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Reynolds sharp in first Navy scrimmage

Posted on 10 August 2013 by WNST Staff

Navy Football Conducts First Scrimmage Of The Fall

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Offense

 

Rushing

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

DeBrandon Sanders: 5-35

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

John Hendrick: 14-28

Keenan Reynolds: 10-25

Calvin Cass Jr.: 4-18

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

Quentin Singleton: 4-14

Toneo Gulley: 2-10

Noah Copeland: 2-9

Tago Smith: 2-9

Colin Osborne: 1-5

Ed Royds: 1-5

William Huntsman: 1-5

Reuben Carson: 2-5

Geoffrey Whiteside: 2-3

Darius Staten: 2-1

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

 

Passing

Keenan Reynolds:  13-15, 141 yards

John Hendrick: 5-8, 42 yards

Kody Akers:  1-2, 50 yards

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

 

Receiving

Ed Royds: 1-50

Geoffrey Whiteside: 3-48

Matt Aiken: 2-24

Tago Smith: 2-18

Shawn Lynch: 1-18

Brendan Dudeck: 2-13

Casey Bolena: 1-13

Marcus Thomas: 1-12

Hayden Maples: 1-11

Noah Copeland: 1-9

Calvin Cass Jr.: 1-8

Colin Osborne: 2-7

Chris Swain: 1-2

Total Receiving: 19-233 (12.2 per catch)

 

 

Defense

Edward Robinson: 8 tackles

Maika Polamalu 7 tackles

Sean Reaver: 6 tackles, 1/2 TFL

William Tuider: 5 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 sack

Paul Quessenberry: 5 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 sack

Chris Johnson: 5 tackles, 1 TFL

Don Pearson: 4 tackles

James Britton: 3 tackles

Parrish Gaines: 3 tackles

Quincy Adams: 3 tackles, 1 PBU

Shelley White: 3 tackles

Kwazel Bertrand: 3 tackles

Shakir Robinson: 3 tackles, 1 FR

Obi Uzoma: 3 tackles

Anthony Lewis: 3 tackles

Cody Peterson: 3 tackles

Tyler Goble: 3 tackles

D.J. Sargenti: 2 tackles, TFL

A.K. Akpunku: 2 tackles

Brendon Clements: 2 tackles

Wave Ryder: 2 tackles

Tyler Lehrke: 2 tackles

Kikau Pescai: 2 tackles

Marcus Mack: 2 tackles

Michael Huf: 2 tackles

Travis Bridges: 2 tackles, 1/2 TFL

Nick McCrory: 2 tackles

Zach Hester: 2 tackles

Will Anthony: 2 tackles

David Gordeuk: 2 tackles, TFL

Peter Igras: 2 tackles

Aaron Davis: 1 tackle, TFL, Sack

Lonnie Richardson: 1 tackle

Mike Markovsky: 1 tackle

Chris Ferguson: 1 tackle

Nick Martinez: 1 tackle

George Jamison: 1 tackle

Joe Worth: 1 tackle

Evan Palelei: 1 tackle

Bernard Sarra: 1 tackle

Vin Rider: 1 tackle

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Navy football set to open summer camp Friday

Posted on 01 August 2013 by WNST Staff

Navy Set to Open Preseason Camp

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Aiken and Peterson Named Team Captains

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

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

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

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

 

Montalvo Returns To Team

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Navy 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.

NAVY FOOTBALL CLASS OF 2017

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

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

Posted on 08 December 2012 by Glenn Clark

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Keenan Reynolds isn’t even yet 19 years old.

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

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

I couldn’t say it any better.

-G

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

Posted on 07 December 2012 by WNST Staff

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


Setting the Stage

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

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

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

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

The Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy
• The Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy is presented annually to the winner of the football competition among the three major service academies — Army, Navy and Air Force — and is named in honor of the President of the United States.
• Navy has dominated of late, winning the trophy a Service Academy record seven-consecutive years from 2003-09 and winning a Service Academy record 15 straight games against Air Force and Army in the process.  Air Force has won the trophy each of the last two years.
• Navy has won the trophy a total of 12 times: 1973, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1981, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.
• When there is no clear-cut winner,  the trophy remains with the winner of the previous year’s competition.  • The three-sided trophy stands two-and-a-half-feet tall and is engraved with the academy seals.  Reproductions of the three mascots — the Army Mule, the Navy Goat and the Air Force Falcon — are ensconced on the respective sides of this bauble.  The trophy is sponsored by the West Point Association of Graduates, the Naval Academy Alumni Association and the Air Force Association of Graduates.
• The year in which the trophy is won is engraved on AA plate gracing the respective academy’s side of the trophy.

Service Academy Dominance
• Navy has amassed a 82-44 (.651) overall record in the last 10 years, while Air Force is 68-55 (.553) and Army is 32-87 (.269).  The Mids are 17-2 against the other two Service Academies since 2003.

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

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

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

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

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