On Saturday, Navy quarterback Tago Smith went down with an apparent knee injury in their game against Fordham and it was later announced that he had torn his ACL and would be out for the 2016 season. Now, two of his teammates are going to honor him in the coolest way possible.
It was announced on Wednesday that co-captains linebacker Daniel Gonzales and slotback Toneo Gulley have decided to switch their jersey numbers to No. 2, what Smith wore before his injury, to honor the senior quarterback. It is certainly a great way for them to honor the quarterback.
Tago Smith sat behind Keenan Reynolds for three seasons before getting his chance to start this year. However, he ended up injuring his knee during the second quarter after he landed awkwardly on his knee and his leg buckled.
“I was afraid to look at him. I couldn’t make eye contact. I felt like I’d wronged the kid in some way,” offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper said following his Smith’s injury.
“I’m devastated, I truly am. For a young man to sacrifice three years doing what’s best for the team, and me knowing he would rather be playing slotback or returning kicks and punts. To stick it out and become the starter then something like this happens right out of the gate… it’s just tragic. I’m heartbroken.”
At least the Midshipmen are helping keep the spirit of Smith on the field. They take on AAC opponent UConn on Saturday.