Naval Academy Announces Major Athletic Award Winners
ANNAPOLIS, Md.-- The United States Naval Academy announced its major athletic award winners Thursday afternoon at the annual Prizes and Awards Ceremony at Alumni Hall.
Keenan Reynolds (Antioch, Tenn.) a member of football team, was awarded both the NAAA Sword for Men, which is presented to that man of the graduating class who is considered by the Association's Athletic Council to have personally excelled in men's athletics during his years of varsity competition and the Thompson Trophy Cup, which is presented to that midshipman, male or female, who has done the most during the year to promote athletics at the Naval Academy.
Reynolds joins Roger Staubach as the only midshipman to win the Thompson Trophy multiple times and win the Sword. Reynolds also won the Thompson in 2014, while Staubach won the Thompson in 1963, 1964 and 1965 and the Sword in 1965 (he is the only three-time winner of the Thompson). David Robinson won the Thompson in 1986 and 1987, but did not win the sword as he lost out to Ronnie Harris (track & cross country). The only other person to win the Thompson Trophy multiple times was Arthur Miles of the football team in 1917 and 1918.
Reynolds finished his career with a 32-13 record, which are the most wins in school history by a quarterback. He finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting this fall and was named a Third-Team All-American by the Associated Press.
He led Navy to a school-record 11 wins against just two losses in 2015, which included wins over Air Force and Army to win the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy and a victory over Pitt to win the Military Bowl. The Mids won the Lambert Trophy, which signifies the best team in the East, for the first time since 1963 and finished the year ranked 18th in the country in both the Associated Press and Coaches polls.
Reynolds was 7-1 in Service Academy games, including a 4-0 mark against Army. He is the only quarterback in the history of the Army-Navy game to win four games. His seven career touchdowns scored are the most in the history of the Army-Navy game.
Reynolds scored 88 touchdowns in his career, which are the most rushing touchdowns in Division I history and the most total touchdowns in FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) history. He scored three or more touchdowns in a game 17 times in his career, the most in FBS history. He is the first player in FBS history to score 23 or more rushing touchdowns in a season three different times. His 530 career points scored are also the most in FBS history.
His 4,559 career rushing yards are the most in FBS history by a quarterback and the most in school history by any player. He is just the sixth player in FBS history to rush and pass for 4,000 yards in a career. His 22 career 100-yard rushing games are the most in school history.
Reynolds also set the school record for passing touchdowns with 31, while throwing just eight interceptions in 462 career attempts giving him the lowest interception percentage in school history.
At the annual Navy Football banquet he became just the fourth player in school history and the first as a current midshipman to have his number retired (#19), while he was named the co-winner of the Sullivan Award, which is given to the nation's outstanding amateur athlete.
The other three nominees for the NAAA Sword for Men were Robert Currie (baseball), Will Kelly (basketball), Mathew Miller (wrestling), Jay Stell (track & field), Derek Vogel (soccer) and Eric Wellmon (sprint football).
Lizzy Rullan (East Setauket, N.Y.) of the women's soccer and lacrosse teams was awarded the Vice Admiral Lawrence Sword for Women, which is presented to that woman of the graduating class who is considered by the Association's Athletic Council to have personally excelled in women's athletics during her years of varsity competition.
The first midshipman to letter four years in both women's lacrosse and soccer, Rullan was a three-time All-Patriot League honoree in women's lacrosse and a 2016 Second Team All-Patriot League women's soccer selection.
Rullan helped lead the women's soccer team to a 58-18-10 overall record, a 23-4-7 league mark, four Patriot League tournament appearances and two Patriot League Regular Season titles. She completed her soccer career with 84 games played with 45 starts. She accrued 14 points on three goals and eight assists.
She guided the women's lacrosse squad to a 61-16 overall record, a 25-6 league mark, four Patriot League tournament appearances, a league regular-season and tournament championship and the program's first ever NCAA Tournament first round victory. She finished her women's lacrosse career having started in all 69 games as a defender with four points on four assists, 112 ground balls, 39 caused turnovers and 39 draw controls. Her 112 ground balls placed her fifth all-time at Navy.
Michael Woulfe (Oak Park, Ill.) of the wrestling team was awarded the men's Coaches' Calvert Award, which recognizes a graduating varsity letterwinner who displayed leadership, consistent effort, loyalty and dedication to the sport and who has taken their abilities beyond the expectations of the coach, peers and themselves.
Woulfe's success both on and off the mat for the Navy wrestling program has been a testament to his hard work and perseverance over the last four years. Although he was on the team his first two years, it wasn't until his junior year that he saw action in a varsity or junior varsity competition. He recorded a 20-14 record as the starter at 184 pounds in 2014-15 and followed up with a 30-14 mark this past season, pushing up to 197 pounds to make way for the return of 2016 All-American Mathew Miller. Additionally, Woulfe put together an 8-1 dual record this season. He went on to place seventh at the EIWA Championship and received an at-large berth to compete at the NCAA Championship in his final season. He was one of three wrestlers on the team to reach the 30-win milestone this spring and one of 47 different wrestlers in program history.
An exceptional student, Woulfe completed his undergraduate degree with a 3.93 GPA in physics, earning a 4.00 GPA in each of the last six semesters. A recipient of an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship this spring, he was one of nine Trident Scholars at the Naval Academy this year. He is ranked fourth in the Class of 2016 (1,088 students) in Overall Order of Merit which factors in both his Academic Order of Merit (#56) and Military Order of Merit (#5). A two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District II First-Team selection and 2016 NWCA All-Academic Team member, he has been named to the Commandant's List every semester, the Superintendent's List seven times and the Dean's List once. He will graduate in May and be commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy where his service assignment is special warfare.
Ellen Bradford (Knoxville, Tenn.) of the women's swimming & diving team was awarded the women's Coaches' Calvert Award, which recognizes a graduating varsity letterwinner who displayed leadership, consistent effort, loyalty and dedication to the sport and who has taken their abilities beyond the expectations of the coach, peers and themselves.
Bradford closed her academic career at the Naval Academy atop her class on the Academic Order of Merit with a 4.00 cumulative grade-point average. An honors systems engineering major, she plans to pursue a graduate degree in engineering at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., prior to beginning her service assignment as a nuclear submarine officer. She was also a recipient of an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.
One of just three Mids in Navy's quarter century membership in the Patriot League to be tabbed as the league's scholar-athlete of the year for a sport three times in a career, Bradford earned third-team Academic All-America honors in 2014 and first-team accolades in 2015. She is on the national ballot for 2016 Academic All-America honors by virtue of her receiving first-team all-district laurels last week.
Bradford has been equally successful in the pool. She earned First-Team All-Patriot League honors in each of her four seasons to help the Mids win four league team titles. Bradford advanced to the championship final in each of her 12 individual events at the league championship over the course of her career. She won a pair of event titles, placed second five more times and totaled nine top-four finishes.
Additionally, Bradford has qualified for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in the 100 breaststroke event.