According to Mark Schlabach of ESPN, Navy quarterback Tago Smith tore the ACL in his right knee and, as a result, will have to miss the entire 2016 season.
Navy announced the unfortunate news Monday after an MRI confirmed the worst.
Hate this: Navy QB Smith suffered torn ACL in opener. Waited 3 years behind Keenan Reynolds https://t.co/1yUlqvOi5Z
— Mark Schlabach (@Mark_Schlabach) September 5, 2016
It’s just a terrible situation for everyone involved. As Schlabach mentions in his tweet, Smith waited three years playing behind Navy legend Keenan Reynolds to get his crack at starting.
Smith played less than a half of action in the Midshipmen’s win over Fordham before giving way to backups Will Worth and Malcolm Perry. If you recall, Perry wasn’t even dressed for the game and had to be called in from the stands to come in of relief of Smith.
Smith, a 5’10”, 201-pound senior signal caller from Fayettville, Georgia is coming off a junior season in which he passed for just 30 yards (on 2-3 attempts) to go with a touchdown and an interception while ceding his time to Reynolds. For his career, he has passed for 290 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions.
Perry, a 5’9”, 185-pound freshman quarterback from Clarksville, Tennessee did not even attempt a pass in Saturday’s rout of Fordham. He did rush for 30 yards on seven carries, though.
Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo will likely turn to Worth to be his quarterback moving forward. The 6’1”, 205-pound senior quarterback from Valrico, Florida completed 3-3 passes for 78 yards and a touchdown, while rushing for an additional 22 yards and a touchdown in Saturday’s game.
Navy will next play Connecticut at home on Saturday.