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The American Athletic Conference Releases The 2018 Football Schedule

Navy will travel a total of 26,496 miles in 2018, which will be the second most in the FBS and the most by a team located in the continental United States


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.


Abey's 5 TDs help Navy beat Virginia 49-7 in Military Bowl

Five rushing touchdowns ties the FBS record for most rushing touchdowns in a bowl game


Army rallies to beat Navy, 14-13

Perry rushes for 250 yards in second career start at quarterback


King accounts for 3 TDs, leads Houston past Navy, 24-14

The Mids were shut out in the second half for the first time since 2013 in a 35-7 loss at Duke.


Navy vs. Houston (USATSI)

Photos from Navy football vs. Houston - Friday, Nov. 24, 2017


USATSI Gallery - Navy at Notre Dame

Navy at Notre Dame photos: USA Today Sports Images


Navy vs. Temple (USATSI)

USATSI Photos from Navy football vs. Temple - Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017


Navy vs. UCF (USATSI)

USA Today Photos - Navy vs. UCF (October 21, 2017)


Navy vs. Memphis (USATSI)

USATSI Photos from Navy vs. Memphis. Saturday Oct. 14, 2017

At Navy: Enters the fall listed as even with Ryan Mitchell for a starting spot at wide receiver and even with Dalen Morris as the third team quarterback ... will bring great size, athleticism and toughness to the wide receiver position ... will still see time at quarterback, especially on the goal line and in short yardage situations ... will give the Mids plenty of options to keep defensive coordinators up at night ... is a powerful runner between the tackles .... has a strong arm ... has earned two varsity letters.

2017: Navy’s starting quarterback in nine games, including the first eight ... led the team in rushing with 1,413 yards on 293 carries and 19 touchdowns ... the 1,413 rushing yards are the second-most single-season rushing yards in school history behind record-holder Napoleon McCallum’s 1,587 (1983) ... it is also the 12th most in FBS history by a quarterback ... averaged 117.8 yards per game on the ground, which was the 14th-best rushing average in the country and fourth-best among quarterbacks ... his 293 rushing attempts were the fourth most in program history ... his 19 rushing touchdowns tied for the fifth most in the country and second most among quarterbacks ... has rushed for at least one touchdown in 12 of the 17 games he’s played in over his career, including in eight of 12 this year ... rushed for 100 yards or more in a school-record eight consecutive games 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, 126 vs. UCF ... he 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) ... he is one of five different Navy players to rush for 200 yards TWICE in a season (235 vs. Florida Atlantic, 214 vs. Air Force), joining teammate Malcolm Perry (2017), Keenan Reynolds (2013, and 2014), Chris McCoy (1996 and 1997) and Napoleon McCallum (1983) ... completed 31 of his 72 pass attempts for 805 yards and seven touchdowns ... threw seven interceptions ... averaged 10.0 points per game, which was the 17th-best average in the country and third among quarterbacks ... named the MVP of the Military Bowl after carrying the ball 13 times for 88 yards and scoring five rushing touchdowns ... he is 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 ... played sparingly in the Army game where he carried the ball twice for three yards and completed a two-yard pass to Malcolm Perry ... started the Houston game where he carried the ball 16 times for 33 yards and completed two of his four passes for 45 yards, including a 40-yard completion to Tyler Carmona ... played the bulk of the game against Notre Dame, but did not start ... alongside fullback Anthony Gargiulo, led the Mids with 87 yards on 29 carries and scored a one-yard TD ... completed three of his six passes (one INT) for 41 yards and a 12-yard touchdown pass to Craig Scott ... did not see any action against SMU ... carried the ball 25 times for 60 yards, while completing six of his nine passes for 111 yards in a loss at Temple ... also caught a five-yard touchdown pass from Malcolm Perry ... left the game in the fourth quarter with an injury ... eclipsed 1,000 yards passing for his career ... rushed for 126 yards on 25 carries and a TD and completed two of his four passes for 115 yards and a TD against UCF before leaving the game early in the third quarter (11:12) with an injury ... it’s the third time this season and the fourth time in his career that he has rushed and passed for over 100 yards ... eclipsed 1,000 rushing yards for the season with his ground gain of 146 yards on a career-high 37 carries and three touchdowns, while completing just one of his seven passes for 20 yards at Memphis ... fumbled three times and threw two interceptions in the contest ... named the Manning Quarterback of the Week, as well as to the Davey O’Brien “Great 8” quarterbacks list after leading Navy with 214 yards rushing on 29 carries and 2 touchdowns and completed four of his 11 passes for 86 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Air Force ... his 214 yards are the most rushing yards by a Navy player in series history, while he is just the second Navy player to rush for 200 yards in the series joining Napoleon McCallum in 1983 (211 yds) ... his 75-yard touchdown run (9:14, 3Qtr) was the longest run from scrimmage in his college career ... it’s the first time in his collegiate career that he has thrown for multiple touchdowns ... orchestrated a drive over the final one minute, 53 seconds that ended with a 16-yard, game-winning touchdown pass to Tyler Carmona with 15 seconds remaining in the game ... named the AAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week and to the Davey O’Brien “Great 8” quarterbacks list after pacing Navy with 185 yards rushing on a personal-high 36 carries and career-best three touchdowns and completed three of his four passes for 90 yards at Tulsa ... he is the first Navy player to rush for three touchdowns in a game since Will Worth ran for three at SMU in 2016 ... anchored an offensive unit that recorded 569 yards on the ground against Cincinnati en route to 622 yards of total offense ... the 569 yards rushing set an AAC record (previous high was 496 by Navy in 2016 against SMU), while it is the best rushing game this season in the FBS ... it stands No. 2 in the Navy record books, while it’s the most under Niumatalolo’s tenure as head coach ... the 72 rushing attempts are the third most in the FBS this season ... the 622 yards of total offense, meanwhile, ranks No. 11 all-time at Navy and the most under Niumatalolo ... Abey led the ground attack with 128 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries ... it marked his fourth consecutive game topping 100 yards ... he teamed up with Malcolm Perry to become the 47th tandem in program history to reach 100 yards in a single game and first since Abey and Will Worth became the first quarterback tandem to rush for 100 yards each in last year’s SMU contest ... completed two of his three passes against the Bearcats for 53 yards, including a 19-yard TD strike to Tyler Carmona ... put together his third consecutive game with 100 yards rushing AND passing when he paced the Mids with 108 yards on 29 carries and completed four of his 12 attempts for 132 yards and a TD in the win over Tulane ... his 79-yard TD strike to Tyler Carmona marked the Mids’ longest touchdown pass since Ricky Dobbs connected with Greg Jones for an 85-yard TD on Nov. 20, 2010 ... it marked the third straight game dating back to last year’s bowl game in which he has thrown a TD pass ... it was the first time since he made his first career appearance (2016 vs. East Carolina) that he did not rush for a TD ... named the AAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week after opening the 2017 campaign against Florida Atlantic with a career-high 235 yards rushing on 32 attempts and 110 yards through, becoming just the third player in program history to rush for 200-plus yards and throw for 100-plus yards in a game ... ran for two TDs and threw for another ... the 235 yards rushing set an AAC record for most rushing yards by a QB ... it also marked the best ground gain by a Navy player since Keenan Reynolds rushed for 277 yards against Georgia Southern on Nov. 15, 2014 ... his 40-yard TD run against the Owls pushed his consecutive games with a rushing TD to five ... his 345 yards of total offense was a career best.

2016: Played in five games, starting the final two contests of the season ... completed 20 of his 35 passes for 352 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions ... carried the ball 70 times for 384 yards and six TDs ... named Navy’s Most Valuable Player in the Armed Forces Bowl after rushing for a then career-high 114 yards on 25 carries and two TDs, while completing seven of his 12 passes for a career-best 159 yards and a TD against LA Tech ... rushed for scoring TDs of three and two yards, while his 64-yard TD pass to Darryl Bonner was his first career passing TD ... it was also the longest completion by the Mids over the course of the season and set Armed Forces Bowl records for the longest pass and longest TD pass ... made his first collegiate start in the annual Army-Navy Game where he carried the ball 19 times for a team-high 73 yards and two touchdowns, while completing six of his 10 passes for 89 yards ... one of his two touchdowns went for 41 yards ... entered the AAC Championship Game against Temple four minutes into the second quarter for an injured Will Worth ... carried the ball 14 times for 70 yards and a one-yard TD ... completed seven of his 13 passes for 104 yards, but also threw a pair of interceptions ... on his first career pass attempt, completed a 22-yard pass to Calvin Cass Jr. ... made Navy history when he (111) and Will Worth (107) became the first quarterback tandem to rush for 100 yards in a single game en route to leading the Mids to a 75-31 win over SMU ... carried the ball seven times for 111 yards and featured his first collegiate rushing touchdown, a 46-yarder, and also was highlighted by a career-long run of 55 yards ... part of an offensive effort that eclipsed 600 total yards of offense for the second time this season and recorded a season-best 496 yards on the ground at SMU ... it was the 10th-best rushing game in school history and the best since running for 512 against East Carolina on Oct. 27, 2012 ... Navy generated 75 points, the program’s second most in the modern era behind the 76 points scored against East Carolina on Nov. 6, 2010 ... the 75 points are the most scored ever in an AAC conference game ... the 11 TDs by the Mids marked a modern-era record, besting the previous mark of 10 set against Princeton in 1953, North Texas in 2007 and East Carolina in 2010 ... Navy’s 44-point victory marked the Mids’ largest margin of victory since defeating Rice by 49 (63-14) on Oct. 10, 2009 ... made his collegiate debut in the Mids’ win at East Carolina where he played the final 10 minutes of the contest ... rushed for 16 yards on five carries and led the Mids’ final scoring drive of the game that was capped off by a 2-yard Jahmaal Daniel TD.

2015: Did not see any varsity action.

High School / Personal: A 2014 graduate of Archbishop Spalding High School, Abey attended the Naval Academy Prep School during the 2014-15 academic year ... a three-sport athlete who earned letters in football (4), rugby (3) and wrestling (3) ... a two-time all-conference football player who earned First-Team All-State (Md.) and First-Team All-Metro honors as a senior ... named the Baltimore Sun Player of the Year and the Capital Gazette Player of the Year his senior year ... served as the football team captain as a junior and senior ... a two-time All-MIAA wrestler, he won the 2013 MIAA title in 2013 and was the runner-up at the state championship that same year ... led the rugby team to conference titles his sophomore and senior years, while the wrestling program claimed the MIAA Championship his junior year ... originally headed to Buffalo, but changed to Navy ... son of Donald Jr. and Jeanne Abey ... majoring in political science.
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