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Navy QB Trey Miller held out of practice with ankle injury

FootballCentral Michigan ChippewasKen Niumatalolo

Navy quarterback Trey Miller was held out of practice Monday after sustaining an ankle injury in Saturday's 28-21 overtime win at Air Force. With his left foot in a boot, Miller watched as freshman Keenan Reynolds ran most of the drills in preparation of Friday's game at Central Michigan.

Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo said before practice in Annapolis that the protection on Miller's foot was "a precaution" and he wouldn't know until seeing how the junior responds to treatment whether he will play this week.

"Right now we'll let it play out," Niumatalolo said after practice. "Before he got hurt, Trey did some good things. Obviously Keenan came in and did some phenomenal things. I don't think we're really sure right now."

The injury to Miller was his second this season to his left ankle, the first coming in an opening-game loss to Notre Dame in Dublin, Ireland. Miller, whose starting job was in question after committing 10 turnovers in the first four games, played mistake-free football before getting hurt against the Falcons.

Miller led Navy (2-3) with 118 yards on 18 carries. The Midshipmen gained 285 yards on 54 rushing attempts against Air Force to move from 24th in the country to 15th at a little over 232 yards a game. Miller said after the practice that his ankle felt "pretty good" and added that it was his "plan" to start Friday.

But given the fact that it's a short week of practice and the Chippewas are ranked 114th out of 120 Football Bowl Subdivision teams in rushing defense (233.4 yards a game), it seems as if Niumatalolo might give Reynolds his first start after the way he played in Colorado Springs.

Reynolds, who would become the first Navy quarterback to start as a freshman in the triple-option era, led the Midshipmen on two late scoring drives against Air Force, one to help tie the game near the end of regulation and then to win it in overtime.

On the final drive in regulation, Reynolds completed all three of his passes for 45 yards and later ran in for his first career touchdown from the 15-yard line to finish a 75-yard drive. In overtime, Reynolds fumbled near the goal line, but sophomore guard Jake Zuzek recovered for a touchdown in the end zone.

don.markus@baltsun.com

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