The Navy Midshippmen had a very nice 9-4 season a year ago, that ended with a 24-6 win over MTSU in the Armed Forces Bowl. Now with 51 lettermen back, including 15 starters they will look for another big year, especially since they are taking on the 108th ranked schedule in the nation. Schedule & preview are below.
Keenan Reynolds is back to lead the Naval attack, after leading the team in rushing with 1346 yards and 31 TDs last year, plus he also threw for 1057 yards and another 7 TDs. For the most part he was their offense last year. Overall 84% of the rushing yards from last year are back and this ground game will operate behind an experienced OL, with all 5 starters returning. This again will be a powerful ground attack. The Passing game isn’t used all that offense, but the top WR does return from last year, in DeBrandon Sanders, who averaged 17.2 ypc on 13 catches last year. The defense allowed 24.4 ppg last year, but they will be improved this year, with 24 lettermen and 7 starters back. The DL has 2 starters back, but still Paul Quessenberry and Barnard Sarra combined for just 49 tackles on the year. The LB corps is led by Jordan Drake, who had 43 tackles and 3 sacks last year. Overall this group is the strength of this defense, with 3 senior starters in the lineup. Kwazel Bertrand and Brendon combined for 6 INT’s last year and anchor a solid secondary that has 3 starters back.
The Middies have taken 9 of the last 11 Commander-in-Chief trophies, plus they have gone to 10 bowl games in their last 11 years and have beaten Army 12 years in a row now. Last year was just the 5th time in Navy history that they won 9 games, beat Army and won a bowl game all in the same season. This year’s team will be improved on both sides of the ball, as the offense comes in with a dynamic running attack that is led by Keenan Reynolds, who set the NCAA QB TD rushing record last year with 31. The defense has experience and depth this year and should improve over last year’s group that allowed 24.4 ppg. The Middies take on Ohio State and Notre Dame in neutral site games and have a road game vs Air Force, but the rest of the schedule is very soft and they should at least duplicate last year’s win total of 9 games. KEY TREND: 0-14 ATS at home off a SU win as a dog.
2014 Navy Football Schedule
Sat, Aug 30th, 2014 Ohio State
Sat, Sep 6th, 2014 at Temple
Sat, Sep 13th, 2014 at Texas State
Sat, Sep 20th, 2014 Rutgers
Sat, Sep 27th, 2014 Western Kentucky
Sat, Oct 4th, 2014 at Air Force
Sat, Oct 11th, 2014 Virginia Military
Sat, Oct 25th, 2014 San Jose State
Sat, Nov 1st, 2014 at Notre Dame
Sat, Nov 15th, 2014 Georgia Southern
Fri, Nov 28th, 2014 at South Alabama
Sat, Dec 13th, 2014 at Army
Info gathered From Phil Steele's CFB Preview and Athlon Sports
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