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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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Navy QB Reynolds named Honorable Mention All-America by SI

Posted on 19 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Navy Sophomore Quarterback Keenan Reynolds Named Honorable Mention All-American By Sports Illustrated

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Navy sophomore quarterback Keenan Reynolds has been named an Honorable Mention All-American by Sports Illustrated.

In just his second season at Navy, Reynolds 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.  Reynolds heads into the Dec. 30 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl against Middle Tennessee State ranked No. 1 in the country in scoring, averaging 14.7 points per game, No. 1 in rushing touchdowns with 29 and No. 2 in rushing yards by a quarterback with 105.0.

Florida State’s Jameis Winston was named the first team quarterback, while Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M was named to the second team.  Blake Bortles (UCF), Tajh Boyd (Clemson), Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville), Shane Carden (East Carolina), Derek Carr (Fresno State), Jordan Lynch (Northern Illinois), Marcus Mariota (Oregon), AJ McCarron (Alabama), Zach Mettenberger (LSU), Braxton Miller (Ohio State), Aaron Murray (Georgia), Bryce Petty (Baylor) and Connor Shaw (South Carolina) joined Reynolds as Honorable Mention All-Americans.

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Navy QB Reynolds, eight others receive independent honors

Posted on 18 December 2013 by WNST Staff

ANNAPOLIS, Md. —  Nine Navy football players have been named to the 2013 FBS All-Independent Team it was announced on Wednesday, including Navy sophomore quarterback Keenan Reynolds (Antioch, Tenn.) who was named the 2013 FBS All-Independent Offensive Player of the Year.  In addition to Reynolds BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy (Defensive Player of the Year), Idaho placekicker/punter Austin Rehkow (Special Teams Player of the Year) and Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith (Freshman of the Year) were the recipients of major awards.

In just his second season at Navy, Reynolds 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.  Reynolds heads into the Dec. 30 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl against Middle Tennessee State ranked No. 1 in the country in scoring, averaging 14.7 points per game, No. 1 in rushing touchdowns with 29 and No. 2 in rushing yards by a quarterback with 105.0.

Joining Reynolds on the All-Independent First Team are junior offensive lineman Bradyn Heap (South Jordan, Utah), senior linebacker and co-captain Cody Peterson (Olympia, Wash.) and junior safety/cornerback Parrish Gaines (Smyrna, Tenn).  Honorable mention selections for the Midshipmen include junior punter Pablo Beltran (Humble, Texas), freshman cornerback Brendon Clements (Miami, Fla.), junior outside linebacker Chris Johnson (Cape Coral, Fla.), senior kick returner Marcus Thomas (Baton Rouge, La.) and junior offensive lineman Jake Zuzek (Brookhaven, Pa.).

Navy’s defense has held seven of its 12 opponents below their scoring average for the season, including bowl-bound Pitt and Service Academy rivals Air Force and Army.  Peterson, who leads the Mids with 135 tackles this season, stands No. 2 in the nation in tackles per game, averaging 11.3, while his 7.7 solo tackles per game is also the second best in the country.  Clements, who has started nine games for the Mids, is coming off perhaps his best performance of his career, forcing three Army turnovers (2 forced fumbles, 1 interception) in last weekend’s 34-7 victory.  Johnson, meanwhile, owns a team-high tying three interceptions to go along with his 78 tackles which rank third on the team.

Beltran stands No. 2 all-time in career punting average at Navy, averaging 41.3 yards per punt and heads into the bowl ranked fifth on Navy’s single-season punting list where he has averaged 42.0 yards per punt this season.

Thomas has enjoyed a spectacular career returning kicks for the Mids and will graduate as the program’s leader in career returns (101) and return yardage (2,240).  He is the only player in school history to top the 2,000-yard mark for yards, as well as the only player to return more than 80 kicks.

2013 FBS ALL-INDEPENDENT TEAM

OFFENSE
QB Keenan Reynolds (So.)    Navy
RB Terry Baggett (Jr.)    Army
RB Jamaal Williams (So.)    BYU
WR Dezmon Epps (Jr.)    Idaho
WR TJ Jones (Sr.)    Notre Dame
TE Troy Niklas (Jr.)    Notre Dame
OL Michael Kime (Sr.)    Army
OL Michael Yeck (Jr.)    BYU
OL Bradyn Heap (Jr.)    Navy
OL Zack Martin (Sr.)    Notre Dame
OL Chris Watt (Sr.)    Notre Dame

DEFENSE
DL Eathyn Manumaleuna (Sr.)    BYU
DL Louis Nix III (Sr.)    Notre Dame
DL Stephon Tuitt (Jr.)    Notre Dame
LB Uani ‘Unga (Sr.)    BYU
LB Kyle Van Noy (Sr.)    BYU
LB Cody Peterson (Sr.)    Navy
LB Dan Fox (Sr.)    Notre Dame
DB Daniel Sorensen (Sr.)    BYU
DB Parrish Gaines (Jr.)    Navy
DB Davis Cazares (Sr.)    New Mexico State
DB Bennett Jackson (Sr.)    Notre Dame

SPECIAL TEAMS
PK Kyle Brindza (Jr.)    Notre Dame
P Austin Rehkow (Fr.)    Idaho
KR Adam Hine (So.)    BYU

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
QB Keenan Reynolds     Navy

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
LB Kyle Van Noy    BYU

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
PK/P Austin Rehkow    Idaho

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
LB Jaylon Smith     Notre Dame

HONORABLE MENTION
Army: PK Daniel Grochowski (So.), OL Ryan Powis (Jr.), OL Stephen Shumaker (Jr.)
BYU: DB Craig Bills (Jr.), QB Taysom Hill (So.), WR Cody Hoffman (Sr.), KR JD Falslev (Sr.), PK Justin Sorensen (Sr.)
Idaho: DL QuayShawne Buckley (Sr.), DL Maxx Forde (Jr.), LB Marc Millan (Jr.), OL Mike Marboe (Jr.), DB Trey Williams (Sr.)
Navy: P Pablo Beltran (Jr.), CB Brendon Clements (Fr.), LB Chris Johnson (Jr.), KR Marcus Thomas (Sr.), OL Jake Zuzek (Jr.)
New Mexico State: OL Andy Cunningham (So.), WR Austin Franklin (Jr.), LB Trashaun Nixon (Sr.), OL Davonte Wallace (Sr.)
Notre Dame: KR George Atkinson III (Jr.), OL Nick Martin (Jr.), QB Tommy Rees (Sr.), CB KeiVarae Russell (So.), LB Prince Shembo (Sr.)

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Army, Navy to meet for 114th time Saturday in Phildelphia

Posted on 13 December 2013 by WNST Staff

2013 Navy Football Game Specifics
Game 12 Army (3-8) vs. Navy (7-4)
Date and Kickoff Dec. 14, 2013 at 3:10 pm ET
Location Philadelphia, Pa. | Lincoln Financial Field (68,532)
Television CBS
TV Talent Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (analyst), Tracy Wolfson (sideline)

Setting the Stage 

• Army and Navy will meet on the gridiron for the 114th time when the two square off on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field (68,532) in Philadelphia.  Kickoff is set for 3:10 pm.
• A victory by Navy would give the Mids the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy for the second consecutive year and for the ninth time in the last 11 seasons.  Navy has won the trophy 13 times overall.  Should Army win the contest, Navy, last year’s Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy winner, would retain the trophy since all three Service Academy teams would have split their games against each other (Navy beat Air Force and Air Force beat Army). When all three teams split, the previous year’s winner keeps the trophy but they do not visit the White House.
• Navy enters the contest looking to defeat Army for a series-record 12th straight year.  Prior to Navy’s historic run, the longest winning streak in the series, which was first played in 1890, was five games (by both teams).  Navy has outscored Army, 366-125, during its 11-game winning streak.  The Mids have not only won 11-straight from the Black Knights, but have won 13 of the last 14 and 14 out of the last 16 games.  Army’s only wins over the last 16 years came in 2001 (27-16) and in 1998 (34-30).
• Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo is trying to become just the second coach in school history to start his coaching career at Navy with a 6-0 record against Army.  Paul Johnson turned in a 6-0 mark against West Point from 2002-07.
• CBS Sports Network will air the Army-Navy Preview Show presented by USAA on Friday, Dec. 13 at 6:30 pm, as the show looks ahead to the Army-Navy game with news and analysis.
•    CBS Sports Network will air two special editions of INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL on Saturday prior to the game.  INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL ARMY-NAVY MARCH ON presented by USAA (12:00-1:30 pm, ET) and INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL ARMY-NAVY TAILGATE presented by USAA (1:30-2:30 pm, ET).  Hosts Adam Zucker and Brent Stover will be joined at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia by analysts Randy Cross, Aaron Taylor and Houston Nutt, as well as special guests from the academies. The MARCH-ON SPECIAL features the March-On of the Brigade of Midshipmen and Corps of Cadets as they march onto Lincoln Financial Field, while ARMY-NAVY TAILGATE previews the game with in-depth news and analysis.
•    CBS Sports kicks off its coverage at 2:30 pm with COLLEGE FOOTBALL TODAY, followed by the 114th playing of the Army-Navy game at 3:00 pm with Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson and Tracy Wolfson calling the action.
• Westwood One has the national radio rights and will broadcast the game nationally with John Tautges, James Lofton and Lewis Johnson on the call.  Westwood One will also air a one-hour pregame show starting at 2:00 pm.
• The Navy Football Tailgate Show on WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM will air at 1:00 pm with Graham Whaples, Wiley Baker, Chloe Gunther and Joe Miller.
• The Navy Football Pregame Show with Pete Medhurst, Omar Nelson and Joe Miller will get underway at 2:00 pm, followed by game action at 3:10 pm on the Navy Radio Network.
• Following the contest, Miller, Medhurst and Whaples will recap the day’s events in a 60-minute postgame show live on WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM and WFED 1500 AM.

Game Day Festivities
• The March-On of the Corps of Cadets will take place at 12:16 pm.
• The Brigade of Midshipmen will march on at 12:46 pm.
• The exchange of Cadets and Midshipmen will take place at 2:46 pm.
• The Army Glee Club will sing the National Anthem at 3:00 pm.
• The ceremonial coin toss will take place at 3:04 pm.  The silver dollar that was to be flipped by President John F. Kennedy at the 1963 Army-Navy game in Philadelphia will be used for the coin toss 50 years later at the 2013 Army-Navy game.  Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas on Nov. 22, 1963, eight days before he was scheduled to participate in the ceremonial coin toss on Nov. 30 in Philadelphia at the Army-Navy game.  Though fans had been anticipating the Army-Navy game for months, it would have been cancelled had it not been for the late president’s family insisting that President Kennedy would have wanted it played. Following a one-week postponement, Army-Navy would take place on Dec. 7.  The game was a classic with Navy (9-1) edging Army (7-3), 21-15, thanks to three touchdowns by Navy fullback Pat Donnelly.  Army had the ball at the Navy two-yard line when time ran out.  A week after the win, an envelope showed up in the mailbox of Navy captain Tom Lynch. When he opened it, he found a silver dollar.  Accompanying the coin was a letter from Secretary of the Army Cyrus Vance telling Lynch he wanted him to have the coin.  On Saturday, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will have the honor of flipping that same coin.
• At the conclusion of the game, the losing team will sing its alma mater in front of its respective student body with the winning team standing amongst them.  The two teams will then move across the field where the winning team will sing its alma mater in front of its student body with the losing team respectfully standing amongst them.  It is the greatest tradition in all of sports.

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.
• 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 been the dominant Service Academy over the last decade plus, winning 20 of the last 22 meetings (.909) against Air Force and Army.  The Mids have posted a 90-49 (.647) record since 2003, won eight CIC Trophies in the last 10 years and have gone to 10 bowl games in the last 11 years.

Dominant Era in Army-Navy History
• Navy’s 17-13 victory over Army in 2012 was its 11th consecutive win over the Black Knights, the longest streak in series history by either team.
• The Mids have won those 11 in a row against Army by outscoring the Black Knights, 366-125 (33.3-11.4).  Navy has also won 13 of the last 14 and 15 of the last 17 games against West Point.

Scouting Army
• Army owns a 3-8 heading into Saturday’s game against Navy.  The Black Knights have earned victories over Morgan State (28-12), Louisiana Tech (35-16) and Eastern Michigan (50-25), while losing to Ball State (40-14), Stanford (34-20), Wake Forest (25-11), Boston College (48-27), Temple (33-14), Air Force (42-28), Western Kentucky (21-17)  and Hawai’i (49-42).
• Army is led on offense by junior running back Terry Baggett, who has carried the ball 130 times for 1,072 yards (8.2 ypc) and eight touchdowns. The Black Knights are second in the country in rushing, averaging 323.6 yards per game.
• Junior quarterback Angel Santiago has carried the ball 161 times for 638 yards and nine touchdowns, while completing 41 of his 83 pass attempts for 557 yards and two touchdowns. Freshman A.J. Schurr came off the bench and played exceptionally well against Hawai’i, rushing for four touchdowns and throwing for 122 yards as he rallied Army from a 28-7 deficit to a 28-28 tie.
•    Freshman wide receiver Xavier Moss has had an impressive rookie campaign with 30 catches for 418 yards and a touchdown.
•    Thomas Holloway leads the Army defense with 59 tackles and 2.5 tackles for a loss, while Geoffery Bacon has 55 stops. Army’s defense is 34th in the country in passing yards allowed, giving up just 214.5 yards per game. Mike Ugenyi has forced three fumbles, which is ranked 23rd nationally.
•    Army is ranked sixth in the country in fewest penalties per game (3.73) and sixth in fewest penalty yards per game (30.91).
•    The Black Knights have done an excellent job of taking care of the football this year, turning it over just 14 times which is 13th best in the country.

Navy To Play Middle Tennessee State IN Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl
•    Navy (7-4) 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 19 players from Texas and 10 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.

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Navy QB Reynolds honored by Touchdown Club of Columbus

Posted on 05 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Navy Quarterback Keenan Reynolds Named The Touchdown Club Of Columbus, Ohio Male Athlete Of The Year

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Navy sophomore quarterback Keenan Reynolds has been named the Male Athlete of the Year by the Touchdown Club of Columbus, Ohio.  Reynolds will be honored on Saturday, February 8 at the 59th annual Touchdown Club of Columbus Award.  Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M won the award last year.

Reynolds has led Navy to a 7-4 record with games still remaining against Army on Dec. 14 and the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 30.  He has rushed for 1,124 yards and 26 touchdowns on the year.  He needs one more rushing touchdown to tie and two to break the NCAA record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback set by Ricky Dobbs (Navy, 2007) and Collin Klein (Kansas State, 2011).

Reynolds is averaging 14.2 points per game, which leads the country for all players, and is responsible for 18.7 points per game (11th best in the country).

Reynolds has been responsible for a school record 204 points already this season (passing and rushing touchdowns) and his 36 career rushing touchdowns stands third on Navy’s  career list.

Reynolds has also been deadly threw the air, completing 63 of his 114 pass attempts for 1,028 yards with eight touchdowns and two interceptions.  He is just the fourth quarterback in school history to rush and pass for more than 1,000 yards in a single season.

Reynolds ran for seven touchdowns in Navy’s last game, a 59-52 triple overtime victory over San Jose State, which tied the NCAA record for most rushing touchdowns in a game against an FBS opponent.

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