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Navy set to open training camp Thursday night

Posted on 30 July 2014 by WNST Staff

Preseason Schedule    
• Seventh-year Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo will open the 2014 season when the Midshipmen report for fall camp on Wednesday, July 30, and will hold the first day of practice on Thursday, July 31.
• The Mids will hold four days of two-a-day practices (8/6, 8/8, 8/11 and 8/13).
• Media Day / Fan Fest is set for Saturday, August 2 at 10 am at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• The annual Blue & Gold BBQ will take place on Saturday Aug. 9. Practice starts at 10 AM and the BBQ at 12 noon.
• The Brigade of Midshipmen will return to the Academy on Saturday, August 16.
• Navy will resume its normal Monday-Friday practice schedule on Monday, Aug. 18, practicing daily from 4-6 pm.  That is the first day that plebes will be available for interviews.
• The Midshipmen kick off their season on Saturday, August 30 vs. Ohio State in Baltimore.

Navy’s 2014 Schedule    
• The Navy football team, coming off a 2013 campaign that saw the Mids finish with a 9-4 record, win the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy for the ninth time in the last 11 years, qualify for a bowl game for the 10th time in the last 11 years, win a bowl game for just the eighth time in school history and defeat Army for a series-record 12th-consecutive year, will face a challenging 2014 schedule that features five games at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and three neutral site games in the Baltimore-Washington corridor.
• The Mids will play seven teams that were bowl eligible in 2013, including two of college football’s most storied programs, Ohio State and Notre Dame.
• This year also marks Navy’s final year as an independent as the Mids will join the American Athletic Conference in 2015.
• Navy will open up the 2014 campaign with a bang as it plays host to Ohio State at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium on Aug. 30 at 12 noon. The Buckeyes are coming off a 12-2 season and have amassed a 24-2 record over the last two years under Urban Meyer. This will be the second time in six years that Navy has opened up against Ohio State. In 2009, the Mids went into Columbus and nearly pulled off the upset before losing 31-27 on an intercepted two-point conversion that was returned for two points in the final minute.
• The following week (Sept. 6), Navy will travel to future American Athletic Conference foe Temple (2-10 in 2013), as the two teams will tangle at Lincoln Financial Field. The Mids are 10-0 all-time at Lincoln Financial (9-0 vs. Army, 1-0 vs. Temple).
• The Mids will be back on the road the following week (Sept. 13) as they travel to San Marcos, Texas to take on the Bobcats of Texas State (6-6 in 2013). It will be Navy’s first trip to San Marcos.
• The Mids will play their first game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Sept. 20 when Navy plays host to one of the Big Ten’s newest members, Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights were 6-7 a year ago and played in the Pinstripe Bowl against Notre Dame.
• Navy will be looking for payback the following week as it plays host to Western Kentucky on Sept. 27. The Hilltoppers are coming off an 8-4 campaign, including a 19-7 victory over Navy in a game that starting quarterback Keenan Reynolds was knocked out of in the second quarter.
• Navy travels to Colorado Springs on Oct. 4 to take on Air Force in the first game of the round-robin competition between Navy, Air Force and Army for the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy. Navy defeated Air Force last year, 28-10, in Annapolis and will look to beat Air Force for the 10th time in the last 12 meetings. Air Force finished 2-10 a year ago.
• Navy returns home to face VMI on Oct. 11 and then, after a week off, will welcome San Jose State on Oct. 25 in a rematch of one of the best games in all of college football a year ago. The Spartans, who finished 6-6 on the year including an upset of undefeated Fresno State in the season finale, lost to Navy, 58-52, in triple overtime as Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds ran for an NCAA-record (for a quarterback) seven rushing touchdowns, including the game-winning 25-yard touchdown run.
• The following week the Mids will take the short trip down Route 50 to battle the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame (9-4) at FedExField in Washington, DC in a prime time game on CBS. Last year, Notre Dame outlasted Navy, 38-34, in a game that featured an incredible nine lead changes. This will be just the second Navy-Notre Dame game played at night and Navy’s first prime time game on an over the air network.
• After another off-week, the Mids return to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium to face a Georgia Southern team (Nov. 15) that will be in its first full year as a Football Bowl Subdivision team. Last year, as a transitional FBS squad, the Eagles went 7-4 including a 26-20 upset victory over Florida in The Swamp.
• After a third off-week in six weeks, the Mids return to the gridiron on Friday, Nov. 28, to take on South Alabama (6-6) in Mobile, Ala. It will be Navy’s first trip to Mobile to play the Jaguars.
• Navy will have a fourth off-week after the South Alabama game before playing Service Academy rival Army at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium. Navy will be going for a record 13th win in a row against its biggest rival. It will be the first Army-Navy game in Baltimore since 2007 when the Mids beat the Black Knights, 38-3. Army head coach Jeff Monken was an assistant at Navy for that game.
• CBS Sports has the rights to all of Navy’s home football games and either CBS or CBS Sports Network will televise all five games played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, as well as the neutral site games against Ohio State and Notre Dame. CBS is home for the Army-Navy Game presented by USAA.
• With six wins in 2014, the Mids will qualify to play in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl on Dec. 23

2014 Preseason Honors    
• Senior offensive tackle Bradyn Heap, senior outside linebacker Chris Johnson, senior safety Parrish Gaines and senior punter Pablo Beltran have been named to the Phil Steele 2014 Preseason All-Independent First Team.
• Steele ranks four Navy units among the best in the country. He ranks Navy’s quarterbacks as the nation’s 20th best (Ohio State was #5), Navy’s running backs (SB’s and FB’s) were ranked 39th (Army’s backs are ranked 9th, Ohio State 22nd and Notre Dame 24th), the offensive line is ranked 33rd (Notre Dame is 16th) and Navy’s special teams are ranked 24th in the country (Ohio State is 15th).
• Junior quarterback Keenan Reynolds is on the Watch List for the Maxwell Award, the Davey O’Brien Award and the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award.
• Johnson is on the Watch List for the Lombardi Award.

Copeland, Gaines Named 2014 Team Captains    
•    Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo announced at the annual football banquet last February that fullback Noah Copeland and safety Parrish Gaines had been elected team captains for the 2014 football season by their teammates.
• Copeland played in nine of Navy’s 13 games last fall, missing four games due to injury.  He rushed for 339 yards and two touchdowns on 69 carries (4.9 yards per carry) and caught three passes for 43 yards and a touchdown.  He rushed for a career-high 153 yards on 28 carries and caught a 20-yard touchdown pass against Toledo and had a 39-yard touchdown run in the Army-Navy game.
• Gaines had started 24-consecutive games at cornerback before switching to safety for the Pitt game due to injuries in the Navy secondary.  He started the final seven games at safety.  Gaines finished fourth on the team in tackles with 65, while turning in a team-high tying three interceptions.  His biggest interception of the year came against San Jose State when he intercepted David Fales in the end zone in the third overtime, setting up Keenan Reynolds’ 25-yard touchdown run to give Navy a thrilling 58-52 victory.

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Navy announces 2014 football recruiting class

Posted on 01 July 2014 by WNST Staff

Navy Announces 2014 Football Recruiting Class 

ANNAPOLIS, Md.–Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo released the names of the 2014 football recruiting class on Tuesday evening as 60 prospects representing 20 states went through induction ceremonies and began plebe summer.

“We are very excited about the group of young men that went through induction ceremonies today,” said Niumatalolo.  “If they work hard and do the things they are supposed to do in Bancroft Hall, in the classroom, in the weight room and on the practice field they will have a chance to contribute to our success.”

North Carolina produced the most prospects with nine, while eight hail from Texas, six from California and five from Florida. The Mids got four players each out of Georgia and Arizona, while three each are matriculating from Colorado, Tennessee and Virginia.

Navy Football season and single game tickets are currently on sale at the Ricketts Hall Ticket Office, by calling 1-800-US4-NAVY or by logging on to the web at www.navysports.com.  Navy opens the 2014 campaign on Saturday, August 30 against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium.  Navy also will play Notre Dame on Saturday, Nov. 1 at FedExField in Landover, Md. and Army on Saturday, Dec. 10 in Baltimore.  The Mids play five games at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium including a Sept. 20 date against Rutgers in the home opener and an Oct. 25 Homecoming game against San Jose State.




Name                          Position                     Ht.            Wt.            Hometown/High School

Evan Akins                        OL                        6-6            285            Hudsonville, Mich. / Hudsonville

Shane Artim                        DL                        6-3            235            Mountain View, Calif. / St. Francis

Justin Artis                        SB                        6-1            195            Wallisville, Texas / Anahuac

Randy Beggs                        DB                        6-0            185            Murrieta, Calif / Vista Murrieta

Dexter Bell                        DB                        6-3            193            Imperial, Calif. / Imperial

Darryl Bonner               SB                        5-7            165            Fayetteville, N.C. / Terry Sanford

John Brown                        SB                        5-9            180            Durham, N.C. / Jordan

Josh Brown                        SB                        5-9            180            Lilburn, Ga. / Brookwood

Tyler Carmona                        WR                        6-4            205            Davie, Fla. / American Heritage

Pat Cassley                        K                        6-1            200            Encino, Calif. / Crespi Carmelite

Brandon Colon                WR                        6-4            205            Los Fresnos, Texas / Los Fresnos

Jahmaal Daniel               SB                        5-6            160            Fayetteville, N.C. / Terry Sanford

Myles Davenport                        LB                        6-2            225            Fayetteville, N.C. / Terry Sanford

Eli Dawson                        OLB                        6-5            235            Columbus, Ohio / Western Reserve

Alex Duncan                        DB                        5-10            185            Chapel Hill, N.C. / Chapel Hill

Dylan Fischer              DL                        6-2            290            Phoenix, Ariz. / Desert Vista

Austin Hague                        DL                        6-4            248            Richmond, Va. / Benedictine

Devin Harris                        DB                        5-10            170            Arlington, Texas / Arlington

Mason Hicks                        LB                        6-1            212            Lexington, N.C. / North Davidson

Chris High                        SB                        6-0            185            Oklahoma City, Okla. / Douglass

Luke Holley                        P                        6-0            170            Tucson, Ariz. / Cienega

Winn Howard                        LB                        6-2            210            Monument, Colo. / Palmer Ridge

Brandon Jones                 OLB                        6-4            205            Keller, Texas / Keller

Terrance Laster                OLB                        6-1            210            Cary, N.C. / Panther Creek

Chad Lewellyn                        WR                        6-4            180            Louisville, Ky. / Christian Academy

Robert Lindsey              OL                        6-4            260            Palm Bay, Fla. / Bayside

Tony Mack                        LB                        6-1            220            Moorpark, Calif. / Moorpark

Abdul-Malik Majeed   DB                        5-9            185            Moorestown, N.J. / The Hun School

Travis Marshall                        QB                        6-3            200            Alpharetta, Ga. / Chattahoochee

Evan Martin                        OL                        6-3            280            Lee’s Summit, Mo. / Lee’s Summit West

Kevin McCoy              OLB                        6-4            205            Fayetteville, N.C. / Douglas Byrd

Dexter McGriff                        OL                        6-2            260            Muskogee, Okla. / Muskogee

Conrey Meagher             DB                        5-10            191            Oxford, Miss. / Oxford

Elijah Merchant                        DB                        5-10            180            Humble, Texas / Atascocita

Reggie Miles                        DL                        6-5            240            Woodbridge, Va. / C.D. Hylton

James Munson             DB                        5-8            160            Staten Island, N.Y. / Tottenville

Joe Nauert                        LB                        6-2            221            Scottsdale, Ariz. / Chaparral

Trenton Noller                OL                        6-4            310            Windsor, Colo. / Windsor

Justin Norton                        DB                        6-2            185            Rowlett, Texas / Skyline

Trey Olsen                        OLB                        6-4            235            Roseville, Calif. / Oakmont

DJ Palmore                        OLB                        6-3            235            Memphis, Tenn. / Christian Brothers

Zach Peck                        DL                        6-3            220            Windsor, Colo. / Windsor

Ronnie Querry               LS                        6-1            215            Chandler, Ariz. / Basha

Michael Raiford              DL                        6-6            280            Stockbridge, Ga. / Heritage

Dylan Roney                        OLB                        6-2            235            Novi, Mich. / Detroit Central Catholic

Tyler Sayles                        DE                        6-2            240            Coral Springs, Fla. / Deerfield Beach

George Schultz              DB                        5-10            170            Miami, Fla. / Coral Reef

Craig Scott                        WR                        6-2            175            Kansas City, Mo. / Park Hill South

David Smith                        OLB                        6-2            210            Newport News, Va. / Warwick

Sean Spencer                        DL                        6-3            250            Newnan, Ga. / Northgate

Nick Theos                        SB                        5-7            180            Charleston, S.C. / Bishop England

Micah Thomas             LB                        6-1            235            Cedar Park, Texas / Vista Ridge

Jerry Thompson                        DB                        6-0            180            Memphis, Tenn. / White Station

Tim Tupa                        QB                        6-0            190            Brecksville, Ohio / Brecksville-Broadview Heights

Parker Wade                        OL                        6-2            265            Nashville, Tenn. / Ensworth

Josh Walker                        SB                        5-11            190            Decatur, Ala. / Austin

Eric Watson                        QB                        5-11            205            Humble, Texas / Atascocita

Seth White                        OL                        6-3            265            Smithfield, Utah / Sky View

Tyris Wooten                        WR                        6-1            180            Palm Bay, Fla. / Heritage

Isaac Wright                        DB                        5-10            168            Gastonia, N.C. / Ashbrook

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Navy freshman McKamey dies after collapsing during practice

Posted on 25 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Naval Academy Midshipman Will McKamey Passes Away at Baltimore Shock Trauma

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Midshipman Fourth Class (freshman) Will McKamey, 19, of Knoxville, Tenn., passed away while in a coma Tuesday at Baltimore Shock Trauma.

The death comes three days after Midshipman McKamey collapsed during football practice on Saturday morning.  Since then, his family has been at his bedside and they have been overwhelmed with support from classmates, teammates, coaching staff and Naval Academy leadership.

“We are all so very heartbroken by the death of Midshipman Will McKamey,” said Naval Academy Superintendent VADM Mike Miller.  “This is devastating news for his family, his classmates, his teammates and the entire Naval Academy family. We offer our deepest condolences to Will’s family, friends and shipmates in the wake of this tragedy.”

Midn McKamey was an Oceanography major in 3rd Company, and he was member of the varsity football team.  

“During this most difficult of times, first and foremost, our prayers and thoughts turn to Randy, Kara and their beautiful family,” said Ken Niumatalolo, USNA Head Football Coach.  “Our deepest and most sincere condolences go out to their entire family and friends.  As our Navy football family mourns the loss of one of our brothers, we also celebrate and honor his life. He loved his family, his friends and his teammates.  The Brotherhood loves you!  Keep the ball “high and tight” in Heaven.”

Funeral arrangements are pending, and more information will be provided as it becomes available. 

The Naval Academy will continue to support Will’s family, friends, and loved ones during this time of grief. 

Grief counseling services and support are available to midshipmen, faculty and staff through chains of command, our chaplains, and the Midshipmen Development Center. 

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Navy Spring Game tentatively set for April 11

Posted on 28 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Navy Football Team To Start Spring Practice On Monday, March 17

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo announced today that the Mids will start spring practice on Monday, March 17 and will hold 15 practices concluding with a potential spring game on Friday, April 11.

Navy returns 20 starters (eight on offense, five on defense and five specialists) and 51 lettermen off a team that finished the 2013 campaign with a 9-4 record, won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy for the ninth time in the last 11 years, qualified for a bowl game for the 10th time in the last 11 years, won a bowl game for just the eighth time in school history and defeated Army for a series-record 12th consecutive year.

The 2013 team was just the fifth in Navy’s 132-year history of playing football to win at least nine games in a season, beat Army and win a bowl game.  The 1957, 1978, 2004 and 2009 teams also achieved the feat.

Navy has won at least nine games five times in the last 10 years.  Before the current streak, Navy had won nine or more games just five times in the previous 77 seasons.

The practice schedule is listed below. All dates and times are tentative.  The spring game is also tentative.


Navy 2014 Spring Practice Dates

Monday, March 17 at 4 PM at the Naval Academy

Wednesday, March 19 at 4 PM at the Naval Academy

Friday, March 21 at 4 PM at the Naval Academy

Saturday, March 22 at 9 AM at the Naval Academy

Monday, March 24 at 4 PM at the Naval Academy

Wednesday, March 26 at 4 PM at the Naval Academy

Friday, March 28 at 4 PM at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium

Saturday, March 29 at 9 AM at the Naval Academy (scrimmage)

Tuesday, April 1 at 4 PM at the Naval Academy

Thursday, April 3 at 4 PM at the Naval Academy

Saturday, April 5 at 9 AM at the Naval Academy (scrimmage)

Monday, April 7 at 4 PM at the Naval Academy

Wednesday, April 9 at 4 PM at the Naval Academy

Thursday, April 10 at 4 PM at the Naval Academy

Friday, April 11 at 7 PM at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (spring game


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FB Copeland, S Gaines named 2014 Navy football captains

Posted on 08 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Noah Copeland And Parrish Gaines Named 2014 Football Team Captains
The Mids open up the 2014 season in Baltimore against Ohio State

Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo announced Friday night at the annual Navy football banquet that rising seniors fullback Noah Copeland (San Antonio, Texas) and safety Parrish Gaines (Smyrna, Tenn.) have been elected team captains for the 2014 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.  “Noah and Parrish are great leaders on the field, in Bancroft Hall and in the classroom and there is no question in my mind that they will do a great job in this very important role.  They both work extremely hard and will set an example for the entire team on and off the field.”

Copeland played in nine of Navy’s 13 games last fall, missing four games due to injury.  He rushed for 339 yards and two touchdowns on 69 carries (4.9 yards per carry) and caught three passes for 43 yards and a touchdown.  He rushed for a career-high 153 yards on 28 carries and caught a 20-yard touchdown pass against Toledo and had a 39-yard touchdown run in the Army-Navy game.

Gaines had started 24-consecutive games at cornerback before switching to safety for the Pitt game due to injuries in the Navy secondary and ended up starting the final seven games at safety.  Gaines finished fourth on the team in tackles with 65, while posting off a team-high tying three interceptions.  His biggest interception of the year came against San Jose State when he intercepted David Fales in the end zone in the third overtime, setting up Keenan Reynolds’ 25-yard touchdown run to give Navy a thrilling 58-52 victory.

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Navy adds O’Brien to defensive staff

Posted on 30 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Dan O’Brien Named Assistant Outside Linebackers Coach

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo announced Thursday that Dan O’Brien has been hired as an assistant outside linebackers coach.  O’Brien will assist Justin Davis, who will be entering his eighth year at Navy and his fourth year coaching the outside linebackers.

“We are very excited to welcome Dan and his lovely wife Alicia to our Naval Academy family,” said Niumatalolo. “He is a young coach with a very impressive resume.  He has worked with the New England Patriots, one of the best organizations in the NFL, and he worked for four years at the University of Alabama under the best coach in college football.  He was highly recommended by the best in our profession.  The Naval Academy is in his blood, being the son of Naval Academy grad and former Navy assistant coach, Tom O’Brien, and we are excited for all that he will add in the development of our young men.”

“I’m excited to be a part of the staff at the Naval Academy,” said O’Brien.  “Navy has an excellent football program built on a long history and winning tradition.  Not only is it a great program to be a part of, but it is also an important place for my family as both by my father and uncle, Sean O’Brien, graduated from the Academy.  I’m excited for the opportunity and I can’t wait to get started.”

O’Brien comes to Navy from Elon, where he was the defensive backs coach the past three years.

Prior to working at Elon, O’Brien spent four seasons as a defensive analyst and defensive graduate assistant at Alabama under the tutelage of Nick Saban and Kirby Smart.  In O’Brien’s four years at Alabama, the Crimson Tide went 43-11 and won the 2009 BCS National Championship.  The Crimson Tide ranked fifth nationally in total defense, third in scoring defense and 10th in rushing defense in 2010 and ranked third in all three categories in 2009.

O’Brien has also had experience as a scouting assistant intern with the New England Patriots and Bill Belichick in 2005 and spent a year at Harvard working with the safeties in 2006.

O’Brien’s father, Tom (’71), was a three-year starter at defensive end for Navy and, after serving nine years in the Marine Corps, returned to Navy as an assistant coach for George Welsh from 1975-81.  O’Brien went on to become the head coach at both Boston College and North Carolina State and is currently the Assistant Head Coach at Virginia.

O’Brien is a 2005 graduate of Boston College where he earned his communications degree and served as a student coach.

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Navy QB Reynolds, coach Niumatalolo pick up independent honors

Posted on 22 December 2013 by WNST Staff

SB Nation Names Keenan Reynolds Independent Offensive Player Of The Year; Ken Niumatalolo Independent Coach Of the Year

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—SB Nation has tabbed Navy sophomore quarterback Keenan Reynolds its Independent Offensive Player of the Year and Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo the Independent Coach of the Year.  BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy was the Independent Defensive Player of the Year.

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

Niumatalolo led Navy to an 8-4 mark, a bowl game for the 10th time in the last 11 years and the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy for the ninth time in the last 11 years. The Mids went undefeated at home and beat Army for a 12th-consecutive time.  Niumatalolo is 48-30 in his sixth year as the head coach, which is the most wins in school history for a coach in his first six years.  His 48 wins are third all-time in Navy history, trailing Eddie Erdelatz (1950-58) by just two for second and George Welsh (1973-81) by just seven wins for first.

Navy will play Middle Tennessee State on Dec. 30 in Fort Worth, Texas. Kickoff is set for 10:45 AM in Fort Worth, 11:45 AMin Annapolis. Tickets are on sale now at: http://bit.ly/1gCmTns

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

Posted on 13 December 2013 by WNST Staff

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

Setting the Stage 

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

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

The Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy
• The Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy is presented annually to the winner of the football competition among the three major service academies — Army, Navy and Air Force — and is named in honor of the President of the United States.
• Navy has dominated of late, winning the trophy a Service Academy record seven-consecutive years from 2003-09 and winning a Service Academy record 15 straight games against Air Force and Army in the process.
• Navy has won the trophy a total of 13 times: 1973, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1981, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2012.
• When there is no clear-cut winner,  the trophy remains with the winner of the previous year’s competition.  • The three-sided trophy stands two-and-a-half-feet tall and is engraved with the academy seals.  Reproductions of the three mascots — the Army Mule, the Navy Goat and the Air Force Falcon — are ensconced on the respective sides of this bauble.  The trophy is sponsored by the West Point Association of Graduates, the Naval Academy Alumni Association and the Air Force Association of Graduates.
• The year in which the trophy is won is engraved on AA plate gracing the respective academy’s side of the trophy.

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

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

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

Navy To Play Middle Tennessee State IN Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl
•    Navy (7-4) will play Middle Tennessee State (8-4) in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl on Monday, Dec. 30 in Ft. Worth, Texas. Kickoff is set for 10:45 am (11:45 am in Annapolis) at Amon G. Carter Stadium on the campus of Texas Christian University and will be televised nationally by ESPN and broadcast nationally by ESPN Radio.
• The Armed Forces Bowl is Navy’s 19th bowl game all-time and the school’s 10th in the last 11 years.  This will be the fifth time that Navy has played in the state of Texas for a bowl game and the first since the Mids 35-13 rout of Missouri in the 2009 Texas Bowl in Houston. Navy has also played in the 2003 EV1.net Houston Bowl (lost to Texas Tech, 38-14), the 1964 Cotton Bowl in Dallas (lost to Texas, 28-6) and the 1958 Cotton Bowl in Dallas (beat Rice, 20-7).
• The bowl game will mark the first meeting between Navy and Middle Tennessee State.  The Blue Raiders will enter the game having won their final five contests and scoring 40 or more points in four of their final five games.
• Texas and Tennessee are two of Navy’s most highly-recruited areas as the Midshipmen have 19 players from Texas and 10 from Tennessee.
• Tickets for the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl are on sale now at: http://bit.ly/1bqibUX
• Ticket prices are $30 (Lower Level & Upper Level End Zone), $40 (Upper Level Sideline), and $50 (Lower Level Sideline). The only way to sit with the Navy contingent is to buy your tickets through the Navy Ticket Office.
• Fans can also purchase tickets to sponsor midshipmen and enlisted personnel and their families for $50 per ticket. Donated tickets are 100% tax deductible.
• The Naval Academy class that donates the most tickets receives a 30 percent discount on football season tickets for 2014 for every member that donates four or more tickets.  Any individual that donates 10 tickets or more will receive a 30 percent discount on the 2014 season ticket package regardless of class affiliation. Be sure to donate in your correct ticket account that signifies you as a USNA Alumni.

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Navy to face Middle Tennessee in Armed Forces Bowl

Posted on 08 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Middle Tennessee State accepts bid to meet Naval Academy in 11th annual Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl Dec. 30 

FORT WORTH, Texas – Following Saturday’s conference championship games and the final selection of teams for the 35 college football bowl games, the U.S. Naval Academy now knows that Middle Tennessee State University will be its opponent in this month’s Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas. The Midshipmen will meet the Blue Raiders in the 2013 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl to be played in Fort Worth, on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013.

The 11th edition of this postseason college football bowl game, which is more than a bowl game with its military theme and involvement, will kick off at 10:45 a.m. (CST) from Amon G. Carter Stadium on the campus of TCU. The game will air on ESPN, ESPN Radio and will be carried worldwide on the Armed Forces Network.

By defeating UTEP, 48-17 on Nov. 30 at home in Murfreesboro, Tenn., the Blue Raiders, led by Head Coach Rick Stockstill, finished the regular season with an 8-4 overall record in Conference USA.

“It is a distinct honor and privilege to have both the U.S. Naval Academy and Middle Tennessee in this year’s salute to the military of our country. The Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl and the City of Fort Worth are very excited to host both of these teams, their alumni as well as their fans,” said Brant Ringler, Executive Director of the patriotic bowl. “I can assure you this game will add significantly to the legacy of this great event. The game itself will be the centerpiece to a memorable week of colorful festivities in the heart of Texas.”

Navy, coached by Ken Niumatalolo, has a 7-4 record so far this season playing with poised passion and dedicated determination and has some unfinished regular-season business as they continue to prepare for Saturday’s annual rivalry showdown with the U.S. Military Academy (Army) in Philadelphia. Navy, which is on a three-game winning streak, became bowl-eligible on Nov. 16 when it defeated South Alabama, 42-14, at home in Annapolis, Md, allowing the Midshipmen to honor their commitment to play in Fort Worth.

While the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl is played in honor of the armed forces and has previously hosted the U.S. Military Academy (2010) and the U.S. Air Force Academy (2007, 2008, 2009, 2012), this is the first year that the bowl is hosting the Naval Academy. The Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl is the only bowl game that has hosted all three U.S. Military Academies.

The Blue Raiders head to Fort Worth riding a five-game winning streak after going 6-2 in league play to finish tied for second in the East Division of C-USA..



Navy’s Niumatalolo is in his sixth season at the helm of the Midshipmen and 16th overall with Navy football. During his first five-plus years as head coach at Navy, Niumatalolo’s Mids have compiled a record of 47-30 (.610) including appearances in four post-season bowl games plus this year’s BHAFB. He moved into third all-time in Navy career coaching wins this season. Niumatalolo has also been selected one of seven men in the inaugural class of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame. He will be inducted Jan. 23, 2014 prior to the NFL Pro Bowl in Honolulu.

Middle Tennessee’s Stockstill is in his eighth season leading the Blue Raiders. His overall record at Middle Tennessee is 51-48 and this is the fourth bowl game he has led his school to during his tenure.  A veteran coach, Stockstill has been part of the coaching staffs at Bethune-Cookman, Central Florida, Clemson, East Carolina and South Carolina before becoming head coach at Middle Tennessee in 2006. Stockstill has also been selected twice as the Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year.

For more info on Middle Tennessee football, visit www.GoBlueRaiders.com.


The long-time rivalry between Navy and Army is as arguably the No. 1 rivalry in all of college football. This year’s patriotic classic will be played Saturday when the Mids and the Black Knights meet on the gridiron field of battle for the 114th time. Navy holds the all-time series edge, 57-49-7, including last year’s 17-13 win over Army in Philadelphia. Both noted triple-option teams, Army leads the nation in rushing averaging 323.6 yards per game while Navy is currently third nationally with a 320.1 average.

With the Commander-in-Chief’s trophy on the line, the Navy vs. Army matchup is scheduled to kickoff Saturday at 3 p.m. (ET) on the FieldTurf of Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The game will be televised nationally on the CBS Television Network and broadcast on the Navy Radio Network.

Navy has been the most dominant service academy in the last decade plus in the battle for the Commander-in-Chief’s trophy, winning 20 of 22 (.909) meetings with Air Force and Army, including this year’s 28-10 win over Air Force.

For more Navy football info, visit www.navysports.com.


Record: 7-4 • Home: 5-0 • Away: 2-4 • Neutral: 0-0

Date Opponent Result/Time Television Attendance Series History

W No. 1 9-7 at Indiana W, 41-35 Big Ten Network 47,013 Series tied, 2-2

W No. 2 9-14 Delaware W, 51-7 CBS Sports Network 36,208 Navy Leads, 10-7

L 9-28 at Western Kentucky L, 7-19 ESPNEWS 19,813 Navy Leads, 2-1

W No. 3 10-5 Air Force W, 28-10 CBS Network 38,225 Air Force Leads, 27-19

L 10-12 at Duke L, 7-35 Raycom Sports/ACC Network 23,749 Navy Leads, 20-15-5

L 44-45 (2 OT) 10-19 at Toledo ESPNEWS 18,221 Toledo Leads, 3-1

W No. 4 10-26 Pittsburgh W, 24-21 CBS Sports Network 37,094 Pittsburgh Leads 22-14-3

L 11-2 at Notre Dame L, 34-38 NBC 80,795 Notre Dame Leads, 74-12-1

W No. 5 11-9 Hawai’i W, 42-28 CBS Sports Network 33,327 Hawai’i Leads, 2-1

W No. 6 11-16 South Alabama W, 42-14 CBS Sports Network 33,086 Navy Leads 1-0

W No. 7 11-22 at San Jose State W, 58-52, CBS Sports Network 16,876 San Jose State Leads, 2-1

12-14 Army+ 3 p.m. CBS Navy Leads, 57-49-7

+Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia, Pa.)   All Times Eastern


Middle Tennessee:

Overall Record: 8-4 • Conference Record: 6-2 • Home: 5-1 • Away: 3-3 • Neutral: 0-0

Date Opponent Result Television Attendance

8-29 Western Carolina W, 45-24 None, 20,011

9-7 at North Carolina L, 20-40, ACC Network, 48,000

9-14 Memphis W, 17-15, CSS        , 23,992

9-21 at FAU* W, 42-35 (ot), CSS, 13,911

9-27 at BYU L, 10-37, ESPNU 58,763

10-5 East Carolina* L, 17-24,      FSN 20,109

10-12 at North Texas* L, 7-34, None 21,171

10-24 Marshall* W, 51-49, FS1 19,898

11-2 at UAB* W, 24-21, FCS 20,483

11-9 FIU* W, 48-0, FCS 16,717

11-23 at Southern Miss* W , 42-21, CSS 22,134

11-30 UTEP* W, 48-17, MyTV 30 11,560

*Conference USA Game


This will mark the third time in its 11-year history that the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl will be held on December 30, as the 2010 and 2011 contests were both held on that date. The most recent Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl was played Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 featuring a match-up between the Rice Owls and U.S. Air Force Academy Falcons, in which the Owls claimed the bowl victory 33-14. Last year’s showcase drew an attendance of 40,754.



Tickets for the 2013 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl are now on sale through ArmedForcesBowl.com. Armed forces veterans and active-duty personnel receive free admittance via the bowl’s corporate armed forces ticket underwriting program, while supplies are available.



Owned and operated by ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN Regional Television (ERT), the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl has featured the “armed forces” theme since 2006. Patriotic overtones recognizing all five branches of the service are prevalent throughout the game. Past Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowls have included fan-fest areas showcasing armed forces hardware; flyovers; demonstrations by several of the military’s top skydiving teams; custom homes awarded to wounded warriors; on-field induction ceremonies; armed forces bands and honor guards; the annual Great American Patriot Award presented by Armed Forces Insurance; and the Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America.

For additional information about the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, please visit ArmedForcesBowl.com, Facebook.com/ArmedForcesBowl or Twitter.com/ArmedForcesBowl.

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Navy looks for seventh win Friday night at San Jose State

Posted on 21 November 2013 by WNST Staff

2013 Navy Football Game Specifics
Game 11 Navy (6-4) at San Jose State (5-5 / 4-3 Mountain West)
Date and Kickoff Nov. 22, 2013 at 6:30 pm PT / 9:30 pm ET
Location San Jose, Calif. | Spartan Stadium (30,456)
Television ESPN2
TV Talent Carter Blackburn (play-by-play), Danny Kanell (analyst) and Allison Williams (sideline)

Setting the Stage

• Navy and San Jose State will meet for the third time on the gridiron when the two square off on Friday night at Spartan Stadium (30,456) in San Jose.   Kickoff is set for  6:30 pm local time, 9:30 pm in Annapolis.
• Friday’s game will be televised nationally by ESPN2 with Carter Blackburn (play-by-play), Danny Kanell (color) and Allison Willliams (sideline) on the call.

Navy Tops South Alabama 42-14 To Become Bowl Eligible
•    (AP) – Darius Staten made his final home appearance a memorable one with a career-high 127 yards on seven carries with a touchdown to lead Navy to a 42-14 victory over South Alabama.
• The Mids, who scored 22 consecutive points in the second half, finished undefeated at home for the first time since 2004.
• South Alabama’s Ross Metheny completed 18 of 27 passes for 160 yards with two touchdown passes to Shavarez Smith, who had five receptions for 65 yards.
• Brandon Bridge replaced Metheny at quarterback and put together a 20-play, 89-yard drive that was stalled at the Navy 4 when Kendall Houston was stuffed by Cody Peterson on fourth-and-2 with 11:12 left in the game. Navy then put the game away on the next possession on a 45-yard touchdown pass from Keenan Reynolds to Matt Aiken.
• Navy backup quarterback Tago Smith added another 24-yard scoring run with 2:17 left for the 42-14 lead. The Mids racked up 519 total yards, with 351 coming from the rushing attack.
• Navy opened an early 3-0 lead on its first possession with a 37-yard field goal by Nick Sloan. The Jaguars then responded with a 14-play, 78-yard scoring drive, capped by a 4-yard pass from Metheny to Smith.
• Staten then gave Navy a 10-7 lead with 13:24 left in the half with a 17-yard touchdown run. After being helped by a roughing the passer penalty on Navy’sChris Johnson, South Alabama went ahead again when Metheny and Smith teamed up for a 22-yard touchdown.
• The shootout continued on the next possession as Navy scored again on a 7-yard run by Shawn White, who carried three defenders into the end zone. The Mids increased the lead to 20-14 with 34 seconds remaining in the half on a 21-yard field goal by Sloan.

Navy Qualifies For Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl
•    Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk announced after Saturday’s victory over South Alabama that the Naval Academy has qualified to play in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl on Monday, Dec. 30 at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas against a projected opponent from the Mountain West. Kickoff is set for 10:45 am in Fort Worth (11:45 am in Annapolis) and will be televised nationally by ESPN.  This will be Navy’s 10th bowl game in the last 11 seasons.
• This will be Navy’s fifth trip to Texas for a bowl game and the first since Navy’s 35-13 rout of Missouri in the 2009 Texas Bowl in Houston. Navy also played in the 2003 EV1.net Houston Bowl (lost to Texas Tech, 38-14), the 1964 Cotton Bowl in Dallas (lost to Texas, 28-6) and the 1958 Cotton Bowl in Dallas (beat Rice, 20-7).
• Tickets for the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl are on sale now at:  http://bit.ly/17zldT1
• Tickets can also be purchased starting Monday morning at 9 a.m. by calling 1-800-US4-NAVY or at the Ricketts Hall Ticket Office.
• Ticket prices are $30 (Lower Level & Upper Level End Zone), $40 (Upper Level Sideline), and $50 (Lower Level Sideline). The only way to sit with the Navy contingent is to buy your tickets through the Navy Ticket Office.
• Fans can also purchase tickets to sponsor midshipmen and enlisted personnel and their families for $50 per ticket. Donated tickets are 100% tax deductible.
• The Naval Academy class that donates the most tickets receives a 30% discount on football season tickets for 2014 for every member that donates four or more tickets.  Any individual that donates 10 tickets or more will receive a 30% discount on the 2014 season ticket package regardless of class affiliation. Be sure to donate in your correct ticket account that signifies you as a USNA Alumni.
• “We strongly encourage Navy fans to buy their bowl tickets directly from the Naval Academy Athletic Association,” said Gladchuk. “It is very important for this game and for future Navy bowl considerations for our fans to purchase tickets through the NAAA. If you can’t make it to the game, we ask that Navy fans buy tickets for our midshipmen and enlisted personnel which will allow us to create the usual pageantry of Navy football.”
• Anthony Travel is the official Naval Academy Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl travel agency. Travel packages include hotel accommodations at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel (Navy team hotel). Visit http://bit.ly/1csCTT5 and search Navy Bowl or call (888) 632-6951 to make your reservations.

Scouting San Jose State
• The Spartans enter Friday’s game with a 5-5 record and in need of one victory in the next two games to become bowl eligible.  San Jose State owns victories over Sacramento State (24-0), Hawai’i (37-27), Colorado State (34-27), Wyoming (51-44) and UNLV (34-24).  Its losses have come at the hands of Stanford (34-13), Minnesota (43-24), Utah State (40-12), San Diego State (34-30) and Nevada (38-16).
• San Jose State is led by senior quarterback David Fales, who is a probable first-round draft pick.  Fales has completed 60 percent of his passes (233-386) for 3,202 yards with 22 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Fales is 12th in the country in completions per game (23.3), eighth in passing yards per game (320.2) and 14th in total offense per game (317.6).
• The Spartans are 11th in the country in passing offense, averaging 325.4 yards per game and are 22nd in the country in passing yards per completion, averaging 13.7.
•    Senior wide receiver Chandler Jones has been Fales’ favorite target as he has caught 64 passes for 1,109 yards and 11 touchdowns.  Jones is fifth in the nation in touchdown catches (11) and seventh in receiving yards per game (110.9).  His 6.4 catches per game ranks 25th best in the country.
•    Freshman running back Jarrod Lawson has carried the ball 124 times for 646 yards with three touchdowns.
•    Senior linebacker Keith Smith is one of the top linebackers in the country. He has recorded 137 tackles and eight tackles for a loss on the year and his 13.7 tackles per game is No. 1 in the country.  Smith is averaging 6.9 solo tackles per game, which stands third in the country (just behind Navy’s Cody Peterson). Freshman linebacker Christian Tago has recorded 74 tackles, 7.5 tackles for a loss and three sacks.
•    Senior corner Bene Benwikere has picked off five passes and broken up 10 more passes on the year. He is ranked seventh in the country in interceptions per game (0.6) and fourth in the country in passes broken up per game (1.7).
•    Sophomore kicker Austin Lopez is one of the top kickers in the country, making 19 of his 23 field goal attempts and all 28 of his extra-point attempts.  Lopez is second in the country in field goals per game, averaging 1.9 per contest.
•    San Jose State has lost just five fumbles on the year, which ranks 18th in the country.

Navy vs. The Mountain West
•    Navy is 22-34 (.393) all-time against teams currently residing in the Mountain West Conference and is 2-0 this year with victories over Air Force and Hawai’i.  Navy will play a fourth Mountain West Conference team on Dec. 30 in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl.
•    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.

Niumatalolo Passes Paul Johnson For Third At Navy In Career Wins
• Ken Niumatalolo has led the Midshipmen to a 46-30 (.605) record in his six seasons as the head coach.  He is third all-time at Navy in career wins.
• Niumatalolo holds Navy coaching records for most wins in the first two seasons (18), three seasons (27), four seasons (32), five seasons (40) and sixth seasons (46) of a career.
• Niumatalolo is the first Samoan head football coach on the collegiate level and the second Polynesian head coach in FBS history (Larry Price, who was the head coach at Hawai’i from 1974-76, was the first).
• Niumatalolo was recently selected as a member of the inaugural class for the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame.

Celebrating Navy’s Seniors
• The Class of 2014 has compiled a 28-20 (.583) record over four seasons in Annapolis, qualified for three bowl games and won two Commander-In-Chief’s Trophies.
• With a victory over Army on Dec. 14, the senior class would win its third Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy in four years.
• Navy’s 22 seniors include:  wide receiver and co-captain Matt Aiken, wide receiver Casey Bolena, nose guard Travis Bridges, nose guard Barry Dabney, corner Albrey Felder, punter Justin Haan, wide receiver Brantley Horton, defensive end Michael Huf, wide receiver Shawn Lynch, guard Eric Mahler, wide receiver Hayden Maples, defensive end Evan Palelei, linebacker and co-captain Cody Peterson, safety Wave Ryder, outside linebacker DJ Sargenti, slot back Darius Staten, offensive guard Thomas Stone, slot back Marcus Thomas, linebacker Michael Tuimavave, offensive tackle Matthew Van Halanger, offensive tackle Graham Vickers and offensive tackle Sam Womack.

The Red Zone    
• Navy has scored on 40 of its 45 possessions (.889) in the red zone this year, scoring 33 touchdowns (.733), kicking seven field goals, missing two field goals, taking a knee to end the game in Navy’s 51-7 victory over Delaware and losing it on downs.  The Mids are ranked 25th in the country in red zone offense.
• The opposition has scored on 27 of its 35 red zone opportunities (.771), scoring 25 touchdowns (.714), kicking two field goals, throwing two interceptions, stopped on downs tweice, took a knee once (Duke) and missed three field goals. Navy is ranked 30th in the country in red zone defense.

Inside Linebackers Cleaning Up On Tackles
•    Navy senior inside linebackers Cody Peterson and DJ Sargenti have been all over the field for the Navy defense this season.
• Peterson, the Mids’ defensive captain, is No. 2 in the country in solo tackles per game, averaging 7.4 per contest, and is tied for eighth nationally in total tackles, averaging 10.6 per contest.
•    Sargenti, who had never even recorded a tackle prior to this year and wasn’t moved to inside linebacker (was a QB as a freshman and OLB as a sophomore and junior) until the start of fall practice, is 39th in the country in solo tackles, averaging 5.3 per game, and 95th in total tackles averaging 7.9 per contest.

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