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Navy FB Copeland named to Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award watch list

Posted on 20 August 2014 by WNST Staff

Navy Fullback Noah Copeland On Watch List For The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Senior fullback Noah Copeland is one of 43 players on the watch list for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award.

The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award recognizes the top offensive player in the FBS who also exhibits the enduring characteristics that define Earl Campbell: integrity, performance, teamwork, sportsmanship, drive, community and tenacity; specifically tenacity to persist and determination to overcome adversity and injury in pursuit of reaching goals. In addition, the nominee must meet one or more of the following criteria: born in Texas and/or graduated from a Texas High School and/or played at a Texas-based junior college or four year college. 

The Watch List announced today will be narrowed to 16 semifinalists in November and then four finalists in December. The finalists will be brought to Tyler, Texas for The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Awards Banquet scheduled for January 14, 2015.

Earl Campbell graduated from John Tyler High School in Tyler before joining the University of Texas Longhorns under legendary Coach Darrell K. Royal. In his senior year, he led the nation with 1,744 yards rushing and 19 touchdowns, going on to win the Longhorns’ first Heisman Trophy.

He was subsequently drafted by the Houston Oilers where he won Rookie of the Year honors in 1978 and went on to lead the NFL in rushing three times. Campbell earned NFL MVP in 1979 and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1991.

Copeland is a three-year letterwinner and elected by his teammates to serve as a co-captain, along with safety Parrish Gaines, for the 2014 season.

Copeland rushed for 339 yards on 69 carries and two touchdowns, while catching three passes for 43 yards and a touchdown during an injury plagued junior year.

As a sophomore, Copeland rushed for 738 yards on 162 carries and two touchdowns as he finished the year as Navy’s second-leading rusher.

As a freshman, he mainly played on special teams and came up with seven tackles and forced a fumble.  He had a huge Army-Navy game, recording four tackles and forcing a fumble that Navy recovered and later scored on.

Tickets are still available for Navy’s season opener against Ohio State on Saturday, August 30th at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Kickoff is set for 12 noon.

Tickets are $75 for the lower and upper levels and $125 for club seats.  To purchase tickets, call 1-800-US4-NAVY or you can buy them on the web at: http://bit.ly/1vxIyoF 

The Navy football team finished the 2013 campaign with a 9-4 record, won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy for the ninth time in the last 11 years, qualified for a bowl game for the 10th time in the last 11 years, won a bowl game for just the eighth time in school history and defeated Army for a series-record 12th-consecutive year. The 2013 team is just the fifth in Navy’s 132-year history of playing football to win at least nine games in a season, beat Army and win a bowl game joining the 1957, 1978, 2004 and 2009 squads.

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FB Copeland, S Gaines named 2014 Navy football captains

Posted on 08 February 2014 by WNST Staff

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

Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo announced Friday night at the annual Navy football banquet that rising seniors fullback Noah Copeland (San Antonio, Texas) and safety Parrish Gaines (Smyrna, Tenn.) have been elected team captains for the 2014 football season by their teammates.

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

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

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

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