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Keenan Reynolds Named Co-Winner of 2016 Sullivan Award

April 10, 2016

Keenan Reynolds is the first Naval Academy student-athlete to win the AAU James E. Sullivan Award.
Keenan Reynolds is the first Naval Academy student-athlete to win the AAU James E. Sullivan Award.

NEW YORK, N.Y.—Navy senior quarterback Keenan Reynolds and Connecticut basketball standout Breanna Stewart were named co-winners of the 2016 AAU James E. Sullivan Award Sunday at the New York Athletic Club in New York City.   The Sullivan Award is presented to the outstanding amateur athlete in the United States whose outstanding athletic accomplishments are complemented by qualities of leadership, character and sportsmanship. He is the first Naval Academy athlete to win the award.


"I’m extremely blessed and honored to have won this award,” said Reynolds. "I would like to thank my family, the coaching staff, my teammates, the Naval Academy Athletic Association, the Naval Academy administration, the Brigade of Midshipmen and the entire Naval Academy family for all the support they have provided me over the last four years. Winning this award is the cherry on top of a great four years.”


Reynolds joins an illustrious list of past winners that includes Bobby Jones (1930), Bob Mathias (1948), Rafer Johnson (1960), Wilma Rudolph (1961), Bill Bradley (1965), Jim Ryun (1966), Mark Spitz (1970), Frank Shorter (1972), Bill Walton (1973), John Naber (1977), Tracy Caulkins (1978), Kurt Thomas (1979), Eric Heiden (1980), Carl Lewis (1981), Mary Decker (1982), Edwin Moses (1983), Greg Louganis (1984), Jackie Joyner-Kersee (1986), Jim Abbot (1987), Florence Griffith-Joyner (1988), Janet Evans (1989), Bonnie Blair (1992), Charlie Ward (1993), Peyton Manning (1997), Rulon Gardner (2000), Michelle Kwan (2001), Michael Phelps (2003), JJ Redick (2006), Tim Tebow (2007), Shawn Johnson (2008) and Missy Franklin (2012). It is the first time in the 86-year history of the award that it has been presented to two recipients in the same year.


Reynolds finished his career with a 32-13 record, which are the most wins in school history by a quarterback. He finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting this year and was named a Third-Team All-American by the Associated Press.


He led Navy to a school-record 11 wins against just two losses in 2015, which included wins over Air Force and Army to win the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy and a victory over Pitt to win the Military Bowl. The Mids won the Lambert Trophy, which signifies the best team in the East, for the first time since 1963 and finished the year ranked 18th in the country in both the Associated Press and Coaches polls.


Reynolds was 7-1 in Service Academy games, including a 4-0 mark against Army. He is the only quarterback in the history of the Army-Navy game to win four games. His seven career touchdowns scored are the most in the history of the Army-Navy game.


Reynolds scored 88 touchdowns in his career, which are the most rushing touchdowns in Division I history and the most total touchdowns in FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) history. He scored three or more touchdowns in a game 17 times in his career, the most in FBS history. He is the first player in FBS history to score 23 or more rushing touchdowns in a season three different times. His 530 career points scored are also the most in FBS history.


His 4,559 career rushing yards are the most in FBS history by a quarterback and the most in school history by any player. He is just the sixth player in FBS history to rush and pass for 4,000 yards in a career. His 22 career 100-yard rushing games are the most in school history.


Reynolds also set the school record for passing touchdowns with 31, while throwing just eight interceptions in 462 career attempts giving him the lowest interception percentage in school history.


On Feb. 28, he became just the fourth player in school history and the first as a current midshipman to have his number retired (#19).


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