A Look Back at the 2016 Navy Football Season
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2016 In Review
• Navy's nine wins in 2016 are tied for the fifth most in school history. It is just the 16th time in 136 years of football that Navy has won nine or more games in a season. The Mids played nine teams in 2016 that finished the season with eight or more wins, which is tied for the most in the country.
• In just its second season in a conference, Navy won the AAC West Division title after sharing the division crown with Houston in its first year.
• The Mids had to fight through a ton of injuries this year. Navy had a total of 102 missed games by key starters or contributors.
• Navy is 26-8 (.764) over its last 34 games. The Mids own wins over #15 Memphis (2015) and #6 Houston (2016) during that time period.
• Navy is 14-3 (.824) against AAC teams since joining the conference in 2015.
• Navy’s senior class (‘17) finished with a 37-16 (.698) mark. The 37 wins are the most in school history by a senior class.
• Next year's seniors ('18) will enter the year with a career record of 28-12 (.700), which means they need to win nine games to tie and 10 games to break the record for most wins by a senior class.
• Navy will return four starters on offense next year (OG Evan Martin, OT Andrew Wood, WR Tyler Carmona and FB Chris High), eight starters on defense (DE Jarvis Polu, LB Hudson Sullivan, LB Micah Thomas, OLB DJ Palmore, CB Tyris Wooten, CB Elijah Merchant/Jarid Ryan, FS Alohi Gilman and SS Sean Williams), along with kicker Bennett Moehring.
• Navy will enter the 2017 season on a three-game losing streak. It is Navy's longest losing streak since 2014 when the Mids lost three straight to Rutgers, Western Kentucky and at Air Force. The Mids won 26 of their next 31 games after the previous three-game losing streak.
• Over the last five years, Navy is 27-2 (.931) when winning the turnover battle.
Navy Seniors All-Time Winningest Class
• Navy’s senior class (‘17) finished with a 37-16 (.698) record, which is the most wins by a class over a four-year period.
• The seniors went 5-3 in Service Academy games (2-2 vs. Air Force, 3-1 vs. Army), won the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy twice (2013 and 2015) and posted a 3-1 record in bowl games. They shared the AAC West title with Houston in 2015 and won it outright this year.
• The previous record of 36 wins was held by the Class of 2016 and the Class of 1909. The Class of 2016 finished with a 36-16 (.692) record, while the Class of 1909 went 36-7-5 (.802).
Navy's Nine Wins Tied For Fifth Most In School History
• Navy's nine wins in 2016 are tied for the fifth most wins in school history.
• The Mids won a school-record 11 games in 2015 and 10 games in 2009, 2004 and 1905.
• This year marks just the 16th time in 136 years of football that Navy has won nine or more games in a season.
• Navy played nine FBS teams this year that finished with eight or more wins, which is tied with North Carolina for the most in the country.
• With its 66-31 victory over East Carolina on Nov. 19, Navy became the 24th school in the FBS and the first Service Academy to reach 700 wins in its program's history.
• Navy has amassed a 701-552-57 (.557) record over 136 seasons of football.
Navy Sets single-Season Offensive Marks
• Navy scored a school-record 531 points this season, topping thee previous record of 511 points set by the 2007 team.
• Navy scored a school-record 73 touchdowns. The 2007 team previously held the record with 65.
• This year's team averaged a school-record 5.2 touchdowns per game (73 in 14 gms). The previous school record of 5.0 touchdowns per game was set by the 1954 squad.
• Navy scored a school-record 61 rushing touchdowns this season. The 2007 and 2015 teams previously held the record with 53 rushing TDs.
• Navy amassed a school-record 6,136 yards of total offense. The previous record was 5,773 yards set in 2007.
• Navy averaged a school-record 6.8 yards per play in 2016. The previous record for yards per attempt was 6.4 set in 2005 and later tied in 2014 and '15.
Navy Missed A Lot Of Key Players In 2016
• Despite Navy's 9-5 record, it had to fight through a ton of injuries throughout the season. Navy had a total of 102 missed games by key starters or contributors.
• OT Robert Lindsey (Missed 14 games) (Starter going into season)
• K DJ Grant Johnson (14) (Starter going into season)
• QB Tago Smith (13) (Starter)
• LB Daniel Gonzales (10) (Starter - Co-Captain)
• DB Elijah Merchant (6) (Starter)
• WR Zach Fraade (6) (Significant contributor)
• SB Josh Brown (6) (Significant contributor)
• SB Josh Walker (6) (Significant contributor)
• DB Kyle Battle (6) (Significant contributor)
• OLB Josiah Powell (5) (Starter)
• FB Chris High (3) (Starter)
• WR Tyler Carmona (3) (Starter)
• OLB DJ Palmore (1) (Starter)
• LB Hudson Sullivan (3) (Starter)
• WR Craig Scott (2) (Significant contributor)
• LB Brandon Jones (1) (Starter/Significant contributor)
• DB Jerry Thompson (1) (Significant contributor)
• SB Calvin Cass Jr. (1) (Significant contributor)
• ST Ryan Harris (1) (significant contributor)