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Navy senior WR Jamir Tillman had four catches for 75 yards in Saturday's 28-24 win over UConn.

New starting quarterback Will Worth, who took over following Tago Smith's knee injury, played just fine in lieu of circumstances. The offense wasn't moving as efficiently as it generally does on the ground, but Worth was able to pick up some chunk yardage over the top of stacked boxes. Tillman, Navy's best receiver, was the primary beneficiary of that. The Midshipmen were extremely fortunate to win this game. The Huskies stalled out on the half-yard line after inexplicably burning their final timeout when the clock was already stopped with less than 20 seconds left. On the next play, they inexplicably called a delayed run up the gut, which was stuffed. Apparently not realizing that they were out of timeouts, UConn's offense didn't rush back to the line, allowing the clock to run dry. Navy is now 2-0.
Sep 10 - 7:03 PM

Navy freshman RB Sean Samuels will transfer.

Samuels explained to NJ.com that Navy simply wasn't a comfortable fit for him. Said the 6-foot, 190-pounder, "I went through boot camp, I went through the hard parts. But when it came down to it, I just wasn't happy there. And I knew I wanted to come home and go to a university.' Samuels specifically pointed to interest in Rutgers "or something like that." Nebraska and Old Dominion have reached out to him (the Scarlet Knights have not), but as the running back noted, some programs are handicapped due to the fact that they have already filled their 2016 classes.
Source: NJ.com
Sep 8 - 2:29 PM

Navy senior QB Tago Smith will miss the remainder of the 2016 season due to a torn right ACL.

Smith tore his ACL in the first half of Saturday's win over Fordham. Prior to exiting the contest, the 5-foot-10, 201-pounder had rushed for 92 yards and two touchdowns while completing one pass for 45 yards. Will Worth is expected to take over starting duties moving forward. Said HC Ken Niumatalolo, "[Worth] knows what we're doing; he's a tough, hard-nosed football player, great leader. He's the type of guy that you look here at the academy, he's just a phenomenal leader.
Sep 6 - 12:18 PM

Navy senior QB Tago Smith ran 10 times for 97 yards and a pair of scores but suffered an injury in the first half of Saturday's 52-16 victory against Fordham.

Smith attempted only one pass -- a 45-yard completion -- in his first game since taking the keys from program legend Keenan Reynolds. After he was knocked out of the game, Navy inserted backup Will Worth and yanked freshman QB Malcolm Perry -- who was not dressed to start the game -- from the stands to act as the No. 2. Perry was inserted into the game in the second half when the game got out of hand. Smith's status is the bad news for Navy, and a story to monitor going forward. The good news is that the Mids identified a potential keeper in RB Chris High (176 yards, two touchdowns).
Sep 3 - 3:54 PM

Navy senior QB Tago Smith was named Keenan Reynolds' successor at starting quarterback over the winter.

"The offense is now yours," said Reynolds to Smith at Navy's annual football banquet. Reynolds became the fourth Navy player to have his jersey retired at that banquet. "There's no pressure at all," Smith declared when asked about replacing a legend. "I don't really think too much about it. I'm confident in my ability, confident in what I can do." Over his three years, Smith has appeared in 18 games with two starts. "Tago is definitely our quarterback, and he's a real good one," head coach Ken Niumatalolo said. "It's his time, it's his turn, he's going to be ready and he's going to do good things."
Aug 2 - 6:36 PM

Navy dismissed senior CB Brendon Clements.

Clements was already on thin ice after being charged with disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace following a run-in with authorities on January 31. He was hit with an indefinite suspension at that point, but those charges were eventually dropped and the 5-foot-9, 170-pounder was reinstated on April 24. Thin ice, though. According to the Capital Gazette's Bill Wagner, the incident that led to his outright dismissal was relatively minor -- with enough straws, even a camel's back will break. Clements' future plans aren't known at this point, but he finishes out his Navy career having recorded 159 tackles, 14 pass breakups, seven interceptions and three forced fumbles.
Jul 3 - 7:38 PM

SI's Peter King reports that the Ravens had "reliable information" that the Patriots would try to draft Navy RB/WR Keenan Reynolds in Rd. 6 before Baltimore beat them to it.

Baltimore plucked Reynolds with the No. 182 overall pick. New England had a pair of sixth-rounders later in the stanza. King reports that the Ravens will likely as Reynolds to be an "all-purpose weapon ... returning, rushing, receiving, sort of a latter-day Antwaan Randle-El ... receiver/returner, and maybe a direct-snap back." GM Ozzie Newsome and assistant GM Eric DeCosta found out that Reynolds was learning how to return from Brian Mitchell, one of the all-time greats at it. HC John Harbaugh called Mitchell, a former player, and was told that Reynolds "could be a gifted returner." The rest was history.
Source: MMQB
May 3 - 10:46 PM

Chargers signed Navy FB Chris Swain.

Swain (6'0/249) was a three-year starter for Navy, serving as the thunder to dual-threat QB Keenan Reynolds' lightning. Swain finished his career with 410/2,176/19 (5.3 YPC) rushing but just two catches. He turned in fullback-level measurables at Navy's Pro Day, running 4.72 with a 9-foot-2 broad jump. The Chargers also added Wisconsin FB Derek Watt in the sixth round.
May 3 - 2:23 PM

Ravens selected Navy RB/WR Keenan Reynolds with the No. 182 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Reynolds (5'10/190) was a prolific dual-threat quarterback at Navy, finishing fifth in Heisman voting as a senior and setting FBS career records in rushing touchdowns (88) and points scored (530). Snubbed for a Combine invite, Reynolds turned in a solid Pro Day showing 4.57 speed with a 37-inch vertical and 10-foot broad jump. NFL scouts were mixed on Reynolds' next-level position, with some forecasting him at tailback, others slot receiver, and others still defensive back. Reynolds said on ESPN the Ravens plan to try him at receiver and punt returner.
Apr 30 - 3:59 PM

ESPN Patriots beat reporter Mike Reiss predicts the team will select Navy RB/WR Keenan Reynolds "earlier than expected."

"They've spent a lot of resources scouting Reynolds, including multiple visits from coach Bill Belichick, and the combination of Reynolds' skill set, strong personal character and Navy background make him an obvious fit, perhaps in a Julian Edelman-type situation (circa 2009)," he wrote. This connection has been made throughout the process. When is earlier than expected? Round 5 sounds about right.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 27 - 1:26 PM

Navy edge rusher Will Anthony's "productivity is such that if he is given a chance he will likely take advantage of it," writes Pro Football Focus' Kevin Connaghan.

PFF dug deep for this sleeper, though they don't see it that way. Anthony, you see, was graded the No. 5 3-4 DE in this class by PFF last season after posting seven sacks and 41 total pressures. He also played the run well and was "a constant nuisance", grading positively in each game. "Size alone will force Anthony to the outside at the pro level, and his lack of burst likely limits him to a role as a base defensive end," Connaghan wrote. Anthony lacks measurables and must honor prior commitments to the Navy, but he'd make for a nice priority free agent signing.
Apr 16 - 11:29 AM

The Titans asked Navy RB/WR Keenan Reynolds to work out at four positions on Friday.

Tennessee traveled to the Naval Academy to work Reynolds out privately. "I got a pretty equal spread across all those positions with the Titans," Reynolds said. "The feedback was all positive -- they had good things to say about the way I performed -- we'll just have to see what happens." The four positions weren't specified, but we'd assume they're the same ones that he worked out at during his Pro Day workout: quarterback, running back, receiver and punt returner. It's also possible the Titans tried Reynolds out at corner, but he's probably too small and slow to make that transition.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 11 - 7:03 PM

Navy RB Kennan Reynolds was named the co-winner of the 2016 Sullivan Award.

Reynolds shares the honor with UConn women's basketball player Breanna Stewart. The Sullivan Award is handed out annually to amateur athletes who display the virtues of character, leadership and sportsmanship. The 5-foot-9, 190-pound Reynolds fits that bill well enough. In response to the award, he said, "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 could be a late-round selection in this spring's draft. While he played quarterback at Navy, he is expected to transition to either slot wide receiver or running back once he hits the NFL.
Apr 10 - 6:14 PM

Navy RB Keenan Reynolds is at peace with a potential NFL position change, saying, "It doesn't bother me if I don't play quarterback anymore."

"I certainly do believe I can be an NFL quarterback. But it's a matter of, who wants to see me at that position? And whatever they want to see me as, that's what I am going to be doing," Reynolds said, adding, "Whatever I can do to be a successful member of a team, to help them win, it's OK with me." The 5-foot-9, 190-pounder is a potential slot receiver or running back at the next level. Reynolds indicated that most of the teams he has spoken with have talked to him about a transition to receiver. CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler believes he could be selected in the later rounds of the draft, but a scout who spoke to ESPN referred to Reynolds as a "free-agent project," rather than a true draft-worthy commodity.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 10 - 2:30 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler wrote that Navy RB Keenan Reynolds' "workout might get him drafted in the later rounds."

Brugler noted that Reynolds "did a nice job with his route-running from the backfield and in the slot" during his positional work on March 30 (it was an extension of his earlier Pro Day, as he still needed to finish off drills after suffering a hamstring injury on the actual Pro Day). He also cited Reynolds' "sterling intangibles." You should expect to hear phrases like that tossed about left and right should the Navy magician fight his way into the later rounds in Chicago. What remains unknown, though, is exactly what position he might play at the next level. Running back and slot receiver have both been bandied about by analysts as legitimate options for interested NFL teams. He has worked out at quarterback, receiver, running back and defensive back.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 8 - 10:31 PM


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