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Navy QB Reynolds, coach Niumatalolo pick up independent honors

Posted on 22 December 2013 by WNST Staff

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

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

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

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

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

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Navy QB Reynolds, eight others receive independent honors

Posted on 18 December 2013 by WNST Staff

ANNAPOLIS, Md. —  Nine Navy football players have been named to the 2013 FBS All-Independent Team it was announced on Wednesday, including Navy sophomore quarterback Keenan Reynolds (Antioch, Tenn.) who was named the 2013 FBS All-Independent Offensive Player of the Year.  In addition to Reynolds BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy (Defensive Player of the Year), Idaho placekicker/punter Austin Rehkow (Special Teams Player of the Year) and Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith (Freshman of the Year) were the recipients of major awards.

In just his second season at Navy, Reynolds is well on his way to rewriting the school and national record books, establishing an NCAA single-season record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 29 this season, tying the NCAA record for most touchdowns in a game against an FBS opponent (7 vs. San Jose State), scoring a program-best 42 points against San Jose State, breaking a nearly 100-year-old season scoring mark at Navy with 176 points (174 by Bill Ingram in 1917) and smashing the school record for points responsible for in a season with 224.  Reynolds heads into the Dec. 30 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl against Middle Tennessee State ranked No. 1 in the country in scoring, averaging 14.7 points per game, No. 1 in rushing touchdowns with 29 and No. 2 in rushing yards by a quarterback with 105.0.

Joining Reynolds on the All-Independent First Team are junior offensive lineman Bradyn Heap (South Jordan, Utah), senior linebacker and co-captain Cody Peterson (Olympia, Wash.) and junior safety/cornerback Parrish Gaines (Smyrna, Tenn).  Honorable mention selections for the Midshipmen include junior punter Pablo Beltran (Humble, Texas), freshman cornerback Brendon Clements (Miami, Fla.), junior outside linebacker Chris Johnson (Cape Coral, Fla.), senior kick returner Marcus Thomas (Baton Rouge, La.) and junior offensive lineman Jake Zuzek (Brookhaven, Pa.).

Navy’s defense has held seven of its 12 opponents below their scoring average for the season, including bowl-bound Pitt and Service Academy rivals Air Force and Army.  Peterson, who leads the Mids with 135 tackles this season, stands No. 2 in the nation in tackles per game, averaging 11.3, while his 7.7 solo tackles per game is also the second best in the country.  Clements, who has started nine games for the Mids, is coming off perhaps his best performance of his career, forcing three Army turnovers (2 forced fumbles, 1 interception) in last weekend’s 34-7 victory.  Johnson, meanwhile, owns a team-high tying three interceptions to go along with his 78 tackles which rank third on the team.

Beltran stands No. 2 all-time in career punting average at Navy, averaging 41.3 yards per punt and heads into the bowl ranked fifth on Navy’s single-season punting list where he has averaged 42.0 yards per punt this season.

Thomas has enjoyed a spectacular career returning kicks for the Mids and will graduate as the program’s leader in career returns (101) and return yardage (2,240).  He is the only player in school history to top the 2,000-yard mark for yards, as well as the only player to return more than 80 kicks.

2013 FBS ALL-INDEPENDENT TEAM

OFFENSE
QB Keenan Reynolds (So.)    Navy
RB Terry Baggett (Jr.)    Army
RB Jamaal Williams (So.)    BYU
WR Dezmon Epps (Jr.)    Idaho
WR TJ Jones (Sr.)    Notre Dame
TE Troy Niklas (Jr.)    Notre Dame
OL Michael Kime (Sr.)    Army
OL Michael Yeck (Jr.)    BYU
OL Bradyn Heap (Jr.)    Navy
OL Zack Martin (Sr.)    Notre Dame
OL Chris Watt (Sr.)    Notre Dame

DEFENSE
DL Eathyn Manumaleuna (Sr.)    BYU
DL Louis Nix III (Sr.)    Notre Dame
DL Stephon Tuitt (Jr.)    Notre Dame
LB Uani ‘Unga (Sr.)    BYU
LB Kyle Van Noy (Sr.)    BYU
LB Cody Peterson (Sr.)    Navy
LB Dan Fox (Sr.)    Notre Dame
DB Daniel Sorensen (Sr.)    BYU
DB Parrish Gaines (Jr.)    Navy
DB Davis Cazares (Sr.)    New Mexico State
DB Bennett Jackson (Sr.)    Notre Dame

SPECIAL TEAMS
PK Kyle Brindza (Jr.)    Notre Dame
P Austin Rehkow (Fr.)    Idaho
KR Adam Hine (So.)    BYU

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
QB Keenan Reynolds     Navy

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
LB Kyle Van Noy    BYU

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
PK/P Austin Rehkow    Idaho

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
LB Jaylon Smith     Notre Dame

HONORABLE MENTION
Army: PK Daniel Grochowski (So.), OL Ryan Powis (Jr.), OL Stephen Shumaker (Jr.)
BYU: DB Craig Bills (Jr.), QB Taysom Hill (So.), WR Cody Hoffman (Sr.), KR JD Falslev (Sr.), PK Justin Sorensen (Sr.)
Idaho: DL QuayShawne Buckley (Sr.), DL Maxx Forde (Jr.), LB Marc Millan (Jr.), OL Mike Marboe (Jr.), DB Trey Williams (Sr.)
Navy: P Pablo Beltran (Jr.), CB Brendon Clements (Fr.), LB Chris Johnson (Jr.), KR Marcus Thomas (Sr.), OL Jake Zuzek (Jr.)
New Mexico State: OL Andy Cunningham (So.), WR Austin Franklin (Jr.), LB Trashaun Nixon (Sr.), OL Davonte Wallace (Sr.)
Notre Dame: KR George Atkinson III (Jr.), OL Nick Martin (Jr.), QB Tommy Rees (Sr.), CB KeiVarae Russell (So.), LB Prince Shembo (Sr.)

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Towson RB West named CAA Offensive Player of the Year

Posted on 26 November 2013 by WNST Staff

14 TIGERS NAMED TO ALL-CAA FOOTBALL TEAMS

Terrance West Named As Offensive Player of the Year; Darius Victor Honored As CAA Rookie of Year

RICHMOND, Va. – Junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) of Towson University has been named as the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Offensive Player of the Year and is one of 14 Tigers named to the All-CAA teams that were announced by CAA officials on Tuesday.

In addition, freshman running back Darius Victor (Northwestern H.S./Hyattsville, Md.) was named as the CAA’s Offensive Rookie of the Year.

The Tigers, who are seeded seventh in the NCAA FCS playoffs and earned a first round bye, led all CAA schools with 14 selections on the three All-CAA teams. Towson placed eight players on the All-CAA first team, including three players who were repeat selections.

West was named to the All-CAA first team for the third consecutive year. Senior tackles Eric Pike (DuVal H.S./Landover, Md.) and Randall Harris (DuVal H.S./Lanham, Md.) were named first team All-CAA for the second year in a row. Pike was also an All-CAA third team honoree as a sophomore.

The Tigers, who led all CAA schools with eight first-team selections, placed two players on the All-CAA second team and had four players named third team.

William & Mary was second among CAA schools with 11 overall selections, including six first team picks. CAA champion Maine, Richmond and Villanova each had 10 honorees. Maine also had six players named first team All-CAA.

Delaware had nine players honored while New Hampshire placed eight on the All-CAA teams. James Madison had seven players honored and Rhode Island had six.

“Our guys play extremely hard for each other and it is massively gratifying to see their consistent play garner so much respect,” said Towson Coach Rob Ambrose. “To have this many young men celebrated for their achievements certainly signify the strength of our efforts and the strength of our program moving forward.”

Sophomore fullback Emmanuel Holder (Calvert Hall H.S./Baltimore, Md.), junior defensive end Ryan Delaire(Windsor H.S./Bloomfield, Conn.), senior linebacker Telvion Clark (Granby H.S./Norfolk, Va.), sophomore safety Christian Carpenter (Aberdeen H.S./Aberdeen, Md.) and senior cornerback Jordan Love (Deep Run H.S./Glen Allen, Va.) rounded out the Tigers’ contingent of first team selections.

Love was a second team All-CAA selection last season.

Senior linebacker Monte Gaddis (Cleveland Central Catholic H.S./Cleveland, Ohio) was named second team All-CAA for the second year in a row while junior cornerback Tye Smith (Wakefield H.S. /Raleigh, N.C.) also earned second team honors. Smith was a third team honoree last season.

Senior wide receiver Leon Kinnard (Loyola Blakefield H.S./Reisterstown, Md.) junior wide receiver Spencer Wilkins (Mount Hebron H.S./Ellicott City, Md.), senior center Doug Shaw (Loyola Blakefield H.S./Woodbine, Md.) and junior kick returner Derrick Joseph (McDonough H.S./Waldorf, Md.) were named to the third team.

Kinnard and Wilkins are first-time honorees while Shaw was a second team selection last year. Joseph earned third team All-CAA honors for the second time. He was a second team All-CAA selection as a freshman.

One of the leading candidates for the Walter Payton Award, which is presented to the top player in FCS football, West leads NCAA FCS with 1,865 rushing yards in 12 games, an average of 155.4 yards per game. While averaging 6.2 yards per carry, he has rushed for more than 100 yards in 10 of 12 games.  He has also topped the 200-yard mark three times. He is already the leading career rusher in Towson history with 4,205 yards.

A four-time selection as the CAA Offensive Player of the Week, West leads the nation (all divisions) with 31 touchdowns scored. In his career, he has scored 75 touchdowns – just 14 shy of the NCAA FCS record held by former NFL All-Pro Brian Westbrook of Villanova.

The second Tiger to be named as the CAA Offensive Rookie of the Year, Victor ran for 410 yards in 10 games as West’s backup. He averaged 6.3 yards per carry and scored five touchdowns. He was named as the CAA Rookie of the Week in September.

Pike and Harris are the All-CAA first team tackles for the second year in a row. A two-year co-captain, Pike set a school record on Saturday when he became the first Towson football player to appear in 46 games. A four-year starter, he has started every game of his college career. Harris is a two-year starter at right tackle. Led by Pike and Harris, the Tiger offense set school records with 446 points scored and 5,519 yards of total offense.

A two-year starter at fullback, Holder caught 11 passes for 123 yards and scored two touchdowns in 2013. He also provides the Tigers with a strong blocker in the backfield.

A transfer from the University of Massachusetts, Delaire started 11 of 12 games this season. He ranked sixth on the team with 51 tackles while leading the Tigers with 8.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles for lost yardage. Delaire is second in the CAA in tackles for lost yardage and ranks third in the CAA in sacks.

A two-time selection as the CAA Defensive Player of the Week, Clark leads the Tigers with 107 tackles, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. Honored as the National Defensive Player of the Week after the Tigers’ win at Richmond, Clark is fifth in the CAA in tackles. He also leads the CAA with five forced fumbles and is tied for the CAA lead with three fumble recoveries.

A first-year starter for the Tigers, Carpenter started 10 games at safety and made quite an impact. He made 65 tackles, fourth on the team and broke up four passes. He also intercepted three passes and recovered two fumbles. In the Tigers’ win at Richmond, he returned an interception 34 yards for a touchdown.

Despite missing the first two games of the season, Love was seventh on the team with 43 tackles. A transfer from Georgia prior to last season, Love also broke up nine passes, second on the team and fifth in the CAA.

A repeat selection on the All-CAA second team, Gaddis was one of the Tiger captains this season. He was second on the team and 19th in the CAA with 86 tackles. He had two interceptions and five tackles for lost yardage.

The CAA Defensive Player of the Week last week, Smith made 85 tackles, third on the team. He ranked fourth among CAA defensive backs in tackles and broke up 10 passes, third in the CAA. A member of the All-CAA third team last year, Smith also intercepted two passes and forced two fumbles.

Kinnard was named as a third team All-CAA selection for the first time. Before suffering a season-ending injury, he caught 43 passes for 664 yards and a touchdown. While averaging 60.4 receiving yards per game, he ranked ninth in the CAA. The versatile Kinnard also lined up at quarterback for the Tigers and returned punts and kickoffs.

Wilkins is also a first-time All-CAA selection. Like Kinnard, his season ended early due to an injury. In nine games, he caught 40 passes for 691 yards and four touchdowns. He led the CAA by averaging 17.3 yards per reception and ranked fifth with 76.8 receiving yards per game.

A second team All-CAA selection as a junior, Shaw earned third team honors this season. A starter in 40 of the last 41 games, he has been a fixture and a leader on the offensive line for four years.

Joseph earned All-CAA notice for the third time in his career. As a junior, he averaged 24.7 yards per kickoff return and returned two kickoffs for touchdown. The Tigers’ career leader in kickoff returns, he has now returned four kickoffs for touchdowns, a school record.

The Tigers, who are 10-2, are seeded seventh in the FCS playoffs. After a first-round bye, the Tigers will host the winner of the Fordham-Sacred Heart game on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 1:00 p.m.

The Tigers, who have a 26-9 record over the last three seasons, will be making their second NCAA FCS playoff appearance in three years. Over the last three years, the Tigers are 19-5 in CAA games. After winning the 2011 CAA championship, the Tigers shared the CAA title last year. They tied for second in the CAA with New Hampshire in 2013.

When Towson earned its first NCAA FCS playoff bid in 2011, Towson became the first NCAA school to earn playoff bids at three different levels. Towson went to the Division III playoffs in 1976. The Tigers competed for the Division II championship in 1983, 1984 and 1986.

2013 CAA Football Major Awards (as voted on by the head coaches)

Coach of the Year:                               Jack Cosgrove, Maine, 21 seasons

Offensive Player of the Year:              Terrance West, Towson, Jr., Running Back

Defensive Player of the Year:             Stephon Robertson, James Madison, Sr., Linebacker

Special Teams Player of the Year:       Tre McBride, William & Mary, Jr., Kick/Punt Returner

Offensive Rookie of the Year:             Darius Victor, Towson, Fr., Running Back

Defensive Rookie of the Year:            Christophe Mulumba, Maine, R-Fr., Linebacker

 

2013 All-CAA Football First Team (as voted on by the head coaches)
OFFENSE
Position Player School Class
QB Marcus Wasilewski Maine Senior
RB Omar Osbourne UAlbany Junior
RB Dae’Quan Scott James Madison Senior
RB Terrance West (1) # Towson Junior
FB/HB Emmanuel Holder Towson Sophomore
WR Ben Edwards Richmond Senior
WR R.J. Harris New Hampshire Junior
WR Tre McBride William & Mary Junior
TE Justin Perillo Maine Senior
OL Matt Crisafi William & Mary Senior
OL Jeff Gakos Maine Senior
OL Austin Gund Richmond Junior
OL Randall Harris (1) Towson Senior
OL Eric Pike (1) % Towson Senior
PK Sean Decloux Maine Sophomore
KR Mackenzie Elliott Rhode Island Senior
PR Rob Jones Delaware Senior
DEFENSE
Position Player School Class
DL Rakim Cox Villanova Senior
DL Ryan Delaire Towson Junior
DL Zach Kerr Delaware Senior
DL Mike Reilly William & Mary Junior
DL Jordan Stanton James Madison Senior
LB Telvion Clark Towson Senior
LB Airek Green William & Mary Junior
LB Christophe Mulumba Maine Freshman
LB Luke Rhodes William & Mary Sophomore
LB Stephon Robertson James Madison Senior
CB Kendall James Maine Senior
CB Jordan Love (2) Towson Senior
S Christian Carpenter Towson Sophomore
S Jerome Couplin III William & Mary Senior
P Nick Ferrara Stony Brook Senior
2013 All-CAA Football Second Team (as voted on by the head coaches)
OFFENSE
Position Player School Class
QB John Robertson Villanova Sophomore
RB Andrew Pierce Delaware Senior
RB Nico Steriti New Hampshire Junior
FB/HB Seth Fisher Richmond Sophomore
WR Stephen Barnette Richmond Junior
WR Malcolm Eugene Stony Brook Senior
WR Michael Johnson Delaware Junior
TE Nick Boyle Delaware Junior
OL Ricky Archer New Hampshire Senior
OL Josh Bucci Villanova Senior
OL Joe Hook Maine Senior
OL Bobby Kennedy Delaware Senior
OL Josh Wells James Madison Senior
PK Brandon Jordi Richmond Sophomore
KR Tre McBride William & Mary Junior
PR Robbie Jackson Rhode Island Junior
DEFENSE
Position Player School Class
DL Michael Cole Maine Senior
DL Evan Kelly Richmond Sophomore
DL Antoine Lewis Villanova Senior
DL Josh Moody Rhode Island Senior
DL Tyler Snow James Madison Senior
LB Andrew Bose Rhode Island Junior
LB Pat Callaway Delaware Junior
LB Don Cherry Villanova Sophomore
LB Jawara Dudley Stony Brook Senior
LB Monte Gaddis (2)

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