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Reynolds officially receives clearance to play for Ravens in 2016

Posted on 27 May 2016 by WNST Staff

PRESS RELEASE

It was announced today by the United States Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter that Ravens WR/RS Keenan Reynolds may defer his military service and will be eligible to play in the NFL in 2016.

Statement from Ravens General Manager & Executive Vice President Ozzie Newsome:

“This is good news, and congratulations to Keenan on his graduation today.”

Statement from WR/RS Keenan Reynolds:

“It is a blessing to hear the news from Defense Secretary Carter today. I am truly excited to proudly serve my country while having the ability fulfill my dream of playing for the best organization in the NFL.

“I would like to thank the Navy for allowing me to represent them while taking advantage of this unique opportunity.

“I would also like to thank Mr. Bisciotti and the Ravens organization for believing in me and giving me this chance.”

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Ravens receiver Reynolds granted permission from Navy to play

Posted on 13 May 2016 by Luke Jones

Ravens wide receiver Keenan Reynolds has received permission to play in the NFL this season.

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said on The Dan Patrick Show Friday morning that the former Navy quarterback will serve in the Navy Reserves, allowing him to begin his NFL career in Baltimore immediately. Naval Academy graduates are required to serve a five-year active term in the military upon completing school, but Mabus indicated last week that Reynolds would likely be approved to play football like New England Patriots long snapper Joe Cardona was a year ago.

Baltimore’s sixth-round pick in last month’s draft, Reynolds is expected to compete for the Ravens’ return specialist job as well as at the wide receiver position. He scored more touchdowns than anyone in NCAA Division I history over his four years in Annapolis.

Mabus also confirmed that Cardona, a 2015 fifth-round pick, would be allowed to continue his playing career with the Patriots in 2016 after appearing in all 16 games as a rookie.

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Reynolds reaches out to enemy lines for NFL advice

Posted on 06 May 2016 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Before the draft, new Ravens wide receiver Keenan Reynolds sought advice from a former NFL player who understood the transition he’s currently going through.

Former Pittsburgh Steelers great Hines Ward began his career at the University of Georgia playing quarterback and running back before finally excelling at the wide receiver position. And after racking up 1,000 catches and more than 12,000 receiving yards in 14 NFL seasons, Ward was a valuable source of information for Reynolds.

After being drafted by the Ravens in the sixth round of last weekend’s draft, however, the former Navy quarterback knew he might receive flak for fraternizing with a former member of Baltimore’s AFC North rival.

“I know that’s like a cardinal sin in this building,” said Reynolds as he laughed. “We got to talk before the draft — to ease anybody’s mind. I talked to him, because in his college experience, he did play wide receiver, but he also played quarterback [and] running back. He was all over the place, so he had to adjust to the new role of being a permanent wide receiver. He gave me some tips and tricks and things to work on to perfect my craft.”

The Ravens have already said that they envision Reynolds as a slot receiver and a contributor in the return game. Though making it clear that he’s willing to play anywhere to succeed at the NFL level, the 21-year-old acknowledged it has been an adjustment realizing he would no longer be a quarterback after setting the FBS record with 4,559 rushing yards at the position.

In fact, Reynolds didn’t even learn that he’d work as a running back at the East-West Shrine until reading an article listing him at the running back position.

“When I got invited to the Shrine game, I saw that I wasn’t a quarterback anymore, and I was like, ‘Well, this is fun,'” said Reynolds, who scored more touchdowns than anyone in NCAA Division I history. “I was like, ‘This is an opportunity to pursue the dream at the next level,’ and I’m embracing it with everything I can. [There have] been several guys that have come before me that have been able to make the transition successfully, so I’ve been trying to model my game after them, talk to them, and just hear what they have to say.”

The 5-foot-11, 205-pound Reynolds has worked extensively with former Pro Bowl selection Brian Mitchell to learn the finer points of the return game. He wouldn’t be the first college quarterback to succeed as an NFL return specialist as Antwaan Randle El did it for the Steelers and New England’s Julian Edelman has thrived as both a receiver and returner more recently.

Reynolds even thinks his experience running the triple-option offense at Navy will better prepare him for his new role as a return specialist.

“I think there are some similar traits that you have to have on that level as a punt returner,” Reynolds said. “You have to be able to make quick decisions; you have to be quick in tight spaces, make a move and make somebody miss. Every day in practice, anytime we ran an inside run as a quarterback, we were making the safety miss, making the safety miss. That was something that coaches always ingrained in the quarterback’s head.

“Making that first guy miss and trying to make a play is what I was doing for the last four years.”

The Ravens love Reynolds’ character and athleticism, but he knows the transition won’t be easy as he’ll be competing with a deep group of receivers who have many more years of experience playing the position than he does.

But if his career at Navy was any indication, Reynolds will embrace the opportunity to succeed at the next level. He certainly doesn’t plan on allowing his work ethic to be questioned along the way.

“Every position has a technique that you have to perfect,” Reynolds said. “Guys have spent 10 [or] 15 years perfecting these techniques, and I’m a newborn in this position. I just have to work extremely hard — twice as hard as the next man — to get used to the position [and] get better at the technique.”

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What to expect from each of Ravens’ 2016 draft picks

Posted on 01 May 2016 by Luke Jones

The picks are in for the 2016 draft, so what should we expect from each of the Ravens’ 11 selections?

Below is an early look at how each rookie fits this coming season and in the future:

OT Ronnie Stanley
Drafted: First round (sixth overall) from Notre Dame
2016 projected role: The Ravens have sent plenty of mixed signals regarding the future of Eugene Monroe over the last several months, but Stanley will start at either left tackle or left guard.
Long-term view: It’s conceivable that the Ravens keep Monroe around for one more season, but the fact that they drafted two offensive tackles makes you think they’re in position to cut him and save $6.5 million in base salary for 2016. The expectation is that Stanley can be their left tackle for the next decade.

OLB Kamalei Correa
Drafted: Second round (42nd overall) from Boise State
2016 projected role: With Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil, and Za’Darius Smith all ahead of him on the depth chart, Correa will likely serve as a situational edge rusher and special-teams contributor.
Long-term view: The 245-pound edge defender will need to get stronger for an every-down role and to consistently wreak havoc in the pocket, but he will use his speed to try to blow by slower linemen. The Ravens wouldn’t have used a second-round if they didn’t think he can be an eventual successor to Suggs.

DE Bronson Kaufusi
Drafted: Third round (70th overall) from Brigham Young
2016 projected role: The 6-foot-6, 285-pound defensive end figures to be a part of the rotation at the 5-technique spot and will likely compete with Lawrence Guy and Brent Urban for the starting job.
Long-term view: An opposing coach labeled Kaufusi a “modern-day Goliath” last year and the Ravens hope he can be a starter and an interior rusher in passing situations. Ozzie Newsome passed on the chance to draft DeForest Buckner in the first round, so Kaufusi’s development will be worth watching.

CB Tavon Young
Drafted: Fourth round (104th overall) from Temple
2016 projected role: After impressing the Ravens at the Senior Bowl, Young enters the mix with a chance to compete with veteran Kyle Arrington at the nickel spot and to contribute on special teams.
Long-term view: Young was a feisty competitor in college who started games in all four of his years with the Owls, but the 5-foot-9, 185-pound defensive back doesn’t project to be much more than a slot corner. The Ravens hope he shows more than recent mid-round picks such as Asa Jackson and Chykie Brown.

WR Chris Moore
Drafted: Fourth round (107th overall) from Cincinnati
2016 projected role: The 6-foot-1 wideout will compete for playing time in four-wide sets, but he is more likely to contribute on special teams if he’s to be active on Sundays as a rookie.
Long-term view: With Steve Smith and Mike Wallace potentially only in Baltimore for the coming season and Kamar Aiken set to become a free agent after 2016, Moore provides another deep-ball option to go with 2015 first-round pick Breshad Perriman. In a perfect world, both Perriman and Moore take major steps in 2016 and the Ravens re-sign Aiken as the possession receiver for 2017 and beyond.

OT Alex Lewis
Drafted: Fourth round (130th overall) from Nebraska
2016 projected role: His role will largely depend on what happens with Monroe and Stanley, but Lewis should have every chance to unseat third-year lineman James Hurst as the top reserve tackle.
Long-term view: With Monroe on his way out sooner or later and right tackle Rick Wagner scheduled to hit the free-agent market after 2016, Lewis could find himself competing for a starting role next year. Despite questions about his quickness, he has a shot to be a starting right tackle or a starting guard.

DT Willie Henry
Drafted: Fourth round (132nd overall) from Michigan
2016 projected role: It won’t be easy for Henry to crack the defensive line rotation, but his explosiveness and ability as a rusher could put him in the mix as an interior lineman in passing situations.
Long-term view: Henry brings versatility to the defensive line, but he didn’t show great awareness and consistency as a run defender at Michigan, making you wonder if he’s suited to be more of a third-down player. If Brandon Williams departs as a free agent after 2016, Henry could quickly see a larger role.

RB Kenneth Dixon
Drafted: Fourth round (134th overall) from Louisiana Tech
2016 projected role: His dynamic ability as a receiver out of the backfield will quickly put him in the offensive mix as a rookie, and he could challenge for the starting role sooner rather than later.
Long-term view: Dixon has the track record and skill set to rise above the other Baltimore running backs who may all be best suited to be No. 2 options. However, the 5-10, 215-pound back carried the ball 801 times in his college career, making you wonder if that could limit his shelf life at the NFL level.

OLB Matt Judon
Drafted: Fifth round (146th overall) from Grand Valley State
2016 projected role: Making the adjustment from the Division II level won’t be easy, but Judon could eventually work his way into a situational pass rusher role and contribute on special teams as a rookie.
Long-term view: The Ravens loved how he tested at the scouting combine and hope he will be the next Division II product to excel for them, but there will be a learning curve to develop more sophisticated pass-rush moves against better competition. This pick has plenty of upside, but patience will be the key.

WR Keenan Reynolds
Drafted: Sixth round (182nd overall) from Navy
2016 projected role: The record-setting Midshipmen quarterback will practice as a receiver, but his best chance of making the roster and contributing as a rookie will probably come as a return specialist.
Long-term view: The Ravens hope his athleticism can translate to the receiver position with visions of him working effectively out of the slot and being able to run a variety of plays. His 5-foot-10, 190-pound frame isn’t ideal for the NFL, but other college quarterbacks of similar build such as Antwaan Randle El and Julian Edelman made quick transitions to the NFL and you shouldn’t doubt Reynolds’ work ethic.

CB Maurice Canady
Drafted: Sixth round (209th overall) from Virginia
2016 projected role: The 6-foot-1, 195-pound defensive back had a disappointing senior season at Virginia, but he will have a chance to compete for a roster spot in a light group of cornerbacks.
Long-term view: Canady struggled to defend the deep ball and will need to play with more confidence than he did toward the end of his collegiate career. His best bet to stick with the Ravens and eventually develop into a contributor might come as a member of the practice squad.

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Final day could make 2016 draft class special for Ravens

Posted on 01 May 2016 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Safe and clean summarized the Ravens’ first three selections of the 2016 draft.

First-round left tackle Ronnie Stanley, second-round outside linebacker Kamalei Correa, and third-round defensive end Bronson Kaufusi looked to be picks of good value and minimal risk in terms of health and off-field conduct, but they were hardly the big splashes that make you salivate about upside. Right or wrong, general manager Ozzie Newsome preferred that route in lieu of gambling on high-risk, high-reward prospects such as edge rusher Noah Spence or inside linebacker Myles Jack in the early rounds.

Even if they prove to be quality picks in the long run, they just weren’t exciting ones. And, frankly, the Ravens would be the first ones to tell you that they better find good players when they’re choosing so early in each of the first three rounds.

But all along, the fourth round was going to be a key to this year’s draft. The Ravens had known since March that they’d be making four selections in the round and added a fifth through a trade on Friday night.

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Five choices in the fourth round would set an NFL record, but the problem was that the Ravens hadn’t done particularly well there over the previous five drafts. Since 2011, a fourth-round list consisting of Tandon Doss, Gino Gradkowski, Christian Thompson, John Simon, Kyle Juszczyk, Brent Urban, Lorenzo Taliaferro, Za’Darius Smith, Buck Allen, and the late Tray Walker had produced a solid player or two — with a few still to be determined — but it was hardly a dynamic group.

Assistant general manager Eric DeCosta set out to change that trend on Saturday.

“I think we had a great game plan, and we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to nail those picks,” said DeCosta, who extensively researched the historical sequencing and tendencies of teams picking in that portion of the draft. “We’ve said it lot. This was a critical part of our draft — the fourth round. It became a mission for all of us to do the best we could and get the best players we could.

“It fell that way today. We had a bunch of players and we had a sense of who might be there in different spots. The players that we targeted, they were there. We’d go back down and wait on a guy, and he’d be there. Then, we’d go back down and wait on a guy, and he’d be there. It just came out the right way for us.”

First, the Ravens netted Temple cornerback Tavon Young, who they think can compete with veteran Kyle Arrington at the nickel position after being impressed with his work at the Senior Bowl.

Then, they took receiver Chris Moore, who averaged an impressive 22.0 yards per catch over his final two seasons at Cincinnati. With Steve Smith planning to retire after 2016, Mike Wallace potentially only around for one season, and Kamar Aiken set to become a free agent next winter, Moore is an interesting name to add to a young group of receivers headlined by 2015 first-round pick Breshad Perriman.

Their third fourth-round pick, Nebraska offensive tackle Alex Lewis, gives Baltimore much-needed depth with Eugene Monroe’s future with the organization in doubt and right tackle Rick Wagner set to become a free agent after 2016. At the very least, the Ravens needed an upgrade from reserve tackle James Hurst and Lewis should be able to provide that. The selection came with character risk, however, as Lewis was sentenced to 45 days in jail and two years probation for pleading guilty to misdemeanor assault when he was attending the University of Colorado, but the Ravens claim to be “very comfortable” with him after talking extensively to staff at both schools and bringing the lineman to Baltimore for a daylong visit.

The Ravens had no excuse not to know what they were getting with defensive tackle Willie Henry after he was coached by John Harbaugh’s brother Jim and former Baltimore defensive coordinator Greg Mattison at the University of Michigan. Defensive tackle wasn’t a need, but the Ravens continue to build one of the deepest young defensive fronts in the NFL.

Finally, Louisiana Tech running back Kenneth Dixon was incredibly still on the board with the 134th overall pick and was immediately labeled by some pundits as one of the biggest steals of the final day. Added to a crowded group of running backs with no clear No. 1 option, Dixon could emerge as the starter sooner rather than later and was even regarded by some experts as the second-best running back in the draft behind Ezekiel Elliot, who went as the fourth overall pick on Thursday. It’s difficult not to get excited about his big-play potential as a receiver out of the backfield when you watch his college tape.

The five picks were impressive on paper as ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay even said it may have been the best fourth round he’d ever seen from any given team.

Their fifth-round selection brought the customary small-school prospect in Grand Valley State pass rusher Matt Judon, who collected 20 sacks as the consensus best defensive player in Division II football and impressed at the scouting combine. Before automatically scoffing at the lower level of competition, Ravens fans will remember that Brandon Williams was a Division II standout at Missouri Southern State a few years ago and is now one of the best nose tackles in the NFL.

Judon felt like a worthy gamble as the 146th pick of the draft.

“I remember texting [Harbaugh] and saying, ‘This kid from Grand Valley State is having a great workout,'” said DeCosta about watching Judon at the combine. “And John said, ‘I know. We’ve got to spend more time looking at this guy.’ That’s the great thing about the combine is you get a chance to see guys from all different conferences and backgrounds and levels of football competing on the same stage. He had all the skills you look for — the athletic ability, the size, and he had the production on tape [and] the ability on tape.”

But the best story of the weekend came when the Ravens tabbed Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds with their penultimate pick of the draft. Of course, it’s no sure thing that he’ll be able to make the transition to the next level as a wide receiver and return specialist, but Baltimore wouldn’t have made such a high-profile pick in the sixth round if the organization didn’t feel like he had a solid chance this summer to make the team.

Reynolds was already a household name locally after scoring an NCAA Division I record 88 touchdowns over his four years in Annapolis — amazingly breaking the record held by his new teammate Dixon — but the Ravens were impressed with the work he has already put in running routes as a receiver and working as a return specialist with former three-time Pro Bowl selection Brian Mitchell. The hope is that Reynolds could eventually turn into an effective slot receiver and returner reminiscent of former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver — and Indiana quarterback — Antwaan Randle El.

The entire area will be rooting for him.

“What a great story,” Newsome said. “We were at the East-West [Shrine] game, and Eric and I were sitting there, and on Day 2 he said, ‘Are you really paying attention to Keenan Reynolds?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, he’s doing some things that are catching our eye.’ It’s just something we kept in the back of our mind. He came here for our local pro day, and he did a good job there.”

With their final pick of the 2016 draft, the Ravens added 6-foot-1 cornerback Maurice Canady out of Virginia to give them 11 selections, their highest total since 2003.

After a nondescript first two days — at least if overlooking whether the Ravens would have drafted left tackle Laremy Tunsil had it not been for the infamous marijuana video released on Twitter — the final day had some of everything for the Ravens. It brought a high number of picks, some interesting upside, an off-field risk, the addressing of needs, a Harbaugh brother connection, a small-school sleeper, and a fantastic story involving one of the best local sports role models in recent memory.

We know at least a few of these third-day picks won’t work out. That’s just the nature of the business.

But the final day’s haul carried enough intrigue to potentially turn a solid 2016 draft into a special one. All teams around the league talked about how much they liked their draft classes on Saturday, but you could sense that the Ravens were gushing a little more than usual as Newsome went as far as saying he didn’t know if he’s ever felt as good about a collection of talent. Even with some of the Ravens’ recent drafting pains, those words shouldn’t be easily dismissed when you consider his body of work over the last two decades in Baltimore.

In a few years, we’ll remember the final day of the 2016 draft having plenty of sizzle for the Ravens — at least as much as the final four rounds are capable of having. But they’ll ultimately need the substance to be there to help them get back to a championship-caliber level after a 5-11 season a year ago.

If not, the weekend will be remembered as nothing more than a missed opportunity with so many picks.

“The board came off, basically, the way we thought it would,” Newsome said. “We were able to get some good young talent to come in here and compete to make this roster. Right now, the Baltimore Ravens are a much better football team.”

Time will reveal if they really are.

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Navy QB Reynolds named to Manning Award watch list

Posted on 14 August 2014 by WNST Staff

Keenan Reynolds One Of 32 Quarterbacks Named To The Allstate Sugar Bowl Manning Award Watch List

 

ANNAPOLIS, Md.–The Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, published its complete preseason Watch List on Thursday. The list includes 32 of the top quarterbacks in the nation heading into the 2014 season. The winner will again be selected by a voting panel, which includes national media and each of the Mannings, after the bowls.

 

The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that includes the candidates’ bowl performances in its balloting.

 

“This is always a great time of year with college football ramping up once again,” said Archie Manning. “We have a very strong group of 32 quarterbacks on our Watch List this year and we’ve seen them all in action, but every year there are new guys who jump right in and become stars. That’s what makes college football such a wonderful sport – you never know what might happen once the teams get out on the field.”

 

Additional quarterbacks may be added to the Watch List after the start of the season. The list of 10 finalists will be released on Wednesday, Nov. 26. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, Jan. 14.

 

This year’s Watch List includes players from all 10 Football Bowl Subdivision conferences. The Pac-12 leads the way with seven selections, followed by the Big Ten with five and the Big 12 with four. There are 18 seniors on the list while the junior class is represented by 10 quarterbacks. Rounding out the 32 are four sophomores, including Florida State’s Jameis Winston, who will look to be the first repeat winner of the honor. In addition to Winston, Oregon senior Marcus Mariota and Baylor senior Bryce Petty are returning finalists.

 

2014-15 Manning Award Watch List

Anthony Boone              Duke                             Sr.

Terrance Broadway       ULL                                 Sr.

Shane Carden                  East Carolina              Sr.

Rakeem Cato                   Marshall                       Sr.

Connor Cook                    Michigan State          Jr.

Cody Fajardo                   Nevada                        Sr.

Devin Gardner                Michigan                      Sr.

Garrett Grayson             Colorado State          Sr.

Connor Halliday              Washington State    Sr.

Taylor Heinicke               Old Dominion            Sr.

Taysom Hill                       BYU                                Jr.

Kevin Hogan                     Stanford                      Sr.

Brett Hundley                  UCLA                             Jr.

Matt Johnson                  Bowling Green          Jr.

Chuckie Keeton              Utah State                  Sr.

Taylor Kelly                       Arizona State             Sr.

Cody Kessler                    USC                                Jr.

Trevor Knight                   Oklahoma                   So.

Sean Mannion                 Oregon State             Sr.

Marcus Mariota              Oregon                         Jr.

Nick Marshall                   Auburn                         Sr.

Braxton Miller                 Ohio State                   Sr.

Bryce Petty                       Baylor                           Sr.

Dak Prescott                    Mississippi State       Jr.

Keenan Reynolds           Navy                              Jr.

Jake Rudock                     Iowa                              Jr.

Nate Sudfeld                   Indiana                         Jr.

P.J. Walker                        Temple                         So.

Bo Wallace                        Ole Miss                       Sr.

Jake Waters                     Kansas State              Sr.

Davis Webb                      Texas Tech                  So.

Jameis Winston              Florida State               So.

 

“We have had the opportunity to recognize 10 outstanding quarterbacks with the Manning Award,” said Paul Hoolahan, Allstate Sugar Bowl CEO. “It is truly a great honor for the Allstate Sugar Bowl to sponsor this award and we wish the best of luck to every quarterback and team in the country for another great year of college football.”

 

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.

 

Tickets are still available for Navy’s season opener against sixth ranked Ohio State on Saturday, August 30th at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Kickoff is set for 12 noon.

 

Tickets are $75 for the lower and upper levels and $125 for club seats.  To purchase tickets, call 1-800-US4-NAVY or you can buy them on the web at: http://bit.ly/1vxIyoF

 

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.

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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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