Rick Bouch takes a look at everything Keenan Reynolds has accomplished as Navy’s starting quarterback, and looks forward to his 2015 College Football Season
Dec 13, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Army Black Knights defensive lineman Richard Glover (98) tackles Navy Midshipmen quarterback Keenan Reynolds (19) during the 115th annual Army-Navy game at M&T Bank Stadium. (Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports)
(C+P) — Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds has never been anything other than a quarterback. He entered Goodpasture High School in Tennessee as a freshman and started for four years. When colleges came around, a few – Vanderbilt and Memphis – wanted him but as a wide receiver. Navy thought otherwise and wanted Reynolds to run their spread option offense. Now, the 5-11, 195-pound senior-to-be just might be the best dual-threat quarterback in the nation.
Reynolds was not the prototypical quarterback coming out of high school when he chose the Naval Academy over Air Force and FCS Wofford. He has thrived as the de facto leader of the Midshipmen offense. After taking over for Trey Miller and starting the final eight games of his freshman season in 2012, Reynolds has become one of the most decorated athletes in Navy football history.
In three seasons, the Navy QB has led the program to 23 victories and has accounted for just under 6,000 total yards. As a sophomore in 2013, Reynolds put himself in the NCAA record books. In a game against San Jose State, Reynolds carried the ball 39 times, rushed for 251 yards, and established an FBS record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in a game with seven. He threw for an eighth score in the Middies’ victory.
Later that season, Reynolds broke the record for the most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in a single season with 31. His new mark surpassed former Navy QB Ricky Dobbs and former Kansas State QB Collin Klein, each of whom had rushed for 27 touchdowns in a season.
In leading Navy to an 8-5 mark in 2014, Reynolds rushed for 1,191 yards, averaged a career-best 4.8 yards per carry, and hit paydirt 23 times. He, along with head coach Ken Niumatalolo, would have liked to have seen better passing numbers, but Reynolds did throw for 843 yards and six more TDs.
The Navy QB will have a chance next season at Montee Ball’s career rushing touchdown record. Reynolds sits at 64 for his career with a season left, just 13 scores behind Ball, the FBS leader who starred at Wisconsin.
What’s even more impressive about Reynolds though is his ability as a leader. He will likely go down as one of the school’s all-time greats and part of what earned him that distinction is his toughness and intelligence. Reynolds has the rare ability to make plays with both his feet and his arm, so much so that it would not be too much of a surprise to see him continue his playing career after his five year commitment as a military officer ends.