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College Football 2012: Navy Closes out Spring by Having a Real Good Time

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 10:  Head coach Ken Niumatalolo of the Navy Midshipmen motions to the field during the second half against the Army Black Knights at FedEx Field on December 10, 2011 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Michael FelderNational CFB Lead WriterApril 10, 2012

We've got the Bobby Petrino scandal standing as the resident ugly in college football at the moment. Our sport has had some good moments of late as well, though. The story about USC taking their group of players down to Haiti this coming summer was truly heartwarming. Texas Tech sent some players to aid in the clean-up effort of the tornado.

Service like that should be celebrated.

On a lighter note, Adam Kramer, here at Your Best 11, also brought you the video of the Northwestern linemen trying to catch punts. These fun moments should be celebrated as well. It's the fun part of college football, folks. They don't happen often, and they don't exist in the everyday life of your favorite college players, but when they do go on, they are beautiful.

Enter Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo. His team, through spring ball and scrimmages, ran up some 700 live reps. For those of you who don't understand, he clarifies: That's almost what they ran in the entire 2011 season. That's right, in some 15 days of spring ball, the Midshipmen ran almost a season's worth of repetitions. That's a lot of wear and tear on the body.

To reward his guys and say thank you for their efforts, Niumatalolo goes off the script to let the kids have a little fun.

Cupid Shuffle. Swag Surfin'. Electric Slide. The Dougie.

This is just fun stuff. A gang of college football players enjoying themselves. It absolutely is even more entertaining because it's Navy, one of the more buttoned-up programs for a reason. Great to see Niumatalolo let those young men, men tasked with so much responsibility, have a few moments at the start of their session to have a little fun.

They're kids too, and just like the rest of the college football world, every now and then, being a kid is fun—even if it is just for a moment before you get back to the grind. Serious props to Matt Aiken for hitting his Dougie and the two guys who resurrected the old school Kid and Play.

 

(H/T to @ScottStras for the video)

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