Of course, when it comes to the ground-based Navy, “leading” is relative, but it’s a loss for the Midshipmen nonetheless.
Following practice Tuesday, head coach Ken Niumatalolo confirmed that wide receiver Brandon Turner will not travel to Dublin, Ireland, for Navy’s season opener against Notre Dame. Other than it being an “in-house deal, a family deal,” Niumatalolo would not delve into the specifics of what amounts to a one-game suspension.
The coach did allow that the receiver would be in uniform for the following week’s game on the road against Penn State.
The suspension is the latest hiccup for the senior this summer. Earlier this month, Turner failed a physical readiness test and was not permitted to begin practicing with his teammates until a week or so ago.
As a junior last season, the 6-4, 225-pound Turner led the Midshipmen in receptions (14) and receiving yards (300). Turner accounted for nearly a quarter of Navy’s receptions and nearly a third of its receiving yards in 2011.