Navy sophomore quarterback Keenan Reynolds is one of just five sophomores on the Davey O’Brien Award Watch List and is the ONLY true sophomore on the list. The other four sophomores on the list: Kevin Hogan of Stanford, Brett Hundley of UCLA, Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M and Marcus Mariota of Oregon, are all redshirt sophomores.
This year’s list, which was compiled by a subset of the Davey O’Brien National Selection Committee, were selected based on player performance during the previous year and expectations heading into the 2013 college football season.
Reynolds started the final eight games as a freshman in 2012 and led the Mids to a 6-2 record in his eight starts and was responsible for three fourth-quarter comebacks (Air Force, Indiana and Army). He was just the third freshman in program history to start at quarterback and the first since 1991.
Reynolds was named the Independent Rookie of the Year by the nationwide media panel responsible for the FBS Indpendent Player of the Week awards. He anchored an offensive unit that finished the year ranked sixth nationally in rushing offense, averaging 278.46 yards per game.
He accounted for 19 TDs on the year (nine passing, 10 rushing) and finished his freshman campaign with 649 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns on 162 carries, while completing 61 of his 108 pass attempts for 898 yards with nine touchdowns and just two interceptions.
Reynolds had at least one rushing touchdown in five of his eight starts and threw at least one touchdown pass in five of his eight starts. He was the first Navy quarterback to win his first four career starts since senior Bob Powers, who won his first six career starts in 1979.