IRISH STEW

Navy football cancels final three spring practices

IRISH STEW

Mike Vorel
South Bend Tribune

In some cases, practice doesn't make perfect.

At least, that appears to be the case at Navy, where head coach Ken Niumatalolo decided to cancel the team's final three spring practices.

"I just felt the potential negatives outweighed the positives of using three more practices," Niumatalolo told the Capital Gazette. "It's a grind here at the academy and the semester is winding down. I just think it's time for our players to focus on finishing the school year strong as far as their classes and military commitments."

Navy, which travels to play at Notre Dame on Oct. 10, also sustained injuries to starting center Blaze Ryder and running back Jahmaal Daniel this spring, which may have played a part in the unconventional decision to forego four NCAA-approved spring practice sessions.

Regardless of what led to that determination, it's one Niumatalolo seems comfortable with.

"I feel pretty confident that we accomplished all that we needed to," Niumatalolo told The Capital.

Notre Dame, on the other hand, concludes spring practice with its Blue-Gold game at LaBar Practice Complex on Saturday.

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly, left, greets Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo after a game on Nov. 1, 2014, in Landover, Md. The two teams will reportedly meet in Jacksonville, Fla., in Nov. 2016. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)