Three Keys Revisited Navy vs San Jose State

Navy got the bounce back game they wanted from quarterback Keenan Reynolds as they ran all over San Jose State on Saturday in Annapolis. The Mids seemed to have used the bye week to its fullest and took over on offense after a rusty first quarter passed by.

The Spartans were able to hang with the Mids for a while, but the impact and physicality of the rushing attack wore them down as the game went on. Here is a look back at the three keys.

1) Keenan Reynolds needs to make plays - Pass

San Jose State will certainly be glad to end this four game series and see the back of Keenan Reynolds. After going off against them in the multi overtime game last fall, Reynolds went off again on Saturday to the tune of a career high 251 yards rushing on 39 carries. The Mids most dynamic offensive weapon looked back to his old self sans knee brace as he made crisp cuts and ran with awareness and power on his way to touchdowns of 8, 3, and 2 yards. Reynolds actually ran for 100 yards or more in two separate quarters (100 in the second and 106 in the third) as he put on a master class of option quarterback play. The 24 point second quarter was the best team output the Mids have put together thus far in 2014.

2) Don’t let the ball touch the ground - Fail

The one Midshipmen turnover of the day was a fumble by Reynolds on the very first offensive play of the game. This gave the Spartans the ball at the Navy 18-yard line, but four plays later Kwazel Bertrand made perhaps the biggest play of the game for the Mids when he picked off a pass and preserved the 0-0 tie and denied SJSU a score in a short field situation. Reynolds was near flawless from this point onward, but the mistake will give Ken Niumatalolo yet more coaching points on ball security this week in practice.

3) Bedding in a new kicker – Pass

Through two games Austin Grebe has not missed a kick as a Navy Midshipmen. Grebe hit all five of his extra points, giving him twelve total, and this week added a pair of short range field goals. His first ever field goal was a chip shot 20 yarder, but there was a touch of added pressure as it came with the last kick of the first half to put the Mids up by a touchdown. Grebe’s second made kick was from 33 yards, and put the Mids up by three scores with just over three minutes to play in the game. Kicker watch is the happiest it has been this season by a long way.

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