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A Look Back at the 2017 Navy Football Season

Navy averaged a school-record 351.4 yds/gm in 2017, which was the second most in the country.


Meet The Mid-David Forney

Sophomore center from Walkersville, Md.


Meet The Mid-Zack Fraade

Sophomore wide receiver from Los Angeles, Calif.


Meet The Mid-Jacob Harrison

Sophomore quarterback from Centerville, Ohio

• At Navy: Enters the fall listed as the starter at left guard ... coming off a solid sophomore campaign ... has lost 21 pounds since the fall, which will give him more mobility ... was named to several All-Bowl teams for his performance against Virginia in the Military Bowl ... has earned one varsity letter.

2017: A member of the Mids’ PAT and field goal units who saw increasing minutes on the offensive line by year’s end ... appeared in all 13 contests and started the final two games at guard ... member of Navy’s offensive line that was named to the Mid-Season Honor Roll for the Joe Moore Award ...  helped slot back-turned-quarterback Malcolm Perry rush for an AAC record 282 yards (third most in program history) against SMU ... Navy has had only five 90-plus yard touchdown runs in school history, Perry has two of the five - 92 vs. SMU and 91 vs. Air Force this season ... Perry’s 92-yard TD run set a Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium record for longest rush ... the previous long was 91 yards set in 1997 by Pat McGrew against Kent State and tied earlier this year against Air Force by Perry ... it is also the second-longest run in program history behind John Sai’s record-setting 93-yard run against Duke in 1963 ... for the first time in program history, Navy was able to string together three straight games of 400-plus yards rushing - 569 vs. Cincinnati, 421 vs. Tulsa, 471 vs. Air Force ... Navy had two players rush for over 100 yards in three consecutive games for just the second time in school history (Zach Abey and Malcolm Perry vs. Cincinnati, Tulsa and Air Force) ... the line allowed Navy’s starting quarterback Zach Abey to rush for 100 yards or more in a school-record eight straight contests dating back to 2016 - 114 vs. LA Tech, 235 at Florida Atlantic, 108 vs. Tulane, 128 vs. Cincinnati, 185 at Tulsa, 214 vs. Air Force, 146 at Memphis, 136 vs. UCF (broke the record) ... Abey is the only player in school history to rush for 100 or more yards in each of the season’s first seven contests ... he is the first Navy player to rush for 150-plus yards in back-to-back games (185 vs. Tulsa, 214 vs. Air Force) since Adam Ballard in 2005 (167 vs. Temple and 192 vs. Army) ... Abey and Perry are among just five different Navy players to rush for 200 yards TWICE in a season (235 vs. Florida Atlantic, 214 vs. Air Force), joining Keenan Reynolds (2013, and 2014), Chris McCoy (1996 and 1997) and Napoleon McCallum (1983) ... it’s the first time in school history that Navy has had four 200-yard rushing games in a single season ... the line allowed Abey to rush for 1,413 yards this season, along with 1,182 yards by Perry, marking just the third time in program history Navy has had two 1,000-yard rushers in a single season - Kyle Eckel (1,249) and Craig Candeto (1,112), in 2015 Keenan Reynolds (1,373) and Chris Swain (1,023) and in 2017 Zach Abey (1,325) and Malcolm Perry (1,068) ... the 1,413 yards by Abey, meanwhile, are the second most in program history ... named to All-Bowl teams by the Associated Press, ESPN and USA Today, while the entire offensive line was named to the Sports Illustrated All-Bowl Team after blocking up front for an offensive unit that totaled 452 yards on the ground against Virginia in the Military Bowl ... Abey accounted for five of Navy’s seven touchdowns and was named the MVP of the Military Bowl after becoming one of just five players in FBS history to score five rushing touchdowns in a bowl game, joining Kareem Hunt of Toledo (2015), Terrance Ganaway of Baylor (2011), Barry Sanders of Oklahoma State (1988) and Neil Snow of Michigan (1902) ... the five touchdowns are the most by a Navy player  since Keenan Reynolds scored five against East Carolina in 2015 ... made his collegiate debut in Navy’s opener at Florida Atlantic.

2016: Did not see any varsity action.

• High School / Personal: A 2015 graduate of Georgetown Preparatory School, Forney attended the Naval Academy Prep School during the 2015-16 academic year ... a three-year football letterwinner, who earned First-Team All-State (Md.), First-Team All-County and first-team all-conference honors as a senior ... served as team captain his senior year ... took recruiting visits to North Carolina, Maryland, Princeton and Wofford ... father, Rick, was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 26th round of the 1991 amateur draft ... he played five seasons in the Orioles organization and reached as high as AAA  ... he is the only pitcher in Bowie Baysox history to pitch a perfect game ... Forney managed the Winnipeg Goldeyes in the Northern and American Association Independent League for 10 seasons ... son of Rick and Erika Forney ... majoring in political science.

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