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Navy Football To Start Spring Practice On Monday, March 18

Quarterback Keenan Reynolds

March 8, 2013

2013 Navy Spring Prospectus Get Acrobat Reader

Navy Sets Spring Practice Schedule

Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo announced the dates for Navy’s spring football practice.  The Mids will practice the NCAA-mandated 15 times, which includes two scrimmages and a spring game.

Navy will begin practicing on Monday, March 18 .

The team will scrimmage at the stadium on Saturday, March 30 and Saturday, April 6.  The spring game will take place on Friday, April 12 at 7:00 pm.

Practices during the week generally run from 4:00-6:00 pm and the Saturday scrimmages and practices start at approximately 9:00 am.  All dates and times are subject to change.

The full schedule is on the front page of the prospectus.

Navy Announces 2013 Schedule
The Navy football team, coming off an 8-5 campaign that saw the Mids win the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy for the eighth time in the last 10 years and appear in a bowl game for the ninth time in the last 10 years, will face a challenging 2013 schedule that includes seven bowl teams from 2012 including a Notre Dame team that played for the BCS National Championship.

The Mids have an attractive five game home schedule in Annapolis that includes games against Service Academy rival Air Force, Pittsburgh, in its first year in the ACC, on Homecoming and Football Championship Subdivision power and local rival Delaware.  The annual Army-Navy Game Presented by USAA, which is the greatest rivalry in all of sports, will be played on Dec. 14 in Philadelphia.

“This will once again be an incredibly challenging schedule for our football team,” said Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo.  “With seven teams on our schedule that went to bowl games a year ago and with four teams from BCS conferences on the schedule, our young men will have to work extremely hard this offseason to accomplish all of our goals next year.  I think we have a great home schedule and I hope our fans and the Brigade will be excited about the quality games we are playing at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, as we will need that home field advantage.”

Navy kicks off the 2013 campaign on Sept. 7 when the Mids travel to Bloomington, Ind. to take on the Indiana Hoosiers of the Big 10.  It will be the latest Navy has started a season since 1998 when the Mids opened at Wake Forest on Sept. 10. Meanwhile, it will mark Navy’s first trip to Bloomington since 1986.   Last year, Navy rallied for a thrilling 31-30 victory over Indiana in Annapolis.

The Mids return to Annapolis the following Saturday (Sept. 14) to take on Delaware in the home opener.  This will be the sixth meeting between the two squads since 2003 with Navy holding a slim 3-2 advantage over the Blue Hens.

After an off week, Navy travels to Bowling Green, Ky. to take on the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and first-year head coach Bobby Petrino.  Western Kentucky was 7-6 last year including a loss to Central Michigan in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.  Western Kentucky will be the first of six-straight opponents that participated in a bowl game a year ago.

Air Force comes to Annapolis (Oct. 5) the following week as Navy will look to defend its title as the top Service Academy football team in the first game of the round-robin competition between Navy, Air Force and Army for the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy.  Navy defeated Air Force last year, 28-21, in overtime.   The last 10 games between these two rivals have been decided by an average of 5.2 points per game with the last two games going to overtime.  Air Force finished last year 6-7 after losing to Rice, 33-14, in the Armed Forces Bowl.

The Mids will hit the road the next two weeks playing at Duke on Oct. 12 and at Toledo on Oct. 19.  Duke is coming off its most wins (six) since 1994 and played Cincinnati in the Belk Bowl, while Toledo finished 9-4 in 2012 and played in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl where it lost to Utah State.

The Mids return home to face a Pittsburgh squad on Homecoming (Oct. 26) that is coming off a six-win season and an appearance in the BBVA Compass Bowl against Ole Miss.  Pitt will be in its first season as a member of the ACC.

The Mids travel to South Bend, Ind. the following week (Nov. 2) to take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.  Notre Dame is coming off a season that saw it go undefeated in the regular season and play Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game.

Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo’s alma mater, Hawai’i, will come to town on Nov. 9 to take on the Midshipmen, while South Alabama will travel to Annapolis the following week (Nov. 16) to play Navy for the first time.

The Mids will travel to San Jose State on Nov. 23. The Spartans are coming off an 11-2 season and a victory over Bowling Green in the Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman, 29-20.  San Jose State has beaten Navy in each of the last two seasons.

The Mids will cap off the 2013 season on Dec. 14 against Army at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field.  The Mids won last year’s game in thrilling fashion, rallying for a 17-13 victory.  It was Navy’s 11th-straight victory over the Black Knights, which is a series record.

CBS has the rights to all of Navy’s home football games and either CBS or CBS Sports Network will televise all five home contests.  Navy’s game at Notre Dame will be televised by NBC, while CBS is home for the Army-Navy Game.  Game times and television information for the rest of the road schedule will be announced at a later date.

With six wins in 2013, the Mids will appear in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl in Ft. Worth, Texas.  A date has not been set for the bowl game.

2013 Navy Football Schedule
Sept. 7         at Indiana                               Bloomington, Ind.
Sept. 14       Delaware                                Annapolis, Md.
Sept. 28       at Western Kentucky             Bowling Green, Ky.
Oct. 5           Air Force                                 Annapolis, Md.
Oct. 12         at Duke                                   Durham, N.C.
Oct. 19         at Toledo                                 Toledo, Ohio
Oct. 26         Pittsburgh (Homecoming)     Annapolis, Md.
Nov. 2          at Notre Dame                        South Bend, Ind.
Nov. 9          Hawai’i                                     Annapolis, Md.
Nov. 16        South Alabama                       Annapolis, Md.
Nov. 23        at San Jose State                   San Jose, Calif.
Dec. 14        vs. Army                                  Philadelphia, Pa.

Matt Aiken And Cody Peterson Named 2013 Team Captains
Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo announced at the annual Navy football banquet that rising seniors linebacker Cody Peterson and wide receiver Matt Aiken have been elected team captains for the 2013 football season by their teammates.

“Being elected team captain at the Naval Academy is one of the highest honors you can receive at an institution that prides itself on producing great leaders,” said Niumatalolo. “Cody and Matt are great leaders on and off the field and there is no question in my mind that they will do a great job. They both work extremely hard and will set an example for the entire team.”

Peterson played in all 12 games last fall, starting the final eight at inside linebacker. He finished with 67 tackles, two tackles for a loss and a forced fumble. Peterson recorded 10 tackles in Navy’s overtime victory over Air Force and a career-high 14 tackles against Army.

Aiken has seen action in 33 games in his career and is a three-year letterwinner. He missed the first four games this past year after suffering a knee injury during fall camp, but came back to catch seven passes for 61 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning touchdown with 2:02 remaining in Navy’s 31-30 come-from-behind victory over Indiana. Aiken has 20 catches for 262 yards and four touchdowns in his career.

Navy Quick Hitters
Since 2003, Navy has won 19 games against schools from a BCS conference.  The 19 wins against BCS schools during that time period, which have come against 10 different teams, are the most in the country by a non-BCS school.

Navy played six bowl eligible teams in 2012 (counting Penn State, which did not go to a bowl due to NCAA sanctions) and compiled a 3-3 record against the six programs.  The Mids defeated Air Force (6-6), Central Michigan (6-6) and East Carolina (8-4) and lost to Notre Dame (12-0), Penn State (8-4) and San Jose State (10-2).  Navy opponents went 2-3 in their bowl games. 

Navy’s five losses last year (Notre Dame, Penn State, San Jose State, Troy and Arizona State) came at the hands of opponents who were a combined 44-19 (.698).  Notre Dame (12-1) was ranked No. 1 in the country and lost to Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game, while San Jose State (11-2) defeated Bowling Green in the Northrop Grumman Military Bowl in Washington, D.C.  Notre Dame finished No. 3/No.4 in the country, while San Jose State was ranked 21st in both polls.  Penn State received votes in the final Associated Press poll, while Arizona State received votes in the final USA Today/Coaches poll.

Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo is just the third coach in school history to start his coaching career at Navy with a 5-0 record against Army.  Paul Johnson turned in a 6-0 mark against West Point (2002-07), while Wayne Hardin won his first five games (1959-63) before losing.

Navy has been the dominant Service Academy over the last decade, posting a 19-2 record (.905) against Army (11-0) and Air Force (8-2) in the last 21 meetings, winning eight Commander-In-Chief’s Trophies in the last 10 years and going to nine bowl games in the last 10 years.  Navy has amassed an 83-45 (.648) overall record in the last 10 years, while Air Force is 68-56 (.548) and Army is 32-88 (.267).  The 83 wins are the 22nd most in the country over the last decade.

Niumatalolo has led the Midshipmen to a 40-26 (.606) record in his five seasons as the head coach.  He is fourth all-time at Navy in career wins.  Niumatalolo holds Navy coaching records for most wins in the first two (18), three (27), four (32) and five seasons (40) of a career.

Over the final 11 games of the year (8-3), Navy outscored the opposition in the second half, 174-111.  The Navy defense allowed just 12 second half touchdowns over the final 11 games.

The Mids turned the ball over 13 times in their five losses and six times in their eight wins.

Keenan Reynolds was the first freshman to start at quarterback for Navy since Jim Kubiak started five games in 1991.  Meanwhile, he was just the third freshman in school history to start at quarterback (the other was Alton Grizzard in 1987). Reynolds was 6-2 as a starting quarterback in 2012 with wins over Central Michigan, Indiana, East Carolina, Florida Atlantic, Texas State and Army and losses to Troy and Arizona State.  He also came off the bench with Navy down eight points to Air Force in the fourth quarter to lead the Mids to an overtime victory.  He led Navy to three fourth-quarter comebacks (Air Force, Indiana and Army).  Kubiak won just one game as a freshman starter (beat a 5-5 Army team) and Grizzard won two games (lost to Army).  Reynolds is the first Navy quarterback to win his first four career starts since senior Bob Powers, who won his first six career starts in 1979, and is the first freshman in series history to win Army-Navy MVP honors.  

Rising junior punter Pablo Beltran averaged 43.6 yards per punt (44 punts) last season, which is the third-best single-season average in school history.

Navy was 4-0 last year in games decided by eight points or less after going 2-5 in 2011 in such games.

Navy was 4-0 during the month of October in 2012 after going 0-5 in 2011. It was the first time Navy went undefeated in the month of October since 1996.      

Navy owns an 83-45 (.648) record over the last 10 years after posting a 3-30 (.091) mark from 2000-02.  The 83 wins are the 22nd most in the country over the last decade.  

Navy was 4-0 in 2012 and 31-4 (.886) under Niumatalolo when scoring first and 4-5 in 2012 and 9-22 (.290) under Niumatalolo when the opponent scores first.  

The Mids were 3-0 in 2012 and 24-3 (.889) under Niumatalolo when leading after the first quarter and 5-5 in 2012 and 16-23 (.410) under Niumatalolo when trailing or tied after the first stanza.

Navy was 6-0 in 2012 and 27-4 (.871) under Niumatalolo when leading at the half and 2-5 in 2012 and 12-23 (.343) under Niumatalolo when tied or trailing at the half.

Navy was 5-0 in 2012 and 31-3 (.912) under Niumatalolo when leading after three quarters and 3-5 in 2012 and 8-24 (.250) under Niumatalolo when tied or trailing after three quarters.

Navy owns a 19-7 (.731) record in games played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium under Niumatalolo and is 21-19 (.525) away from home.

Mids Lock Up Bowl Bids Through 2016
Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk and Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl Executive Director Brant Ringler announced that Navy has agreed to play in the 2016 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas, if bowl eligible. Navy had previously announced it would play in the game in 2013, as well.  

Navy now has agreements in place for bowl games for the next four years: The 2013 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas; the 2014 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego; the 2015 Military Bowl Presented by Northrop  Grumman in Washington, DC and the 2016 Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth.



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