Keenan Reynolds Awards Watch

Navy fans know just how good Keenan Reynolds was for the Mids last year, apparently people on a national level were paying attention too. It was announced this week that Reynolds was one of 34 quarterbacks on the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List announced recently by the Davey O'Brien Foundation.

Navy fans know just how good Keenan Reynolds was for the Mids last year, apparently people on a national level were paying attention too. It was announced this week that Reynolds was one of 34 quarterbacks on the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List announced recently by the Davey O'Brien Foundation. This list is compiled based on a combination of performance last year and expectations for the coming fall season.

Being named to this list puts Reynolds in pretty exclusive company. Though the pool of 34 on the watch list does seem a little high it includes 2012 Davey O'Brien Winner, Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M) and 2012 finalist Braxton Miller (Ohio State) along with five 2012 semifinalists on the Watch List: Tajh Boyd (Clemson), Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville), Marcus Mariota (Oregon), A.J. McCarron (Alabama) and Aaron Murray (Georgia).

With the way that Navy plays Reynolds is clearly not going to put up the numbers that those in quarterback friendly spread option and air raid offenses will. It is worth nothing though that he was able to account for 19 touchdowns in eight or so games last year. In addition there has been plenty of talk that certain spread principles are to be included in the Navy game plan for the first time in 2013, a move which is being made to cater directly to Reynolds skill set.

Reynolds had such a memorable campaign as a true freshman that he was named the Independent Rookie of the Year by the nationwide media panel responsible for the FBS Independent Player of the Week awards. His ability to make the right reads and correct decisions anchored an offensive unit that finished the year ranked sixth nationally in rushing offense, averaging 278.46 yards per game.

To stay in the running for the award Reynolds will need to start the season strong. The 34 players, plus anyone from outside that group who makes a case for themselves, will be narrowed to 16 semifinalists on Monday, November 4th. Obviously just being named to this list is a feather in Reynolds cap, and with him still having three full years of eligibility remaining at the Naval Academy you have to wonder what numbers he will have produced when all is said and done.

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