Navy quarterback Tai Lavatai was dressed for the Houston game and went through part of pregame warmups. However, when the Midshipmen began running plays on the goal line, only Xavier Arline and Maasai Maynor took snaps under center.
Coach Ken Niumatalolo said afterward that Lavatai was only available in case of emergency. The sophomore signal-caller has been recovering from a lower-body injury since being leg-whipped early in the second half of the season opener against Marshall on Sept. 4.
Niumatalolo reported on Monday that Lavatai is now 100% and will practice fully this week. While Arline has started the last two games, Niumatalolo and quarterbacks coach Ivin Jasper said it remains an open competition.