By Gary Lambrecht
14 going Marine Corps, 12 Navy
Saturday's clash features the top two rushing programs in the country.
By Gary Lambrecht
Ryder is currently battling Tanner Fleming for the starting job at center
Army vs. Navy FB 12-13-14
Navy vs. Georgia Southern FB 11-15
Navy vs. Rutgers FB 9-20-14
Navy at Temple 9-6-14
Navy vs. Ohio State FB 8-30-14
At Navy: Enters the fall listed as even with junior Blaze Ryder for the starting center job ... has started 23 games at center over the past two seasons ... coming off a solid junior season ... one of the strongest players on the team ... has earned two varsity letters.
2013: A starter in each of the 12 games in which he saw action ... member of Navy's offensive unit that finished the year ranked No. 1 nationally in turnovers lost (10), No. No. 2 in rushing offense (325.4), No. 3 in tackles for loss allowed (3.62), 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 ... helped pave the way for QB Keenan Reynolds to score touchdown runs of 47 (2:38, 2Qtr), 11 (6:22, 4Qtr) and 1 yards (0:46, 4Qtr) against Army and in doing so set the NCAA record for single-season rushing TDs by a quarterback ... additionally, Reynolds broke the school record for single-season points thanks to his 20-point effort against the Black Knights which included being on the receiving end of a two-point conversaion ... the previous record of 174 points was set in 1917 by Bill Ingram ... Navy's 34 points are the most it has scored against Army since defeating the Black Knights 34-0 in 2008 ... the 343 yards rushing by the Mids are the most in an Army-Navy game since 2008 (368) ... missed the San Jose State game after a concussion knocked him out of the South Alabama contest ... part of an offense that eclipsed the 500-yard total offense mark for the third time this season when the Mids posted 519 yards in their win over South Alabama to become bowl eligible ... Navy's offense opened the way for QB Keenan Reynolds to rush for a career-high 226 yards on 28 carries against Hawai'i, becoming only the seventh quarterback in school history to rush for 200 yards ... it's the third most by a Navy QB in program history ... part of an offensive unit that posted 28 first downs against Notre Dame which are the most by the Mids in series history ... the offense also gained 331 yards on the ground which were the most against Notre Dame since the 2010 contest (367) ... 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 ...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) ... 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 ... helped pave the way for Keenan Reynolds and Darius Staten to become just the 43rd tandem in school history to reach 100 yards each, while coming up just short of what would have been a first in program history as Geoffrey Whiteside finished with 97 yards against Indiana ... allowed Reynolds to post his third-career 100-yard rushing effort, as well as his third-career three-rushing touchdown day.
2012: Appeared in all 13 games, starting 11 ... made starts in the final 10 games of the season ... part of an offensive line that led Navy to a No. 6 national ranking in rushing offense, averaging 278.46 yards per game ... helped pave the way for Navy to put up 487 yards of total offense, 328 on the ground and 159 through the air against Troy ... helped pave the way for QB Keenan Reynolds to put up career-high marks in rushing (159) and passing (147) and become the first Navy player to reach 300-plus yards of total offense (306) since Ricky Dobbs charted 318 yards against Arkansas state on No. 20, 2010 ... a member of the Mids' high-powered offense that scored 56 points at East Carolina, marking their first 50-point game since putting up 76 against the Pirates in 2010 ... 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 ... member of the offensive line that allowed freshman QB Keenan Reynolds to become the first Navy player to throw three touchdown passes in a game (at Central Michigan) since Chris McCoy threw three against Colgate on Nov. 15, 1997 ... returned to the starting lineup against San Jose State and made the start at Air Force ... member of Navy's offensive line that paved the way for the Mids to rush for a season-high 403 yards against VMI and rack up better than 500 yards of total offense ... did not make the start against VMI, however, he came into the game in relief of starter Thomas Stone to help stage the Mids' offensive explosion ... earned his first career start at center in Navy's loss at Penn State ... made his collegiate debut in the Mids' opener against Notre Dame.
2011: Did not see any varsity action.
High School / Personal: A 2010 graduate of Deltona High School, Fleming attended the Naval Academy Prep School during the 2010-11 academic year ... a four-sport athlete, he earned letters in track & field (4), football (3), wrestling (2) and weight lifting (1) ... named the 2010 Volusia County Athlete of the Year by two newspapers ... named a finalist for the 2010 Central Florida Athlete of the Year ... a three-time all-county performer in football who earned All-Central Florida and Third-Team All-State (Fla.) honors his senior year ... served as team captain of the football team his senior season ... member of the district-winning track & field team his senior year ... garnered all-area recognition as a thrower on the track & field team his senior year ... the weight lifting team won the district and region titles his senior year, as well ... named an all-area and All-Central Florida selection as a weight lifter his senior season ... served as a youth football and basketball coach ... son of Thomas and Amie Fleming ... majoring in general science.