Navy’s Keenan Reynolds selected Navy’s MVP Monday
For 11th Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl
By Ryan Haddox
The 11th Bell Helicopter Armed Forces bowl drew to a close Monday afternoon, ending in a 24-6 victory for the Midshipmen of the Naval Academy. Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds took home the MVP hardware after the game, becoming the fifth quarterback to win MVP honors in the game, and the first since 2007 win California quarterback Kevin Riley won the game’s award.
“It’s great to be champions of the bowl game,” said Reynolds. “This award is a tribute to everyone on the team. It was a great win for Navy.”
The Midshipmen received the opening kickoff and methodically marched down the field on the game’s first drive, grounding and pounding Middle Tennessee with their triple option attack. Reynolds found the end zone on the 10th play of the drive, punching it in from three yards out and giving the Midshipmen a lead they would not relinquish.
The touchdown was Reynolds’ 30th of the season, making him only the fourth player in NCAA history to eclipse the mark behind Barry Sanders, Montee Ball, and Colorado State’s Kapri Bibbs, who surpassed the mark on December 21st in the most recent installment of the New Mexico Bowl.
“It’s huge. You can just say the name Barry Sanders and you can stop right there,” said Reynolds about joining such rarified air. “He was probably the greatest college football player there ever was, and to be in the conversation with guys like that is just a humbling experience. I never thought that I would be in that category. But as much credit as I’ve gotten, it has to be shuffled to everyone else. It takes 11 guys to make a play go.”
With the Armed Forces Bowl victory, the Midshipmen moved their final record to 9-4, tied for their best record since finishing with 10 wins in 2009.