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Navy QB Reynolds named to Walter Camp Player of the Year Watch List

Posted on 18 July 2014 by WNST Staff

Walter Camp Football Foundation Announces 2014 Player of the Year “Watch List”

New Haven, Conn. – The Walter Camp Football Foundation has announced the names of fifty “players to watch” for its 2014 Player of the Year award, the nation’s fourth-oldest individual college football accolade.

Florida State sophomore quarterback Jameis Winston, the 2013 Walter Camp Player of the Year award recipient, headlines the 2014 watch list.  Winston, a Second Team Walter Camp All-American a year ago, accounted for 4,057 passing yards and 40 touchdowns for the national champion Seminoles.  Ten players on the 2014 watch list, including Winston, have previously earned Walter Camp All-America honors.

In all, 42 schools are represented on the list with Alabama having three players.  There are 33 offensive players (16 quarterbacks, 8 receivers, 7 running backs, and 2 offensive linemen) and 17 from the defensive side of the ball (7 defensive backs, 5 defensive lineman, and 5 linebackers).

“We are proud to continue the great work of Walter Camp and recognize the best college football players in the nation,” Foundation president James Monico said. “This watch list is a great start to what is shaping up to be another exciting year of college football.”

The watch list will be narrowed to 10 semi-finalists in mid-November.  The 2014 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, which is voted on by the 125 NCAA Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced live on ESPN SportsCenter onThursday, December 11.  The winner will then receive his trophy at the Foundation’s annual national awards banquet on January 17, 2015 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven.

Please note: Appearing on the preseason Watch List is not a requirement for a player to win the Walter Camp award or be named to the All-American team.

Walter Camp, “The Father of American football,” first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp – a former Yale University athlete and football coach – is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side. The Walter Camp Football Foundation (www.waltercamp.org; @WalterCampFF) – a New Haven-based all-volunteer group – was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting annually an All-America team.

Reynolds is coming off 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 was not only a school record, but an NCAA record for a quarterback as well. Reynolds was just the fourth player in NCAA history (any position) to rush for 30 or more touchdowns in a single season.

He 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.

Reynolds scored 188 points in 2013, eclipsing the school record of 174 set by Bill Ingram 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.

Reynolds has led Navy to five fourth quarter comebacks in his first two seasons, which is the second most fourth quarter comebacks in the country among active quarterbacks. Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller has engineered six fourth quarter comebacks.

The Navy football team 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 is 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 joining the 1957, 1978, 2004 and 2009 squads.

Navy kicks off the 2014 campaign on August 30th against national title contender Ohio State. The team reports for camp onWednesday, July 30, the first practice is Thursday, July 31 and Media Day/Fan Fest is Saturday, August 2.

Season and single-game tickets are still on sale by going to navysports.com (click on this link for the direct link:http://bit.ly/LNw2FX), by calling 1-800-US4-NAVY or at the ticket office in Ricketts Hall. Navy has sold out its allotment of Army-Navy tickets.

2014 Walter Camp Player of the Year WATCH LIST

Ameer Abdullah, Sr., RB, Nebraska
Nelson Agholer, Jr., WR, USC
Jay Ajayi, Jr., RB, Boise State
Chi Chi Ariguzo, Sr,. LB, Northwestern
Vic Beasley, Sr., DL, Clemson (2013 Walter Camp Second Team All-American)
Shilique Calhoun, Jr., DL, Michigan State (2013 Walter Camp Second Team All-American)
Shane Carden, Sr., QB, East Carolina
Rakeem Cato, Sr., QB, Marshall
Landon Collins, Jr., DB, Alabama
Amari Cooper, Jr., WR, Alabama
Jamison Crowder, Sr., WR, Duke
Mike Davis, Jr., RB, South Carolina
Stefon Diggs, Jr., WR, Maryland
Lorenzo Doss, Jr., DB, Tulane (2013 Walter Camp Second Team All-American)
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Sr., DB, Oregon (2013 Walter Camp Second Team All-American)
Cameron Erving, Sr., OT, Florida State (2013 Walter Camp Second Team All-American)
Devonte Fields, Soph., DL, TCU
Devin Funchess, Jr., WR/KR, Michigan
Everett Golson, Sr., QB, Notre Dame
Melvin Gordon, Jr., RB, Wisconsin
Garrett Grayson, Sr., QB, Colorado State
Randy Gregory, Jr., DL, Nebraska
Todd Gurley, Jr., RB, Georgia
Vernon Hargreaves, Soph., DB, Florida
Anthony Harris, Sr., DB, Virginia (2013 Walter Camp Second Team All-American)
Brock Hekking, Sr., DL, Nevada
Austin Hill, Sr., WR, Arizona
Taysom Hill, Jr., QB, BYU
Brett Hundley, Jr., QB, UCLA
Myles Jack, Soph., LB, UCLA
Duke Johnson, Jr., RB, Miami Fla. (2012 Walter Camp Second Team All-American)
Matt Johnson, Jr., QB, Bowling Green
Taylor Kelly, Sr., QB, Arizona State
Trevor Knight, Soph., QB, Oklahoma
Qushaun Lee, Sr., LB, Arkansas State
Tyler Lockett, WR, Sr., Kansas State (2011 Walter Camp Second Team All-American)
Sean Mannion, Sr., QB, Oregon State
Marcus Mariota, Jr., QB, Oregon
Nick Marshall, Sr., QB, Auburn
Braxton Miller, Sr., QB, Ohio State
Ty Montgomery, Sr., WR, Stanford (2013 Walter Camp Second Team All-American)
Andrus Peat, Jr., OT, Stanford
Bryce Petty, Sr., QB, Baylor
Terrance Plummer, Sr., LB, UCF
Cody Prewitt, Sr., DB, Ole Miss
Keenan Reynolds, Jr., QB, Navy
Derron Smith, Sr., DB, Fresno State
Ramik Wilson, Sr., LB, Georgia
Jameis Winston, Soph., QB, Florida State (2013 Walter Camp Player of the Year, 2013 Walter Camp Second Team All-American)
T.J. Yelden, Jr., RB, Alabama

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Navy QB Reynolds named to Davey O’Brien Award Watch List

Posted on 16 July 2014 by WNST Staff

Navy Quarterback Keenan Reynolds Named To The Davey O’Brien Watch List

 

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Navy junior Keenan Reynolds is one of 39 quarterbacks on the 2014 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List announced today by the Davey O’Brien Foundation.

This year’s list, which was compiled by a subset of the Davey O’Brien National Selection Committee, was selected based on player performance during the previous year and expectations heading into the 2014 college football season.

Jameis Winston of Florida State, the 2013 Davey O’Brien winner, headlines the list. He is bidding to become the fourth quarterback ever to win the award twice, joining BYU’s Ty Detmer (1990-91), Florida’s Danny Wuerffel (1995-96) and Oklahoma’s Jason White (2003-04).

Winston is joined on the Watch List by five semifinalists from a year ago: Brett Hundley (UCLA), Sean Mannion (Oregon State), Marcus Mariota (Oregon), Braxton Miller (Ohio State) and Bryce Petty (Baylor).

The Navy defense will play against three quarterbacks on the list in Ohio State senior Braxton Miller, Notre Dame junior Everett Golson and Temple sophomore P.J. Walker.

Nearly half (19 of 39) of the players on the watch list are seniors. Thirteen juniors and seven sophomores round out the contingent. Among conferences, the Pac-12 leads the way with eight signal callers on the list. The Big Ten, Big 12 and SEC are all represented by five players.

The field will be narrowed to 16 semifinalists on Monday, Nov. 3 and three finalists will be announced on Monday, Nov. 24. The 2014 Davey O’Brien winner will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, Dec. 11.

The 38th Annual Davey O’Brien Awards Dinner will be held Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, in Fort Worth, Texas.

 

2014 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award® Watch List

Anthony Boone (Duke, Senior)

Terrance Broadway (Louisiana, Senior)

Shane Carden (East Carolina, Senior)

Rakeem Cato (Marshall, Senior)

Connor Cook (Michigan State, Junior)

Jeff Driskel (Florida, Junior)

Cody Fajardo (Nevada, Senior)

Devin Gardner (Michigan, Senior)

Jared Goff (California, Sophomore)

Everett Golson (Notre Dame, Junior)

Garrett Grayson (Colorado State, Senior)

Christian Hackenberg (Penn State, Sophomore)

Connor Halliday (Washington State, Senior)

Grant Hedrick (Boise State, Senior)

Taylor Heinicke (Old Dominion, Senior)

Taysom Hill (BYU, Junior)

Kevin Hogan (Stanford, Junior)

Brett Hundley (UCLA, Junior)

Matt Johnson (Bowling Green, Junior)

Chuckie Keeton (Utah State, Senior)

Taylor Kelly (Arizona State, Senior)

Cody Kessler (USC, Junior)

Trevor Knight (Oklahoma, Sophomore)

Sean Mannion (Oregon State, Senior)

Marcus Mariota (Oregon, Junior)

Nick Marshall (Auburn, Senior)

Hutson Mason (Georgia, Senior)

Braxton Miller (Ohio State, Senior)

John O’Korn (Houston, Sophomore)

Bryce Petty (Baylor, Senior)

Dak Prescott (Mississippi State, Junior)

Keenan Reynolds (Navy, Junior)

Joel Stave (Wisconsin, Junior)

P.J. Walker (Temple, Sophomore)

Bo Wallace (Ole Miss, Senior)

J.W. Walsh (Oklahoma State, Junior)

Jake Waters (Kansas State, Senior)

Davis Webb (Texas Tech, Sophomore)

Jameis Winston (Florida State, Sophomore)

 

By Conference: Pac-12 (8), Big Ten (5), Big 12 (5), SEC (5), Mountain West (4), American Athletic (3), Independents (3), ACC (2), Conference USA (2), Mid-American (1), Sun Belt (1).

By Class: Senior (19), Junior (13), Sophomore (7).

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Navy QB Reynolds named to Maxwell Award Watch List

Posted on 07 July 2014 by WNST Staff

Reynolds Named To Watch List For The Maxwell Award

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Navy junior quarterback Keenan Reynolds has been named to the watch list for the 78th Maxwell Award, which has been given to the College Player of the Year every year since 1937 by the Maxwell Football Club.

Returning Maxwell Award semifinalists from 2013 include Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon, Oregon State QB Sean Mannion, Oregon QB Marcus Mariota, Baylor QB Bryce Petty and returning Maxwell Award finalist Florida State QB Jameis Winston.

Seventy-six players are on the initial watch list, including 35 quarterbacks.  Four Navy opponents have players on the list including Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller, Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson, Temple quarterback P.J. Walker and Army running back Raymond Maples.

Reynolds is coming off 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 was not only a school record, but an NCAA record for a quarterback as well. Reynolds was just the fourth player in NCAA history (any position) to rush for 30 or more touchdowns in a single season.

He 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.

Reynolds scored 188 points in 2013, eclipsing the school record of 174 set by Bill Ingram 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.

Reynolds has led Navy to five fourth quarter comebacks in his first two seasons, which is the second most fourth quarter comebacks in the country among active quarterbacks. Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller has engineered six fourth quarter comebacks.

The Navy football team 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 is 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 joining the 1957, 1978, 2004 and 2009 squads.

Navy kicks off the 2014 campaign on August 30th against national title contender Ohio State. The team reports for camp on Wednesday, July 30, the first practice is Thursday, July 31 and Media Day/Fan Fest is Saturday, August 2.

Season and single-game tickets are still on sale by going to navysports.com (click on this link for the direct link:http://bit.ly/LNw2FX), by calling 1-800-US4-NAVY or at the ticket office in Ricketts Hall. Navy has sold out its allotment of Army-Navy tickets.

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QB Reynolds receives major honor from Naval Academy

Posted on 22 May 2014 by WNST Staff

Naval Academy Announces Major Athletic Award Winners

 

ANNAPOLIS, Md.– The United States Naval Academy announced its major athletic award winners Thursdayafternoon at the annual Prizes and Awards Ceremony at Alumni Hall.

 

Zach Duncavage (League City, Texas), a member of the indoor and outdoor track & field teams, was awarded the NAAA Sword for Men, which is presented to that man of the graduating class who is considered by the Association’s Athletic Council to have personally excelled in men’s athletics during his years of varsity competition.

 

Duncavage helped lead Navy to three Patriot League Indoor Track & Field Championships and the 2014 Patriot League outdoor title.  He was a two-time U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Second-Team All-American in the discus and a two-time NCAA Championship qualifier in that same event.  He will have an opportunity to qualify for a third NCAA Championship next week.

 

Duncavage won the Patriot League discus championship three times in his career, was the 2013 Patriot League Champion in the weight throw and the 2014 Patriot League Champion in the shot put.  He was named the Patriot League Field Athlete of the Meet in both the 2013 Patriot League Indoor Championship and the 2014 Patriot League Outdoor Championship. 

 

Duncavage, the 2014 indoor team captain, is the school record holder (192-8) and Army-Navy outdoor record holder (185-2) in the discus.

 

Duncavage is the 28th member of the men’s track & field team to win the sword in the 123-year history of the award and the first field athlete to win the award since the great high jumper Leo Williams in 1983.

 

The other three nominees for the NAAA Sword for Men were Cody Peterson (football), Pat Kiernan (men’s lacrosse) and Brendan West (sprint football)

 

Jade Geif (Lakeville, Minn.) of the women’s basketball team was awarded the Vice Admiral Lawrence Sword for Women, which is presented to that woman of the graduating class who is considered by the Association’s Athletic Council to have personally excelled in women’s athletics during her years of varsity competition.

 

Geif will go down as one of the best women’s basketball players in school history.  She was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Year in 2011, earned second-team all-league honors in 2012, and first-team accolades in 2013 and 2014.  Geif was also selected as the MVP of the 2011 and 2012 Patriot League Tournaments and was named to the all-tournament team in each of her four years.  She is the only player in league history to have been named to four all-tournament teams.

 

She helped Navy win a share of the 2011 and 2013 Patriot League regular-season titles and an outright league title – the first in school history – in 2014.  Navy advanced to the postseason in each of her four years after never before going to a postseason tournament.  The Mids won the Patriot League Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and earned a berth in the 2014 WNIT by winning the Patriot League regular-season title.

 

Geif was part of a senior class that set Navy records with 83 wins and 44 regular-season conference wins and tied the school record with 10 league tournament victories. 

 

She finished her career as the sixth all-time leading scorer in school history with 1,501 points and is the school’s all-time leading rebounder with 1,033 (over 100 more than the No. 2 player in school history).   She is the lone Navy women’s basketball player and joins David Robinson and Vernon Butler as the only Navy basketball players to have accrued over 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career.  Geif is one of only two players in program history to lead Navy in rebounds in each of her four years, and is one of two Mids to lead the team in field goal percentage in all four seasons. 

 

Geif is the eighth women’s basketball player to win the award in its 35-year history and the first since Angela Myers in 2011.

 

Other nominees for the award included Maressa Guynn (track & field), Erin Fortner (volleyball), Elizabeth Hoerner (women’s soccer), Aimee Gennaro (women’s lacrosse) and Katherine Ashton (crew)

 

Keenan Reynolds (Antioch, Tenn.) of the football team won the Thompson Trophy Cup, which is presented to that midshipman, male or female, who has done the most during the year to promote athletics at the Naval Academy.

 

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 was not only a school record, but an NCAA record for a quarterback as well. Reynolds was just the fourth player in NCAA history (any position) to rush for 30 or more touchdowns in a single season.

 

He 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.

 

Reynolds scored 188 points in 2013, eclipsing the school record of 174 set by Bill Ingram 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.

 

The Navy football team 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 is 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 joining the 1957, 1978, 2004 and 2009 squads.

 

Reynolds is just the third sophomore to win the Thompson Cup in the 127-year history of the award and the first sophomore since Roger Staubach, who won the award in 1963.  The only other sophomore to win the award was Ben Martin (’46).

 

Other nominees for the award included Jade Seabrook (women’s soccer), Loren Generi (women’s lacrosse) and Sam Jones (men’s lacrosse)

 

Zach Davis (Colorado Springs, Colo.) of the men’s soccer team was awarded the men’s Coaches’ Calvert Award, which recognizes a graduating varsity letterwinner who displayed leadership, consistent effort, loyalty and dedication to the sport and who has taken their abilities beyond the expectations of the coach, peers and themselves.

 

Davis was the 2013 team captain and helped lead Navy to its best season in 25 years as the Mids finished 16-4-2, won the Patriot League regular season and tournament title and won an NCAA Tournament game for the first time since 1971.  The Mids finished the year ranked 25th in the nation by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

 

Davis helped lead a Navy defense that finished 15th in the nation in goals-against average (0.70) and finish with a school record 11 shutouts.

 

Davis was also a standout in the classroom,  earning Capital One / CoSIDA Third Team Academic All-America honors as a senior and was a four-time Patriot League Men’s Soccer Academic Honor Roll selection.  He graduates tomorrow with a 3.60 GPA in oceanography and is ranked No. 2 in the class in military order of merit.

 

Davis is the fifth men’s soccer player to win in the 42-year history of the award and the first since Seth Walters in 1995.

 

Elizabeth Hoerner (Lititz, Pa.) of the women’s soccer team was awarded the women’s Coaches’ Calvert Award, which recognizes a graduating varsity letterwinner who displayed leadership, consistent effort, loyalty and dedication to the sport and who has taken their abilities beyond the expectations of the coach, peers and themselves.

 

Hoerner, the 2013 team captain, went 32-7-1 in her two seasons as the starting goalkeeper with 13 solo shutouts and four combined shutouts.  She was a two-time National Soccer Coaches Association All-Mid-Atlantic First-Team member and a two time First-Team All-Patriot League selection.  She was the Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year in both 2012 and 2013.

 

Hoerner was a star in the classroom as well as being named a First-Team All-American by Capital One / CoSIDA her senior year and was a two-time Patriot League Women’s Soccer Scholar Athlete of the Year.  She will graduate tomorrow with a 3.87 grade point average in Oceanography.

 

Hoerner is the fourth women’s soccer player in the 25-year history of the award to be recognized and the first since Traci Willemse in 2011.

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QB Reynolds named MVP at Navy football banquet

Posted on 08 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Naval Academy Honors Football Team At Annual Banquet

ANNAPOLIS, Md.-The annual Naval Academy football banquet was held Friday evening at Alumni Hall where several prestigious awards were handed out.

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.

This year’s team is 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 three Commander-In-Chief’s Trophies.

Sophomore 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.  This is the second-consecutive year that Reynolds has won the award after becoming the first freshman to win the award last year.    Reynolds was also 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.

Reynolds had one of the greatest seasons by a Navy football player in history, rushing for 1,346 yards and 31 touchdowns, while throwing for 1,057 yards and eight touchdowns.  His 31 rushing touchdowns not only was 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.  He 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.

Senior linebacker Cody Peterson (Olympia, Wash.) 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. He was also the recipient of the First Lieutenant Ron Winchester Unsung Hero Award, which is presented to an unheralded senior recognized as an overachiever and role model as selected by a vote of his teammates.

Peterson, a co-captain this past fall, had a standout senior campaign where he led the Navy defense with 142 tackles, including 94 solo stops.  He also recorded 5.5 tackles for a loss.  Peterson finished tied for second in the country in solo tackles per game (7.2 per contest) and finished tied for seventh in total tackles per game (10.9 per game). His 142 tackles this year were the most by a Navy player since Javier Zuluaga had 146 in 1992.

Senior Justin Haan (Byron City, Mich.) was named the winner of 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.  Haan, who is majoring in International Relations, carries a 3.78-grade point average.

Senior linebacker DJ Sargenti (Ridgefield, N.J.) 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.

Sargenti, who had never recorded a tackle prior to this season and wasn’t moved to inside linebacker until the beginning of fall practice, recorded 110 tackles on the year, including 71 solo stops.  He finished 25th in the country in solo tackles per game, averaging 5.5 per contest, and 62nd in total tackles, averaging 8.5 per game.   Sargenti and Peterson are the first duo to reach 100 tackles in a season since 2005 when Rob Caldwell recorded 140 tackles and Jake Biles had 109.

Senior slot back and kick returner Marcus Thomas (Baton Rouge, La.) was named the winner of the 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.

Thomas finished his career with 2,768 all-purpose yards, including a school-record 2,338 yards on kickoff returns.  Thomas had a sensational senior campaign rushing for 263 yards on 26 carries (10.1 yards per rush), catching five passes for 94 yards (18.8 yards per catch) and returning 24 kickoffs for 564 yards (23.5 yards per return).

Senior nose guard Travis Bridges (Hollywood, Fla.) 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.

Bridges came to Navy as an offensive lineman, but moved to nose guard last year and had a breakout campaign as a senior playing in all 13 games, making four starts, and recording 25 tackles and forcing a fumble.  Bridges was part of Navy’s goal-line stand against Middle Tennessee State in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, teaming with George Jamison to stop the Blue Raiders on fourth and one.

Freshman slot back Calvin Cass Jr. (Sicklerville, N.J.) 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.

Cass helped lead the JV team to a 2-1 record and is expected to compete for playing time on the varsity next fall.  A 2013 graduate of St. Augustine Prep School, Cass was a three-sport athlete who earned letters in basketball, football and track & field (sprints). He earned First-Team All-Cape Athletic League honors, as well as First-Team All-South Jersey recognition in football as he led the state of New Jersey and set high school records for rushing yards (2,001) and touchdowns (37) as a senior (on 257 carries). His father, Calvin Sr., was a star running back at West Point.

Senior linebacker Michael Tuimavave (Daly City, Calif.) was named the winner of the Cooke Award, which is given to the player who has done the most to promote team spirit.

Despite not seeing much action his final two years, Tuimavave was one of the inspirational leaders of the team.  He possessed a great attitude and was an integral part of the great chemistry that permeated throughout the 2013 squad.

Also recognized were the following who earned postseason honors.

Junior guard Jake Zuzek (Brookhaven, Pa.) was named to the USA Today All-Bowl Team, while junior safety George Jamison (Cordova, Tenn.) was named to the ESPN.Com All-Bowl Team.

Reynolds was named the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl Most Valuable Player for Navy, the Male Athlete of the Year by the Touchdown Club of Columbus, Ohio, the MVP of the Army-Navy Game presented by the Philadelphia Sportswriters Association, the recipient of the Tony Rubino Silver Helmet Award presented by the Annapolis Touchdown Club and for being named an Honorable Mention All-American by Sports Illustrated.

Reynolds, Zuzek, junior tackle Bradyn Heap (South Jordan, Utah), Peterson, freshman corner Brendon Clements (Miami, Fla.) and Thomas were named All-East by the ECAC.

Reynolds and Peterson were selected First-Team All-Independent by Phil Steele.

SB Nation tabbed Reynolds its Independent Offensive Player of the Year and Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo the Independent Coach of the Year.

Peterson was selected to the East-West Shrine All-Star game in St. Petersburg, Fla. He did not play in the game due to surgery on his shoulders.

Nine Navy football players were named to the 2013 FBS All-Independent Team. Reynolds was named the 2013 FBS All-Independent Offensive Player of the Year. Joining Reynolds on the All-Independent First Team were Heap, Peterson and junior safety/cornerback Parrish Gaines (Smyrna, Tenn.).  Honorable mention selections for the Midshipmen included junior punter Pablo Beltran (Humble, Texas), Clements, junior outside linebacker Chris Johnson (Cape Coral, Fla.), Thomas and Zuzek.

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Middle Tennessee coach, LB apologize for actions in Bowl loss to Navy

Posted on 31 December 2013 by WNST Staff

RESPONSES FROM MIDDLE TENNESSEE HEAD COACH RICK STOCKSTILL AND LINEBACKER RODERIC BLUNT ON INCIDENTS DURING MONDAY’S ARMED FORCES BOWL VS NAVY

 

HEAD COACH RICK STOCKSTILL

“After seeing the replay of the game, I saw things that I was unable to see live from the sideline. I have called Navy Head Coach Ken Niumatalolo, quarterback Keenan Reynolds, and Brant Ringler, the executive director of the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, and apologized for Roderic Blunt’s actions.

“I have strived to run a first-class program and I do not condone this type of play. We have shown a history of good sportsmanship and, this season, we ranked as the ninth-least penalized team in the country. We were called for just one defensive personal foul penalty prior to the bowl game.

“I understand the game of football and what goes on out on the field, but there is no place for that type of behavior. It was a very emotional game for both sides, played with a lot of passion and sometimes players get caught up in that emotion. However, the bottom line is we hold ourselves to high standards and we expect our players to be good representatives of our university.

“Roderic knows the consequences of his actions. As head coach, I will take steps to ensure our team understands the importance of proper behavior and the conduct we expect as Blue Raiders.”

 

COMMENT FROM LINEBACKER RODERIC BLUNT

“I would like to apologize to my team, coaching staff, Navy, and most importantly, Keenan Reynolds for my actions Monday. I accept responsibility and the consequences of my actions. It was my last college game and emotions were at an all-time high. But there is still no excuse for my actions and know this is not a reflection of Blue Raider football.”

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QB Reynolds named Navy MVP of Armed Forces Bowl

Posted on 30 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Navy’s Keenan Reynolds selected Navy’s MVP Monday

For 11th Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl

By Ryan Haddox

The 11th Bell Helicopter Armed Forces bowl drew to a close Monday afternoon, ending in a 24-6 victory for the Midshipmen of the Naval Academy. Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds took home the MVP hardware after the game, becoming the fifth quarterback to win MVP honors in the game, and the first since 2007 win California quarterback Kevin Riley won the game’s award.

 “It’s great to be champions of the bowl game,” said Reynolds. “This award is a tribute to everyone on the team. It was a great win for Navy.”

The Midshipmen received the opening kickoff and methodically marched down the field on the game’s first drive, grounding and pounding Middle Tennessee with their triple option attack. Reynolds found the end zone on the 10th play of the drive, punching it in from three yards out and giving the Midshipmen a lead they would not relinquish.

The touchdown was Reynolds’ 30th of the season, making him only the fourth player in NCAA history to eclipse the mark behind Barry Sanders, Montee Ball, and Colorado State’s Kapri Bibbs, who surpassed the mark on December 21st in the most recent installment of the New Mexico Bowl.

“It’s huge. You can just say the name Barry Sanders and you can stop right there,” said Reynolds about joining such rarified air. “He was probably the greatest college football player there ever was, and to be in the conversation with guys like that is just a humbling experience. I never thought that I would be in that category. But as much credit as I’ve gotten, it has to be shuffled to everyone else. It takes 11 guys to make a play go.”

With the Armed Forces Bowl victory, the Midshipmen moved their final record to 9-4, tied for their best record since finishing with 10 wins in 2009.

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Navy wraps season Monday morning against MTSU in Armed Forces Bowl

Posted on 29 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Game 13 Navy (8-4) vs. Middle Tennessee State (8-4 / 6-2 Conference USA)
Date and Kickoff Dec. 30, 2013 at 10:45 am CT / 11:45 am ET
Location Fort Worth, Texas | Amon G. Carter Stadium (50,000)
Television ESPN
TV Talent Beth Mowins (play-by-play), Joey Galloway (analyst) and Paul Carcaterra (sideline)


Setting the Stage

• Navy and Middle Tennessee State will meet on the gridiron for the first time when the two square off on Monday, Dec. 30 at Amon G. Carter Stadium (50,000) in Fort Worth, Texas in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. Kickoff is set for 10:45 am local time, 11:45 am in Annapolis.
• Navy enters the contest looking to win a bowl game for the first time since 2009.  The Mids have lost five of their last six bowl games. A victory would also give Navy at least nine wins for the fifth time in the last 10 years.
•    ESPN will televise the game with Beth Mowins, Joey Galloway and Paul Carcaterra on the call.
• ESPN Radio will also broadcast the game nationally with Mark Neely and Tom Ramsey calling the action.

Navy To Play Middle Tennessee State In Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl
•    Navy (8-4) will play Middle Tennessee State (8-4) in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl on Monday, Dec. 30 in Ft. Worth, Texas. Kickoff is set for 10:45 am (11:45 am in Annapolis) at Amon G. Carter Stadium on the campus of Texas Christian University and will be televised nationally by ESPN and broadcast nationally by ESPN Radio.
• The Armed Forces Bowl is Navy’s 19th bowl game all-time and the school’s 10th in the last 11 years.  This will be the fifth time that Navy has played in the state of Texas for a bowl game and the first since the Mids 35-13 rout of Missouri in the 2009 Texas Bowl in Houston. Navy has also played in the 2003 EV1.net Houston Bowl (lost to Texas Tech, 38-14), the 1964 Cotton Bowl in Dallas (lost to Texas, 28-6) and the 1958 Cotton Bowl in Dallas (beat Rice, 20-7).
• The bowl game will mark the first meeting between Navy and Middle Tennessee State.  The Blue Raiders will enter the game having won their final five contests and scoring 40 or more points in four of their final five games.
• Texas and Tennessee are two of Navy’s most highly-recruited areas as the Midshipmen have 18 players from Texas and nine from Tennessee.
• Tickets for the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl are on sale now at: http://bit.ly/1bqibUX
• Ticket prices are $30 (Lower Level & Upper Level End Zone), $40 (Upper Level Sideline), and $50 (Lower Level Sideline). The only way to sit with the Navy contingent is to buy your tickets through the Navy Ticket Office.
• Fans can also purchase tickets to sponsor midshipmen and enlisted personnel and their families for $50 per ticket. Donated tickets are 100% tax deductible.
• The Naval Academy class that donates the most tickets receives a 30 percent discount on football season tickets for 2014 for every member that donates four or more tickets.  Any individual that donates 10 tickets or more will receive a 30 percent discount on the 2014 season ticket package regardless of class affiliation. Be sure to donate in your correct ticket account that signifies you as a USNA Alumni.
• “We strongly encourage Navy fans to buy their bowl tickets directly from the Naval Academy Athletic Association,” said Gladchuk. “It is very important for this game and for future Navy bowl considerations for our fans to purchase tickets through the NAAA. If you can’t make it to the game, we ask that Navy fans buy tickets for our midshipmen and enlisted personnel which will allow us to create the usual pageantry of Navy football.”

Navy Bowl History
• The 2013 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl will be Navy’s 19th bowl appearance and the 10th in the last 11 years.
• Navy owns a 7-10-1 bowl game record.

Scouting Middle Tennessee State
• Middle Tennessee State enters the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl with an 8-4 record and having won five straight contests.  The Blue Raiders have scored at least 42 points in four of those five wins.
• MTSU owns victories over Western Carolina (45-24), Memphis (17-15), Florida Atlantic (42-35 in OT), Marshall (51-49), UAB (24-21), Florida International (48-0), Southern Miss (42-21) and UTEP (48-17).
• The Blue Raiders have lost to North Carolina (40-20), BYU (37-10), East Carolina (24-17) and North Texas (34-7).
•    Sophomore running back Jordan Parker leads the MTSU rushing attack with 741 yards and six touchdowns on 145 carries, while junior Reggie Whatley has carried the ball 93 times for 631 yards and three touchdowns.
•    Senior quarterback Logan Kilgore has completed 197 of his 322 pass attempts (.612) for 2,289 yards and 16 touchdowns.
•    Senior wide receiver Tavarres Jefferson has caught 41 passes for 532 yards and five touchdowns, while junior Marcus Henry has 36 catches for 528 yards and three touchdowns.
•    The Middle Tennessee defense is led by sophomore linebacker T.T. Barber, who has 112 tackles, 10.5 tackles for a loss and three interceptions.  Strong safety Kevin Byard has 92 tackles, five interceptions and one forced fumble.
•    As a team, Middle Tennessee is ranked third in the country in fumbles recovered (16), fifth in turnovers gained (31), ninth in turnover margin (1.0), 10th in fewest penalties per game (4.0), 14th in tackles for a loss allowed (4.33), 15th in fumbles lost (6), 19th in in third down conversions (.473), 23rd in pass sacks allowed (1.25) and 25th in rushing offense (208.3).
•    Individually, defensive end Dearco Nolan is ranked 10th in forced fumbles per game (0.33) and Barber is 17th in solo tackles per game (5.8)

Navy vs. Conference USA
•    Navy is 21-19-1 (.524) all-time against teams currently in Conference USA.

Reynolds, Navy Run To 34-7 Win Over Army
•    PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Navy sophomore quarterback Keenan Reynolds ran for 136 yards and scored three touchdowns (47, 11 and 1 yard) to lead the Midshipmen to a 34-7 victory over Army, their 12th straight in the series.
• He has 29 rushing touchdowns, breaking the NCAA single-season mark for a quarterback previously held by Ricky Dobbs (Navy, 2009) and Collin Klein (Kansas State, 2011), both of whom had 27.
• Reynolds ran 30 times on a frozen, snow-covered field. He also caught a 2-point conversion pass on a trick play following his second touchdown.
• His third score – with 46 seconds left in a lopsided game – gave him 176 points for the season, breaking the school record of 174 set by Bill Ingram in 1917.
• Navy (8-4) won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy for the second consecutive season and ninth time in 11 years. The trophy is awarded to the service academy with the most victories in games between Navy, Army and Air Force.
• The Midshipmen haven’t lost to Army since 2001 and lead the series 58-49-7. Navy’s 12-game run is the longest in the history of the rivalry that began in 1890.
• Niumatalolo became the second coach in Navy history to start his coaching career 6-0 against Army, matching Paul Johnson (2002-07).
• Army (3-9) fumbled five times and was intercepted once in its fifth straight defeat. Embattled coach Rich Ellerson fell to 0-5 against the Midshipmen and 20-41 overall since taking the job in December 2008.
• The snow that was forecast in the morning hours began during the pregame pageantry that makes this game a one-of-a-kind spectacle. Making his first collegiate start, Army quarterback A.J. Schurr lost the handle on the wet football with his arm cocked to throw. Teammate Larry Dixon recovered, but the 20-yard loss doomed the Black Knights to end their first possession with a punt.
• Schurr fumbled on the next drive, too, and this time Navy recovered at its own 38. That ended his day.
• Following the turnover, Navy fullback Quinton Singleton burst through a hole in the middle and ran 58 yards to the Army 4, setting up a field goal for a 3-0 lead late in the first quarter.
• Angel Santiago came in at quarterback for the Black Knights at just about the same time the intensity of the snow increased. On fourth-and-3 at the Navy 33, Terry Baggett lost three yards.
• Midway through the second period, Navy fullback Noah Copeland ran 39 yards for a touchdown to make it 10-0.
• With 2:38 left in the half, Reynolds gingerly picked his way through the Army defense on his record-tying touchdown run. Navy went into halftime leading 17-0.
• In the third quarter, the snow turned to rain and Santiago did his best to make a game of it. After throwing a 29-yard pass to Xavier Moss, the junior quarterback scored on a 4-yard run to get the Black Knights to 17-7.
• Reynolds answered with an 11-play drive that produced a field goal. Army then failed to convert a fourth-and-3 from its own 42, a futile gamble that all but assured the Black Knights another frustrating loss against their far more successful service academy rivals.
• Reynolds scored his record-breaking touchdown with 6:22 left, and the conversion pass from wide receiver Brendan Dudeck made it 28-7.

Service Academy Dominance
• Navy has been the dominant Service Academy over the last decade plus, winning 21 of the last 23 meetings (.913) against Air Force and Army.  The Mids have posted a 91-49 (.650) record since 2003, won nine CIC Trophies in the last 11 years and have gone to 10 bowl games in the last 11 years.

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Six Navy football players honored by ECAC

Posted on 24 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Navy Football Lands Six Players On All-East Team

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Sophomore quarterback Keenan Reynolds, junior guard Jake Zuzek, junior tackle Bradyn Heap, senior linebacker Cody Peterson, freshman corner Brendon Clements and senior kick returner Marcus Thomas have been named All-East by the ECAC.

In just his second season at Navy, Reynolds, who was also named the NAAA Athlete of the Week for the seventh time this fall, is well on his way to rewriting the school and national record books, establishing an NCAA single-season record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 29 this season, tying the NCAA record for most touchdowns in a game against an FBS opponent (7 vs. San Jose State), scoring a program-best 42 points against San Jose State, breaking a nearly 100-year-old season scoring mark at Navy with 176 points (174 by Bill Ingram in 1917) and smashing the school record for points responsible for in a season with 224. He needs one rushing touchdown to become just the fourth person in FBS history to rush for 30 or more touchdowns in a single-season.

Zuzek and Heap started every game on the offensive line for the Mids and helped pave the way for Reynolds and the rest of the offense.  Navy enters Monday’s bowl game against Middle Tennessee State ranked second nationally in rushing offense (322.0 yards per game) and 32nd in scoring offense (34.3 points per game).

Peterson, Navy’s defensive captain, has had a standout senior campaign recording 135 tackles. He is ranked second nationally in solo tackles per game (7.7 per contest) and is tied for second nationally for total tackles per game (11.3). Peterson’s 135 tackles this year are the most by a Navy player since Rob Caldwell had 140 tackles in 2005. He needs 11 tackles against Middle Tennessee State in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl to land in the top five on Navy’s single-season tackles list.

Clements had a standout freshman campaign with 46 tackles, a team-high four pass break-ups, a team-high two forced fumbles and a team-high tying three interceptions.

Thomas, Navy’s all-time leader in kickoff returns and kickoff yards, has returned 21 kickoffs for 466 yards (22.2 average) with a long of 53 this year.

Navy will play Middle Tennessee State on Dec. 30 in Fort Worth, Texas. Kickoff is set for 10:45 AM in Fort Worth, 11:45 AMin Annapolis.

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Navy QB Reynolds, LB Peterson recognized by Phil Steele

Posted on 23 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Reynolds And Peterson Named First-Team All-Independent By Phil Steele

 

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Navy sophomore quarterback Keenan Reynolds and senior linebacker Cody Peterson were the only Navy players selected first team All-Independent by Phil Steele.

In just his second season at Navy, Reynolds, who was also named the NAAA Athlete of the Week for the seventh time this fall, is well on his way to rewriting the school and national record books, establishing an NCAA single-season record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 29 this season, tying the NCAA record for most touchdowns in a game against an FBS opponent (7 vs. San Jose State), scoring a program-best 42 points against San Jose State, breaking a nearly 100-year-old season scoring mark at Navy with 176 points (174 by Bill Ingram in 1917) and smashing the school record for points responsible for in a season with 224. He needs one rushing touchdown to become just the fourth person in FBS history to rush for 30 or more touchdowns in a single-season.

Peterson, Navy’s defensive captain, has had a standout senior campaign recording 135 tackles. He is ranked second nationally in solo tackles per game (7.7 per contest) and is tied for second nationally for total tackles per game (11.3).

Peterson’s 135 tackles this year are the most by a Navy player since Rob Caldwell had 140 tackles in 2005. He needs 11 tackles against Middle Tennessee State in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl to land in the top five on Navy’s single-season tackles list.

Junior offensive tackle Bradyn Heap, junior safety Parris Gaines, freshman corner Brendon Clements and junior punter Pablo Beltran were named to the second team.

Navy will play Middle Tennessee State on Dec. 30 in Fort Worth, Texas. Kickoff is set for 10:45 AM in Fort Worth, 11:45 AMin Annapolis.

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