Navy 2013 Football Review: Quarterbacks

Navy football spring practice begins on March 17. Before spring drills kick off GoMids.com will review the 2013 team, unit by unit. In this segment we look at the quarterbacks.

QUARTERBACKS
Sophomore Keenan Reynolds has broken all the records and seemingly all the rules for an option quarterback. He was the only quarterback in the triple option era of service academies to have started as a direct admit quarterback as a freshman without the benefit of a year at the prep school. Keenan had an amazing season. Reynolds finished the season with 1,346 rushing yards and a quarterback record setting 31 rushing touchdowns. He threw for 1,057 passing yards, eight touchdown against only two interceptions as he accounted for 39 total touchdowns. He scored 188 points which shattering the old school record set by Bill Ingram way back in 1917. Reynolds was named the Independent team offensive player of the year. Reynolds' play can't be simply quantified in statistics or awards. It's his ability as a playmaker, his toughness, his precision in running the offense and the confidence he inspires in his teammates makes him a great player. He is a special player who has that magic "it" you want in a quarterback. Navy had lost that mojo at QB when Ricky Dobbs graduated. It's easy to forget now but between September 17, 2011 and September 29, 2012 the Mids lost 10 of 14 games. Reynolds changed that as a plebe when he came off the bench to replace an injured Trey Miller against Air Force and led the Mids to a comeback 28-21 overtime victory. Reynolds has compiled a 15-6 record (71.4% winning percentage) as a starter since that game. Reynolds understands the offense and can execute it. He's overcame pain in games against Pitt, San Jose State and the bowl win against Middle Tennessee State to lead the Mids to victory. He's only a sophomore and was named honorable mention All-American by the Sports Illustrated. Reynolds is already the best Navy quarterback in the triple option era.

Navy opened the season with sophomore John Hendrick as backup quarterback. Hendrick played in the fourth quarter blow out win against Delaware. Hendrick struggled with ball security but ran eight times for 51 yards and scored a touchdown. In the loss against Western Kentucky he replaced Reynolds who left with a concussion and struggled to run the offense. He threw two interceptions and didn't produce any points. He then injured his knee in practice and had surgery. After some juggling of the depth chart a surprising option developed at quarterback with the emergence of super fast Tago Smith. Tago played free safety, quarterback and wide receiver in high school. At the Naval Academy Prep School he was used as a slotback. He was the fastest A-back at NAPS in 2012. The staff decided to move him to quarterback. He never threw the ball in limited playing time. Smith showed his explosiveness with a 24-yard touchdown run late in the win over South Alabama.

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