of the season.

Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo didn't have confirmation on the severity of Smith's injury when he spoke on the American Athletic Conference coaches teleconference this morning but spoke as if he was already preparing to face UConn without the quarterback who was finally getting a chance to run the show after backing up the record-breaking Keenan Reynolds.

Will Worth is expected to start at quarterback for Navy in Saturday's conference opener.

 On the UConn injury front, UConn coach Bob Diaco said that starting left offensive guard Tommy Hopkins could miss a few weeks including Saturday's game with a lower-leg injury suffered in the win over Maine. Brendan Vechery, who started all 13 games at center last season, is expected to take Hopkins' place in the starting lineup.

Vechery was listed as Richard Levy's backup at right guard in last week's depth chart but in the updated two-deep chart, Vechery moves over to be the starting left guard. Kyle Schafenacker remains the No. 2 guy at left guard while redshirt freshman Tom Tabur is now the second stringer at right guard. The only other change on the depth chart comes at linebacker as Jon Hicks is listed as Vontae Diggs' backup, a spot previously held by Omaine Stephens.


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