Navy will honor its 34 seniors in a pregame ceremony.
UCF is the first ranked team to visit Annapolis since last October when Navy stunned #6 / #5 Houston, 46-40.
By Gary Lambrecht
Friday's contest marks just the second meeting between the two programs, as Navy posted a 24-17 win over the Owls in 2012.
Senior nose guard from Phoenix, Ariz.
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• At Navy: Enters the fall as Navy’s starting right defensive end ... has put on 15 pounds ... athletic player who can rush the passer ... has good instincts ... solid against the run ... has earned one varsity letter.
• 2016: Made appearances in all 14 contests ... finished the year with 15 tackles, including a pair of sacks, one QB hurry, a fumble recovery and two forced fumbles ... pitched in a tackle against LA Tech in the Armed Forces Bowl ... turned in a solo tackle and forced a fumble against Army ... credited with a QB hurry against Temple in the AAC Championship Game ... produced a pair of tackles in the win at SMU ... turned in a tackle at East Carolina ... posted a solo tackle in the win over Tulsa ... chipped in a tackle against Notre Dame ... turned in a pair of solo tackles at USF ... registered a sack in his lone tackle of the game against Memphis and recovered the Tigers’ only turnover of the contest ... it was his first career fumble recovery ... part of a defensive unit that caused three Houston turnovers (2 INT, 1 Fumble) that in turn led to 17 points for the Mids ... his lone tackle of the Houston game was a sack for two yards ... forced a Greg Ward Jr. fumble that was recovered by teammate Patrick Forrestal ... it was Sayles first career forced fumble ... posted a career-best two tackles at Air Force ... chipped in a solo tackle at Tulane ... contributed a tackle in the Mids’ win over Fordham in the opener.
• 2015: Played in six games, including the final five games of the season ... recorded a sack against Tulane.
• 2014: Did not see any varsity action.
• High School / Personal: A 2014 graduate of Deerfield Beach High School, Sayles was a three-year letterwinner at defensive end ... an all-county selection his senior year, he was the recipient of the Brian Piccolo Award ... turned in 50 tackles, including 15 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks ... led Deerfield Beach to the district championship his senior year behind a 10-0 record ... served as team captain his senior season ... also considered Florida International, Dartmouth and Yale ... heavily involved in community service, he has volunteered his time with the Special Olympics ... member of the National Honor Society ... son of Percy and Susan Sayles ... majoring in economics ... has a 3.13 grade point average.