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Navy football team to visit White House Friday

Posted on 13 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Navy Football Team Returns To The White House On Friday For The Ninth Time In The Past 11 Years

 

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—The Navy football team will return to the White House for the ninth time in the past 11 years on Friday afternoon.  The Midshipmen are invited to the White House for winning the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy, which is presented annually to the winner of the football competition among the three Service Academies and is named in honor of the President of the United States.

 

Navy finished the 2013 campaign with a 9-4 record, won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy for the ninth time in the last 11 years, qualified for a bowl game for the 10th time in the last 11 years, won a bowl game for just the eighth time in school history and defeated Army for a series-record 12th-consecutive year.

 

The 2013 team was just the fifth in Navy’s 132-year history of playing football to win at least nine games in a season, beat Army and win a bowl game. The 1957, 1978, 2004 and 2009 teams also achieved that feat.

 

Navy has won at least nine games five times in the last 10 years. Before the current streak, Navy had won nine or more games just five times in the previous 77 seasons.

 

Navy’s senior class finished with a 31-20 (.627) record over four seasons in Annapolis, qualified for three bowl games, won a bowl game and won two Commander-In-Chief’s Trophies.

 

Quarterback Keenan Reynolds had one of the greatest seasons by a Navy football player in school history, rushing for 1,346 yards and 31 touchdowns, while throwing for 1,057 yards and eight touchdowns.

 

His 31 rushing touchdowns were not only a school record, but an NCAA record for a quarterback. He is just the fourth player in NCAA history (any position) to rush for 30 or more touchdowns in a single season.

 

Reynolds finished the 2013 campaign No. 1 in the country in scoring per game (14.7 points per contest), tied for first in touchdowns (31) and tied for 11th in points responsible for per game (18.2).

 

His 1,3446 rushing yards are the 14th most in NCAA history by a quarterback and the third most in school history by any player. His seven rushing touchdowns against San Jose State set an NCAA record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in any game and tied the NCAA record for rushing touchdowns by any player against an FBS opponent.


His 188 points this season eclipsed the school record of 174 set by Bill Ingram back in 1917. His 236 points responsible for (31 rushing touchdowns, eight passing touchdowns, one two-point conversion) shattered the previous school record of 198 set by Ricky Dobbs in 2009.

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Navy hosts Air Force Saturday in first leg of C-i-C Trophy series

Posted on 04 October 2013 by WNST Staff

Game 4 Navy (2-1) vs. Air Force (1-4)
Date and Kickoff Oct. 5, 2013 at 11:30 am ET
Location Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000)
Television CBS Sports
TV Talent Spero Dedes (play-by-play), Steve Beuerlein (analyst), Evan Washburn (sideline)


Setting the Stage

• Navy and Air Force will meet for the 46th time on the gridiron when they square off on Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. Saturday’s game, presented by USAA, is slated for an 11:40 a.m. kickoff.
• A record crowd is expected for the game.  The current stadium record is 37,970 for Pitt on Oct. 18, 2008.  Seating capacity for Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium is 34,000, however, it does not include standing-room only tickets that have been sold.
• This is the first leg in the battle for the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy between the three Service Academies (Air Force, Army, Navy).  The team that wins both Service Academy games wins the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy and will take a trip to the White House to meet the  President of the United States, Barack Obama.  If all three teams produce a 1-1 record, the previous year’s winner (Navy) would retain the trophy, but does not make the trip to the White House.  Navy has won the trophy in eight of the last 10 years.
• Saturday’s game will be televised nationally by CBS with Spero Dedes (play-by-play), Steve Beuerlein (color) and Evan Washburn (sideline) calling the action.

Game Day Festivities
• Pregame festivities will get underway at approximately 9:00 a.m. with the Navy Football Team Walk.  Originating at the Blue Angel in the southwest corner of the stadium, the team will make its way down the sidewalk and through NavyFest before walking up the drive to the stadium.  Fans are encouraged to line up on both sides of the sidewalk to cheer for the team.
• The March-On of the Brigade of Midshipmen will take place at 11:16 a.m.
• The exchange of Midshipmen and Cadets who are spending a semester at their Service Academy rival will take place at 11:31 a.m.
• Between the first and second quarters there will be a recognition of the Navy’s 238th Birthday. Saturday marks a week-long celebration that will culminate on Oct. 13.
• The USAA Field Goal Challenge will take place at halftime where select fans will win a concession voucher.
• Fans will receive a commemorative Navy photo on the concourse at Gate E compliments of USAA.  Photos from the game can be shared using #AFvsNAVY13.
• The first 10,000 fans will also receive a commemorative poster celebrating the 1963 Cotton Bowl team.
•    At halftime, the 1963 Cotton Bowl team will be recognized on the 50th anniversary of the greatest team to play at Navy.  That team finished 9-2 and was ranked No. 2 in the country.  The Mids owned victories over West Virginia, William & Mary, Michigan, VMI, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Maryland, Duke and Army.  The Army game was played a week later than it was supposed to after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  The Mids lost in the Cotton Bowl to No. 1 Texas, 28-6.  Roger Staubach won the Heisman Trophy that year, the second and last Navy player to win college football’s highest honor (Joe Bellino won it in 1960). Staubach ran for 418 yards and eight touchdowns, while throwing for 1,474 yards and seven touchdowns in that magical season.
•    Also at halftime, the coach of the 1963 team, Wayne Hardin, will be recognized for being inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.  Hardin is the 24th person affiliated with the Naval Academy to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and the third head coach, joining Gil Dobie (17-3 at Navy from 1917-19) and George Welsh (55-46-1 at Navy from 1973-81). Hardin will officially be inducted at the 56th National Football Foundation’s Annual Awards Dinner on December 10th, 2013, at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City and officially enshrined in the summer of 2014 at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Ga.  Hardin compiled a record of 38-22-2 as Navy’s head coach from 1959-64, including a 5-1 mark against Army and a 3-3 record against Notre Dame.  He coached two Heisman Trophy winners in Joe Bellino (1960) and Roger Staubach (1963) and led Navy to two New Year’s Day bowl games.  The 1960 team compiled a record of 9-2 and was ranked No. 4 in the country under the direction of Hardin and earned victories over Boston College, Washington, SMU, Air Force, Notre Dame, Virginia and Army before losing to Missouri, 21-14, in the Orange Bowl.  In 1963, the Midshipmen rose to No. 2 in the national rankings with a 9-2 record before losing to No. 1 Texas, 28-6, in the Cotton Bowl.
• Between the third and fourth quarter, the 2013 Navy women’s lacrosse team will be recognized.  The Mids finished the 2013 campaign with a 19-2 record, won a fourth-straight Patriot League Tournament title and won an NCAA Tournament game for the first time in school history.
• Following the game will be the playing of both the Air Force and Navy alma maters.  The losing team’s alma mater will be played first, followed by the winning team.

The Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy
• The Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy is presented annually to the winner of the football competition among the three major service academies — Army, Navy and Air Force — and is named in honor of the President of the United States.
• Navy has dominated of late, winning the trophy a Service Academy record seven-consecutive years from 2003-09 and winning a Service Academy record 15 straight games against Air Force and Army in the process.  Air Force lost to both Army (41-21) and Navy (28-21 OT) last year to surrender the trophy after holding it for two years (2010, `11)..
• Navy has won the trophy a total of 13 times: 1973, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1981, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2012.
• When there is no clear-cut winner,  the trophy remains with the winner of the previous year’s competition.  • The three-sided trophy stands two-and-a-half-feet tall and is engraved with the academy seals.  Reproductions of the three mascots — the Army Mule, the Navy Goat and the Air Force Falcon — are ensconced on the respective sides of this bauble.  The trophy is sponsored by the West Point Association of Graduates, the Naval Academy Alumni Association and the Air Force Association of Graduates.
• The year in which the trophy is won is engraved on AA plate gracing the respective academy’s side of the trophy.

Service Academy Dominance
• Navy has amassed an 85-46 (.649) overall record in the last 11 years, while Air Force is 69-60 (.535) and Army is 34-91 (.272).  The Mids are 18-2 against the other two Service Academies since 2003 and have won 19 of its last 21 Service Academy games dating back to the 2002 Army-Navy game.

Scouting Air Force
•    Air Force owns a 1-4 record, having played a tough schedule.  Its lone win was against Colgate of the Patriot League, 38-13.
• The Falcons have lost to conference foes Utah State (52-20), Boise State (42-20), Wyoming (56-23) and Nevada (45-42).
•    Sophomore quarterback Karson Roberts was impressive in his first career start last Saturday night against Nevada. Roberts rushed for 161 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries as he helped lead the Falcons to 453 yards of total offense and 42 points.
•    Fullback Broam Hart is the Falcons’ leading rusher with 292 yards and three touchdowns on 62 carries.  Running back Jon Lee has rushed for 278 yards and three touchdowns on 36 carries.
•    Sam Gagliano leads the Air Force receiving corps with eight catches for 112 yards and one touchdown, while Ty MaCarthur has seven catches for 99 yards.
•    The Falcon defense is led by Joey Nichol (53 tackles, 4.5 tackles for a loss) and Steffon Batts (37 tackles, 3 pass breakups).

Navy vs. The Mountain West
•    Navy is 20-34 (.370) all-time against teams currently residing in the Mountain West Conference.
•    The Mids have played six – Air Force, Colorado State, Hawai’i, New Mexico, San Diego State, San Jose State  – of the 12 teams that make up the Mountain West.

Looking To Go 3-1 For The First Time Since 2006
• Navy is off to a 2-1 start for the third time in the last four seasons and will be looking to go 3-1 for the first time since 2006.
• The Mids were 2-1 in 2011 before losing at home to Air Force in overtime (35-34). The Mids ended up losing six in a row en route to a disappointing 5-7 season.
• In 2006, the Mids defeated East Carolina (28-23), Massachusetts (21-20) and Stanford (37-9) to start the year 3-0 before falling to Tulsa, 24-23, in overtime.  That Navy team went on to post a 9-4 record and played Boston College in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.

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Navy honored at White House for C-I-C Trophy

Posted on 12 April 2013 by WNST Staff

Remarks by the President at Presentation of the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy to the U.S. Naval Academy Football Team

East Room

2:12 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, everybody.  (Applause.)  Hello.  Please, everybody have a seat.  Well, good afternoon.  Welcome to the White House.

I want to start by recognizing Coach Ken Niumatalolo, my fellow Hawaiian, for being here once again — where is he?  There he is right here.  (Laughter.)  Hard to miss him.  Give him a big round of applause.  (Applause.)  I also want to recognize Vice Admiral Mike Miller, the Superintendent of the Naval Academy, for his outstanding service to our country and for keeping all of you guys in line.  (Laughter and applause.)

It is my pleasure to welcome the Navy Midshipmen back to the White House to receive the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy — again.  They have now won 19 of their last 21 games against the other service academies, making this their 8th trip here in 10 years.  (Applause.)  Michelle and I were thinking about just leaving the key under the rug.  (Laughter.)

This season, you finished 8-5, earned your 9th bowl appearance in the last 10 years.  But perhaps most importantly, after a two-year break, you achieved that very first goal you set at the start of every season:  You beat Air Force, you beat Army, and lugged this 170-pound trophy back to Annapolis.

Against Air Force, you lost your quarterback to an injury in the middle of the game.  You trailed by eight points in the fourth quarter.  But freshman quarterback Keenan Reynolds took over and led you back in overtime.  That’s when an unlikely hero — offensive lineman Jake Zuzek — gave you a –

TEAM MEMBERS:  Zu!

THE PRESIDENT:  Zu! — gave you a 28-21 win when he recovered a fumbled snap in the end zone for his first-ever touchdown.  (Laughter.)  I’m not sure Coach called the fumblerooski, but I bet that Jake will take it anyway.

That set up a winner-take-all game with Army to end the season.  Down three entering the fourth quarter, Keenan again led the comeback, driving the team down the field for 80 yards and the winning score, and showing why he was only the third Navy freshman ever to start at quarterback.  The win gave the Midshipmen their 11th straight victory over Army, which is a series record.

But at Navy, obviously it’s not just about the wins.  It’s about how you win.  This year, your team motto was INAM, which is short for “It’s Not About Me.”  And that ethic of teamwork and discipline and unselfishness was led by your captains, Bo Snelson and Brye French, and it ran through your entire season.

All season long you kept your priorities in line, your mission in focus.  Your work in the classroom helped keep the Naval Academy’s graduation rate in the top 10 of the NCAA for the eighth straight year, including linebacker Keegan Wetzel –- a first-team Academic All-American with a 3.89 GPA in systems engineering.  So give Keegan a big round of applause.  I like that.  (Applause.)

And when you faced adversity, you pulled together.  Over Thanksgiving break, freshman Rafi Montalvo was in a serious car accident and doctors pulled him into a coma.  And even though the Army game was next on the schedule, Coach was one of his first visitors at the hospital down in Florida.  And then pretty soon, his teammates started showing up.  When it came time to take the field against your biggest rival, you all put “Rafi” stickers on your helmets and gave him the game ball after your victory.

So, gentlemen, that’s why I have no greater honor than serving as your Commander-in-Chief.  You’re there for each other and you are there for our country.  In just a few weeks when I visit you all for commencement — and I always have to get ready because Midshipmen, they got strong handshakes, some of them give me chest bumps, I’ve got to just make sure I don’t tip over — 18 of you will be commissioned as ensigns in the Navy, and 10 more as second lieutenants in the Marine Corps.

And in the years to come, you will all follow their footsteps.  You’ll be leading your peers in some of the most complex, dangerous missions on the planet.  You’ll be teaching them to pull together, to keep their mission in focus, to always remember that “it’s not about me.”  And together, your victories will not simply be about football trophies — as impressive as that trophy is — but it will be about our security and our values and protecting our freedom.

So I want you to know that I could not be prouder to have each of you representing this great country of ours.  Americans all across the country feel the very same way.  And every single day, we will stand behind you and support you, and do the very best that we can in our own lives to reflect the courage and the honor and the character of the men and women of the United States Naval Academy.  So God bless you.

And with that, let’s — I understand I’ve got a little something waiting for me.  All right, that’s the official Navy helmet, fitted for me.  (Laughter.)  Pretty sharp.  (Laughter.)  Here’s the general rule:  You don’t put stuff on your head if you’re President.  (Laughter.)  That’s politics 101.  (Laughter.)  You never look good wearing something on your head.  Are we going to — we’re going to have the coach up here.

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