Why 2013 can be even better for Navy

When the sky was falling on this Navy team in late September Ken Niumatalolo kept believing. He knew that his squad was better than the 1-3 record that they had started the season with. He also knew that to tap that potential he was going to have to make a change which would either turn the year around or send it into oblivion.

When the sky was falling on this Navy team in late September Ken Niumatalolo kept believing. He knew that his squad was better than the 1-3 record that they had started the season with. He also knew that to tap that potential he was going to have to make a change which would either turn the year around or send it into oblivion. Trusting his instincts, Niumatalolo put Keenan Reynolds into the battle over the seemingly hexed Trey Miller and the Mids never looked back. Excitingly for Navy fans this could be just the beginning of another golden streak for the Midshipmen.

This year was supposed to belong to Miller. As the senior quarterback he would play all but garbage time in games while Reynolds would only appear in mop up duty. Though Niumatalolo made the signal caller switch to save this season, a feat mightily achieved as Navy won seven of the last eight games, he increased Reynolds timeline massively by doing so.

Think about it, if this season had gone to plan and Miller hadn't had his ball security issues Navy would have no idea what they had in Reynolds at this point. Instead, he has gained eight games of experience in the system and will benefit as much as any quarterback in the country with the additional practice time earned via gaining a bowl game bid.

Though Reynolds has looked exceptional at times in the option attack it is also worth remembering that this is his very first year in the system. He has made (correctable) mistakes at times, missing reads and costing the Mids valuable yardage. With this extra practice time, though, he gets to work on the nuances of the option attack which are often lost to the casual viewer. This plus spring ball and summer work will give him true experience walking into next season. Add in the games he has played and Navy will have a true veteran leading them even if he is in the body of a sophomore.

When you add in the fact that a Navy defensive unit which improved in leaps and bounds over the year will return eight starters, then you have the start of a recipe which will have the Mids looking for double digit wins next season. Though the Midshipmen will face six bowl teams in 2013, they will have the talent, and the experience under center, to compete with all comers. Add in the momentum that the team is finishing the year with and there is the potential for a special season to emerge.

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