Navy quarterback Trey Miller was on a short leash on Saturday, especially after committing his seventh and eighth turnovers of the year in first quarter against Virginia Military Institute. Freshman Keenan Reynolds, who has played well in relief, was warming up on the sidelines, but Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo stuck with Miller and it paid off as the junior scored three touchdowns in a 41-3 victory.
“I was very, very close to making that switch,” Niumatalo said. “I just went with my gut feeling to give Trey one more chance. I told him, we can’t have that anymore.’ He buckled down and finished strong.”
After hearing from his coach that he couldn’t survive another turnover, Miller had his best game as a Mid, rushing 17 times for 116 yards and completing 7 of 14 passes for 107 yards, leading an offense that rolled up 510 yards.
“I just knew I couldn’t make that turnover,” Miller said.
Freshman Reynolds appears a special talent, but Navy believes Miller is in the same category, with his ability to run and throw.
“That’s Trey. We know he has that in him. He has that ability to do things,” Niumatalolo said. “I was happy for him. Just like I’ve said, everything that’s happened to us in the past two weeks wasn’t all Trey’s fault, but some of it was his fault. He’s accepted responsibility for that. He just needs to continue to get better.”