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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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Navy QB Reynolds only true sophomore on O’Brien Award Watch List

Posted on 20 July 2013 by WNST Staff

Navy sophomore quarterback Keenan Reynolds is one of just five sophomores on the Davey O’Brien Award Watch List and is the ONLY true sophomore on the list.  The other four sophomores on the list:  Kevin Hogan of Stanford, Brett Hundley of UCLA, Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M and Marcus Mariota of Oregon, are all redshirt sophomores.

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.

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.

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

Posted on 17 July 2013 by WNST Staff

Navy sophomore quarterback Keenan Reynolds is one of 34 quarterbacks on the 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, 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.

 

2013 Davey O’Brien Watch List

David Ash, Texas, Big 12

Blake, Bortles, UCF, AAC

Tajh Boyd, Clemson, ACC

Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville, AAC

Terrance Broadway, Louisiana-Lafayette, Sun Belt

Kolton Browning, ULM, Sun Belt

Derek Carr, Fresno State, MWC

Rakeem Cato, Marshall, C-USA

Cody Fajardo, Nevada, MWC

David Fales, San Jose State, MWC

James Franklin, Missouri, SEC

Devin Gardner, Michigan, Big Ten

Kevin Hogan, Stanford, Pac-12

Brett Hundley, UCLA, Pac-12

Chuckie Keeton, Utah State, MWC

Taylor Kelly, Arizona State, Pac-12

Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois, MAC

Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, SEC

Marcus Mariota, Oregon, Pac-12

Taylor Martinez, Nebraska, Big Ten

AJ McCarron, Alabama, SEC

Braxton Miller, Ohio State, Big Ten

Stephen Morris, Miami (FL), ACC

Aaron Murray, Georgia, SEC

Casey Pachall, TCU, Big 12

Keith Price, Washington, Pac-12

Bryn Renner, North Carolina, ACC

Keenan Reynolds, Navy, Independent

Tyler Russell, Mississippi State, SEC

Connor Shaw, South Carolina, SEC

Tyler Tettleton, Ohio, MAC

Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech, ACC

Bo Wallace, Ole Miss, SEC

Keith Wenning, Ball State, MAC

By conference: SEC (7), Pac-12 (5), ACC (4), Mountain West (4), Big Ten (3), Mid-American (3), American Athletic (2), Big 12 (2), Sun Belt (2), Independents (1), Conference USA (1).

 

About the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award®

The Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Awardis presented annually to the nation’s best college quarterback and is the oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award. The Davey O’Brien Award honors candidates who exemplify Davey O’Brien’s enduring character while exhibiting teamwork, sportsmanship and leadership in both academics and athletics. The award is overseen by the Davey O’Brien Foundation, which is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, and has given away more than $890,000 in scholarships and university grants to help high school and college athletes transform leadership on the field into leadership in life. For more information, visit www.DaveyOBrien.org.

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QB Reynolds named Navy MVP

Posted on 19 January 2013 by WNST Staff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Reynolds’ poise, execution in final drive against Army stuff of legend

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Reynolds’ poise, execution in final drive against Army stuff of legend

Posted on 08 December 2012 by Glenn Clark

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - I hope those watching the 113th Army/Navy game Saturday afternoon didn’t come away from the game thinking “if (Navy QB) Keenan Reynolds is doing this already, imagine what he could do for the next three years.”

It’s not as if it isn’t possible that the true freshman from Antioch, TN doesn’t have grand heights attainable during his next three years of eligibility in Annapolis. It’s just that when a teenager accomplishes what Reynolds did Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field, it deserves to stand alone without any future context.

The United States Naval Academy has made wins over the United States Military Academy a bit of habit in recent years, claiming 11 straight victories. Most haven’t been quite as gut-wrenching as Saturday’s 17-13 victory.

Before Saturday, Navy hadn’t trailed Army in the fourth quarter of any game since 2001-the year Army last defeated the Midshipmen. This time the contest moved past the midway point of the fourth quarter with the Black Knights not only leading Navy 13-10, but also in possession of the football inside the Navy 20 yard line.

It was a situation wholly unprecedented for any Navy player, but it would take only eight plays for the nervous energy hanging over the Brigade of Midshipmen to turn into an exuberant celebration. More importantly, it would take four particularly key plays from Reynolds that won’t soon by forgotten by military faithful. It would take an uncommon level of confidence, moxie and ability from a young man his age to make it happen.

“Before the drive started, I told the guys, ‘this is the one’” Reynolds explained after the game. “We have to go down and score. They all looked at me and were like, ‘Let’s go!’”

“Keenan comes in, uses his man voice and calls the play, and does a really good job” WR Brandon Turner added. “And the way he talks and the way his huddle prescense is, because I played quarterback in high school so I know how important that is to what extent, he makes you want to believe in him.”

Facing 4th & 5 from the Navy 19 yard line, Army chose to trot out K Eric Osteen for a 37 yard field goal attempt instead of attempting a conversion that would leave them tantalizingly close to a game sealing touchdown. The kick would sail wide left and give the Midshipmen the ball back with 6:57 to play. The Mids would immediately find trouble, but Reynolds connected with Geoffrey Whiteside for 10 yards on 3rd & 8 to reverse fortune and gain momentum. He wouldn’t look back.

Two plays later, Reynolds escaped a crowded pocket and juked a defender before tip-toeing down the right sideline to gain 11 yards and another first down. He then through a beautiful downfield ball to Turner that the 6’4″ receiver would easily haul in 49 yards downfield to set up a 1st and goal from the Army 8 yard line. The receiver would later describe the throw as the best he had received from Reynolds all season.

On the very next play, Reynolds waltzed into the endzone on a quarterback follow to punctuate an incredible game-turning drive and fully etch his name in Army-Navy lore.

The situation was unusual for Navy against Army, but it wasn’t the first time in Reynolds’ short tenure as Navy’s starting quarterback that he was faced with adversity. In fact, Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo said after the game he wasn’t surprised at all by the remarkable heroics of the game’s Most Valuable Player.

“If he can come into the Air Force game down by eight in the fourth quarter with eight minutes left at their place and have clear eyes and not miss a beat and not seem nervous, I don’t know if he can be in a tougher situation.”

Reynolds worked mop-up duty for the Mids in early season blowout losses to Notre Dame (in Dublin, Ireland) and at Penn State. He entered a hopeless situation in the 4th quarter of a shutout loss to San Jose State in the Mids’ fourth game of the season as well. But he didn’t officially become the Naval Academy’s starting quarterback until the Midshipmen were desperate.

Sitting at 1-3 on the season, the Midshipmen found themselves 9:03 away from losing grip on their most significant preseason goals in Colorado Springs, CO October 6. They trailed Air Force 21-13, with a loss assuring they could not win back the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy from the Falcons and meaning they would have to finish the season 5-2 just to get bowl eligible. Niumatalolo benched then starter Trey Miller in favor of Reynolds, who quickly navigated a six play, 75 yard drive that would tie things up after a two point conversion by FB Noah Copeland. Reynolds would put together another TD drive in overtime to finish off the Falcons and completely turn Navy’s season around.

Niumatalolo described Navy’s win Saturday as “indicative of the season” they had. Perhaps in no way more than in the resolution of their freshman quarterback. When everything mattered most, the young man was absolutely unflappable.

Keenan Reynolds isn’t even yet 19 years old.

It’s hard to fathom the type of poise it took to author a comeback. It’s hard to put into words the intensity of an Army/Navy game. It’s hard to imagine a young man roughly six months removed from prom clinging to the term “I.M.A.N-It’s Not About Me” in the waining moments to give his team salvation. (Reynolds said I.M.A.N. has been a rallying cry for the entire Navy football program this season.)

“There’s something about the kid, and just the way he led us on that last drive, it was unbelievable” Turner described. “In one of the biggest games as a freshman, he came in and beat one of the better Army teams the last few years. That’s incredible. That’s remarkable.”

I couldn’t say it any better.

-G

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Navy, Army square off for 113th time Saturday in Philly

Posted on 07 December 2012 by WNST Staff

Game 12 Army (2-9) vs. Navy (7-4)
Date and Kickoff Dec. 8, 2012 at 3:00 pm ET
Location Philadelphia, Pa. | Lincoln Financial Field (68,532)
Television CBS Sports
TV Talent Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (analyst), Tracy Wolfson (sideline)


Setting the Stage

• Army and Navy will meet on the gridiron for the 113th time when they square off on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.  Kickoff is set for 3:10 pm Eastern.
• The winner of the Army-Navy game will take home the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy, which is presented annually to the winner of the football competition among the three major Service Academies and is named in honor of the President of the United States.  Navy has won the trophy 12 times, while Army has claimed it six times.  This year’s game marks the first time since 2005 that the trophy was on the line in the Army-Navy game and just the sixth time since the trophy’s inception in 1972.
• Navy is 2-3 all-time against Army when the two teams met with the trophy on the line.
• Navy enters the contest looking to defeat Army for a series-record 11th straight year.  Before Navy started this historical run, the longest winning streak in the series, which was first played in 1890, was five games (by both teams).  Navy has outscored Army, 349-112 (34.9-11.2) during its 10-game winning streak.
• The Mids have won 13 of the last 15 games against Army dating back to 1997.
• Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo is trying to become just the third coach in school history to start his coaching career at Navy with a 5-0 record against Army.  Paul Johnson turned in a 6-0 mark against West Point (2002-07), while Wayne Hardin won his first five games (1959-63) before losing.
• CBS Sports Network will air the Army-Navy Special Presented by USAA on Friday at 7:00 pm ET as the network looks ahead to Saturday’s game.
•    CBS Sports Network will air two special editions of INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL on Saturday prior to the game.  INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL ARMY-NAVY MARCH ON presented by USAA (12:00-1:30 pm, ET) and INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL ARMY-NAVY TAILGATE presented by USAA (1:30-2:30 pm, ET).  Hosts Adam Zucker and Brent Stover will be joined at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia by analysts Randy Cross, Brian Jones and Ron Zook, as well as special guests from the academies. The MARCH ON SPECIAL features the March-On of the Brigade of Midshipmen and Corps of Cadets as they march onto Lincoln Financial Field, while ARMY-NAVY TAILGATE previews the game with in-depth news and analysis, as well as interviews from both head coaches.
• CBS Sports will start their coverage at 2:30 pm with a 30-minute pregame show followed by the 113th playing of the Army-Navy game at 3:00 pm with Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson and Tracy Wolfson calling the action.
• Dial Global Radio Network has the national radio rights with John Tautges, Terry Donahue and Lewis Johnson calling the action.  Dial Global will also air a one-hour pregame show starting at 2:00 pm.

Game Day Festivities
• The March-On of the Brigade of Midshipmen will take place at 12:16 pm and the March-On of the Corps of Cadets will take place at 12:46 pm.
• The Service Academy exchange of Cadets and Midshipmen will take place at 2:46 pm, while the Golden Knights and Leapfrogs will jump at 2:50 pm.
• The National Anthem will be sung by the Army Glee Club at 3:00 pm.
•    Army will take the field with an Army fly-over at 3:06 pm, while Navy will take the field with a Navy fly-over at 3:07 pm.

Scouting Army
•    The 2-9 Black Knights destroyed Air Force (41-21) and defeated Boston College (34-31) of the ACC while suffering losses to San Diego State (42-7), Northern Illinois (41-40), Wake Forest (49-37), Stony Brook (23-3), Kent State (31-17), Eastern Michigan (48-38), Ball State (30-22), Rutgers (28-7) and Temple (63-32).
•    Army is the No. 1 rushing team in the country, averaging 369.8 yards per game.
• Senior quarterback Trent Steelman is 26th in the country in rushing, averaging 104.7 yards per game, and 22nd in scoring, averaging 9.1 points per game.  He has rushed for a school-record 1,152 yards and a program-record 44-career rushing touchdowns, passing Army Heisman Trophy winner Glenn Davis.
• Slot back Raymond Maples has rushed for 1,059 yards and two touchdowns on 196 carries and ranks 36th in the nation in rushing.
•    Linebacker Geoffrey Bacon has had a phenomenal season, ranking seventh in the country with 11.1 tackles per game.
• Linebacker Nate Combs is 25th in the country in tackles for a loss, averaging 1.3 per game.

The Last Time … 
Navy 27, Army 21    Dec. 10, 2011 | Landover, MD.
•     Senior Jon Teague kicked fourth quarter field goals of 23 and 44 yards as Navy defeated Army, 27-21, for a record 10th consecutive year, in front of a crowd of 80,789 at FedExField that included President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
• Navy jumped out to a 14-0 lead thanks to a pair of Army fumbles.  Army’s Raymond Maples fumbled a pitch and senior defensive end Jabaree Tuani recovered the ball at the Army 26 on the Black Knights’ second possession of the game.
• Six plays later, senior quarterback Kriss Proctor scored from the four to give Navy the early advantage.
• After the two teams traded punts, Army’s Jared Hassin was stripped of the ball by Tuani and junior outside linebackerBrye French recovered the ball at the Navy 45.
• On the first play after the Army fumble, Proctor scrambled for 32 yards down to the Army 23.  Six plays after that, Proctor executed a perfect double option on third-and-eight from the 10 pitching to senior fullback Alexander Teich for the touchdown.
• Army, however, would come right back and cut Navy’s lead in half, as quarterback Trent Steelman directed an eight-play, 67-yard drive that was capped off by a 34-yard touchdown run to make the score 14-7.
• After the Navy offense went three and out, Army was back in business moving 63 yards in seven plays with Malcolm Brown diving over from the three to tie the game at 14 with just 49 seconds left in the first half.
• Navy took the opening kickoff of the second half and moved 48 yards in five plays to retake the lead at 21-14.  After Teich’s 48-yard kickoff return put the Navy offense in business at the Army 48, backup fullback Delvin Diggs had back-to-back carries that picked up 18 yards down to the Army 30.  Junior slot back Gee Gee Greene ran for 20 more yards on first down and, after a Teich eight-yard run down to the two, Proctor scored his second TD of the day.
• Once again Army would come right back, marching right through the Navy defense in six plays with Steelman hitting Brown with a 25-yard touchdown pass on third-and-seven to tie the game at 21.
• The Mids would take advantage of an Army punt by driving 75 yards in 18 plays with Teague capping the drive with a 23-yard field goal to give Navy a three-point lead.  The Mids were forced to kick a field goal after lineman Graham Vickers jumped on third-and-goal from the Army 1.
• On the ensuing kickoff, freshman Noah Copeland forced Army returner Scott Williams to cough up the ball and Navy freshman Jordan Drake recovered it at the Army 27.  Teague would turn the Army miscue into points with a 44-yard field goal to give Navy a 27-21 lead.
• Army got the ball back and quickly moved down the field and had the ball first-and-10 at the Navy 28 when the Navy defense came up big.
• After Brown rushed for four yards on first down, Army tried to catch Navy napping by throwing the ball but Steelman was dropped by junior linebacker Matt Warrick for a loss of five yards.  Steelman would pick up four yards on third down as Tra’ves Bush came flying up from the safety position to make the stop and then on fourth down Steelman was sacked for a loss of one by Warrick to give the ball back to the Midshipmen with 4:31 left.

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 has won the trophy each of the last two years.
• Navy has won the trophy a total of 12 times: 1973, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1981, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.
• 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 a 82-44 (.651) overall record in the last 10 years, while Air Force is 68-55 (.553) and Army is 32-87 (.269).  The Mids are 17-2 against the other two Service Academies since 2003.

Dominant Era in Army-Navy History
• Navy’s 27-21 victory over Army in 2011 was its 10th consecutive win over the Black Knights, the longest streak in series history by either team.
• The Mids have won those 10 in a row against Army in dominant fashion, outscoring the Black Knights, 349-112 (34.9-11.2).

Our Nation’s Future Leaders
• Navy’s 28 seniors received their Service Assignments on Wednesday, November 28. Graduates of the Naval Academy serve a minimum of five years in the Navy or Marine Corps, while pilots serve eight years upon earning their wings.
•    18 seniors will be commissioned Ensigns in the United States Navy, while 10 will be commissioned 2nd Lieutenants in the Marine Corps.

Service Assignments for the Class of 2013
Andrew Barker, Surface Warfare
Matt Brewer, Marine Corps Ground
Tra’ves Bush, Surface Warfare
Josh Cabral, Naval Flight Officer
Evan Campbell, Marine Corps Ground
Prentice Christian, Surface Warfare
Billy Coats, Marine Corps Pilot
Matt Couch, Supply Corps
Josh Dowling-Fitzpatrick, Navy Pilot
Jerad Fehr, Special Warfare (SEALS)
Brye French, Marine Corps Ground
Jonathan Gazaille, Supply Corps
Gee Gee Greene, Surface Warfare
Beau Haworth, Suface Warfare
Wes Henderson, Navy Pilot
John Howell, Marine Corps Pilot
Tyler Lynch, Naval Flight Officer
John Michael Nurthen, Civil Engineer
John O’Boyle, Marine Corps Ground
Ryan Paulson, Navy Pilot
Kahikolu Pescaia, Navy Pilot
Joe Ryan, Marine Corps Ground
Matt Shibata, Marine Corps Ground
Bo Snelson, Marine Corps Ground
Collin Sturdivant, Naval Flight Officer
Brandon Turner, Surface Warfare
Matt Warrick, Marine Corps Ground
Keegan Wetzel, Submarines (Nuclear)

Navy Quick Hitters
• Navy has been the dominant Service Academy over the last decade, posting an 18-2 record against Army (10-0) and Air Force (8-2) in the last 20 meetings combined, winning seven consecutive Commander-In-Chief’s Trophies from 2003-09 and going to nine bowl games in the last 10 years.  Navy has amassed an 82-44 (.651) overall record in the last 10 years, while Air Force is 68-55 (.553) and Army is 32-87 (.269).  The 82 wins are the 21st most in the country over the last decade.
• The Midshipmen punched their ticket to the Dec. 29 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl at AT&T Park in San Francisco with a 24-17 victory over Florida Atlantic on Nov. 3. It will be Navy’s 18th bowl appearance all-time, including its ninth in the last 10 years. The Mids will take on Arizona State.
• Ken Niumatalolo has led the Midshipmen to a 39-25 (.609) record in his fifth season as head coach.  He is fourth all-time at Navy in career wins.  Niumatalolo holds Navy coaching records for most wins in the first two (18), three (27), four (32) and five seasons (39) of a career.
• Navy’s four losses this season (Notre Dame, Penn State, San Jose State and Troy) have come at the hands of opponents who are a combined 35-13 (.729).  Notre Dame (12-0) is ranked No. 1 in the country and will play in the BCS National Championship Game, while San Jose State (10-2) is ranked 24th in the country.
• Navy has played six bowl eligible teams this year (counting Penn State who will not be going to a bowl due to NCAA sanctions) and compiled a 3-3 record against the six programs.  The Mids defeated Air Force (6-6), Central Michigan (6-6) and East Carolina (8-4) and lost to Notre Dame (12-0), Penn State (8-4) and San Jose State (10-2).
• Over the last nine games (7-2), Navy has outscored the opposition in the second half, 146-80.  The Navy defense has allowed just eight touchdowns in the second half of the last nine contests.
• The Mids have turned the ball over 12 times in their four losses and five times in their seven wins.
•     Senior outside linebacker Keegan Wetzel scored a perfect 1600 on his SAT and is believed to be the only current FBS player in the country to accomplish such a feat.  He carries a 3.89 GPA in systems engineering and is an Academic All-America candidate.  Wetzel has also been a force on the field for the Midshipmen, recording 63 tackles (fourth most on the team), a team-high 13.5 tackles for a loss, a team-high six sacks, has forced a fumble and recovered a fumble.  He is just two sacks away from third on Navy’s single-season sacks list.
• Keenan Reynolds is the first freshman to start at quarterback for Navy since Jim Kubiak started five games in 1991.  Meanwhile, he is just the third freshman in school history to start at quarterback (the other was Alton Grizzard in 1987). Reynolds is 5-1 as a starting quarterback with wins over Central Michigan, Indiana, East Carolina, Florida Atlantic and Texas State and a loss to Troy.  He also came off the bench with Navy down eight points to Air Force and led the Mids to an overtime victory.  Kubiak won just one game as a freshman starter (beat a 5-5 Army team) and Grizzard won two (lost to Army).  Reynolds is the first Navy quarterback to win his first four career starts since senior Bob Powers, who won his first six career starts in 1979.
• Sophomore punter Pablo Beltran is averaging 45.1 yards per punt (34 punts) this season and should his average hold, he would become the school’s single-season record holder. John Skaggs currently holds the single-season punting record at 44.8 yards per punt in 2001.  Beltran would stand 10th nationally if he qualified (must average 3.6 punts per game).
• Navy was 4-0 during the month of October after going 0-5 last year in October. It is the first time Navy went undefeated in the month of October since 1996.  That Navy team finished 9-3 and defeated California in the Aloha Bowl.
• Navy owns a 6-3 record all-time in overtime games, winning six of its last seven.
• Navy owns an 82-44 (.651) record over the last 10 years after posting a 3-30 (.091) mark from 2000-02.  The 82 wins are the 21st most in the country over the last decade.
• Navy is trying to finish No. 1 in fewest penalties and fewest penalty yards per game for the second consecutive year and for the third time in the last four seasons.  The Mids are currently second in penalties (3.4 /gm) and in penalty yards per game (26.5).
• Navy is 3-0 this year and 30-4 (.882) under Niumatalolo when scoring first and 4-4 this year and 9-21 (.300) under Niumatalolo when the opponent scores first.
• The Mids are 3-0 ths year and  24-3 (.889) under Niumatalolo when leading after the first quarter and 4-4 this year and 15-22 (.405) under Niumatalolo when trailing or tied after the first stanza.
• Navy is 6-0 this year and 27-4 (.871) under Niumatalolo when leading at the half and 1-4 this year and 11-22 (.333) under Niumatalolo when tied or trailing at the half.
• Navy is 5-0 this year and 31-3 (.912) under Niumatalolo when leading after three quarters and 2-4 this year and 7-23 (.233) under Niumatalolo when tied or trailing after three quarters.
•    Navy owns a 19-7 (.731) record in games played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium under Niumatalolo and is 20-18 (.526) away from home.

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Navy welcomes Texas State for Senior Day Saturday

Posted on 16 November 2012 by WNST Staff

2012 Navy Football Game Specifics
Game 11 Navy (6-4) vs. Texas State (3-6)
Date and Kickoff Nov. 17, 2012 at 3:30 pm ET
Location Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000)
Television CBS Sports Network
TV Talent Grant Boone (play-by-play), Todd Christensen (analyst), Sheehan Stanwick Burch (sideline)


Setting the Stage

• Navy and Texas State will meet on the gridiron for the first time when they square off on Saturday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Senior Day.  Kickoff is set for 3:34 pm Eastern.
• Navy enters the weekend looking to win on Senior Day for a 10th consecutive year.  The last time Navy lost on Senior Day was on Nov. 16, 2002, when the Mids lost to Connecticut in a monsoon, 38-0.
• Saturday’s game will be televised nationally by CBS Sports Network with Grant Boone, former Oakland Raider Pro Bowl tight end Todd Christensen and Sheehan Stanwick-Burch calling the action.

Game Day Festivities
• Pregame festivities will get underway at approximately 1:00 pm with the Navy Football Team Walk.  Originating at the Blue Angel in the southwest corner of the stadium, the team will make its way down the sidewalk and through NavyFest before walking up the drive to the stadium.  Fans are encouraged to line up on both sides of the sidewalk to cheer for the team.
• The March-On of the Brigade of Midshipmen will take place at 3:04 pm.  The march-on will be broadcast live for Navy All-Access subscribers.
• A salute to Navy’s 27 seniors will take place at 3:22 pm.
• Saturday’s fly-over (3:31 pm) will be two F-18′s out of Naval Air Station Oceana, Va.
•    Between the first and second quarter, the Navy men’s and women’s tennis teams will be recognized.

Scouting Texas State
•    Texas State is 3-6 on the year and coming off a 62-55 loss to No. 20 Louisiana Tech.
• The Bobcats own victories over Houston (30-13), Stephen F. Austin (41-37) and Idaho (38-7).  They have losses against Texas Tech (58-10), Nevada (34-21), New Mexico (35-14), San Jose State (31-20) and Utah State (38-7) along with Louisiana Tech.
•    Former Navy slot back Marcus Curry leads Texas State with 513 yards rushing and nine touchdowns on 84 carries.  He also has 11 catches for 115 yards and two touchdowns.
• Quarterback Shaun Rutherford has completed 129 of his 200 passes for 1,454 Yards and 11 touchdowns with just five interceptions.  Rutherford is also Texas State’s second-leading rusher with 388 yards and four touchdowns on 119 carries.
•    Andy Erickson is Rutherford’s favorite target with 33 catches for 426 yards and three touchdowns, while Chase Harper has caught 20 passes for 249 yards and three touchdowns.
• Jason McLean leads the defense with 58 tackles and four passes broken up, while Xavier Daniels had 51 stops, four passes broken up, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble.

Navy Vs. The WAC
•    Navy is 2-2 all-time against teams that are currently in the WAC.  The Mids are 2-0 against Louisiana Tech and 0-2 against San Jose State.
•    The Mids lost to San Jose State earlier this year, 12-0.

Lonestar State    
•    Navy has 18 players on its roster from the state of Texas:  Freshman corner Quincy Adams (San Antonio), freshman outside linebacker A.K.Akpunku (Arlington), sophomore punter Pablo Beltran (Humble), freshman corner Brandon Boyd (La Marque), sophomore fullback Noah Copeland (San Antonio), freshman wide receiver Devin Crayton (Helotes), sophomore defensive end Aaron Davis (Pearland), junior nose guard Alex Doolittle (Houston), senior wide receiver Jonathan Gazaille (Grand Prairie), senior wide receiver Tyler Lynch (Irving), freshman outside linebacker Nick Martinez (Elm Mott), freshman linebacker Nick McCrory (Seadrift), freshman defensive lineman Rex Montes (Grapevine), sophomore nose guard Brice Musgrove (Dallas Hill), sophomore guard Nathaniel Otto (Houston), freshman safety Roddy Reyna (San Antonio), senor slot back Bo Snelson (Pasadena) and junior slot back Darius Staten (Carrollton).

Navy Quick Hitters
• The Midshipmen punched their ticket to the Dec. 29 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl at AT&T Park in San Francisco with a 24-17 victory over Florida Atlantic on Nov. 3. It will be Navy’s 18th bowl appearance all-time, including its ninth in the last 10 years.
• Navy has been the dominant Service Academy over the last decade going 18-2 against Army (10-0) and Air Force (8-2), winning seven-consecutive Commander-In-Chief’s Trophies from 2003-09 and going to nine bowl games in the last 10 years.
• Navy will join the BIG EAST for football only starting in 2015.
• Ken Niumatalolo has led the Midshipmen to a 38-25 (.603) record in his fifth season as head coach.  He is tied for fourth all-time at Navy in career wins with Wayne Hardin.  Niumatalolo holds Navy coaching records for most wins in the first two (18), three (27), four (32) and five seasons (38) of a career.
• Navy’s four losses this season (Notre Dame, Penn State, San Jose State and Troy) have come at the hands of opponents that are a combined 29-11 (.725) on the year.  Notre Dame (10-0) is currently ranked third in the country and San Jose State (8-2) is receiving votes.
• Over the last eight games (6-2), Navy has outscored the opposition 132-70 in the second half.  The defense has allowed just seven touchdowns in the second half of those contests.
• The Mids turned the ball over 12 times in the first four games (nine lost fumbles and three interceptions) and went 1-3.  Over the next five games, Navy turned it over just twice and went 5-0.  Last week against Troy, Navy lost two fumbles and lost to the Trojans, 41-31.  The Mids have turned the ball over 12 times in their four losses and four times in their six wins.
•     Senior outside linebacker Keegan Wetzel scored a perfect 1600 on his SAT and is believed to be the only current FBS player in the country to accomplish such a feat.  He carries a 3.89 GPA in systems engineering and is an Academic All-America candidate.  Wetzel has also been a force on the field for the Midshipmen, recording 57 tackles (fourth most on the team), a team-high 11.5 tackles for a loss and a team-high six sacks, has forced a fubmle and recovered a fumble.  He is just two sacks from third on Navy’s single-season sack list.
• Keenan Reynolds is the first freshman to start at quarterback for Navy since Jim Kubiak started five games in 1991.  Meanwhile, he is just the third freshman in school history to start at quarterback (the other was Alton Grizzard in 1987). Reynolds is 4-1 as a starting quarterback with wins over Central Michigan, Indiana, East Carolina and Florida Atlantic and a loss to Troy.  Kubiak won just one game as a freshman starter and Grizzard won two.  Reynolds is the first Navy quarterback to win his first four starts since senior Bob Powers, who won his first six career starts in 1979.  The Mids started 6-0 that year and finished 7-4 with a victory over Army.
• Sophomore punter Pablo Beltran is averaging 45.2 yards per punt (30 punts) this season. He would stand ninth in the country in punting if he qualified (must average 3.6 punts per game) and that average would be a school record for Navy in a single season.
• Freshman Nick Sloan is one of just 13 true freshman kickers starting in the FBS this year.  He is 9-for-11 on field goals and 32-for-32 on extra-points.
• Navy was 4-0 during the month of October after going 0-5 last year in October. It is the first time Navy went undefeated in the month of October since 1996.  That team finished 9-3 and defeated California in the Aloha Bowl.
• Navy owns a 6-3 record all-time in overtime games, winning six of its last seven.
• Navy owns an 81-44 (.648) record over the last 10 years after posting a 3-30 (.091) mark from 2000-02.  The 81 wins are the 21st most in the country over the last decade.
• Navy is trying to finish No. 1 in fewest penalties and fewest penalty yards per game for the second consecutive year and for the third time in the last four seasons.  The Mids are currently tied for second in penalties (3.4) per game and third in penalty yards per game (26.6)
• Navy is 29-4 (.879) under Ken Niumatalolo when scoring first and 9-21 (.300) when the opponent scores first.
• Under Niumatalolo, the Mids are 23-3 (.885) when leading after the first quarter and 15-22 (.405) when trailing or tied after the first stanza.
•    Navy owns a 18-7 (.720) record in games played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium under Niumatalolo and is 20-18 (.526) away from home.

Spreading The Wealth
• Navy has had a remarkable 17 different players score a touchdown this year, including 14 players that have scored their first career touchdown.
• The 17 different players scoring TD’s are tied with Marshall for the second most in the country.
• Navy has had 14 different players score their first career touchdown this year, which is the most of any team in the country.

Wetzel A Star In And Out Of The Classroom
• Outside linebacker Keegan Wetzel has enjoyed a spectacular senior campaign, recording 57 tackles, 11.5 tackles for a loss, six sacks, a pass break-up, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery this season.
• He leads the Mids in sacks and tackles for a loss.
• He is just two sacks away from third place on Navy’s single-season sacks list.
• Wetzel is also a star in the classroom, carrying a 3.89 grade-point average in systems engineering (honors courses).  He is an Academic All-America candidate and has already been named all-district.
• Wetzel scored a perfect 1600 on his SAT test and is believed to be the only current FBS player that garnered a perfect score on his SAT.

Greene Having Standout Senior Campaign
• A starter in each of the last 35 games dating back to the 2010 season, senior slot back Gee Gee Greene is having his best season yet in 2012 leading the Mids in rushing (90-679, 7.5 avg, 2 TDs) and is fourth in receiving (12 catches for 242 yards, 20.2 yards per catch, 2 TDs).
• He is averaging 7.5 yards per carry this year, which is the second-best average for a single season in school history. The record is 8.3 set by Shun White in 2008.
• Greene is trying to join White as the only other slot back to lead the team in rushing.  White rushed for 1,092 yards in 2008.
• In his career, Greene has rushed for 1,925 yards on 267 carries and scored nine touchdowns, while catching 42 passes for 697 yards and seven touchdowns.  He needs 201 more yards to pass Adam Ballard for 10th on Navy’s all-time rushing list and would join White as one of only two slot backs in the Top 10.
• He has averaged 7.2 yards per carry over his career, which is the program’s fifth-best rushing average, and 16.6 yards per reception.

Starting A Freshman At QB
• Keenan Reynolds became the first freshman to start at quarterback for Navy since Jim Kubiak started five games in 1991, when he guided the Midshipmen to a 31-13 victory over Central Michigan.
• Navy finished 1-10 in 1991 (1-5 with Kubiak as the starter) with its only victory coming against a 5-5 Army team in the final game of the season, 24-3.
• Reynolds is just the third freshman in program history to start at quarterback, joining Kubiak and Alton Grizzard, who started seven games at quarterback in 1987 (Navy was 2-5 with Grizzard as the quarterback and 0-4 without him).
• In his first-career start against Central Michigan, Reynolds completed six of his 11 passes for 134 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 59 yards in leading Navy to a 31-13 victory.  His three touchdowns passing are the most by a Navy quarterback since Chris McCoy threw three against Colgate in 1997.
• Reynolds won his second career start, rallying Navy to a 31-30 victory over Indiana.  He rushed for 66 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries and completed eight of 13 passes for 96 yards and a touchdown. His four-yard TD pass to junior Matt Aiken with 2:02 left gave Navy the win.
• Reynolds improved to 3-0 as a starter with a nearly flawless performance against East Carolina as Navy rolled over the Pirates, 56-28.  Reynolds led the Mids to touchdowns on seven of his eight drives and totaled 132 yards of total offense and five touchdowns (3 rushing, 2 passing).
• Reynolds won his fourth straight start with a 24-17 win over Florida Atlantic.  He rushed for a career-high 159 yards and one touchdown on 26 carries and completed eight of his 15 passes for a career-high 147 yards and two touchdowns.
• Reynolds suffered his first defeat as a starting quarterback in his fifth-career start against Troy.  He carried the ball 21 times for 130 yards and three touchdowns, while completing eight of his 15 pass attempts for 159 yards.
• In his first five starts, Reynolds has rushed for 495 yards and eight touchdowns on 98 carries (99.0 yds/gm, 5.1 yds/carry) and has comleted 33 of his 59 pass attempts (.559) for 589 yards (117.4 yds/gm) with eight touchdowns and just one interception.  He has had at least one rushing touchdown in four of his five starts and has thrown at least one touchdown pass in four of his five starts.
• Reynolds was the first Navy quarterback to win his first four career starts since Bob Powers, who won his first six career starts in 1979.  The Mids started 6-0 that year and finished 7-4 with a victory over Army.
• Reynolds is believed to be just the third TRUE freshman to win his first four career starts at quarterback.  Notre Dame’s Matt LoVecchio won his first seven starts as a true freshman in 2000 and USC’s Matt Barkley won his first six starts in 2009.
• Reynolds is far short of qualifying for the NCAA passing efficiency leaderboard (you must average 15 pass attempts per game), but if he did qualify his 177.49 efficiency rating would lead the country.  Oregon freshman Marcus Mariota leads the country with a 176.96 rating.

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