Navy quarterback Zach Abey was third on the depth chart for the Midshipmen at the beginning of the 2016 season, but injuries to the top two quarterbacks forced him into the starting role in December.
That experience has helped Abey, now a junior, lead the Mids to a 4-0 start this year. He has run for 656 yards in Navy's triple-option offense and has completed 12 passes for 385 yards. Abey led a dominant rushing performance during a win against Tulsa Sept. 30, running for 185 of the Mids' 421 rushing yards.
"I was kind of shell-shocked going in last year, just a little not confident with everything that I did with the calls that I made, with just executing the plays," Abey said on Glenn Clark Radio Sept. 27. "And this year, just being more comfortable there, knowing defenses, knowing the ins and outs of the offense. So just being comfortable, that allows me to be confident."