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QB Reynolds named Navy MVP

Posted on 19 January 2013 by WNST Staff

ANNAPOLIS, Md.-The annual Naval Academy football banquet was held Friday evening at Alumni Hall where several prestigious awards were handed out. Navy posted an 8-5 record in 2012, won a record 11th-straight game over rival Army and defeated Air Force to win the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy for the eighth time in the last 10 years and earned a berth in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, which was Navy’s ninth bowl appearance in the last 10 years.  The senior class finished its career with a record of 32-20, won two Commander-In-Chief’s Trophies, defeated Army four times, played in three bowl games, won a bowl game and beat Notre Dame twice.

Freshman quarterback Keenan Reynolds (Antioch, Tenn.) was named the winner of the E.E. “Rip” Miller Award, which is presented to the season’s most valuable player as voted on by his teammates.

Reynolds, who is the first freshman to win the award, went 6-2 as the starting quarterback and led Navy to three fourth-quarter comebacks (Air Force, Army and Indiana).  He became the first freshman to start at quarterback for Navy since Jim Kubiak started five games in 1991 and just the third freshman in school history to start at quarterback.  He finished the year with 649 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns, while completing 61 of his 108 passes for 898 yards with nine touchdowns and two interceptions.  Reynolds was the first Navy quarterback to win his first four career starts since Bob Powers in 1979.

Senior outside linebacker Keegan Wetzel (Palos Heights, Ill.) was named the winner of the Roger Staubach Award, which is presented to the varsity football player who demonstrated consistent, outstanding leadership and an “Expect to Win” attitude in contributing to the team’s success during the season and embodied honor, courage and commitment on and off the playing field.

The College Sports Information Directors of America named Wetzel a Capital One First-Team Academic All-American this season thanks to a 3.91 grade-point average in systems engineering (honors courses).  On the field he enjoyed a spectacular senior campaign, recording 79 tackles, a team-high 15 tackles for a loss, a team-high seven sacks, a pass break-up, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He was named All-Independent by a nationwide media poll and played in the Casino Del Sol All-Star game in Tucson, Ariz.

Wetzel also took home the Jeffrey R. Korn Memorial Scholar-Athlete Award, which is given annually to the first classman on the team who has demonstrated excellence both in the classroom and on the football field, as well as the Cmdr. Ralph Sentmann Award, which honors the member of the graduating class from the varsity football team who has achieved the highest ranking in academic order of merit.

Senior slot back Gee Gee Greene (Columbia, S.C.) was the recipient of the Joe Bellino Award, which is presented to the varsity football player whose inspiring on-the-field performance made a significant impact on the team and contributed to its overall success during the season, as well as the Napoleon McCallum Award, which is presented to the Navy varsity football player of the graduating class who has gained the most all-purpose yards in his career.

A starter in each of the last 38 games, Greene had his best season as a senior. leading the Mids in rushing with 877 yards and three touchdowns on 120 carries (7.3 yards per carry) and finished second on the team in receiving with 18 catches for 309 yards and two touchdowns (17.2 yards per catch).  The 7.3 yards per carry is the second-best single-season rushing average in school history and he joins Shun White as the only slot backs to lead the team in rushing.  He rushed for 2,123 yards and 10 touchdowns over his four-year career, while catching 48 passes for 764 yards and seven touchdowns.  He averaged 7.1 yards per carry over his career, which is the fifth-best rushing average in school history.  He amassed 3,757 all-purpose yards, which ranks him third all-time at Navy.   Greene will play in the Raycom All-Star Football Classic on Saturday and in the South Carolina College All-Star game on March 23.

The First Lieutenant Ron Winchester Unsung Hero Award, which is presented to an unheralded senior recognized as an over achiever and role model as selected by a vote of his teammates, was presented to senior slot back John Howell (Greenville, N.C.).

Howell, who was coming off a standout junior campaign where he rushed for 340 yards and five touchdowns, was lost for the season in the fourth game of the year against San Jose State when he suffered a knee injury on a pass play. The injury was a major blow to the team as Howell was being counted on as a key player. Howell, however, never felt sorry for himself and continued to be a positive role model on the team and helped the younger slot backs improve daily in practice.

Senior offensive guard Josh Cabral (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) was awarded the George Fritzinger Memorial Award, presented annually to a member of the graduating class who as a football interior lineman has excelled as a student-athlete and contributed to the overall team leadership and spirit.

Cabral was a three-year starter at guard and started the final 38 games of his career.  He was named All-East by the ECAC and was named Honorable Mention All-Independent by a nationwide media poll as a senior. Cabral was a key member of an offensive line that helped lead Navy to a No. 6 national ranking in rushing offense in 2012, averaging 278.46 yards per game.

Freshman quarterback Rafi Montalvo (Miami, Fla.) was awarded the Collins/Roos Class of 1949 Junior Varsity MVP Award, presented annually to the most valuable player on the junior varsity football team as chosen by a vote of his teammates.

Montalvo helped lead the Navy JV team to a 3-2 record, including a 37-0 whitewashing of Hargrave Military Academy. Montalvo was involved in a serious automobile accident on Thanksgiving night while home in Miami and was in critical condition at Kendall Regional Medical Center, but has since been released from the hospital and is now at home in Miami rehabilitating.    The team wore a helmet sticker with his name on it for the Army-Navy ame and Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.

Senior linebacker Matt Warrick (Chesterfield, Mo.) was named the winner of the Cooke Award, which is given to the player who has done the most to promote team spirit.

Warrick was a two-year starter at linebacker and finished his career with 214 tackles, nine tackles for a loss, four interceptions and 11 pass break-ups.  Warrick played his best in the biggest games recording 49 tackles in five Service Academy games (9.8 tackles per game). Warrick will formally receive his award at the annual Prizes & Awards ceremony during Commissioning Week.

Cabral, senior offensive tackle Ryan Paulson, freshman kicker Nick Sloan and sophomore punter Pablo Beltran were recognized for being named All-East by the head coaches on the Eastern Seaboard as part of the ECAC.

Cabral (guard) and Paulson (tackle) anchored an offensive line that helped the Mids average 378.5 yards per game on the ground, which ranked sixth nationally.  Beltran averaged 43.6 yards per punt on his 44 punts this year with 15 of his punts being fair caught and 18 downed inside the 20-yard line.  He had 11 punts this year of 50 yards or more and his 43.6-yard average is the third-best average in a single season in school history.  Sloan made 10 of his 15 field goal attempts and all 41 of his extra-points.  His 41 extra-points are the fourth most in school history and he is just the fifth kicker in school history to not miss an extra-point in a season with 25 or more attempts.

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Navy aims to extend win streak Saturday against FAU

Posted on 02 November 2012 by WNST Staff

Game 9 Navy (5-3) vs. Florida Atlantic (2-6)
Date and Kickoff Nov. 3, 2012 at 3:30 pm ET
Location Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000)
Television CBS Sports Network
TV Talent Grant Boone (play-by-play), Todd Christensen (analyst), Sheehan Stanwick Burch (sideline)

Setting the Stage
• Navy and Florida Atlantic will meet on the gridiron for the first time when they square off Saturday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.  Kickoff is set for 3:34 pm and the presenting sponsor for Saturday’s game is Navy Mutual.
• Navy enters the weekend having won four consecutive games.  The last time Navy won five in a row came in 2009 when the Mids defeated Western Kentucky, Air Force (OT), Rice, SMU (OT) and  Wake Forest.  That Navy team went on to post a 10-4 record and defeat Missouri in the Texas Bowl, 35-13.
• A win on Saturday would send Navy to the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco on Dec. 29 against an opponent from the Pac-12. It would be Navy’s ninth bowl game in the last 10 seasons.
• In honor of Veterans Day on Nov. 11 (Navy is on the road next weekend), the Naval Academy and Naval Academy Athletic Association will recognize all veterans in attendance during a first quarter timeout by asking them to stand and rise to be thanked for their service.
• Saturday’s game will be televised nationally by CBS Sports Network with Grant Boone, former Oakland Raider Pro Bowl tight end Todd Christensen and Sheehan Stanwick-Burch calling the action.

Game Day Festivities
• Pregame festivities will get underway at approximately 1:00 pm 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 3:09 pm.  The march-on will be broadcast live for Navy All-Access subscribers.
• Saturday’s fly-over (3:31 pm) will be two F-18’s piloted by Lt. John Pegues (`03) and Lt. Diana Beauford (`05) out of Naval Air Station Oceana, Va.
• Navy women’s lacrosse coach Cindy Timchal will be recognized in the second quarter for her induction into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame.  Timchal recently completed her 30th season as a Division I head coach and owns a career record of 412-108 (.792). She became the first college lacrosse coach to win 400 games this past season and she is the sport’s all-time leader in wins.  In five seasons at Navy, Timchal is 76-22 (.776) and has led the Midshipmen to three straight Patriot League titles. She is Navy’s only coach in its five-year history and the program has competed in the NCAA Tournament in each of the past three years.  Timchal won eight national championships while coaching at Maryland (1991-2006), including seven in a row, and she also had a nine-year stint at Northwestern (1982-90). Timchal is the only women’s lacrosse coach to take three different programs to the NCAA Division I Tournament.
• Other recognitions taking place on Saturday include the first Naval Academy Rugby Hall of Fame class and the 2012 Patriot League Champion men’s golf team.

Scouting Florida Atlantic
• The Owls are 2-6 on the year, but are coming off a 34-27 upset win over Troy last Saturday.
• FAU also defeated Wagner, 7-3, in the opener and has lost to Middle Tennessee State (31-17), Georgia (56-20), Alabama (40-7), North Texas (20-14), Louisiana-Monroe (35-14) and South Alabama (37-34, OT).
• Florida Atlantic is ranked 96th in the country in rushing offense (124.3), 92nd in passing offense (200.9), 103rd in total offense (325.1) and 111th in scoring offense (18.4).  Defensively, the Owls are ranked 98th in rushing defense (201.1), T41st in pass defense (211.9), 74th in total defense (413.0) and 89th in scoring defense (31.1).
• Running back Jonathan Wallace leads the Owls’ rushing attack with 382 yards and two touchdowns on 96 carries. Quarterback Graham Wilbert has completed 160 of his 245 pass attempts for 1,570 yards with 12 touchdowns and three interceptions.  Wilbert’s favorite target is William Dukes, who has 34 catches for 480 yards and two touchdowns.  Nexon Dorvilus has four touchdown catches on the year.
• The defense is led by Brent Harstad, who has recorded 71 tackles, two tackles for a loss and two forced fumbles.  David Hinds has been in on 68 tackles, 5.5 tackles for a loss and two forced fumbles.

Navy Vs. The Sun Belt
• Navy is 5-0 all-time against the Sun Belt with victories over Arkansas State, North Texas, Troy and Western Kentucky (twice).
• The Mids travel to Troy next Saturday for a 3:30 pm contest.

The Sunshine State    
• Navy has 18 players from the state of Florida on its roster:  freshman defensive end Will Anthony (Jacksonville), sophomore nose guard A.J. Barnaby (Deltona), freshman guard E.K. Binns (Cape Coral), junior nose guard Travis Bridges (Hollywood), junior corner Albrey Felder (Orange Park), sophomore center Tanner Fleming (Deltona), freshman wide receiver David Frechette (Orange Park), sophomore quarterback John Hendrick (Tampa), sophomore outside linebacker Chris Johnson (Cape Coral), freshman guard Zach Laniewski (Englewood), sophomore slot back Marcus Lewis (Cape Coral), junior linebacker Vinnie Mauro (Ft. Lauderdale), sophomore defensive end Ike McElrath (Milton), freshman tackle Bradford Mills (Ft. Lauderdale), freshman quarterback Ralph Montalvo (Miami), sophomore defensive end Danny Ring (Lighthouse Point), junior guard Thomas Stone (Melbourne) and sophomore linebacker Joe Worth(Valrico).

Looking For Five-Straight Wins
• Navy enters the weekend having won four consecutive games.
• The last time Navy won five in a row was in 2009 when the Mids defeated Western Kentucky, Air Force in overtime, won at Rice, won at SMU in overtime and defeated Wake Forest.  That Navy team went on to post a 10-4 record and defeat Missouri in the Texas Bowl, 35-13.

Second Half Dominance
• Over the last six games (5-1), Navy has outscored the opposition 112-50 in the second half.
• The defense has given up just five touchdowns in the second half of the last six games.

Wetzel A Star In And Out Of The Classroom
• Outside linebacker Keegan Wetzel has enjoyed a spectacular senior campaign, recording 45 tackles, 11 tackles for a loss, six sacks, a pass break-up and a fumble recovery this season.
• He leads the Mids in sacks and tackles for a loss.
• He is just two sacks away from third place on Navy’s single-season sack list.
• Wetzel is also a star in the classroom, carrying a 3.89 grade point average in systems engineering (honors courses).  He is an Academic All-America candidate
• Wetzel scored a perfect 1600 on his SAT test and is believed to be the only current FBS player that garnered a perfect score on his SAT.

Mids Consistently Among Nation’s Top Rushing Teams
• Over the last 11 years, Navy has consistently been one of the top rushing teams in the country, never finishing lower than sixth.
• In 2002, Navy finished third in the country in rushing, averaging 270.8 yards per game.
• In 2003, Navy led the nation in rushing, averaging a then school-record 323.2 yards per game.  That is the fifth-best rushing average for a team over the last 10 years.
• In 2004, Navy finished third in the country in rushing, averaging 289.5 yards per game.
• In 2005, Navy led the country in rushing for the second time in three years, averaging 318.7 yards per game. The 318.7 yards per game is the seventh-best rushing average by a team in the last 10 years.
• Navy finished the 2006 campaign averaging a nation’s-best and then school-record 327.0 yards per game.  That is the fourth-best rushing average by a team in the last 10 years.
• The Mids rushed for a school-record 348.8 yards per game in 2007, becoming the first team in NCAA history to lead the nation in rushing three-consecutive years.   The 348.8 yards rushing is the second-best rushing average by a team in the last 10 years.  Only the 2000 Nebraska team (349.3) rushed for more over that time period.
• The 348.8 yards per game are the most yards rushing by a FBS team since Nebraska averaged 349.3 yds/gm in 2000.
• In 2008, Navy led the country in rushing for an unprecedented fourth-straight year, averaging 292.4 yds/gm.
• In 2009, Navy finished fourth in the nation in rushing, averaging 280.5 yds/gm.
• In 2010, the Mids finished sixth in the country in rushing offense, averaging 284.8 yds/gm.
• In 2011, Navy finished fourth in the country in rushing, averaging 312.3 yards per game.
• The Mids are averaging 271.1 yards per game this fall, which is the sixth-best rushing mark in the country.

Navy Offense In The Red Zone    
• Navy is 84th nationally in red zone offense, scoring on 24-of-31 chances (.770).
• Navy has scored 18 touchdowns (14 rushing, four passing), kicked six field goals, lost the ball once on downs and turned it over five times (three lost fumbles and two interceptions).

Navy Defense In The Red Zone    
• The Mids are tied for 65th in the country in red zone defense, allowing 23 scores on 28 opportunities.
• The opposition has scored 14 touchdowns (10 rushing, four passing), kicked nine field goals, missed a field goal, turned it over on downs twice, lost a fumble and threw an interception against Navy’s defense.

A’s Make Plays    
• Navy’s slot backs (or A-Backs as they are technically called) had a monster game against East Carolina rushing for 350 yards and two touchdowns on 40 carries (8.8 yards per carry).  It is the second-most yards rushing by the slots in the triple option era. In 2008 the slot backs rushed for 381 yards against Towson, thanks in large part to Shun White’s school-record 348 yards rushing.
• Over the last two games, the Navy slot backs have rushed for 514 yards and three touchdowns on 65 carries (7.9 yards per carry).

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