Navy Moves Zach Abey to WR, Making Malcolm Perry The New Starting QB

In a not so surprising move, Navy has made Malcolm Perry a full-time quarterback.

With that happening, Head Coach Ken Niumataolo announced that Zach Abey would be moving to wide receiver.

Abey ran for 1,413 yards in nine starts and eleven appearances at QB. Zach Abey led the Midshipman to a 5-0 start before dropping the next three games to Memphis, UCF, and Temple.

He was injured in the Temple game and slotback Malcolm Perry started at QB, Perry went on to run the ball 33 times for 282 yards and four touchdowns.

Perry went on to have a surprise start in the Army/Navy Game where he for 250 yards for one touchdown on 30 carries in the loss to the Black Knights. He also started the Mids bowl game against UVA where he ran for 114 yards and two touchdowns.

It will be interesting to see how Navy implements Perry into the triple-option because in the games he has started at QB a majority of the plays were a simple QB dive or fullback handoff. Sure it worked for three games, but teams will learn how to stop the QB dive. He will have to learn how to pitch as well as throw as he has only attempted two passes.

Zach Abey’s move to WR will be an interesting one. I thought the Mids would move him to fullback or running back because he has had success as a runner.

Don’t be surprised if we see Abey back in the QB position after a few weeks if the Perry doesn’t learn how to pitch the ball. The Navy offense will be too easy to stop if all the plays are QB dives or FB dives.

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