Three Navy starters resign from academy


Three projected Navy football starters have resigned from the academy, bringing to five the number of upcoming juniors who won't be playing for the Midshipmen this fall.

Wide receiver Rob Holmberg of Mount Pleasant, Pa., resigned for personal reasons and is expected to transfer to Penn State. Tailback Ivan Bullard of Hinesville, Ga., and defensive back Darrel Graham of Collierville, Tenn., resigned for academic reasons, academy officials said.

"We had projected all into our plans for this fall.

However, we understand their reasoning and wish them good luck in their future endeavors," Navy coach George Chaump said in a prepared statement.

The football team had previously lost the services of fullback Kwame Moultrie of Orangeburg, S.C. and linebacker Brad Brown of Russellville, Ky.

Brown transferred to Vanderbilt and Moultrie said he would remain at the academy, but would not play football.

Midshipmen are permitted to resign from the academy at any time before their junior year.

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