After injury to starter Smith, Navy brings in freshman quarterback from stands

After an injury to starter Tago Smith, Navy turned to the stands to find their backup quarterback.
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After an injury to starter Tago Smith, Navy turned to the stands to find their backup quarterback on Saturday.

With the Midshipmen facing Fordham in their season opener, Smith appeared to injure his knee in the first half and was spotted on the sideline with a brace on his right leg and crutches.

According to multiplereporters on-site, freshman backup Malcolm Perry did not even dress for the game, but was in the stands wearing his customary dress whites. He was flagged down from the stands and sent to the locker room to suit up.

Perry is only expected to serve as the emergency quarterback, but he is in uniform.

Navy led 35–10 at halftime. The team attempted just one pass play in the first half, a 45 yard completion by Smith, who also ran for two touchdowns.