The Navy football program isn’t exactly a person, but if it was perhaps these are some of the items that would be on the Mids Christmas list in 2015.
1 – Winning the Military Bowl
This one is obvious, but obvious doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t be asked of Santa anyway. This game means so much to a Navy team that has been just outstanding on 2015. It is the last game for Keenan Reynolds and the fact that it will be played in front of a home crowd at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium only makes it sweeter. With an 11 win season on the line for the first time in the storied history of Navy football closing the season out with a win would be huge.
2 – Finding a replacement for Keenan Reynolds
Reynolds has ensured his place both in annals of Navy football history and of NCAA football history with his play over the last four years. Reynolds is the only quarterback to beat Army four times and he holds a host of both academy and NCAA records including the most rushing touchdowns EVER at the top level of the collegiate game. Now the Mids must look to replace him and it is a truly daunting task. Ideally, Santa would find a way to grant Reynolds a fifth year of eligibility of course, but he isn’t a miracle worker. Instead, Navy fans will settle for a quarterback stepping in next season, perhaps Tago Smith, who has shone in limited opportunities, and continue where Reynolds left off.
3 – Beat Army
This is probably the first item on most Navy fan’s wish lists as Navy looks to continue its unprecedented win streak in the series. This year Navy beat Army for the 14th straight time, extending that streak to 15 next season is a must.
4 – Beat Notre Dame
This one is a little less obvious but if we are being honest the Irish have been really annoying the last two seasons. Navy has been streaking through all-comers on the schedule, but both matchups with Notre Dame in 2014 and 2015 led to losses which took away some of the momentum. With a new quarterback, this is not going to be easy, but it would certainly be fun to get a win over the Irish.