AAC Team Preview: Navy

Hatts previews SMU's AAC new foe Navy in the latest Pony Stampede AAC Team Preview.

In their first season in the AAC, the Navy Midshipmen are considered a favorite in the AAC West. After giving teams fits for the last couple of years, lets take a look at Navy’s roster and what their team will look like as they look to improve off an 8-5 season last year.


Navy’s offense is always going to be potent and was again last year as they averaged 31.8 points per game. With quarterback Keenan Reynolds back for another year, Navy is poised to have another tough offense to stop. The biggest weapon Reynolds has is his legs and that was obviously on display again with his 23 rushing touchdowns that was good for 5th best in the country. He’s also helped lead a great offense by not turning the ball over. In 328 passes in his career, Reynolds has only had 7 interceptions in that time span. The offense will be tested next year however after they lost two of their backs Ryan Williams and Noah Copeland. Despite this, Chris Swain will be back and will likely provide the support Reynolds needs.


Thanks to a rushing attack that eats up most of the clock, the Navy defense does take on a slightly lesser role but nonetheless still vital to this team’s success. Despite not being on the field a whole lot, this defense did have their problems last year as they allowed 27.3 points per game. One of the key players Navy will be without is former linebacker Jordan Drake who they lost to graduation. Drake has been a starter in each of the past two seasons and led the team with 13 tackles, including one for a loss, in their victory over San Diego State. There is no doubt that this defense certainly gets a leg up with the offense that they run, however they will need to step up and force more turnovers to be a force in the AAC.

Bottom Line

Offensively, Navy is going to be a handful to deal with simply because not many teams in the AAC have seen this type of offense before. The big question with this team, and will likely decide whether they win the AAC or not, is if the defense can step up and perform the way many would expect with how big of an advantage Navy consistently has in time of possession game after game.

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