Navy Celebrates Senior Day Saturday Against Troy
Oct. 31, 2011
Setting the Stage
• Navy and Troy will meet for the first time in series history when they square off on Senior Day on Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000). Kickoff is set for 3:30 pm.
• Tickets are still available by calling 1-800-US4-NAVY, by logging on to navysports.com or by visiting the Ricketts Hall Box Office. Tickets will also be sold on game day at the Navy Ticket Booth located in the North End Zone.
• CBS Sports Network will air the national broadcast with Josh Lewin (play-by-play), Randy Cross (analyst) and Kaylee Hartung (sideline) calling the action.
• The Navy Football Tailgate Show on WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM will air at 1:30 pm with Pete Medhurst, Joe Miller and Wylie Baker live from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• The Navy Football Pregame Show with Bob Socci, Omar Nelson and Medhurst will get underway at 2:30 pm, followed by game action at 3:30 pm on the Navy
Radio Network and Sirius Satellite Radio (Ch. 113).
• Following the contest, Miller and Medurst will recap the day's events in a 60-minute postgame show live on WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM and WFED 1050 AM.
• Pregame festivities will get underway at approximately 1:00 pm with the Navy Football Team Walk. Originating at the Blue Angel in the southwest corner of the stadium, the team will make its way down the sidewalk and through NavyFest before walking up the drive to the stadium. Fans are encouraged to line up on both sides of the sidewalk to cheer for the team.
• The march-on of the Brigade of Midshipmen will take place at 3:02 pm.
• Navy’s 33 seniors will be honored in a Senior Salute at 3:20 pm. The senior class has compiled a record of 29-19 (.604), played in three bowl games, won a bowl game, won two Commander-In-Chief’s Trophies, defeated Notre Dame twice and recorded a combined 5-2 record against Army and Air Force. The seniors will be looking to complete their careers with an undefeated 4-0 record against the Black Knights when Army and Navy face one another on Dec. 10.
• There will be a fly-by featuring two F-18s from the Test Pilot School at Pax River at 3:28 pm.
• The Mids enter Saturday’s contest on a six-game losing streak, their longest since 2002 when Navy lost 10 in a row. The losing streak has come at the hands of South Carolina (7-1), Air Force (4-4), Southern Miss (7-1), Rutgers (5-3), East Carolina (4-4) and Notre Dame, who have a combined record of 32-16 (.667). Four of the six losses have been by a combined eight points.
• All eight of Navy’s opponents to date have at least a .500 record. Navy’s opponents are 41-24 (.631) on the year. Western Kentucky is 4-1 in the Sun Belt and just 1/2 game behind first place Arkansas State, South Carolina is 5-1 and tied with Georgia for first place in the SEC East, Southern Miss and East Carolina are both 3-1 and tied for first in the East Division of Conference USA and Rutgers is 2-2 and just one game behind first-place Cincinnati in the Big East.
• Navy has won eight-straight games on Senior Day. The Mids’ last Senior Day loss was in 2002 when they dropped a 38-0 decision to Connecticut.
• The Navy defense has given up 50-plus points twice this season (63 to Southern Miss, 56 to Notre Dame), marking the first time since 2007 (when the Mids gave up 62 points to North Texas and 59 points to Delaware) that Navy has given up 50 or more points multiple times in a season. The 2007 defense gave up 36.3 points per game, including five-straight games of more than 40 points, while this year’s defense is giving up 33.5 points per game. Navy finished 8-5 in 2007 thanks to an offense that averaged 39.3 points per game. Navy is averaging 29.9 points per game this year against a much tougher schedule.
• Navy enters Saturday with the country’s fifth-best rushing attack, averaging 309 yards per game. Troy is 81st in the country in run defense (182.3 yds/gm). Navy is also 24th in turnover magin (+0.6), while Troy is 79th in turnover margin (-0.3).
• Nationally, Troy is 23rd in passing offense, averaging 286.7 yards per game. Navy is 69th in pass defense (230.0 yds/gm) and 111th in pass efficiency defense (152.7). Troy quarterback Corey Robinson is 23rd in total offense (281.4 yds/gm).
• The Mids need to go 4-0 down the stretch to go to a bowl game for the ninth-consecutive year.
• Navy has missed at least one kick (PAT or field goal) in seven of its eight games this year, including five-straight contests. Over the last five weeks, the Mids had an extra-point blocked in overtime against Air Force, a field goal blocked and returned for a touchdown against Southern Miss, a field goal attempt blocked at Rutgers, a field goal that hit the right upright at the final gun against East Carolina and a 47-yard field goal that was pulled left and low against Notre Dame.
Honoring Navy’s Seniors
• Navy will honor the 33 seniors on the football team in a pregame ceremony. The senior class has compiled a record of 29-19 (.604), played in three bowl games, won a bowl game, won two Commander-In-Chief’s Trophies, defeated Notre Dame twice and recorded a combined 5-2 record against Army and Air Force. The seniors will be looking to complete their careers with an undefeated 4-0 record against the Black Knights when Army and Navy face one another on Dec. 10.
• Navy’s senior class includes Brian Ackerman (Oldsmar, Fla.), Bruce Andrews (Kailua, Hawai’i), Ryan Basford (Jacksonville, Fla.), Thomas Batchelder (Virginia Beach, Va.), Brian Blick (Greenville, N.C.), Max Blue (Carrollton, Texas), Alex Boddiford (Forest Hill, Md.), Hal Bowron (Mountain Brook, Ala.), Brady DeMell (Mentor, Ohio), Delvin Diggs (Claxton, Ga.), Neil Doogan (Collingdale, Pa.), Eric Douglass (Owasso, Okla.), John Dowd (Staten Island, N.Y.), Zach Dryden (Longwood, Fla.), Doug Furman (Twinsburg, Ohio), Mason Graham (Brentwood, Tenn.), Hal Hunter (San Diego, Calif.), Caleb King (Port Orange, Fla.), Jared Marks (Fayetteville, N.C.), John McCauley (Springdale, Pa.), Kwesi Mitchell (Hoover, Ala.), Gary Myers (San Antonio, Texas), Torri Preston (Conyers, Ga.), Kriss Proctor (Big Bear City, Calif.), Aaron Santiago (Kapolei, Hawai’i), Jarred Shannon (Gainesville, Fla.), Eric Stein (Carpinteria, Calif.), Mike Stukel (Fleming Island, Fla.), David Sumrall (Murfreesboro, Tenn.), Jon Teague (Hickory, N.C.), Alexander Teich (Conroe, Texas), Jabaree Tuani (Madison, Tenn.) and David Wright (Jacksonville, Fla.).
• Troy is similar to Navy in that the Trojans are off to a slow start after an incredible run of success.
• The Trojans entered this season having won at least a share of five-consecutive Sun Belt titles, but currently stand just 1-3 and tied for sixth. The Trojans are 2-5 overall.
• Troy is led by legendary head coach Larry Blakeney, who is in his 20th season as the head man at Troy and has compiled a career record of 163-87-1. Blakeney has taken Troy to five bowl games since joining the FBS in 2002 and has the fourth-longest uninterrupted tenure among active head coachs in college football behind John Gagliaridi of St. John’s University in Minnesota, Joe Paterno at Penn State and Frank Beamer at Virginia Tech. He is one of only two coaches (Gene McDowell, Central Florida) in history to have taken a school from Division II to the FBS.
• Troy lost by just 10 points earlier this year at Arkansas and is coming off a heartbreaking three-point overtime loss to Florida International.
• The Trojans are led by quarterback Corey Robinson, who has completed 188 of his 310 passes for 1,982 yards with nine touchdowns and nine interceptions. Robinson’s favorite receiver is Eric Thomas, who has 35 catches for 451 yards with five touchdowns. Shawn Southward paces the Troy rushing attack with 291 yards and three touchdowns on 66 carries.
• Brynden Trawick leads the Troy defense with 62 stops, while Xavier Lamb has 58 tackles and two fumble recoveries.
• Navy has eight players from the state of Alabama, which ranks eighth among the 25 states represented on Navy’s roster.
• Those hailing from the Yellowhammer State include: senior wide receiver Hal Bowron (Mountain Brook), freshman slot back Reuben Carson (Birmingham), junior outside linebacker Brye French (Deatsville), sophomore corner Eric Graham (Eight Mile), freshman outside linebacker Carrington Lewis (Helena), sophomore safety Shawn Lynch (Pelham), senior corner/safety Kwesi Mitchell (Hoover) and freshman slot back Ryan Williams-Jenkins (Helena).
Dowd Named One Of 10 Finalists For The Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award
• Navy senior offensive guard John Dowd has been named a finalist or the 2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. Dowd is a three-year letterwinner and two-year starter at offensive guard for the Mids and carries a 3.91 GPA in Mechanical Engineering. He is a two-time Academic All-American selection and has a chance to become the first Navy football player in school history to be named First-Team Academic All-American in consecutive years.
• An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
• Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to determine the winner of this year’s award. Fans are encouraged to vote on either the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award website: http://www.seniorclassaward.com or on the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Facebook fan page: https://www.facebook.com/LowesSeniorCLASSAward through December 5. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I FBS head coaches' votes to determine the winner.
• Lowe's, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the Senior CLASS Award® winner during the 2011 football bowl season. Navy quarterback Ricky Dobbs won the award last year.
Football Bowl Subdivision Finalists For The Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award
Emmanuel Acho, Linebacker, Texas
Jake Bequette, Defensive End, Arkansas
Drew Butler, Punter, Georgia
Kirk Cousins, Quarterback, Michigan State
Austin Davis, Quarterback, Southern Mississippi
John Dowd, Guard, Navy
Chase Minnifield, Cornerback, Virginia
Dan Persa, Quarterback, Northwestern
Nate Potter, Offensive Tackle, Boise State
Dawson Zimmerman, Punter, Clemson
First Half Woes
• Navy has been outscored 42-3 (8.4-0.6) in the first quarter of its last five games and has been shut out in the first quarter in four-consecutive contests. Navy last scored a touchdown in the first quarter against South Carolina in week three.
• Over the last five games, Navy has been outscored 115-38 (23-7.6) in the first half.
• On the year, Navy has been outscored 146-98 in the first half.
• Meanwhile, the Mids have outscored the opposition 141-122 in the second half (including overtime).
• Navy’s best quarter has been the third quarter (65-45), while the second quarter has been the Mids’ worst (outscored 97-62).
The Red Zone
• Navy has made 31 trips inside the red zone in its eight games this season, scoring 22 times (.710), including 17 touchdowns (.548).
• Over the last five games, the Mids have scored on just 15 of their 23 trips (.652) including only 11 touchdowns in those 23 trips (.478).
• Navy is 109th in the country in red zone offense.
• The Navy defense has allowed 34 red zone scores in 40 opportunities (.850), with 32 of the scores resulting in touchdowns (.800).
• The Mids are tied for 78th in the country in red zone defense.
Mids Struggling At Home
• Navy is 1-3 (.250) at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium this year and just 6-5 (.545) at home over the last 11 home games.
• The Mids were 19-4 (.826) at home from 2003-06, but just 17-9 (.654) since 2007.
• Navy has lost four games this year by a total of eight points. Navy, Indiana, Louisville, Miami (Fla.) and Utah State are the only five teams in the country to lose four games by one score (eight points) or less.
• The Mids are 12-12 (.500) under head coach Ken Niumatalolo in games decided by eight points or less (0-1 in 2007, 4-1 in 2008, 4-3 in 2009, 4-3 in 2010 and 0-4 in 2011).
Navy Among Nation’s Most Successful Programs
• Navy clinched its eighth-consecutive winning season last year with a 38-37 victory over Central Michigan.
• The eight-straight winning seasons are the most by Navy since it enjoyed 10-straight winning seasons from 1952-61.
• Navy needs to win its four remaining regular-season games and win the bowl game to keep that streak alive.
• The Mids own a 72-39 (.649) record over the last nine years after posting a 3-30 (.091) mark from 2000-02.
• The 72 wins are the 22nd most in the country during that span.