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Niumatalolo drops 10 coaching cliches in 26 seconds

Navy began Spring practice yesterday in chilly temperatures in Annapolis.

Courtesy of the behind-the-scenes video, we heard Ken Niumatalolo tell the them, “As I think about our team for Spring, this a great opportunity for some of you to either change your stock or perception that a coach has for you. You have 15 days. This is where we set the tone for our 2011 season.”

In his 26-second post-practice comments, Niumatalolo was able to drop 10 coaching clichés.

He said, “We just completed day 1 of our spring ball. We are trying to establish the culture of Navy football and the way we play. (1) I thought it was a start…a good start (2). It’s only one step (3), we have a long ways to go. (4) I am excited about our young men. (5) Coach Bras did a great job with our strength staff in getting our guys ready for Spring ball (6). There was great energy (7) and great enthusiasm out here (8). I liked we saw on day 1 (9), but we have 14 more to go (10).”

Translation...Navy is already working on Lincoln Riley's offensive scheme.

Yesterday marked the first day of practice for new wide receivers coach Mick Yokitis, who previously served as the head coach of the Naval Academy Prep School. Danny O’Rourke moved from wide receivers to slot backs. He replaced Joe DuPaix, who accepted the running backs / recruiting coordinator job at BYU.

Navy opens against Delaware before traveling to Western Kentucky and South Carolina.