By Gary Lambrecht
By Gary Lambrecht
By Gary Lambrecht
Senior quarterback from Antioch, Tenn.
Junior quarterback from Powder Springs, Ga.
Army vs. Navy FB 12-13-14
Navy vs. Georgia Southern FB 11-15
Navy vs. Notre Dame FB 11-1-14
Navy vs. Rutgers FB 9-20-14
Navy vs. Ohio State FB 8-30-14
Ivin Jasper is in his 16th year at the Naval Academy, his 14th as the quarterbacks coach and his eighth 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 100-54 (.649) record over the last 12 years, that includes 11 bowl games, nine Commander-In-Chief’s Trophies and a 13-0 mark against Army.
Navy has won at least nine games five times in the last 11 years. Before the current streak, Navy had won nine or more games just five times in the previous 77 seasons.
Navy finished the 2014 campaign with an 8-5 record, qualified for a bowl game for the 11th time in the last 12 years, won a bowl game for just the ninth time in school history (beat San Diego State, 17-16, in the Poinsettia Bowl), won a bowl game in back-to-back years for the second time in school history and defeated Army for a series-record 13th consecutive year. Head coach Ken Niumatalolo (57-35, .620) became the all-time winningest coach in school history in 2014, passing George Welsh, when Navy defeated Army for a record 13th-consecutive time. The victory over the Black Knights also made Niumatalolo the first coach in the history of the Army-Navy game to start his coaching career 7-0 against the other Academy.
Navy ranked second in the nation in rushing in 2014 (338.1 yards per game), second in passing yards per completion (17.1 yards per completion) and 11th in third down offense (.481).
Junior quarterback Keenan Reynolds ran for 23 touchdowns in 2014, which was the third most in school history, tied for the fourth most in NCAA history by a quarterback and was the fifth most in the country. His 64 career rushing touchdowns are an NCAA record for a quarterback and are tied for the fourth most in NCAA history by a player at any position. He needs just 14 touchdowns his senior year to set the NCAA record for rushing touchdowns.
Navy finished the 2013 campaign with a 9-4 record, won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy for the ninth time in the last 11 years, qualified for a bowl game for the 10th time in the last 11 years, won a bowl game for just the eighth time in school history (beat Middle Tennessee, 24-6, in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl) and defeated Army for a series-record 12th consecutive year. The 2013 squad is just the fifth in Navy history to win at least nine games in a season, beat Army and win a bowl game. The 1957, 1978, 2004 and 2009 teams also achieved that feat.
The offense led the nation in fewest turnovers (10), was second in rushing offense (325.4), third in fewest tackles for a loss allowed per game (3.62), sixth in passing yards per completion (15.1) and sixth in third down conversions (.511).
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. Reynolds finished the 2013 campaign No. 1 in the country in scoring per game (14.7 points per contest) and tied for first in touchdowns (31). His 1,346 rushing yards are the 14th most in NCAA history by a quarterback and the third most in school history by any player. His seven rushing touchdowns against San Jose State set an NCAA record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in any game and tied the NCAA record for rushing touchdowns by any player against an FBS opponent.
A big part of Navy’s success on offense has been Jasper’s ability to develop quarterbacks such as Craig Candeto, Aaron Polanco, Brian Hampton, Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada, Jarod Bryant, Ricky Dobbs and Keenan Reynolds.
Additionally, his work has catapulted Navy to No. 1 in the nation in rushing in five of the last 12 seasons, including an NCAA-record four-straight years from 2005-08. Navy has never finished lowwer than sixth in the nation in rushing during Jasper’s tenure.
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.
Navy finished 5-7 in 2011 that included a series record 10th-straight victory over Army. Navy played seven teams that finished with a winning record and six that went to bowl games. The Mids finished fourth in the nation in rushing offense, averaging 312.3 yards per game.
The Mids posted an impressive 9-4 record in 2010, defeated Army for a series-record ninth-consecutive time, 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 Mids finished sixth in the country in rushing offense (284.8) and ninth in the country in passing efficiency (156.7).
The 2009 season was one to remember, as the Mids tied a school record for wins with 10, won a school-record seventh-consecutive 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.
The Mids 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. Other landmark wins during the 2008 season included a 24-17 victory over 16th-ranked Wake Forest, which was Navy’s first win over a team ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 since 1985, as well as Navy’s victory the previous week over Rutgers. It was the first time since 1981 that Navy beat teams currently in the BCS in back-to-back weeks.
The 2007 season was a memorable one as well as the Midshipmen posted an 8-5 record, won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy, appeared in a school-record fifth-straight 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 in consecutive years (beat Colorado State, 51-30) for the first time in school history.
In 2004, the Mids won a school-record tying 10 games (the most wins since 1905), won the Emerald Bowl and claim the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy.
In 2003, despite a lack of experience up front, 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.
In 2002, Navy had the third-best rushing average in the country (270.75) and scored 30 or more points on four occasions.
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.