Five Navy Football Reasons to be Thankful

With the holidays finally upon us it is time once again to gather around with family and friends to eat, drink, and be thankful for what we have been given. I am sure everyone will have things in their personal life to toast to this weekend, but we are all brought here by our Navy fandom. With that in mind here are five reasons to be thankful from the 2013 Midshipmen football season.

With the holidays finally upon us it is time once again to gather around with family and friends to eat, drink, and be thankful for what we have been given. I am sure everyone will have things in their personal life to toast to this weekend, but we are all brought here by our Navy fandom. With that in mind here are five reasons to be thankful from the 2013 Midshipmen football season.

1) Keenan Reynolds

May as well start with the most obvious here as Navy fans have countless reasons to be thankful for quarterback Keenan Reynolds. All you have to do is think back to the stuttering, fumble prone offense that was being put on display last year before Reynolds took over to see just how important he is to the team. Reynolds makes great decisions, he runs hard every play, and he can even throw the ball a little bit too. Add in the fact that the sophomore still has a full two years of eligibility left after this season and if his development continues as promised then the best is still yet to come.

2) Bowl eligibility

The Mids are bowl eligible for the 10th time in the last 11 seasons and with be playing in Fort Worth as part of the Bell Armed Forces Helicopter Bowl this Christmas season. With a bowl appearance record as good as the one Navy has put together over the last decade it is easy to take getting into the postseason for granted. All you have to do is look around the nation this year though to see the likes of Tennessee and Florida who will be staying at home over the holidays. Bowls mean extra publicity, more money, and more practice time later into the winter, all things which will help the Mids down the road.

3) Retained the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy

Navy knocked off Air Force 28-10 back in early October. This combined with the Falcons beating Army means the Mids have already retained the trophy regardless of how the game against Army to end the season plays out. With the pressure off Navy should be able to go out and put on a show at the Linc in mid-December.

4) Reynolds rushing record

This is cheating a little as Reynolds was mentioned earlier for his overall play, but his seven rushing touchdowns last week against San Jose State merit a spot of their own on this list. Navy fans should be thankful for coming out on the right side of a game which was as entertaining as any that has been put on this year, and also that Reynolds name will be in the college football record book for years to come. It took three overtimes and a pure rush offense for Reynolds to get his seven rushing scores, so it is hard to see how anyone could put eight together.

5) Army-Navy game

The fact this game still sits on its own is just special and something Academy fans should be thankful for. On December 14th Navy and Army will share the national stage in Philadelphia in front of millions of viewers on TV without so much as another game to flick over to during commercials. I love the fact that this tradition remains strong and that it serves as a fitting finale to the Mids football regular season.

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