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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 opens season Saturday at Indiana

Posted on 07 September 2013 by WNST Staff

2013 Navy Football Game Specifics
Game 1 Navy (0-0) at Indiana (1-0)
Date and Kickoff Sept. 7, 2-13 at 6:00 pm ET
Location Bloomington, Ind. | Memorial Stadium (52,929)
Television Big Ten Network
TV Talent Eric Collins (play-by-play), Jon Jansen (analyst), Antwaan Randle El (sideline)

Setting the Stage

• Navy and Indiana will meet for the fourth time on the gridiron when they square off on Saturday evening at Memorial Stadium (52,929). Kickoff is set for 6:00 pm.

• This will be Navy’s first trip to Bloomington since 1986.  Navy is 0-2 all-time against IU in Bloomington, losing 38-35 in 1985 and 52-29 in 1986. The starting quarterback for Navy in both of those games was Bill Byrne, the Naval Academy’s current Commandant of Midshipmen.  The Mids won last year’s game in Annapolis, scoring 10 points over the final 5:30 to capture a 31-30 victory.

• Saturday’s game will be televised nationally by the Big Ten Network with Eric Collins, Jon Jansen and Antwaan Randle El on the call. Collins handled the play-by-play duties for Navy’s 34-19 victory over New Mexico in the 2004 Emerald Bowl when the Mids set an NCAA record for the longest drive in plays (26) and time (14:26). Collins also called Navy’s 16-0 victory over Northern Illinois in 2008, which was the first-career start for former Navy quarterback greatRicky Dobbs.

• The Navy Football Tailgate Show on WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM will air at 4:00 pm with Joe Miller live from Bloomington and Graham Whaples back in the 1430 WNAV studio in Annapolis.

• The Navy Football Pregame Show with Pete Medhurst, Omar Nelson and Joe Miller will get underway at 5:00 pm, followed by game action beginning at 6:00 pm on the Navy Radio Network.

• Following the contest, Miller and Medhurst will recap the day’s events in a 60-minute postgame show live on WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM and WFED 1500 AM.

• The tailgate show, the pregame show, the game and the postgame show are available over the internet to Navy All-Access subscribers.


Scouting Indiana

• Indiana is 1-0 after thrashing Indiana State, 73-35, last Thursday night in Bloomington.  The 73 points scored by the Hoosiers are the most at Memorial Stadium and the second most in school history.

• The Hoosiers produced a balanced attack, rushing for 313 yards and three touchdowns and throwing for 319 yards and six touchdowns.

• Sophomore Tevin Coleman rushed for 169 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries, while sophomore quarterback Nate Sudfeld completed 12 of his 17 pass attempts for 219 yards and four touchdowns. Sudfeld’s favorite target was senior tight end Ted Bolser, who caught six passes for 78 yards and two touchdowns.

• Freshman linebacker T.J. Simmons led the Indiana defense with nine tackles, while freshman linebacker David Cooper had eight tackles.

Navy vs. the Big Ten

• Navy is 27-42-3 (.396) all-time against teams currently in the Big Ten Conference.

• The Mids went 1-1 against the Big Ten last year, defeating Indiana, 31-30, and losing at Penn State, 34-7.

• After Saturday’s game, Navy’s next Big Ten opponent on the schedule is Ohio State on Aug. 30, 2014, at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.  The Mids will also play host to Rutgers at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium next year in Rutgers’ first year in the Big Ten.

The Last Time … 

Navy 31, Indiana 30 Oct. 20, 2012 | Annapolis, Md.

Navy scored 10 points over the final 5:30 to come from behind and shock Indiana, 31-30, in front of 33,441 fans on Homecoming at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

It was the first win by Navy over a Big Ten opponent since winning at Illinois in 1979 and the first win over a Big Ten opponent in Annapolis since defeating Purdue in 1926.

Indiana had taken a 30-21 lead with 12:18 remaining in the game on a three-yard touchdown run by Tevin Coleman.

The Mids took the ensuing kickoff and moved 74 yards on 16 plays, but had to settle for an 18-yard field goal by freshman kicker Nick Sloan after freshman quarterback Keenan Reynolds was stopped on third-and-goal from the one.

The Navy defense stood tall on Indiana’s next possession and forced a three-and-out giving the Mids the ball back with 4:58 remaining.

Reynolds calmly led Navy on a nine-play, 72-yard drive with senior slot back Gee Gee Greene coming up big on the drive with a 21-yard catch and a 22-yard run.

On third-and-goal from the Indiana three, Reynolds hit a wide open Matt Aiken in the end zone for the touchdown.  Sloan came on to make the extra-point and Navy led 31-30 with 2:02 left.

Following an incompletion on first down, Indiana quarterback Cameron Coffman was intercepted by sophomore cornerParrish Gaines setting off a wild celebration.

Sophomore outside linebacker Jordan Drake had the play of the day for the Mids, intercepting Coffman in the second quarter and returning it 24 yards for a touchdown, pulling the Mids to within 17-14.

Thomas Set To Break Kickoff Return Records

• Senior Marcus Thomas needs just one kickoff return this year to set the school record for most kickoff returns in a career with 81. He is currently tied with Reggie Campbell (2004-07) for first (80).

• Meanwhile, Thomas is second all-time in kickoff return yards with 1,774, just 131 yards behind Campbell.


All In The Family

• Navy has five sets of brothers on its 2013 roster, which is tied with Wisconsin and Army for the most sets of brothers on one team in the FBS this season.

• The brother tandems include freshmen Kendrick (SB) and Kenneth (QB) Mouton from Naples, Fla.; sophomore Blaze(C) and senior Wave (S) Ryder from Kaneohe, Hawai’i; freshman Myles (SB) and sophomore Chris (FB) Swain from Macon, Ga.; freshman Nnamdi (OLB) and junior Obi (OLB) Uzoma from Wake Forest, N.C. and freshman Will (QB) and junior Joe (LB) Worth from Valrico, Fla.

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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).






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)



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)



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)




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 coach Niumatalolo on WNST Tuesday

Posted on 30 July 2013 by WNST Staff

Niumatalolo On WNST In Baltimore Today

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo will be on WNST in Baltimore this afternoon at 2:45 PM.  Niumatalolo will join host Glenn Clark to talk about the upcoming season that kicks off on Saturday with Navy FanFest/Media Day at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (10 a.m.-12 noon).

Navy fans that live in the Baltimore area can listen to the interview live on 1570 AM or you can listen to the interview around the world at: http://wnst.net/

Single game and season tickets are still available by calling 1-800-US4-NAVY or online at: http://bit.ly/LNw2FY

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Navy announces 2013 football recruiting class

Posted on 28 June 2013 by WNST Staff

Navy Announces 2013 Football Recruiting Class

ANNAPOLIS, Md.-Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo released the names of the 2013 Navy football recruits on Thursday evening as 52 prospects representing 17 states went through induction ceremonies and began plebe summer.

“We are very excited about the young men that were inducted 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.”

Florida produced the most prospects with nine, while eight hail from Georgia and seven are from Texas.   California produced five prospects, while Alabama produced four.

Navy Football season 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 2013 campaign on Sept. 7 at Indiana.  The Mids will play five games at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium this fall, including the season opener on Sept. 14 against Delaware and an October 5 date with Service Academy rival Air Force.  The 2013 Army-Navy game will be played on Dec. 14 in Philadelphia.


Name                          Position           Ht.       Wt.      Hometown/High School
Josh Antol                    LS                   6-1       185      Mission Viejo, Calif. / Mission Viejo
Alex Barta                    K                     6-3       210      Clarkston, Mich. / Clarkston
Kyle Battle                   DB                   6-1       190      Temple, Texas / Belton
Alex Brown                  OLB                 6-3       239      West Columbia, S.C. / White Knoll
Cameron Bryant            DB                  5-10     175       San Diego, Calif. / Mira Mesa
Calvin Cass Jr.              SB                  5-10      200      Sicklerville, N.J. / St. Augustine Prep
Brendon Clements         DB                  5-10      185       Miami, Fla. / Coral Reef
Corin Cline                    OL                   6-3       260      Garland, Texas / South Garland
Blake Copeland             OL                   6-4       258       Muscle Shoals, Ala. / Muscle Shoals
Ted Colburn                   LB                   6-2       225       Northport, Ala. / Tuscaloosa County
Robert Dusz                  DL                   6-0       280       Scottsdale, Ariz. / Saguaro
Nick Fabrizio                 QB                  5-11      185      Tampa, Fla. / Durant
John Ferguson               DL                   6-3       240       Denton, Texas / John H. Guyer
Patrick Forrestal             DL                  6-4        305      Albany, Ga. / Deerfield Windsor
Daniel Gonzales             LB                  6-2        220      Vail, Ariz. / Cienega
D.J. Grant-Johnson         K/P                 6-2       195       Kea’au, Hawai’i / Kamehameha Hawai’i
Toneo Gulley                  SB                  5-8       190       Kenosha, Wis. / Tremper
Ryan Harris                    LB                  5-11      210       Mission Viejo, Calif. / Mission Viejo
Camaran Henson            DL                  6-3       250       Snellville, Ga. / Brookwood
Patrick Hoffman              OL                  6-4       265       Wyndmoor, Pa. / La Salle
Mike Kelly                      OLB                6-1       220      West Chester, Ohio / Lakota West
Austin Kurke                   DL                  6-5       235       El Segundo, Calif. / El Segundo
Max Lee                         K                    6-1       185       San Diego, Calif. / Francis Parker
Harrison Louden              OL                  6-4       275       Mobile, Ala. / McGill Toolen
Derek Mann                    SB                 5-11      180       San Antonio, Texas / John Paul Stevens
Bobby Marshburn            WR                 6-3       220       Athens, Ga. / Athens Academy
Andrew Martin                 OL                  6-4       272       Decatur, Ala. / Decatur
Amos Mason                   OLB               6-1       230       Brentwood, Tenn. / Brentwood Academy
Will McKamey                 SB                 5-9       170       Powell, Tenn. / Grace Christian Academy
Andrew Mitchell               K/P                6-5        220      Niceville, Fla. / Niceville
Maurice Morris                 OL                 6-2        310      La Porte, Texas / La Porte
Kendrick Mouton              SB                 6-0       195      Naples, Fla. / St. John Neumann
Kenneth Mouton               QB                 6-1       200      Naples, Fla. / Golden Gate
Kyle O’Connor                  K                   5-9       160      New Bern, N.C. / New Bern
Josiah Powell                   OLB               6-3       200      Madisonville, Ky. / North Hopkins
Jeremiah Robbins             OL                 6-2       290      Arlington, Texas / Arlington
Dishan Romine                 SB                5-11      185      Louisville, Ky. / DuPont Manual
Amari Ross                      DB                6-0        190      Roswell, Ga. / Centennial
Carter Shipley                   DL                6-3        255      Orlando, Fla. / Lake Highland
Tago Smith                       SB               5-10       190      Fayetteville, Ga. / Fayette County
Myles Swain                     SB               5-11       190      Macon, Ga. / Mount De Sales Academy
Daiquan Thomasson          DB                6-0        190      Clayton, N.C. / Clayton
Troy Thompson                 QB                5-11       185     Powder Springs, Ga. / Hillgrove
Jamir Tillman                    WR               6-3         190      Las Vegas, Nev. / Bishop Gorman
William Tuider                   OLB              6-2         205      Lawrenceville, Ga. / Mountain View
Julian Turner                     WR               6-2         190      Woodmere, Ohio / Orange
Nnamdi Uzoma                 OLB              6-3          220      Knightdale, N.C. / Knightdale
Jalen Wade                       LB                6-0          208      Franklin, Tenn. / Independence
Adam West                       OL               6-3          267      Klein, Texas / Klein
Shawn White                     FB               6-0          235      Palm Coast, Fla. / Matanzas
Will Worth                         QB               6-1          210      Valrico, Fla. / Newsome
Cole Wright                       DL                6-6          245      Ft. Myers, Fla. / Evangelical Christian

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Navy elevates Ingram to running game coordinator

Posted on 19 March 2013 by WNST Staff

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo has elevated Ashley Ingram to running game coordinator in addition to his duties as the center/guards coach. Navy finished sixth in the nation in rushing last year, averaging 278.5 yards per game.

“Coach Ingram is as good a football coach that I’ve ever been around and his knowledge and expertise have contributed greatly to our success the last five seasons,” said Niumatalolo.  “He is a great teacher and a great recruiter.”

“I would like to express my gratitude to Coach Niumatalolo for giving me this opportunity and I look forward to helping support Coach Jasper, who is one of the top offensive coordinators in the country, and the rest of our outstanding staff.”

Ingram is entering his sixth year at the Naval Academy and the Midshipmen have compiled a record of 40-25 (.615) in Ingram’s tenure, beating Army all five times, earning four bowl bids, winning three Commander-In-Chief’s Trophies and beating Notre Dame twice.

Ingram helped lead Navy to an 8-5 record in 2012 and a berth in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. Navy defeated Air Force, 28-21, in overtime and Army, 17-13, to win the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy.

The win over Army marked Navy’s 11th consecutive victory over its biggest rival. Other big wins for Navy in 2012 included a come-from-behind 31-30 victory over Indiana and wins over bowl-bound East Carolina (56-28) and Central Michigan (31-13). Guard Josh Cabral was named All-East.

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Navy announces 2013 football schedule

Posted on 16 January 2013 by WNST Staff

Navy Announces 2013 Football Schedule


ANNAPOLIS, Md.—The Navy football team, coming off an 8-5 campaign that saw the Mids win the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy for the eighth time in the last 10 years and appear in a bowl game for the ninth time in the last 10 years, will face a challenging 2013 schedule that includes seven bowl teams from 2012 including a Notre Dame team that played for the BCS National Championship.


The Mids have an attractive five game home schedule in Annapolis that includes games against Service Academy rival Air Force, Pittsburgh, in its first year in the ACC, on Homecoming and Football Championship Subdivision power and local rival Delaware.  The annual Army-Navy Game Presented by USAA, which is the greatest rivalry in all of sports, will be played on Dec. 14 in Philadelphia.


“This will once again be an incredibly challenging schedule for our football team,” said Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo.  “With seven teams on our schedule that went to bowl games a year ago and with four teams from BCS conferences on the schedule, our young men will have to work extremely hard this offseason to accomplish all of our goals next year.  I think we have a great home schedule and I hope our fans and the Brigade will be excited about the quality games we are playing at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, as we will need that home field advantage.”


Navy kicks off the 2013 campaign on Sept. 7 when the Mids travel to Bloomington, Ind. to take on the Indiana Hoosiers of the Big 10.  It will be the latest Navy has started a season since 1998 when the Mids opened at Wake Forest on Sept. 10. Meanwhile, it will mark Navy’s first trip to Bloomington since 1986.   Last year, Navy rallied for a thrilling 31-30 victory over Indiana in Annapolis.


The Mids return to Annapolis the following Saturday (Sept. 14) to take on Delaware in the home opener.  This will be the sixth meeting between the two squads since 2003 with Navy holding a slim 3-2 advantage over the Blue Hens.


After an off week, Navy travels to Bowling Green, Ky. to take on the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and first-year head coach Bobby Petrino.  Western Kentucky was 7-6 last year including a loss to Central Michigan in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.  Western Kentucky will be the first of six-straight opponents that participated in a bowl game a year ago.


Air Force comes to Annapolis (Oct. 5) the following week as Navy will look to defend its title as the top Service Academy football team 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, 28-21, in overtime.   The last 10 games between these two rivals have been decided by an average of 5.2 points per game with the last two games going to overtime.  Air Force finished last year 6-7 after losing to Rice, 33-14, in the Armed Forces Bowl.


The Mids will hit the road the next two weeks playing at Duke on Oct. 12 and at Toledo on Oct. 19.  Duke is coming off its most wins (six) since 1994 and played Cincinnati in the Belk Bowl, while Toledo finished 9-4 in 2012 and played in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl where it lost to Utah State.


The Mids return home to face a Pittsburgh squad on Homecoming (Oct. 26) that is coming off a six-win season and an appearance in the BBVA Compass Bowl against Ole Miss.  Pitt will be in its first season as a member of the ACC.


The Mids travel to South Bend, Ind. the following week (Nov. 2) to take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.  Notre Dame is coming off a season that saw it go undefeated in the regular season and play Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game.


Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo’s alma mater, Hawai’i, will come to town on Nov. 9 to take on the Midshipmen, while South Alabama will travel to Annapolis the following week (Nov. 16) to play Navy for the first time.


The Mids will travel to San Jose State on Nov. 23. The Spartans are coming off an 11-2 season and a victory over Bowling Green in the Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman, 29-20.  San Jose State has beaten Navy in each of the last two seasons.


The Mids will cap off the 2013 season on Dec. 14 against Army at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field.  The Mids won last year’s game in thrilling fashion, rallying for a 17-13 victory.  It was Navy’s 11th-straight victory over the Black Knights, which is a series record.


CBS has the rights to all of Navy’s home football games and either CBS or CBS Sports Network will televise all five home contests. Navy’s game at Notre Dame will be televised by NBC, while CBS is home for the Army-Navy Game.  Game times and television information for the rest of the road schedule will be announced at a later date.


With six wins in 2013, the Mids will appear in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl in Ft. Worth, Texas.  A date has not been set for the bowl game.


2013 Navy Football Schedule

Sept. 7                        at Indiana                                    Bloomington, Ind.

Sept. 14            Delaware                                    Annapolis, Md.

Sept. 28            at Western Kentucky                        Bowling Green, Ky.

Oct. 5                        Air Force                                    Annapolis, Md.

Oct. 12                        at Duke                                    Durham, N.C.

Oct. 19                        at Toledo                                    Toledo, Ohio

Oct. 26            Pittsburgh (Homecoming)            Annapolis, Md.

Nov. 2                        at Notre Dame                        South Bend, Ind.

Nov. 9                        Hawai’i                                    Annapolis, Md.

Nov. 16            South Alabama                        Annapolis, Md.

Nov. 23            at San Jose State                        San Jose, Calif.

Dec. 14            vs. Army                                    Philadelphia, Pa.


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Navy Spring Game set for April 12

Posted on 08 January 2013 by WNST Staff

Navy Sets Spring Practice Schedule
Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo announced the dates for Navy’s spring football practice today.  The Mids will practice the NCAA-mandated 15 times, which includes two scrimmages and a spring game.  Navy will begin practicing on Monday, March 18.

The team will scrimmage at the stadium on Saturday, March 30 and Saturday, April 6.  The spring game will take place on Friday, April 12 at 7:00 pm.

Navy Football Spring Practice Schedule
Monday, March 18 (shorts)
Tuesday, March 19 (shorts)
Thursday, March 21
Saturday, March 23
Monday, March 25
Wednesday, March 27
Friday, March 29 (Stadium)
Saturday, March 30 (Scrimmage at the Stadium)
Tuesday, April 2
Thursday, April 4
Saturday, April 6 (Scrimmage at the Stadium)
Tuesday, April 9
Wednesday, April 10
Thursday, April 11 (shorts)
Friday, April 12 (Blue & Gold Game at the Stadium)

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Navy battles Arizona State in Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl Saturday to close season

Posted on 28 December 2012 by WNST Staff

Date and Kickoff Dec. 29, 2012 at 1:00 pm PT / 4:00 ET
Location San Francisco, Calif. | AT&T Park (40,184)
Television ESPN2
TV Talent Dave Pasch (play-by-play), Brian Griese (analyst), Jenn Brown (sideline)

Setting the Stage
• Arizona State and Navy will meet on the gridiron for the first time when they square off at AT&T Park in San Francisco in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.  Kickoff is set for 4:07 pm Eastern, 1:07 pm Pacific.
• Navy is 7-9-1 all-time in bowl games and 1-1-1 all-time against current Pac-12 schools in bowl games.  Navy tied Washington, 14-14, in the 1924 Rose Bowl; defeated California, 42-38, in the 1996 Aloha Bowl; and lost to Utah, 35-32, in the 2007 Poinsettia Bowl. This will be Navy’s ninth bowl game in the last 10 years.
•    Navy has lost four of its last five bowl games. The only win was a 35-13 pounding of Missouri in the 2009 Texas Bowl.  The Mids have lost to Boston College (25-24 in the 2006 Meineke Car Care Bowl); Utah (35-32 in the 2007 Poinsettia Bowl); Wake Forest (29-19 in the 2008 EagleBank Bowl) and San Diego State (35-14 in the 2010 Poinsettia Bowl) during that time span.  Niumatalolo is 1-3 in bowl games.
• ESPN2 will televise the game nationally with Dave Pasch, Brian Griese and Jenn Brown calling the action.
•    Touchdown Radio has the national radio call with Roxy Bernstein and Gino Toretta on the call.

Navy’s Last Trip to San Francisco … 
Navy 34, New Mexico 19    Dec. 30, 2004 | San Francisco, Calif.
•     Aaron Polanco accounted for four touchdowns and 237 yards of total offense as Navy defeated New Mexico, 34-19, in the 2004 Emerald Bowl.  The victory gave the Midshipmen a school-record tying 10 wins for the season and marked just the fifth bowl victory in school history.
• After the Lobos took a 7-0 lead on the first possesion of the game, the Mids answered with a touchdown drive of their own, moving 80 yards on just seven plays.  Polanco scored from 14 yards out to tie the game at seven.
• The game turned on the ensuing possession when safety Vaughn Kelley hit New Mexico’s DonTrell Moore just as he was catching a pitch.  The hit caused a fumble that was recovered by Lane Jackson and knocked Moore out of the game.
• Navy quickly took advantage of the turnover, as Polanco scored from one yard out five plays later to give Navy a 14-7 lead.  The touchdown was set up by a third-and-eight pass from slot back Frank Divis to Polanco for 17 yards
• Josh Smith stopped New Mexico’s next drive with an interception and the Mids made the Lobos pay dearly, as Polanco hit wide receiver Corey Dryden on the second play from scrimmage with a 61-yard touchdown pass to make the score 21-7.
• After the two teams punted on their initial possessions of the third quarter, Polanco ran for his third touchdown of the day, this one from 27 yards out, to make the score 31-19.
• New Mexico, however, marched right back down the field.  The Lobos had the ball first-and-goal at the Navy six, but on fourth-and-goal from the one Lobo running back D.D. Cox was stopped short of the goal line by Kelley and Bobby McClarin.
• The Navy offense would take over the game from there, mounting an epic 26-play, 94-yard, 14:26 drive that was capped off by a Geoff Blumenfeld 22-yard field goal to make the score 34-19.  The 26 plays and 14:26 time of possession were both NCAA records for a single drive.

Fourth Quarter Rally Leads Navy To 11th Straight Win Over Army
•    Freshman quarterback Keenan Reynolds extended Navy’s dominance against Army, scoring the winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter in a 17-13 victory in the 113th playing of America’s Game.
• Navy captured its 11th consecutive victory over Army and in doing so won the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy which is awarded to the team with the best record in games among the three service academies. Army and Navy each beat Air Force, putting the prestigious trophy up for grabs in the regular-season finale for the first time since 2005.
• In front of 69,607 fans and Vice President Joe Biden at Lincoln Financial Field, Navy caught a break when Army missed a late field goal attempt.
• Reynolds quickly found Brandon Turner down the sideline for a 49-yard gain. Reynolds then escaped a rush and followed with the eight-yard touchdown run with 4:41 left in the game.
• Unlike previous games over the last decade, the Black Knights were in this one until the final drive. Army had driven to the Navy 14 when fullback Larry Dixon fumbled on a sloppy exchange with quarterback Trent Steelman. Junior nose guard Barry Dabney recovered the fumble and the Mids’ sideline went wild as the CIC trophy was coming back to the Naval Academy for a record 13th time after a two-year stint at Air Force. Before Navy started its 11-game winning streak, the longest winning streak in a series that started in 1890 was only five games by either team.
• Late in the third quarter, Army’s James Kelly stripped the ball from Reynolds and linebacker Alex Meier recovered to give the Black Knights the ball at Navy’s 37. Eric Osteen kicked a 21-yard field goal 10 plays later for a 13-10 lead.
• Osteen, however, was wide left on a 37-yard attempt with 6:57 left in the game.
• Navy made them pay on Reynolds’ score. The Midshipmen now lead the series 57-49-7
• After a scoreless first quarter, Army and Navy swapped rushing TDs in the second. Navy fullback Noah Copeland plowed straight up the middle for a 12-yard score. Trent Steelman matched him with an 11-yarder for his program-tying 17th TD run of the season, then saluted the cadets after the score.
• Freshman kicker Nick Sloan put Navy up 10-7 with a 31-yard field goal late in the second, but Army answered when Osteen’s 41-yarder as the first half expired hit the upright and bounced in to tie the game at 10.
•    Reynolds was named the Philadelphia Sportswriters Most Valuable Player, rushing for 43 yards and a touchdown and completing 10 of his 17 passes for 130 yards.  Sophomore fullback Noah Copeland rushed for 99 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries, while senior slot back Gee Gee Greene caught three passes for 23 yards.
• Junior linebacker Cody Peterson led the Navy defense with a career-high 14 tackles, while senior outside linebacker Keegan Wetzel recorded 11 tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss and one sack.  Senior Matt Warrick was also in on 11 stops, while sophomore outside linebacker Josh Tate, senior linebacker John Michael Nurthen and Dabney all recovered fumbles.

Senior Salute
•    Navy’s 28 seniors have compiled a 32-19 record (.627), qualified for three bowl games, won a bowl game (2009 Texas Bowl against Missouri) and won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy twice in their four years. The seniors were 4-0 against their biggest rival, Army, and 6-2 in Service Academy games (2-2 against Air Force).
•    The 28 seniors are:  offensive tackle Andrew Barker (High Point, N.C.), linebacker Matt Brewer (Wildwood, Mo.), safety Tra’ves Bush (Johnston, S.C.), guard Josh Cabral(Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.), tackle Evan Campbell (Pasadena, Md.), fullbackPrentice Christian (Bowie, Md.), long snapper Billy Coats (Minden, Nev.), guard Matt Couch (Enola, Pa.), defensive end Josh Dowling-Fitzpatrick (Westerville, Ohio), safetyJerad Fehr (Draper, Utah), linebacker Brye French (Deatsville, Ala.), wide receiverJonathan Gazaille (Grand Prairie, Texas), slot back Gee Gee Greene (Columbia, S.C.), guard Beau Haworth (Annapolis, Md.), defensive end Wes Henderson (Wexford, Pa.), slot back John Howell (Hatfield, Pa.), wide receiver Tyler Lynch (Irving, Texas), linebacker John Michael Nurthern (Phoenixville, Pa.), wide receiver John O’Boyle (Charlotte, N.C.), tackle Ryan Paulson (Broomfield, Colo.), center Kahikolu Pescaia (Kailua, Hawai’i), tackleJoe Ryan (Tucson, Ariz.), wide receiver Matt Shibata (Honolulu, Hawai’i), slot back Bo Snelson (Pasadena, Texas), defensive end Collin Sturdivant (High Point, N.C.), wide receiver Brandon Turner (Renton, Wash.), linebacker Matt Warrick (Chesterfield, Mo.), outside linebacker Keegan Wetzel (Palos Heights, Ill.).

Scouting Arizona State
•    The Sun Devils enter the bowl game with a 7-5 record against an extremely difficult schedule.
•    ASU has defeated Northern Arizona (63-6), Illinois (45-14), Utah (37-7), California (27-17), Colorado (51-17), Washington State (46-7) and Arizona (41-34).  Meanwhile, its losses have come at the hands of Missouri (24-20), Oregon (43-21), UCLA (45-43), Oregon State (36-26) and USC (38-17).
• ASU is one of the most balanced teams in the country ranking 38th in the country in rushing offense (190.8 yds/gm), 46th in passing offense (258.5 yds/gm), 31st in total offense (449.3 yds/gm) and 21st in scoring offense (36.4 pts/gm).
• Defensively, ASU ranks 75th in rushing defense (172.0 yds/gm), 12th in pass defense (178.8 yds/gm), 26th in total defense (350.8 yds/gm) and 41st in scoring defense (24.0 pts/gm).
•    Quarterback Taylor Kelly ranks 23rd nationally in passing efficiency (153.3). He has completed 224 of his 340 pass attempts for 2,772 yards with 25 touchdowns and just nine interceptions.  Chris Coyle is Kelly’s favorite target, with 53 catches for 659 yards and five touchdowns.  Running back Marion Grice has 39 catches for 406 yards and eight touchdowns, while running back D.J. Foster has 36 catches for 522 yards and four touchdowns.
• Cameron Marshall is the Sun Devils’ leading rusher with 524 yards and seven touchdowns on 127 carries, while Grice has 520 yards and nine touchdowns on just 89 carries.
• Arizona State’s defense has been terrific this year, ranking second in the country in sacks and tackles for a loss.  All-American defensive tackle Will Sutton ranks fifth nationally in tackles for a loss (1.82) and 13th in sacks (0.95).
• Safety Keelan Johnson ranks 11th in the country in interceptions (0.11 per game), while linebacker Brandon Magee is 29th in tackles (9.5 per game).
• Punter Josh Hubner ranks third in the country (47.1 yards per punt), while ASU is sixth in the nation in net punting (40.7 yards per punt).

Navy Quick Hitters
• Since 2003, Navy has won 19 games against schools from a BCS conference.  The 19 wins against BCS schools during that time period, which have come against 10 different teams, are the most in the country by a non-BCS school.
• Navy has played six bowl eligible teams this year (counting Penn State, which is not 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).
• Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo is 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.
• Navy has been the dominant Service Academy over the last decade, posting a 19-2 record (.905) against Army (11-0) and Air Force (8-2) in the last 21 meetings, winning eight Commander-In-Chief’s Trophies in the last 10 years and going to nine bowl games in the last 10 years.  Navy has amassed an 83-44 (.654) overall record in the last 10 years, while Air Force is 68-55 (.553) and Army is 32-88 (.267).  The 83 wins are the 21st most in the country over the last decade.
• Navy is 4-0 this year in games decided by eight points or less after going 2-5 last year in such games.
• Ken Niumatalolo has led the Midshipmen to a 40-25 (.615) record in this 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 (40) 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 and will play Bowling Green in the Northrop Grumman Military Bowl in Washington, D.C.
• Over the last 10 games (8-2), Navy has outscored the opposition in the second half, 153-83.  The Navy defense has allowed just eight touchdowns in the second half of the last 10 games.
• The Mids have turned the ball over 12 times in their four losses and six times in their eight 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 was named a Capital One First-Team Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America.  Wetzel has also been a force on the field for the Midshipmen, recording 74 tackles (tied for third on the team), a team-high 15 tackles for a loss, a team-high seven sacks, has forced a fumble and recovered a fumble.  He is just one sack 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 6-1 as a starting quarterback with wins over Central Michigan, Indiana, East Carolina, Florida Atlantic, Texas State and Army and a loss to Troy.  He also came off the bench with Navy down eight points to Air Force in the fourth quarter to lead 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 games (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 43.9 yards per punt (40 punts) this season, which is the second-best single-season average in school history. John Skaggs currently holds the single-season punting record at 44.8 yards per punt in 2001.  Beltran would stand 16th 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 83-44 (.654) record over the last 10 years after posting a 3-30 (.091) mark from 2000-02.  The 83 wins are the 21st most in the country over the last decade.
• Navy is trying to finish No. 1 in fewest penalties and 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 (3.5 /gm) and in penalty yards per game (27.9).
• Navy is 4-0 this year and 31-4 (.886) 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 5-4 this year and 16-22 (.421) 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 2-4 this year and 12-22 (.353) 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 3-4 this year and 8-23 (.258) 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 21-18 (.538) away from home.

California Dreaming
•    Navy has 10 players on its travel roster from the state of California.
•    Senior starting offensive guard Josh Cabral hails from Rancho Santa Margarita, sophomore starting long snapper Joe Cardona is from El Cajon, freshman center Brandon Greene is from Highland, freshman punter Gavin Jernigan is from Lawndale, freshman safety Mike Markovsky is from Costa Mesa, sophomore wide receiver James King is from Orinda, sophomore defensive end Paul Quessenberry is from Carlsbad, freshman starting kicker Nick Sloan is from San Diego, junior linebacker Michael Tuimavave is from Daly City and junior starting offensive tackle Graham Vickers is from Diamond Bar.

Playing Against The Home State
•    Senior guard Joe Ryan hails from Tucson, while junior wide receiver Casey Bolena is from Phoenix.

Balanced Attack
• Navy’s slot backs have rushed for 1,467 yards and six touchdowns on 200 carries (7.3 yards per carry), the fullbacks have ran for 943 yards and seven touchdowns on 202 carries (4.7 yards per carry) and the quarterbacks have rushed for 921 yards and 13 touchdowns on 230 carries (4.0 yards per carry).

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