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Navy QB Reynolds named Independent Player of the Week

Posted on 07 October 2013 by WNST Staff

FOOTBALL BOWL SUBDIVISION INDEPENDENT PLAYERS OF THE WEEK NAMED

 

Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds, BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy and Notre Dame placekicker/punter Kyle Brindza have been named FBS Independent Players of the Week, for games played through Saturday, Oct. 5.  Reynolds receives the honors on Offense, Van Noy is cited on Defense, and Brindza is recognized on Special Teams.  Van Noy is honored for the second consecutive week and fifth time in his career; for Brindza, the citation is his first of the season and fourth of his career, while Reynolds’ first honor of the season is the second of his career.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

 

Navy QB Keenan Reynolds

A sophomore from Antioch, Tenn., Reynolds rushed 28 times for 126 yards and three touchdowns, leading Navy to a 28-10 home-field victory over Air Force.  Reynolds also completed six of his 10 pass attempts for 54 yards, as the Midshipmen took their first step toward retaining the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy.  Navy is now 9-3 when Reynolds starts at quarterback, and Saturday’s win marked the Mids’ largest margin of victory over Air Force in 35 years.

 

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

 

BYU LB Kyle Van Noy

A senior from Reno, Nev., Van Noy got BYU off to a stunning start at Utah State, returning an opening-play interception 17 yards for a touchdown, helping the Cougars to a 31-14 win.  The TD was Van Noy’s fifth in a BYU uniform, extending his school career record for defensive scores.  Van Noy’s game stat tally also featured five tackles (including a tackle for loss), a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

 

Notre Dame PK/P Kyle Brindza

A junior from Canton, Mich., Brindza tied the Notre Dame record for longest made field goal with his 53-yard conversion in a 37-34 win at No. 22 Arizona State.  On the night, Brindza connected on three of four field goal attempts and recorded a 50.5 yard average on two punts.  He was also 4-for-4 on PATs, and registered seven touchbacks on eight kickoffs.  Brindza’s 53-yard FG was Notre Dame’s longest scoring kick since Dave Reese converted from the same distance against Pittsburgh in 1976.

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Navy hosts Air Force Saturday in first leg of C-i-C Trophy series

Posted on 04 October 2013 by WNST Staff

Game 4 Navy (2-1) vs. Air Force (1-4)
Date and Kickoff Oct. 5, 2013 at 11:30 am ET
Location Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000)
Television CBS Sports
TV Talent Spero Dedes (play-by-play), Steve Beuerlein (analyst), Evan Washburn (sideline)


Setting the Stage

• Navy and Air Force will meet for the 46th time on the gridiron when they square off on Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. Saturday’s game, presented by USAA, is slated for an 11:40 a.m. kickoff.
• A record crowd is expected for the game.  The current stadium record is 37,970 for Pitt on Oct. 18, 2008.  Seating capacity for Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium is 34,000, however, it does not include standing-room only tickets that have been sold.
• This is the first leg in the battle for the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy between the three Service Academies (Air Force, Army, Navy).  The team that wins both Service Academy games wins the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy and will take a trip to the White House to meet the  President of the United States, Barack Obama.  If all three teams produce a 1-1 record, the previous year’s winner (Navy) would retain the trophy, but does not make the trip to the White House.  Navy has won the trophy in eight of the last 10 years.
• Saturday’s game will be televised nationally by CBS with Spero Dedes (play-by-play), Steve Beuerlein (color) and Evan Washburn (sideline) calling the action.

Game Day Festivities
• Pregame festivities will get underway at approximately 9:00 a.m. with the Navy Football Team Walk.  Originating at the Blue Angel in the southwest corner of the stadium, the team will make its way down the sidewalk and through NavyFest before walking up the drive to the stadium.  Fans are encouraged to line up on both sides of the sidewalk to cheer for the team.
• The March-On of the Brigade of Midshipmen will take place at 11:16 a.m.
• The exchange of Midshipmen and Cadets who are spending a semester at their Service Academy rival will take place at 11:31 a.m.
• Between the first and second quarters there will be a recognition of the Navy’s 238th Birthday. Saturday marks a week-long celebration that will culminate on Oct. 13.
• The USAA Field Goal Challenge will take place at halftime where select fans will win a concession voucher.
• Fans will receive a commemorative Navy photo on the concourse at Gate E compliments of USAA.  Photos from the game can be shared using #AFvsNAVY13.
• The first 10,000 fans will also receive a commemorative poster celebrating the 1963 Cotton Bowl team.
•    At halftime, the 1963 Cotton Bowl team will be recognized on the 50th anniversary of the greatest team to play at Navy.  That team finished 9-2 and was ranked No. 2 in the country.  The Mids owned victories over West Virginia, William & Mary, Michigan, VMI, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Maryland, Duke and Army.  The Army game was played a week later than it was supposed to after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  The Mids lost in the Cotton Bowl to No. 1 Texas, 28-6.  Roger Staubach won the Heisman Trophy that year, the second and last Navy player to win college football’s highest honor (Joe Bellino won it in 1960). Staubach ran for 418 yards and eight touchdowns, while throwing for 1,474 yards and seven touchdowns in that magical season.
•    Also at halftime, the coach of the 1963 team, Wayne Hardin, will be recognized for being inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.  Hardin is the 24th person affiliated with the Naval Academy to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and the third head coach, joining Gil Dobie (17-3 at Navy from 1917-19) and George Welsh (55-46-1 at Navy from 1973-81). Hardin will officially be inducted at the 56th National Football Foundation’s Annual Awards Dinner on December 10th, 2013, at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City and officially enshrined in the summer of 2014 at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Ga.  Hardin compiled a record of 38-22-2 as Navy’s head coach from 1959-64, including a 5-1 mark against Army and a 3-3 record against Notre Dame.  He coached two Heisman Trophy winners in Joe Bellino (1960) and Roger Staubach (1963) and led Navy to two New Year’s Day bowl games.  The 1960 team compiled a record of 9-2 and was ranked No. 4 in the country under the direction of Hardin and earned victories over Boston College, Washington, SMU, Air Force, Notre Dame, Virginia and Army before losing to Missouri, 21-14, in the Orange Bowl.  In 1963, the Midshipmen rose to No. 2 in the national rankings with a 9-2 record before losing to No. 1 Texas, 28-6, in the Cotton Bowl.
• Between the third and fourth quarter, the 2013 Navy women’s lacrosse team will be recognized.  The Mids finished the 2013 campaign with a 19-2 record, won a fourth-straight Patriot League Tournament title and won an NCAA Tournament game for the first time in school history.
• Following the game will be the playing of both the Air Force and Navy alma maters.  The losing team’s alma mater will be played first, followed by the winning team.

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.  Air Force lost to both Army (41-21) and Navy (28-21 OT) last year to surrender the trophy after holding it for two years (2010, `11)..
• 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 amassed an 85-46 (.649) overall record in the last 11 years, while Air Force is 69-60 (.535) and Army is 34-91 (.272).  The Mids are 18-2 against the other two Service Academies since 2003 and have won 19 of its last 21 Service Academy games dating back to the 2002 Army-Navy game.

Scouting Air Force
•    Air Force owns a 1-4 record, having played a tough schedule.  Its lone win was against Colgate of the Patriot League, 38-13.
• The Falcons have lost to conference foes Utah State (52-20), Boise State (42-20), Wyoming (56-23) and Nevada (45-42).
•    Sophomore quarterback Karson Roberts was impressive in his first career start last Saturday night against Nevada. Roberts rushed for 161 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries as he helped lead the Falcons to 453 yards of total offense and 42 points.
•    Fullback Broam Hart is the Falcons’ leading rusher with 292 yards and three touchdowns on 62 carries.  Running back Jon Lee has rushed for 278 yards and three touchdowns on 36 carries.
•    Sam Gagliano leads the Air Force receiving corps with eight catches for 112 yards and one touchdown, while Ty MaCarthur has seven catches for 99 yards.
•    The Falcon defense is led by Joey Nichol (53 tackles, 4.5 tackles for a loss) and Steffon Batts (37 tackles, 3 pass breakups).

Navy vs. The Mountain West
•    Navy is 20-34 (.370) all-time against teams currently residing in the Mountain West Conference.
•    The Mids have played six – Air Force, Colorado State, Hawai’i, New Mexico, San Diego State, San Jose State  – of the 12 teams that make up the Mountain West.

Looking To Go 3-1 For The First Time Since 2006
• Navy is off to a 2-1 start for the third time in the last four seasons and will be looking to go 3-1 for the first time since 2006.
• The Mids were 2-1 in 2011 before losing at home to Air Force in overtime (35-34). The Mids ended up losing six in a row en route to a disappointing 5-7 season.
• In 2006, the Mids defeated East Carolina (28-23), Massachusetts (21-20) and Stanford (37-9) to start the year 3-0 before falling to Tulsa, 24-23, in overtime.  That Navy team went on to post a 9-4 record and played Boston College in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.

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Navy looks for 3-0 start Saturday at Western Kentucky

Posted on 27 September 2013 by WNST Staff

Game 3 Navy (2-0) at Western Kentucky (2-2)
Date and Kickoff Sept. 28, 2013 at 2:00 pm ET / 1:00 pm CT
Location Bowling Green, Ky. | Houchens Industries / L.T. Smith Stadium (22,113)
Television ESPNEWS
TV Talent Mark Neely (play-by-play), Ray Bentley (analyst)


Setting the Stage

• Navy and Western Kentucky will meet for the third time on the gridiron when they square off at Houchens Industries / L.T. Smith Stadium (22,113) in Bowling Green, Ky. on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 2:00 pm Eastern, 1:00 pm in Bowling Green.
• This will be the first meeting between the two schools since 2011 when Navy defeated Western Kentucky, 40-14, in Bowling Green.
• Saturday’s game will be televised nationally by ESPNEWS with Mark Neely (play-by-play) and Ray Bentley (analyst) calling the action.

Navy Looking To Go 3-0 For The First Time Since 2006
• Navy is off to a 2-0 start for the second time in the last three seasons and will be looking to go 3-0 for the first time since 2006.
• The Mids were 2-0 in 2011 before dropping a heartbreaking 24-21 game at South Carolina.  The next week Navy lost at home to Air Force in overtime (35-34) and ended up losing six in a row en route to a disappointing 5-7 season.
• In 2006, the Mids defeated East Carolina (28-23), Massachusetts (21-20) and Stanford (37-9) to start the year 3-0 before falling to Tulsa, 24-23 in overtime.  That Navy team went on to post a 9-4 record and played Boston College in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.

Injuries
•    Starting corner Kwazel Bertrand will miss his third consecutive game with a left knee injury.  Bertrand injured his knee the week before the season-opener.  He is expected to be back for the Air Force game.
•    Projected starting slot back Ryan Williams-Jenkins is expected to play in his first game this year.  Williams-Jenkins tore the ACL in his left knee during spring practice and had surgery on April 9.  Remarkably, in less than six months Williams-Jenkins has returned to the practice field and is ready to see his first action of the year.
•    Projected starting slot back Colin Osborne is out for the year with a torn ACL in his right knee. Osborne injured his knee early in the fall and had surgery on September 12.
Scouting Western Kentucky
•    The Hilltoppers, who are 2-2, are coming off a 58-17 destruction of Morgan State.  Western Kentucky knocked off in-state rival Kentucky, 35-26, in the opener before losing to Tennessee (52-20) and South Alabama (31-24) in back-to-back games.
• Western Kentucky is averaging 227.2 yards per game on the ground and 246.5 yards through the air.  Meanwhile, the WKU defense is giving up 195.5 yards per game on the ground and 187.5 through the air.
• Senior running back Antonio Andrews is one of the best running backs the Mids will see all year.  He leads the Hilltopper offense with 545 rushing yards on 65 carries (8.4 yds/carry) and six touchdowns and has 10 catches for 119 yards (11.9 yds/catch).  Andrews destroyed Morgan State last Saturday, rushing for 213 yards and five touchdowns on 17 carries.
•    Western Kentucky has played four quarterbacks this year, with Junior Brandon Doughty starting three of the four games.  Doughty has completed 78 of his 122 pass attempts (63.9) for 830 yards with five touchdowns and eight interceptions.  Freshman Todd Porter started against Morgan State and completed five of his 10 pass attempts for 76 yards and an interception.
•    Junior Willie McNeal and freshman Nicholas Norris lead the WKU receiving corps. McNeal has 15 catches for 207 yards, while Norris has 14 catches for 169 yards and three touchdowns.
•    Senior linebacker Xavius Boyd leads the WKU defense with 45 tackles, 9.5 tackles for a loss and 3.5 sacks.  Junior safety Jonathan Dowling has recorded 27 stops, recovered a fumble and forced two fumbles, while senior linebacker Andrew Jackson has 28 tackles and 1.5 tackles for a loss.

Navy vs. The The Sun Belt
•    Navy is 55-17-1 (.760) all-time against teams from the Sun Belt.
•    The Mids have played four of the eight teams that make up the Sun Belt, having played Arkansas State (1-0), Texas State (1-0), Troy (1-1) and Western Kentucky (2-0).

Time To Prepare
• The Mids are 10-12 (.455) under Niumatalolo with more than one week to prepare.
• In 2008, the Mids were 3-3 with more than one week to prepare, beating Towson, Northern Illinois and Army and losing to Pitt, Notre Dame and Wake Forest.
• In 2009, the Mids were 2-2 with more than one week to prepare, beating Army and Missouri and losing to Ohio State and Hawai’i
• In 2010, the Mids were 1-3 with more than one week to prepare, beating Army and losing to Maryland, Air Force and San Diego State.
• In 2011, the Mids were 2-1 with more than one week to prepare, beating Delaware and Army and losing to Air Force.
• In 2012, the Mids were 1-3 with more than one week to prepare, beating Army and losing to Notre Dame, Penn State and Arizona State.
• This season, the Mids are 1-0 with more than one week to prepare, beating Indiana.

Mids Putting Points on the board
• A week after scoring 41 points at Indiana, Navy hung 51 points on Delaware.  The 51 points are the most in a Navy home opener since 1975 when the Mids defeated Connecticut, 55-7.
• Navy’s 92-combined points in the first two games of the season are the most by a Navy team to start the season since 1975 when the Mids opened the year by scoring a combined 97 points against Virginia (42-14) and Connecticut (55-7).
• Navy is averaging 46.0 points per game this season, the ninth-best scoring average in the country.

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Navy QB Reynolds honored by ECAC

Posted on 18 September 2013 by WNST Staff

Navy sophomore quarterback Keenan Reynolds was named the ECAC FBS Offensive Player of the Week for his play in Navy’s 51-7 victory over Delaware.  Reynolds completed 10 of his 13 pass attempts for a career-high 233 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 109 yards in Navy’s win.

The Delaware marked the third time in his career that Reynolds went over 100 yards rushing and passing in the same game and his 233 yards passing was the most by a Navy quarterback since 2000 (Brian Broadwater against Tulane) and his 342 yards of total offense was the best by a Navy player since 2008 (Shun White against Towson).

Reynolds is the first Navy quarterback to pass for more than 200 yards and rush for more than 100 yards in a game since 2002 (Craig Candeto against Northwestern) and he has directed Navy to over 500 yards total offense in each of the first two games.  Navy has never had three-straight games of more than 500 yards of total offense.

The Mids are off this week before traveling to Bowling Green, Ky. to take on Western Kentucky in a game that will be televised nationally by ESPNEWS. Kickoff is set for 1:00 PM in Bowling Green, 2:00 PM (ET). Navy has not started a season 3-0 since 2006.

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Navy QB Reynolds honored by NAAA

Posted on 17 September 2013 by WNST Staff

Navy sophomore quarterback Keenan Reynolds was named the NAAA Athlete of the Week presented by Rolls Royce as he completed 10 of his 13 pass attempts for a career-high 233 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 109 yards in Navy’s 51-7 rout of Delaware.

Saturday marked the third time in his career that Reynolds went over 100 yards rushing and passing in the same game and his 233 yards passing was the most by a Navy quarterback since 2000 (Brian Broadwater against Tulane) and his 342 yards of total offense was the best by a Navy player since 2008 (Shun White against Towson).

Reynolds is the first Navy quarterback to pass for more than 200 yards and rush for more than 100 yards in a game since 2002 (Craig Candeto against Northwestern) and he has directed Navy to over 500 yards total offense in each of their first two games.  Navy has never had three-straight games of more than 500 yards of total offense.

The Mids are off this week before traveling to Bowling Green, Ky. to take on Western Kentucky. Navy has not started a season 3-0 since 2006.

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The 15-7-0 has a better defense than the Washington Redskins

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The 15-7-0 has a better defense than the Washington Redskins

Posted on 16 September 2013 by Glenn Clark

15 positive observations from the weekend of football, seven not so positive observations and we acknowledge a “zero” from outside the world of football. A reminder, there’s never any Ravens game analysis here. We do plenty of that elsewhere. It’s a trip through the weekend of football via videos, GIFs, memes, pictures, links, Tweets and shtick.

I heard that before settling on “Daniel”, Mr. and Mrs. Flacco were seriously considering “Fifteensevenoh” as their son’s name. I’m sorta surprised they didn’t stick with it.

15 Positive Observations…

1. Someone is going to end up beating the Denver Broncos, but right now it’s really hard to imagine someone beating the Denver Broncos.

My favorite Peyton Manning audible is the one where he finishes his bowl of soup.

Apparently Trindon Holliday thought he was playing the Ravens.

The Brothers Manning seemed a bit awkward postgame.

Which is weird because earlier they were…making out?

This was Phil Simms doing…Christ, I don’t know…during the game broadcast on CBS.

2. I should be excited about Maryland being 3-0 for the first time since 2001, but I’m actually a bit depressed that Maryland went 12 years without starting a season 3-0.

Things went really well for Randy Edsall in his return to Connecticut. Enjoy these highlights of the Terps’ win before we get to the crappy part.

The crappy part is that Dexter McDougle becomes the second Maryland CB to go down, and we know McDougle will miss the rest of the season. I’ll just assume Shawn Petty starts playing corner next week.

Again, we follow bad stuff with good stuff; so here’s the plane the Terrapins flew to Hartford on. It’s the most amazing thing you’ll ever see ever.

Elsewhere in the ACC, Virginia Tech is going to wear this next week because they know they’re awful this year anyway.

3. Johnny Football is good at football. Alabama football is better at football.

Oh my Bear Bryant. Manziel threw a 95 yard TD…

And then Oh my Saban this is how he celebrated.

Unfortunately for Manziel, he also threw a TD to Vinnie Sunseri-who plays for Alabama. His attempt at a tackle left a bit to be desired.

I know Manziel is an “effort” guy, but I’m not sure he needed to truck his own security.

Look, I know Alabama won the game. But they’re just really GOOD. Johnny Manziel is really INTERESTING.

Okay, TJ Yeldon was interesting too.

4. The Miami Dolphins would like to remind you of why it is that everyone was saying the Miami Dolphins were a sleeper to make the playoffs in the AFC.

But TY Hilton REALLY looks good.

5. The Kansas City Chiefs would like to echo those sentiments…you know, except about them.

Unfortunately for Sam Koch, the road to the Pro Bowl just keeps getting tougher.

Dez Bryant did awesome things.

It is probably worth pointing out that this guy attended the game.

(Continued on Page 2…)

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Navy faces Delaware Saturday in home opener

Posted on 13 September 2013 by WNST Staff

2013 Navy Football Game Specifics
Game 2 Navy (1-0) vs. Delaware (2-0)
Date and Kickoff Sept. 14, 2013 at 3:30 pm ET
Location Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000)
Television CBS Sports Network
TV Talent Brad Johansen (play-by-play), Randy Cross (analyst), Sheehan Stanwick-Burch (sideline)

Setting the Stage
• Navy and Delaware will meet for the 17th on the gridiron when they square off on Saturday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000). Kickoff is set for 3:30 pm.  The presenting sponsor for Saturday’s game is BB&T.
• This will be the first meeting between the two schools since 2011 when Navy defeated the Blue Hens, 40-17.  Navy has won two straight and three of the last four contests against Delaware.
• Saturday’s game will be televised nationally by CBS Sports Network with Brad Johansen (play-by-play), Randy Cross (analyst) and Sheehan Stanwick-Burch (sidelines) calling the action.

Game Day Festivities
• Pregame festivities will get underway at approximately 1:00 pm with the Navy Football Team Walk.  Originating at the Blue Angel in the southwest corner of the stadium, the team will make its way down the sidewalk and through NavyFest before walking up the drive to the stadium.  Fans are encouraged to line up on both sides of the sidewalk to cheer for the team.
• The March-On of the Brigade of Midshipmen will take place at 3:10 pm.
• The Naval Academy Drum and Bugle Corps will perform at halftime.
• Following the game will be the playing of the Mids’ alma mater, Navy Blue & Gold.

Scouting Delaware
•    Delaware is off to a 2-0 start with victories over Jacksonville (51-35) and Delaware State (42-21).
• The Blue Hens sport a balanced offense rushing for 250.5 yards per game and throwing for 283.0 yards per game.
• The Delaware rushing attack is led by senior running back Andrew Pierce, who has rushed for 156 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries.  Senior running back Julian Laing has 138 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries.
•    Junior quarterback Trent Hurley, a transfer from Bowling Green, has completed 71.7 percent of his passes this season (43-60) for 566 yards with five touchdowns and one interception.  Hurley’s favorite targets are junior wide receiver Michael Johnson (11-204, 1 TD), junior tight end Nick Boyle (8-111, 2 TD) and senior wide receiver Rob Jones (8-108, 2 TD).
•    Junior linebacker Pat Callaway leads the Delaware defense with 18 tackles, two tackles for a loss, a sack and an interception, while sophomore defensive back Craig Brodsky has 11 tackles and two pass breakups.
•    Delaware has 11 FBS transfers, including four from Maryland, two from Pitt, two from Rutgers and one each from Bowling Green, Connecticut and Virginia.

Navy vs. The CAA
•    Navy is 55-17-1 (.760) all-time against teams from the Colonial Athletic Association.
•    The Mids have played William & Mary the most (40 games, 33-6-1), while Delaware has handed Navy the most losses (7, 9-7).

Navy In Home Openers
• Navy is 8-3 (.727) in home openers during the “triple option era” (2002-present) and 5-0 under current head coach Ken Niumatalolo.

Navy Grinds Out 41-35 Victory Over Indiana
•    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) – Two nights after coach Ken Niumatalolo’s mother died in Hawaii, the Midshipmen put a heart-shaped decal on their shoulder pads and played like a wrecking crew. Keenan Reynolds rushed for 127 yards and three touchdowns, Darius Staten added another 106 yards on the ground and the Midshipmen ground out a 41-35 victory at Indiana in their season opener – their first road win over a Big Ten foe since 1979 at Illinois.
• On a night the Mids held an almost two-to-one advantage in possession time and rushed for 444 yards, they committed only five penalties, had no turnovers and wound up with only three negative rushing plays – one of those coming on a kneel-down on the game’s final play.
• Navy won for the first time in three tries in Bloomington and beat a BCS foe for the 20th time since 2003 – the most of any non-BCS school in the nation over the last decade.
• Reynolds kept the ball on Navy’s throwback triple option 32 times. Geoffrey Whiteside ran nine times for 97 yards, and DeBrandon Sanders carried five times for 68 yards. In all, the Midshipmen ran 70 times, averaging 6.3 yards per carry, and never even bobbled the ball on a pitch. Navy threw just five passes with Reynolds completing two for 71 yards.
• The Hoosiers wanted to avenge last year’s late debacle at Navy, a game in which the Midshipmen rallied for a 31-30 victory by scoring 10 points in the final 5 1/2 minutes.
• Quarterback Nate Sudfeld did what he could, going 31 of 42 with 363 yards and three TDs.
• Hoosiers fans thought their revamped defense was vastly improved after a 73-35 rout of Indiana State. Instead, they were no match against Navy, which jumped to a 17-0 lead and never gave Indiana a chance to tie the score or take the lead in a game that Navy never punted.
• The Midshipmen opened the game with 29 consecutive runs, churning out 212 yards in roughly 1 1/2 quarters and finished the first half with 255 yards rushing – just two fewer yards than it had in last year’s game against the Hoosiers.
• They finished with 18 carries of at least 10 yards, and it started quickly as Whiteside ran for 31 yards on Navy’s first offensive play and went for 18 two plays later. Eventually, Reynolds scored on at 1-yard TD run to make it 7-0.
• Then, after stopping Indiana on a fourth-down try at the Hoosiers’ 34-yard line, Chris Swain scored on a 3-yard run to make it 14-0. Navy settled for a 23-yard field goal on its next possession and, after Sudfeld threw a perfect 45-yard TD pass to Kofi Hughes, answered with another long scoring drive that Noah Copeland capped with a 3-yard TD run to make it 24-7.
• Reynolds opened the scoring with a 2-yard TD run to start the third quarter and his third scoring run of the night made it 38-21.
• Indiana could have had a chance to tie the score if it recovered a late onside kick, but the Hoosiers recovered out of bounds and Reynolds ran out the clock.

Close Calls
• Navy has won six-consecutive games decided by eight points or less dating back to the 2011 Army-Navy game.  The Mids are 1-0 this season after beating Indiana in last week’s opener, 41-35.
• The Mids are 19-13 (.594) under head coach Ken Niumatalolo in games decided by eight points or less.  One of those 13 includes Navy’s 35-32 loss to Utah in the 2007 Poinsettia Bowl in which Niumatalolo served as head coach.

Continuity Is The Key To Success
•    Navy is one of 18 schools to have its entire coaching staff back from the previous season.  The other schools are Akron, Baylor, Boise State, Buffalo, Louisville, Maryland, Memphis, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Rice, Toledo, Tulane, Tulsa and Vanderbilt.
•    In fact, Navy has lost just two coaches in the five years that Ken Niumatalolo has been the head coach and eight of Navy’s coaches have been in Annapolis for at least 10 years.
• Defensive line coach Dale Pehrson is in his 18th year at Navy, Niumatalolo is in his 16th year, offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper is in his 14th year, defensive coordinator Buddy Green, secondary coach Keith Jones and slot backs coach Danny O’Rourke are all entering their 12th year at Navy, offensive line coach Chris Culton is in his 11th year and outside linebackers coach Tony Grantham is entering his 10th year in Annapolis.
•    Jasper is entering his sixth year as the offensive coordinator and he teams with Green, who is entering his 12th year as the defensive coordinator, to make Navy one of just five schools in the country to have the same offensive and defensive coordinators for at least six years. The other teams on that list are Oregon State (OC in 9th, DC in 11th), Wake Forest (OC in 11th, DC in 6th), Northwestern (OC and DC both in 6th) and SMU (OC and DC both in 6th).

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Navy QB Reynolds honored by NAAA

Posted on 10 September 2013 by WNST Staff

Sophomore quarterback Keenan Reynolds has been named the NAAA Athlete of the Week Presented by Rolls Royce.

Reynolds rushed for 127 yards and three touchdowns on 32 carries and completed two of his four pass attempts for 71 yards in leading Navy to a 41-35 victory over Indiana. In nine possessions, Navy scored seven times, missed a field goal and ran out the clock on the final possession.

The win was Navy’s first on the road against a Big Ten opponent since 1979 when the Mids won at Illinois and it gave the BIG TEN its only loss of the weekend (11-1).

Navy will play host to Delaware on Saturday at 3:30 PM in the home opener. Tickets are still available by calling 1-800-US4-NAVY, online at http://bit.ly/1anFMoq or on game day at the box office located in the North End Zone.

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Reynolds sharp in first Navy scrimmage

Posted on 10 August 2013 by WNST Staff

Navy Football Conducts First Scrimmage Of The Fall

 

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo put his team through a 95-play scrimmage on Saturdaymorning in the annual Blue & Gold Scrimmage at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

 

“I thought the defense got the better of the offense today,” said Niumatalolo.  “There were good and bad things on both sides of the ball and we still have a lot of work to do to get ready for Indiana. The good thing is we still have four weeks to get better.”

 

The most impressive players of the scrimmage were sophomore fullback Chris Swain and freshman outside linebacker William Tuider.

 

Swain rushed for 43 yards and a touchdown on just four carries and had a 45-yard touchdown run called back.

 

Swain’s 41-yard touchdown run showed his impressive speed as he just ran by several defenders that had an angle on him and his 45-yard touchdown run that was called back because of a holding call on Tanner Fleming showed his power as he ran through a defender at the line of scrimmage and broke several other tackles en route to the end zone.

 

“Chris Swain has a chance to be the best fullback we’ve ever had here,” said Niumatalolo.  “He still has some things to work on, but he is impressive running the football.”

 

Tuider recorded five tackles, three tackles for a loss and a sack in the scrimmage and consistently caused problems for the Navy offense.

 

“Tuider looked like a starter out there today,” said Navy defensive coordinator Buddy Green.  “We still have four weeks until that first game so a lot can happen, but he was certainly impressive.”

 

Sophomore Keenan Reynolds had a solid day at quarterback completing 13-15 passes for 141 yards, while rushing for 25 yards on 10 carries. He did take a costly sack that cost the offense a field goal.

 

“I would say Keenan was 50-50 today,” said Navy offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ivin Jasper.  “He did some good things and there are some other things we still need to work on.”

 

Sophomore slot back DeBrandon Sanders had a solid day with 35 yards rushing on five carries, while big freshman fullback Shawn White carried the ball eight times for 29 yards and a touchdown.

 

Sophomore slot back Ed Royds caught a 50-yard pass from Kody Akers, while junior slot back Geoffrey Whiteside had three catches for 48 yards and senior wide receiver Matt Aiken had two catches for 24 yards.

 

Sophomore safety Edward Robinson was the leading tackler on the day with eight tackles, while junior linebacker Maika Polamalu was impressive with seven tackles.  Sophomore defensive end Sean Reaver had six tackles and a ½ tackles for a loss, while senior defensive end Paul Quessenberry had five tackles, two tackles for a loss and a sack.  Junior outside linebacker Chris Johnson, who missed all of last year with a torn ACL, recorded five tackles and a tackle for a loss.

 

The offense ran 95 plays for 492 yards (5.2 yards per play).  The defense recorded 10 tackles for a loss, three sacks and a fumble recovery (Shakir Robinson recovered it).

 

 

Offense

 

Rushing

Chris Swain: 4-43 (1 TD), 41 yard TD run. Had a 45-yard TD run called back

DeBrandon Sanders: 5-35

Shawn White: 8-29 (1 TD), 3 yard TD run

John Hendrick: 14-28

Keenan Reynolds: 10-25

Calvin Cass Jr.: 4-18

Kody Akers: 6-15 (1 TD), 5 yard TD run

Quentin Singleton: 4-14

Toneo Gulley: 2-10

Noah Copeland: 2-9

Tago Smith: 2-9

Colin Osborne: 1-5

Ed Royds: 1-5

William Huntsman: 1-5

Reuben Carson: 2-5

Geoffrey Whiteside: 2-3

Darius Staten: 2-1

Total Rushing: 70-259 (3.7 yards per carry)

 

Passing

Keenan Reynolds:  13-15, 141 yards

John Hendrick: 5-8, 42 yards

Kody Akers:  1-2, 50 yards

Total Passing: 19-25  for 233 yards (9.3 yards per attempt)

 

Receiving

Ed Royds: 1-50

Geoffrey Whiteside: 3-48

Matt Aiken: 2-24

Tago Smith: 2-18

Shawn Lynch: 1-18

Brendan Dudeck: 2-13

Casey Bolena: 1-13

Marcus Thomas: 1-12

Hayden Maples: 1-11

Noah Copeland: 1-9

Calvin Cass Jr.: 1-8

Colin Osborne: 2-7

Chris Swain: 1-2

Total Receiving: 19-233 (12.2 per catch)

 

 

Defense

Edward Robinson: 8 tackles

Maika Polamalu 7 tackles

Sean Reaver: 6 tackles, 1/2 TFL

William Tuider: 5 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 sack

Paul Quessenberry: 5 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 sack

Chris Johnson: 5 tackles, 1 TFL

Don Pearson: 4 tackles

James Britton: 3 tackles

Parrish Gaines: 3 tackles

Quincy Adams: 3 tackles, 1 PBU

Shelley White: 3 tackles

Kwazel Bertrand: 3 tackles

Shakir Robinson: 3 tackles, 1 FR

Obi Uzoma: 3 tackles

Anthony Lewis: 3 tackles

Cody Peterson: 3 tackles

Tyler Goble: 3 tackles

D.J. Sargenti: 2 tackles, TFL

A.K. Akpunku: 2 tackles

Brendon Clements: 2 tackles

Wave Ryder: 2 tackles

Tyler Lehrke: 2 tackles

Kikau Pescai: 2 tackles

Marcus Mack: 2 tackles

Michael Huf: 2 tackles

Travis Bridges: 2 tackles, 1/2 TFL

Nick McCrory: 2 tackles

Zach Hester: 2 tackles

Will Anthony: 2 tackles

David Gordeuk: 2 tackles, TFL

Peter Igras: 2 tackles

Aaron Davis: 1 tackle, TFL, Sack

Lonnie Richardson: 1 tackle

Mike Markovsky: 1 tackle

Chris Ferguson: 1 tackle

Nick Martinez: 1 tackle

George Jamison: 1 tackle

Joe Worth: 1 tackle

Evan Palelei: 1 tackle

Bernard Sarra: 1 tackle

Vin Rider: 1 tackle

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Navy football set to open summer camp Friday

Posted on 01 August 2013 by WNST Staff

Navy Set to Open Preseason Camp

• Sixth-year Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo will open the 2013 season when the Midshipmen report for fall camp on Friday, Aug. 2, and will hold the first day of practice on Saturday, Aug. 3 following Media Day.

• Because Navy will be idle the first week of the season, the Mids will have just one two-a-day practice session at this year’s camp (Monday, Aug. 12).

• This year’s Media Day / FanFest will be held on Saturday, Aug. 3  from 10 am-12-noon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

• The team will hold its annual Blue & Gold Scrimmage at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 10 at 10 am.

• The first day of classes is Monday, Aug. 19.

• Navy will resume its normal Monday-Friday practice schedule on Aug. 19, practicing daily from 4-6 pm.

• The Midshipmen kick off their season on Sept. 7 at Indiana.

 

Aiken and Peterson Named Team Captains

• Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo announced at the annual Navy football banquet that senior linebacker Cody Peterson and senior wide receiver Matt Aiken have been elected team captains for the 2013 football season by their teammates.

• “Being elected team captain at the Naval Academy is one of the highest honors you can receive at an institution that prides itself on producing great leaders,” said Niumatalolo. “Cody and Matt are great leaders on and off the field and there is no question in my mind that they will do a great job. They both work extremely hard and will set an example for the entire team.”

• Peterson played in all 12 games last fall, starting the final eight at inside linebacker. He finished with 67 tackles, two tackles for a loss and a forced fumble. Peterson recorded 10 tackles in Navy’s overtime victory over Air Force and a career-high 14 tackles against Army.

• Aiken has seen action in 33 games over his career and is a three-year letterwinner. He missed the first four games last year after suffering a knee injury during fall camp.  He came back to catch seven passes for 61 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning touchdown with 2:02 remaining in Navy’s 31-30 come-from-behind victory over Indiana. Aiken has 20 catches for 262 yards and four touchdowns in his career.

 

Montalvo Returns To Team

• Freshman quarterback Ralph Montalvo was involved in a serious automobile accident last year on Thanksgiving night while home in Miami.

• Montalvo was the passenger in a single-vehicle accident and was in critical condition at Kendall Regional Medical Center in Miami before being released from the hospital.

• He spent time in Miami and Richmond, Va. rehabiliating from his injuries and was able to return to the Academy in July.

• Montalvo will be a freshman academically and will be held out of contact until at least November of this year.  He has three years of athletic eligibility remaining.

• Montalvo is a 2011 graduate of La Salle High, where he lettered in football, track and field and lacrosse. He earned Honorable Mention All-State (Fla.) honors in football and was selected as the team’s Most Valuable Player as a senior.

 

Reynolds on 2013  Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List

• Navy’s Keenan Reynolds is one of 34 quarterbacks, including the only sophomore, named to the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List announced by the Davey O’Brien Foundation.

• This year’s list, which was compiled by a subset of the Davey O’Brien National Selection Committee, were selected based on player performance during the previous year and expectations heading into the 2013 college football season.

• The 2012 Davey O’Brien Winner, Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M) and 2012 finalist Braxton Miller (Ohio State) join five 2012 semifinalists on the Watch List: Tajh Boyd (Clemson), Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville), Marcus Mariota (Oregon), AJ McCarron (Alabama) and Aaron Murray (Georgia).

• Reynolds started the final eight games as a freshman in 2012 and led the Mids to a 6-2 record in his eight starts and was responsible for three fourth-quarter comebacks (Air Force, Indiana and Army).  He was just the third freshman in program history to start at quarterback and the first since 1991.

• Reynolds was named the Independent Rookie of the Year by the nationwide media panel responsible for the FBS Indpendent Player of the Week awards.  He anchored an offensive unit that finished the year ranked sixth nationally in rushing offense, averaging 278.46 yards per game.

• He accounted for 19 TDs on the year (nine passing, 10 rushing) and finished his freshman campaign with 649 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns on 162 carries, while completing 61 of his 108 pass attempts for 898 yards with nine touchdowns and just two interceptions.

• Reynolds had at least one rushing touchdown in five of his eight starts and threw at least one touchdown pass in five of his eight starts.  He was the first Navy quarterback to win his first four career starts since senior Bob Powers, who won his first six career starts in 1979.

• Appearing on the Watch List is not a requirement for a player to win the Davey O’Brien Award. Quarterbacks from all 125 NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools are eligible for the award until the field is narrowed to 16 semifinalists on Monday, Nov. 4. The Foundation and the Selection Committee will announce three finalists on Monday, Nov. 25. The 2013 Davey O’Brien Winner will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, Dec. 12.

• The 37th Annual Davey O’Brien Awards Dinner will be held Feb. 17, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas.

 

Beltran Named Preseason First-Team All-Independent By Phil Steele

• Junior punter Pablo Beltran was the only Navy player selected to the Preseason First-Team All-Independent Team by Phil Steele in his 2013 College Football Preview Magazine.

• Beltran averaged 43.6 yards per punt on 44 punts last year as a sophomore, which was the third-best punting average in school history. Fifteen of his 44 punts were fair caught and 18 were downed inside the 20.  He had 11 punts of 50 yards or more.

• Beltran is averaging 40.9 yards per punt on 79 punts in his career, which is the third-best average in school history.  The school record for career punting average is 42.5 yards per punt by John Skaggs from 2000-03.

• Sophomore quarterback Keenan Reynolds, junior center Tanner Fleming, junior guard Jake Zuzek, senior kick returner Marcus Thomas and junior punter returner Shawn Lynch were named to the second team, while junior fullbackNoah Copeland, senior tackle Graham Vickers, senior defensive end Evan Palelei, senior linebacker Cody Peterson, junior corner Parrish Gaines and junior kicker Nick Sload were all named to the third team.

• There are seven schools that will be an Independent in 2013:  Army, Navy, Notre Dame, BYU, Old Dominion, New Mexico State and Idaho.

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