Starter: Keenan Reynolds #19 So.
Backup: John Hendrick #10 Jr.
Third string: Kody Akers #9 Jr.
Keenan Reynolds (5-11, 185) was one of the biggest surprises in college football in 2012. A direct admit freshmen with little experience with the option game, Reynolds quickly grasped the Navy scheme. After coming off the bench to lead Navy to an OT win at Air Force, Reynolds led Navy to victories in six of the last seven regular season games. Reynolds finished the season completing 61 of 108 passes for nine touchdowns and just two interceptions. He also was a threat on the ground with 162 rushes for 649 yards and ten scores.
Reynolds doesn't have prototype size for a signal caller but he does have an excellent arm, good quickness and superb decision making skills. Navy coaches did the smart thing in spring drills and kept the battle proven Reynolds out of harm's way, focusing mostly on ensuring that there was a capable backup for the talented sophomore.
Junior John Hendrick had a strong spring and solidified his position as the Mids backup quarterback. His good performance at the position was a key for the Mids as it enabled the staff to move Trey Miller to the slotback position.
At 6-foot-1, 200 pounds, Hendrick has good size for an option quarterback. He also comes from a rich football pedigree as his father, John Sr., has over 30 years of coaching experience at the professional and college level. Last season in limited action Hendrick completed 2-of-3 passes for 32 yards against Penn State. In high school Hendrick led his team to 14 wins during his last two seasons. Playing an option offense, he connected on a combined 18 touchdowns in those two seasons while scoring 11 combined TDs on the ground. He's got vast experience in the option game and has quick feet and his arm, while not as dangerous as that of Reynolds, can put a hurt to the opposition if they don't respect it.
Kody Akers (5-10, 201) won the third string position quarterback position during springs drills. The top quarterback at prep school in 2010, Akers has taken the back seat for two seasons in Annapolis. He was a prolific runner in high school, gaining over 4,000 all purpose yards while playing multiple offensive positions (mostly QB). Akers doesn't have blazing speed but he is a solid runner with good arm.
If both Reynolds and Hendrick go down to injury during the upcoming season, Navy fans can rest assured that the third string quarterback can get the job done. That said, Akers still could overtake Hendrick in preseason drills.
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