Dec. 22, 2013
SB Nation has tabbed Navy sophomore quarterback Keenan Reynolds its Independent Offensive Player of the Year and Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo the Independent Coach of the Year. BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy was the Independent Defensive Player of the Year.
In just his second season at Navy, Reynolds, who was also named the NAAA Athlete of the Week for the seventh time this fall, is well on his way to rewriting the school and national record books, establishing an NCAA single-season record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 29 this season, tying the NCAA record for most touchdowns in a game against an FBS opponent (7 vs. San Jose State), scoring a program-best 42 points against San Jose State, breaking a nearly 100-year-old season scoring mark at Navy with 176 points (174 by Bill Ingram in 1917) and smashing the school record for points responsible for in a season with 224. He needs one rushing touchdown to become just the fourth person in FBS history to rush for 30 or more touchdowns in a single-season.
Niumatalolo led Navy to an 8-4 mark, a bowl game for the 10th time in the last 11 years and the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy for the ninth time in the last 11 years. The Mids went undefeated at home and beat Army for a 12th-consecutive time. Niumatalolo is 48-30 in his sixth year as the head coach, which is the most wins in school history for a coach in his first six years. His 48 wins are third all-time in Navy history, trailing Eddie Erdelatz (1950-58) by just two for second and George Welsh (1973-81) by just seven wins for first.
Navy will play Middle Tennessee State on Dec. 30 in Fort Worth, Texas. Kickoff is set for 10:45 AM in Fort Worth, 11:45 AM in Annapolis. Tickets are on sale now at: http://bit.ly/1gCmTns
If you can’t attend the game, please consider donating tickets for Midshipmen or enlisted personnel to attend the game for free. The donation is 100% tax deductible and if you donate tickets you will be entered into a drawing for some great prizes such as four tickets to the 2014 Navy-Notre Dame game, four Navy Football 2014 Season Tickets for the five Annapolis games, an authentic 2013 Army-Navy Game football jersey, an authentic 2013 Navy regular season football jersey and an authentic 2013 Navy regular season football helmet. For every ticket you donate you have a chance to win so if you donate four tickets you have four chances to win. To donate tickets go to: http://bit.ly/1gCmTns
Tickets are also on sale for the 2013 Brigade of Midshipmen Bowl Game tailgate, which will be held on Monday, December 30 from 7:30 AM-10:45 AM in Lot 5 at Amon G. Carter Stadium. You can order your tailgate wristbands at www.navyonline.com. Tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for children 12 and under. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel from 9 AM-6 PM on Dec. 28 and 29. The tailgate menu will include whole roasted pig, pulled pork sandwiches, shrimp and poblano grits, buttermilk pancakes, sausage patties and apple smoked bacon, build your own tortilla soup station and much more.