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Navy update, players sent home

  • According to a story on Navy's website, head coach Ken Niumatalolo sent three players home after the first day of fall camp for failing a required physical fitness test.

    Cornerback Albrey Felder, linebacker Josh Tate and wide receiver Brandon Turner failed to pass their physical readiness test last month and later fell short on a makeup, and Niumatalolo sent them home. They were the only three players on the roster to fail.

    "They can come back when school starts and try again," Niumatalolo said. "They basically have three weeks to get ready to pass it."

    Navy's fall term begins Aug. 20. Turner, a senior, has 14 career starts and had a team-high 14 catches for 300 yards and three touchdowns last season. Tate was expected to start at outside linebacker after moving from safety in the spring. Felder had not played in two seasons, but was projected to serve as one of Navy's top reserve defensive backs.

    "It's a hard deal. One guy was our starting Striker," Niumatalolo said. "One guy was probably our best wide receiver, probably one of the best football players on our team, so that was a hard decision to make. But the standard is what it is. ... That was a hard decision for us to make just with where those guys stand.

    "We made a concrete date," Niumatalolo said. "Here's our return date. You guys who struggled to pass it in the past, you'd better pass it. We made a big emphasis right when spring ball was over. This is the date; your butt better pass it."

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