Jasper has helped lead Navy to an 8-2 record
Navy will recognize its 31 senior members prior to Saturday's AAC contest against Tulsa.
By Gary Lambrecht
The two teams enter the game undefeated for the first time ever
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Ivin Jasper is in his 18th year at the Naval Academy, his 16th as the quarterbacks coach and his 10 as the offensive coordinator. He has been an integral part of a staff that has brought the Midshipmen back into the national spotlight with a 120-61 (.663) record over the last 14 years, that includes 13 bowl games, 10 Commander-In-Chief’s Trophies and a 14-1 mark against Army.
Navy has won at least nine games seven times in the last 13 years. Before the current streak, Navy had won nine or more games just five times in the previous 77 seasons.
Navy finished the 2016 campaign with a 9-5 mark and a 7-1 record in the American Athletic Conference despite a season that saw the Mids have 102 missed games by starters or key contributors. The Mids played Temple in the AAC Championship Game and played in a bowl game (Armed Forces) for the 13th time in the last 14 years. The nine wins tied for the fifth most wins in school history and the team set school records for points (531), touchdowns (73), touchdowns per game (5.2), rushing touchdowns (61), total offense (6,136 yards) and yards per play (6.8) despite playing four different quarterbacks.
Quarterback Tago Smith was poised to have a breakout senior campaign before injuring his knee in the second quarter of the season opener against Fordham and was lost for the year. Senior Will Worth, who had been the holder the previous three seasons, stepped in and was on pace to break most of Keenan Reynolds’ single-season records before breaking his foot in the AAC Championship Game. Worth finished with 1,198 rushing yards and 25 touchdowns, while throwing for 1,397 yards and eight touchdowns. His 25 rushing touchdowns were the fourth most in NCAA history for a quarterback, while his 2,595 yards yards of total offense was a school record.
In 2015, Navy won a school-record 11 games against just two losses, qualified for a bowl game, won a bowl game for the 10th time in school history (beat Pittsburgh, 44-28, in the Military Bowl), won a bowl game for a third straight year for the first time in school history, defeated Army for a series-record 14th consecutive year, won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy for the third time in the last four years, won the Lambert Trophy as the best team in the East for the first time since 1963, finished 18th in the country in both the Associated Press and Coaches polls and shared the West Division title of the American Athletic Conference with Houston in Navy’s first year of being in a conference after being an Independent for 134 years.
Quarterback Keenan Reynolds finished his playing career as the all-time leading touchdown scorer (both total and rushing) in FBS history with 88, as well as the all-time leading rusher for a quarterback in FBS history (4,559 yards), the all-time leading rusher in school history and the all-time leader touchdown passer in school history (31). He is just the sixth quarterback in FBS history to rush and pass for 4,000 yards in a career. He finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting, was named Third-Team All-American by the Associated Press and was named the American Athletic Conference and ECAC Offensive Player of the Year. He was also named the winner of the James E. Sullivan Award, which is given to the nation’s most outstanding amateur athlete and had his number (19) retired. Reynolds was drafted in the sixth round by the Baltimore Ravens.
Navy finished the 2014 season with an 8-5 record, qualified for a bowl game, won a bowl game (beat San Diego State, 17-16, in the Poinsettia Bowl) and defeated Army.
Navy finished the 2013 campaign with a 9-4 record, won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy, qualified for a bowl game, won a bowl game (beat Middle Tennessee, 24-6, in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl) and defeated Army.
Reynolds had one of the greatest seasons by a Navy football player in school history in 2013, rushing for 1,346 yards and 31 touchdowns, while throwing for 1,057 yards and eight touchdowns. His 31 rushing touchdowns not only was a school record, but an NCAA record for a quarterback. He is just the fourth player in NCAA history (any position) to rush for 30 or more touchdowns in a single season.
Jasper helped lead Navy to an 8-5 record in 2012 and a berth in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. Navy defeated Air Force, 28-21, in overtime and Army, 17-13, to win the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy.
The Mids posted an impressive 9-4 record in 2010, defeated Army, defeated Notre Dame in consecutive seasons for only the third time in school history and appeared in a school-record eighth-consecutive bowl game.
The 2009 season saw the Mids tie a school record for wins with 10, won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy, appeared in a school-record seventh-consecutive bowl game and ran its winning streak against the other two Service Academies to an amazing 15- straight games. The Mids capped the season off with a 35-13 rout of Missouri in the Texas Bowl.
Navy posted an 8-5 record in 2008 and participated in the EagleBank Bowl. The Mids won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy thanks to a 33-27 victory over Air Force and a 34-0 win over Army.
The 2007 season saw the Mids post an 8-5 record, won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy, appear in a bowl game, became the first team in NCAA history to lead the nation in rushing three-consecutive years (rushing for a school-record 348.8 yards per contest) and defeated Notre Dame for the first time since 1963.
In 2006, Navy became just the fifth school in NCAA history to go to four or more consecutive bowl games with a different quarterback each year.
In 2005, Navy led the nation in rushing (318.7 yards per game) as the Mids went 8-4, won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy and won a bowl game(beat Colorado State, 51-30).
In 2004, the Mids won 10 games, won the Emerald Bowl and claim the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy.
In 2003 the Mids led the nation in rushing and set school records for rushing yards per game, total rushing yards, rushing yards per attempt, rushing touchdowns, total offense, total offense per game and yards per play as Navy went 8-5, won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy and earned a berth in the Houston Bowl.
Jasper came to Navy from Georgia Southern where he served as the quarterbacks and fullbacks coach for three years and helped lead the Eagles to a 38-6 record and back-to-back NCAA Division I-AA National Championships in 1999 and 2000.
Prior to his appointment at Georgia Southern in January 1999, Jasper served as offensive coordinator at Indiana State during the 1998 season.
Before assuming the offensive coordinator’s position at the Naval Academy Prep School in Newport, R.I., in 1997, Jasper spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Navy in 1995 and `96, handling the quarterbacks, fullbacks and slot backs.
Jasper is a 1994 graduate of the University of Hawai’i where he earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology/criminology. He was a three-year letterman for the Rainbow Warriors (1991-93) at quarterback and slot back, where he helped lead Hawai’i to a Western Athletic Conference title.
A native of Los Angeles, Jasper and his wife, Donna, are the parents of a daughter, Dallas, and sons, Jaylen and Jarren.