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Navy football seniors get service assignments

Posted on 08 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Our Nation’s Future Leaders

• Navy’s 22 seniors received their Service Assignments on December 4. 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.

• 14 seniors will be commissioned Ensigns in the United States Navy, while eight will be commissioned 2nd Lieutenants in the Marine Corps.

 

Service Assignments for the Class of 2014

Player Service Assignment

Matt Aiken    Surface Warfare

Casey Bolena    Surface Warfare

Travis Bridges    Surface Warfare

Barry Dabney    Surface Warfare

Albrey Felder    Surface Warfare

Justin Haan    Marine Corps Pilot

Brantley Horton    Marine Corps Ground

Michael Huf    Surface Warfare

Shawn Lynch    Naval Flight Officer

Eric Mahler    Naval Flight Officer

Hayden Maples    Marine Corps Ground

Evan Palelei    Marine Corps Ground

Cody Peterson Marine Corps Ground

Wave Ryder    Navy Pilot

DJ Sargenti    Marine Corps Ground

Darius Staten    Supply Corps

Thomas Stone    Supply Corps

Marcus Thomas    Marine Corps Ground

Michel Tuimavave    Surface Warfare

Matthew Van Halanger    Surface Warfare

Graham Vickers    Surface Warfare

Sam Womack    Marine Corps Ground

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Navy welcomes winless Hawaii to Annapolis Saturday

Posted on 08 November 2013 by WNST Staff

2013 Navy Football Game Specifics
Game 9 Navy (4-4) vs. Hawai’i (0-8, 0-6 Mountain West)
Date and Kickoff Nov. 9, 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 Hawai’i will meet for the third time on the gridiron when the two square off on Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000) in Annapolis, Md. at 3:30 pm. Saturday’s game is presented by Navy Mutual Aid Association.
• Saturday’s game will be televised by CBS Sports Network with Brad Johansen (play-by-play), Randy Cross (color) and Sheehan Stanwick-Burch (sideline) on the call.

Game Day Festivities
• Pregame festivities will get underway at approximately 1:15 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.
• Between the first and second quarters the Navy men’s indoor track & field team will be honored for winning the 2012 Patriot League Championship.
•    At halftime, the 2003 Houston Bowl team will be recognized, followed by a performance by the Drum & Bugle corps.
• Following the game, Navy’s alma mater, the Navy Blue & Gold, will be played as the team will stand at attention in front of the Brigade of Midshipmen.  It is one of the best traditions in college sports.

Scouting Hawai’i
• Hawai’i is 0-8 on the year and is coming off a 47-10 loss to Utah State. The Rainbow Warriors were put at a significant disadvantage in that game when the team did not get to Logan, Utah until 12 hours before kickoff due to the shooting at LAX, which grounded their flight from Los Angeles to Logan.
• Prior to the Utah State game, Hawai’i had been playing its best football losing close encounters with Colorado State (35-28), UNLV (39-37), San Jose State (37-27) and to undefeated Fresno State (42-37). Hawai’i has also lost to Nevada (31-9), Oregon State (33-14) and USC (30-13).
•    Hawai’i's strength is its passing game led by senior quarterback Sean Schroeder, who has completed 126 of his 224 pass attempts for 1,699 yards with 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Hawai’i is averaging 294.4 passing yards per game, which is the 22nd-best passing attack in the country.
•    Junior Scott Harding is the team’s leading receiver, with 41 catches for 429 yards, while senior Chris Gant has caught 32 passes for 610 yards and five touchdowns.
•    The Hawai’i running game is led by freshman Steven Lakalaka, who has rushed for 349 yards and three touchdowns on 90 carries.
•    The Hawai’i defense is led by senior linebackers Art Laurel (58 tackles, 11 tackles for a loss and four pass break-ups) and Brenden Daley (57 tackles, 10 tackles for a loss).  Freshman safety Trayvon Henderson has intercepted three passes.  Hawai’i is averaging 9.3 tackles for a loss per game, which is the second most in the country.  Laurel is 18th in the country in tackles for a loss per game, averaging 1.4.

Navy vs. The Mountain West
•    Navy is 21-34 (.382) all-time against teams currently residing in the Mountain West Conference.
•    The Mids have played six – Air Force, Colorado State, Hawai’i, New Mexico, San Diego State, San Jose State  – of the 12 teams that make up the Mountain West.

Mids Lose A Heartbreaker At Notre Dame
•    (AP) – Navy’s triple-option offense had Notre Dame flummoxed and flailing for most of the game.
•    In need of one stop with 68 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Jaylon Smith and Eilar Hardy combined to snuff out a reverse by Navy’s Shawn Lynch on fourth-and-4 in Irish territory, and Notre Dame held on, 38-34.
• The Midshipmen ran for 331 yards, 207 in the first half. On Navy’s final drive, it ran the ball four straight plays for 18 yards and had it second-and-5 from the Notre Dame 32.
• Keenan Reynolds, who had run for three touchdowns and thrown for another, tossed a pitch just out of reach ofDeBrandon Sanders on the Mids’ final drive. Sanders fell on the ball at the 41 for a 9-yard loss. Reynolds completed a 10-yard pass to Casey Bolena to set up a fourth down.
• Reynolds pitched the ball to Lynch on a reverse and for a moment it appeared he had room, but Smith quickly closed the gap and with the help from Hardy tackled Lynch for no gain.
• Navy had no turnovers, no penalties and held the ball for 37:36 while the Irish had it just 22:24.
• Notre Dame improved to 11-1 in November in four seasons under Kelly and clinched its fourth consecutive winning season, the first time that’s happened since 1995-98.
• The bright spot for Notre Dame was the play of freshman running back Tarean Folston, who scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 1-yard plunge and rushed for 144 yards on 18 carries, with 116 yards in the second half. He had rushed for only 116 yards on 22 carries before Saturday.
• Notre Dame finished with 506 yards total offense, averaging 9 yards per play, the most for the Irish since 1998. Tommy Rees threw touchdown passes to TJ Jones and Ben Koyack, George Atkinson III scored on a 41-yard run and Cam McDaniel added a TD. Rees was 12-of-20 passing for 242 yards with two interceptions.
• Reynolds completed six of nine passes for 88 yards, including two key passes that gave Navy its final lead. First he threw an 18-yard pass to Marcus Thomas to the Notre Dame 49. After three running plays, Reynolds then found a wide open Matt Aiken for a 34-yard score.
• The Midshipmen finished with 419 yards total offense and had 27 first downs, the most ever by a Navy team against Notre dame.
• Chris Swain led Navy with 85 yards and Quinton Singleton had 77 yards.

Coaching Against The Alma Mater
• Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo and offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper will be facing their alma mater on Saturday.  It’s the second time the pair will face their alma while coaching at the Academy, as the Mids lost at Hawai’i, 24-17, in 2009.
• Niumatalolo is a 1989 graduate of Hawai’i where he lettered for three years as a quarterback and was part of the Rainbow Warriors’ first bowl team in 1989.  He was hired as a full time assistant by his alma mater in 1992 and spent three seasons coaching on the offensive side of the ball before leaving with then Hawai’i offensive coordinator Paul Johnson took the offensive coordinator job at Navy under Charlie Weatherbie.
• Jasper is a 1994 graduate of Hawai’i where he was a three-year letterwinner for the Rainbow Warriors (1991-93) at slot back and quarterback.  He helped lead Hawai’i to its first Western Athletic Conference title in 1992 as the Rainbow Warriors compiled an 11-2 record under head coach Bob Wagner, who ironically is now a resident of Annapolis.  Jasper came to Navy as a graduate assistant with Johnson and Niumatalolo in the spring of 2004.
Hawai’i Natives
• Navy has four players from the state of Hawai’i on its football roster.
• The brother tandem of senior safety Wave and sophomore center Blaze Ryder are from Kaneohe (Kamehameha High School), sophomore outside linebacker Kikau Pescaia hails from Honolulu (Kamehameha High School) and freshman kicker D.J. Grant-Johnson is from Hilo (Kamehameha-Hawai’i).

Honoring The Houston Bowl Team
• At halftime of Saturday’s game, Navy will honor the 2003 Houston Bowl team.  It is the team that jump-started Navy’s unprecendented run of nine bowl games in 10 years and eight Commander-In-Chief’s Trophies in 10 years.
• Entering the 2003 season, the Mids had not been to a bowl game since 1996, had not had a winning record since 1997 and had not won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy since 1981.  The Mids were coming off a 2-10 campaign and had recorded a combined 3-30 mark over the previous three years.
• Navy posted an 8-5 record in 2003, including a memorable 28-25 victory over Air Force in Washington, D.C.  The Mids went on to win the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy with a 34-6 shellacking of Army.  The MIds also owned victories over VMI (37-10), Eastern Michigan (39-7), Vanderbilt (37-27), Rice (38-6), Tulane (35-17) and Central Michigan, 63-34.  The Mids lost to Texas Tech, 38-14, in the Houston Bowl.
• The team captains were Craig Candeto and Eddie Carthan.

Inside Linebackers Cleaning Up On Tackles
•    Navy senior inside linebackers DJ Sargenti and Cody Peterson have been all over the field for the Navy defense this season.
• Peterson, the Mids’ defensive captain, is No. 2 in the country in solo tackles per game, averaging 7.3 per contest, and is tied for 12th in the country in total tackles, averaging 10.5 per game.
•    Sargenti, who had never even recorded a tackle prior to this year and wasn’t moved to inside linebacker (was a QB as a freshman and OLB as a sophomore and junior) until the start of fall practice, is 57th in the country in solo tackles, averaging 5.0 per game, and is 130th in total tackles averaging 7.4 per contest.

Disciplined Football
• Navy is No. 1 in the country in fewest penalties per game (2.75) and in fewest penalty yards per game (23.13 yds/gm). Since 2008, Navy has never finished lower than second in either category.
• Navy has had zero penalties in a game seven times since 2002, including twice this year (Delaware and Notre Dame).

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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 Football Players Give Back To The Community

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Navy Football Players Give Back To The Community

Posted on 20 July 2013 by WNST Staff

27 Navy football players appeared at the Outer Annapolis Recreation and Sports Football Camp

 

Twenty-seven Navy football players and two military representatives gave back to the community last week by appearing at the Outer Annapolis Recreation and Sports Football Camp. Senior punter Justin Haan was the guest speaker and gave a very motivating speech to the youngsters.

Joining Haan at the camp were sophomore fullback William Huntsman, junior linebacker Anthony Lewis, sophomore safety Lorentez Barbour, senior wide receiver Brantley Horton, sophomore quarterback Keenan Reynolds, sophomore corner Shelley White, junior safety George Jamison, junior slot back Ryan Williams-Jenkins, sophomore safety Jamaal Williams, senior wide receiver Brendan Dudeck, sophomore guard E.K. Binns, sophomore fullback Quentin Ezell, sophomore fullback Chris Swain, sophomore safety Myer Krah, junior tackle Chris Nurthen, senior linebacker Cody Peterson, senior wide receiver Matt Aiken, sophomore nose guard Bernard Sarra, sophomore corner Kwazel Bertrand, junior outside linebacker Jordan Drake, sophomore kicker Austin Grebe, senior corner Albrey Felder, sophomore safety Eddie Robinson, junior safety Shakir Robinson, sophomore outside linebacker A.K. Akpunku and senior wide receiver Hayden Maples along with military liaison MAJ Robert Green, USMC and enlisted advisor GySgt. Tim Owens.

The players gave individual instruction to the campers on football fundamentals and handed out and signed 2013 Navy Football posters.

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Peterson, Aiken named Navy football captains

Posted on 19 January 2013 by WNST Staff

ANNAPOLIS, Md.- Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo announced Friday night at the annual Navy football banquet that rising seniors linebacker Cody Peterson (Olympia, Wash.) and wide receiver Matt Aiken (Roanoke, Va.) 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 in his career and is a three-year letterwinner.  He missed the first four games this past year after suffering a knee injury during fall camp, but 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.

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