Med­i­cal red­shirt an op­tion for Navy’s Smith, coach says

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Last week’s surgery to re­pair the torn ACL in Tago Smith’s right knee “went well,” ac­cord­ing to Navy coach Ken Ni­u­mat­alolo, who in­di­cated that the Mid­ship­men might seek a med­i­cal red­shirt for Smith, the start­ing quar­ter­back who suf­fered the sea­son-end­ing knee in­jury early in the sec­ond quar­ter of the sea­son opener against Ford­ham. “We’ll look into what all the op­tions are,” Ni­u­mat­alolo said. Asked if a med­i­cal red­shirt re­quest was on the ta­ble, Ni­u­mat­alolo said: “It’s an op­tion, but we don’t know. We’ll work through all that and see how it pans out.” Since Smith played in just over one quar­ter this sea­son it’s likely the NCAA would grant a fifth year of el­i­gi­bil­ity, but Smith must de­cide whether he wants to de­lay his grad­u­a­tion, and Naval Academy of­fi­cials must de­ter­mine whether his in­jury and sub­se­quent re­cov­ery re­quire Smith to with­draw from classes. “It’s all case-by-case so we would need to present that,” Ni­u­mat­alolo said. MORE COL­LEGE FOOT­BALL: Navy fresh­man safety Alohi Gil­man was named the Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence De­fen­sive Player of the Week and se­nior quar­ter­back Will Worth was named to

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