By Gary Lambrecht
By Gary Lambrecht
The Mids closed out the year with a 17-10 win over Army and a Poinsettia Bowl victory.
Reynolds named MVP for the third-consecutive year
Zuzek, Copeland, Drake, Reynolds and Anthony honored
Army vs. Navy FB 12-13-14
Navy vs. Notre Dame FB 11-1-14
NCAA Football: San Jose State at Navy (USATSI)
Navy vs. Western Kentucky FB 9-27-14
Navy at Temple 9-6-14
At Navy: Was elected by his teammates to serve as a co-captain, along with Parrish Gaines, for the 2014 season ... being elected co-captain is the highest honor a Navy football player can receive ... enters the spring listed as a starter at fullback ... battled injuries most of last season ... powerful runner with good speed ... has earned three varsity letters.
2013: A starter in three of the nine games, he rushed for 339 yards on 69 carries (4.9 ypc) and two touchdowns and caught three passes for 43 yards (14.3 ypc) and one TD ... member of Navy's offensive unit that ranked No. 1 nationally in turnovers lost (8), No. 2 in rushing offense (325.4), No. 6 in passing yards per completion (15.09), No. 6 in third down conversion (51.1) and 11th in fourth down conversions (67.9). ... Navy rushed for 366 yards on 67 attempts against Middle Tennessee in the Bell Helicopter Armed Force Bowl, marking the sixth straight game the Mids topped the 300-yard rushing milestone ... it's the first time Navy has accomplished the feat since 2007 ... was Navy's second-leading rusher against Middle Tennessee, rushing for 59 yards on 11 carries ... Navy's 34 points against Army are the most it has scored against the Black Knights since winning 34-0 in 2008 ... the 343 yards rushing by the Mids are the most in an Army-Navy game since 2008 (368) ... in his first appearance since the Pitt game, he carried the ball five times for 54 yards and a touchdown in the Mids' 34-7 victory over Army ... with his 54-yard performance, he eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark for his career ... his 39-yard touchdown run (8:15, 2Qtr) marked his longest collegiate rush ... missed the Notre Dame, Hawai'i, South Alabama and San Jose State contests nursing a leg/foot injury ... made his first start of the season in the win over Pitt where he carried the ball four times for seven yards ... part of a Navy offense that set a school record for number of offensive plays with 106 against Toledo (was 105 vs. Air Force in 2011) and rush attempts with 93 (was 80 vs. Rice in 2009 and air force in 2011) ... with 35 first downs against the Rockets, the Mids were just one first down shy of tying the school record ... the Mids also rushed for 419 yards, their second-largest ground gain of the year and the 514 yards of total offense marked the third time this season Navy has eclipsed the 500-yard mark ... rushed for a career-high 153 yards against Toledo in what was his first 100-yard rushing game of the season and the third of his career ... he is Navy's first 150-yard rusher since Gee Gee Greene picked up 150 yards at Troy on Nov. 10, 2012 ... carried the ball 29 times in the game and came into the game having carried the ball 21 times in the previous five games ... caught a 20-yard pass against the Rockets for his first collegiate receiving touchdown ... turned in his longest career carry, a 29-yarder ... carried the ball seven times for 26 yards at Duke ... part of an offensive unit that scored 21 consecutive points to lead the Mids to their most lop-sided victory over Air Force since 1978 (37-8) ... rushed for 13 yards on six carries and caught one pass against Air Force ... carried the ball twice for six yards and caught one pass for 22 yards at Western Kentucky ... the Mids had 515 yards (444R, 71P) in its season-opening win over Indiana and 589 yards (352R, 237P) in its win over Delaware ... it's the first time Navy has put together back-to-back 500-plus yards on total offense since 2007 (Ball State 540, Duke 540) ... the 589 yards of total offense against Indiana are the most by the Mids since Nov. 6, 2010, when they produced 596 yards (521R, 75P) in a 76-35 win over East Carolina ... Navy's 237 yards passing are the most since throwing for 248 yards against Stanford on Sept. 10, 2005 ... carried the ball four times for 14 yards in the Mids' home opener against Delaware ... carried the ball twice for seven yards against the Hoosiers, including a three-yard TD run in the second quarter.
2012: Finished the year as Navy's second-leading rusher with 738 yards on a team-high tying 162 carries (4.6 yds per carry / 56.8 yds per game) and five touchdowns ... lost just three yards all year ... contributes to an offensive unit that finished the year ranked sixth nationally in rushing offense, averaging 278.46 yards per game ... rushed for 47 yards on 10 carries and caught two passes for four yards against Arizona State in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl ... came up just shy of recording his third 100-yard game with a 22-carry 99-yard afternoon in helping lead the Mids to a 17-13 win over Army in the Star Game ... scored the game's first points on a 12-yard run in the second quarter ... topped the 100-yard milestone for a second time this season, rushing for 110 yards on 17 carries and two TDs in Navy's Senior Day win over Texas State ... it was his first two-touchdown afternoon with 15 and 16-yard TD runs ... rushed for 18 yards on six carries at Troy and caught a 13-yard pass ... gained 38 yards on 10 carries in the Mids' win over Florida Atlantic ... also caught one pass for 25 yards, the longest of his career, against the Owls ... a member of the Mids' high-powered offense that scored 56 points at East Carolina ... Navy also rushed for 512 yards, the ninth most in program history and the most since running up 521 yards on the ground against East Carolina in 2010 ... carried the ball eight times for 51 yards, including a five-yard TD run in the opening quarter against the Pirates ... produced just 31 yards on 12 carries in the Mids' Homecoming win over Indiana ... led the Mids with 70 yards on 15 carries at Central Michigan ... produced 84 yards on the ground on a Navy season-high 21 carries in the Mids' win over Air Force ... also caught a pass for five yards ... scored his first collegiate touchdown on a 5-yard run in the second quarter that gave Navy its first lead of the year against an FBS opponent ... went on to carry the ball for a two-point conversion following Keenan Reynolds' fourth quarter touchdown run which knotted the game and sent it into overtime ... it was Navy's first two-point conversion since Oct. 30, 2010, when Navy was 3-for-3 on two-point conversions against Duke ... carried the ball eight times for 20 yards against San Jose State, while also catching two passes for 27 yards ... caught a career-long 15-yard pass against the Spartans ... contributed to Navy's season-high 403 yards rushing as a team, against VMI along with better than 500 yards of total offense ... had a break-out game against the Keydets where he paced the Mids with a career-high 126 yards on 20 carries in what was his first collegiate 100-yard rushing game ... broke loose for a 27-yard gain early in the first quarter, marking his longest-career rush ... also caught a pass for an 11-yard gain ... rushed for 15 yards on seven carries at Penn State where he also caught one pass for a negative (5 yards) gain ... made his first-collegiate start at fullback where he gained a then career-high 29 yards on six carries against Notre Dame in the opener ... also caught three passes for 11 yards.
2011: Saw action in seven games primarily as a member of special teams, including the final six contests ... recorded seven tackles and forced a fumble ... carried the ball twice as a rookie, once against Southern Miss and once against Troy ... came up huge in his first Army-Navy game, recording four tackles and forcing a fumble on special teams ... his forced fumble came on a kickoff in the fourth quarter after Navy had taken a 24-21 lead ... classmate Jordan Drake recovered the fumble and the turnover resulted in three points as Jon Teague drilled a 44-yard field goal with 10:26 remaining in the game and provided the final score of 27-21.
High School / Personal: A 2010 graduate of Louis D. Brandeis High School, Copeland attended the Naval Academy Prep School during the 2010-11 academic year ... earned three letters in football and one in track & field ... a first-team All-State (Texas), all-area and all-city selection his senior year ... selected as the team's MVP his senior year ... also voted by his peers to serve as team captain of the football team his senior season ... picked up first-team all-area honors as a junior, as well first-team all-district mention ... attended Sandra Day O'Connor High School in Helotes, Texas his freshman and sophomore years before moving on to Louis D. Brandeis his junior year ... was a high school teammate with current Navy corner Quincy Adams ... member of the National Honor Society ... holds a black belt in karate ... son of Frederick Sr. and Catherine Copeland ... majoring in general science.