Navy Football Opens 2017 Campaign Friday at FAU
|GAME 1: NAVY (0-0, 0-0 AAC) at Florida Atlantic (0-0, 0-0 C-USA) | 2017 Media Center|
|When||Friday, Sept. 1, 2017 | 8:00 pm (ET)|
|Location||Boca Raton, Fla. | FAU Stadium|
|Television||ESPNU (Dave Lamont, Kelly Stouffer, Tiffany Greene)|
|Live Video Stream||WatchESPN|
|Listen||Navy Football Radio Network (Pete Medhurst, Tom O'Brien, Joe Miller, Tim Murray) - WBAL (1090 AM; Baltimore) | WNAV (1430 AM, 99.9 FM; Annapolis) | WFED (1500 AM, 820 AM; Washington, D.C. / Northern Virginia) | WBQH (1050 AM; Washington, DC / Northern Virginia) | ESPN/XEPE 1700 AM (San Diego) | WXTG (102.1 FM; Virginia Beach, Va.) | WQOP 1460 AM (Jacksonville, Fla.) | KRKO 1380 AM (Seattle, Wash.) | Satellite Radio (Sirius Ch. 93 / XM Ch. 201)|
|Live Stats||Navy Athletics|
|Game Notes||Navy | Florida Atlantic | AAC|
|Season Statistics||Navy | Florida Atlantic | AAC|
|Social Media||@NavyAthletics | Facebook | Instragram|
Setting the Stage
• Navy and Florida Atlantic will meet for the second time overall and for the first time since 2012 when they square off on Friday night at FAU Stadium (29,419) in Boca Raton. Kickoff is set for 8:00 PM.
• Navy owns a 5-4 (.556 record in season openers under head coach Ken Niumatalolo, including a 1-4 (.200) mark when opening away from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Navy's four opening-game losses under Niumatalolo have come at the hands of Ohio State twice (once in Columbus and once in Baltimore to the eventual national champions), Maryland (Baltimore) and Notre Dame (Dublin, Ireland, to a team that played for the national championship). The Mids' only win in an opener under Niumatalolo away from Annapolis was a 41-35 victory at Indiana in 2013.
• Niumatalolo is entering his 10th year at Navy, making him the longest-tenured coach in school history. Both George Welsh and Eddie Erdelatz served as head coach at Navy for nine seasons.
• Friday's game will be televised nationally by ESPNU with Dave Lamont, Kelly Stouffer and Tiffany Greene on the call.
• The Navy Football Tailgate Show on WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM will air at 6:00 PM.
• The Navy Football Pregame Show with Pete Medhurst, Tom O'Brien, Joe Miller and Tim Murray will get underway at 7:00 PM, followed by game action beginning at 8:00 PM on the Navy Radio Network. • Following the contest, Medhurst, O'Brien, Miller and Murray will recap the evening's events in a 30-minute postgame show.
Navy Fast Facts
• Navy's nine wins in 2016 are tied as 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, tying 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. Navy is one of 10 schools that has won at least a share of the division title in each of the last two years (or more), joining Alabama, Florida, Clemson, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Temple, Western Kentucky, Western Michigan and San Diego State.
• The Mids had to fight through a significant number of injuries last year. Navy had a total of 106 missed games by key starters or contributors.
• Navy is 26-8 (.764) over its last 34 games. The Mids own wins over No. 15 Memphis (2015) and No. 6 Houston (2016) during that time period.
• Navy is 14-3 (.824) against AAC teams since joining the conference in 2015.
• Last year's senior class finished with a 37-16 (.698) mark. The 37 wins are the most in school history by a senior class.
• This year's seniors (2018) will enter the year with a 28-12 (.700) career record. They need to win nine games to tie and 10 games to break the record for most wins by a senior class.
• Navy enters the season on a three-game losing streak. It is their longest losing streak since 2014 when the Mids lost three in a row 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 has 12 players on its roster from the state of Florida, which is tied with North Carolina for the fifth-most represented state on the roster. Texas leads with 24, while Tennessee has 20, Georgia 15 and California 14.
• Among those on Navy's roster from Florida are starting wide receiver Tyler Carmona (Davie), second-team linebacker Conner Dorris (Palm Harbor), starting left guard Robert Lindsey (Palm Bay), starting defensive end Tyler Sayles (Coral Springs), third-team defensive end Vic Thomas (Ocoee) and starting corner Tyris Wooten (Palm Bay). Promising linebacker Dallas Jeanty (Ft. Lauderdale) has to sit out the year after transferring to Navy from Wisconsin.
Scouting Florida Atlantic
• Friday's game marks the debut for Lane Kiffin as the head coach at Florida Atlantic. He owns a 35-21 record in five seasons as a college coach (1 at Tennessee and 4 at USC).
• FAU recorded a 3-9 mark last year, but has received an influx of transfers from Power 6 conferences since Kiffin's arrival, including defensive lineman Jremiah Taleni (Pittsburgh), offensive lineman Will Tuihalamaka (San Diego State), defensive end Tim Bonner (Louisville by way of East Mississippi Community College), linebacker Kain Daub (Florida State by way of ASA College), quarterback De'Andre Johnson (Florida State by way of East Mississippi Community College) and wide receiver John Franklin III (Auburn).
• Kiffin added former Baylor offensive coordinator Kendal Briles to his staff, as well as his brother, Chris, from Ole Miss (co-defensive coordinator) and his father, Monte (defensive analyst), the legendary defensive coordinator who spent 26 seasons in the NFL.