Keenan Reynolds Leading a Historic Offense

Keenan Reynolds

Early last season when the Navy offense was coughing and spluttering its way through games the future of the option as Navy ran it seemed bleak. Then, mainly due to the fumbling issues of starter Trey Miller, head coach Ken Niumatalolo made a decision which has served to completely change the direction and ambitions of the Navy football team. He turned the team over to freshman Keenan Reynolds.

Keenan Reynolds Leading a Historic Offense Early in the 2012 when the Navy offense was coughing and spluttering its way through games the future of the option as Navy ran it seemed bleak. Then, mainly due to the fumbling issues of starter Trey Miller, head coach Ken Niumatalolo made a decision which has served to completely change the direction and ambitions of the Navy football team. He turned the team over to freshman Keenan Reynolds.

Now as a head coach doing something that brave does not come without risks. We saw in spot duty how well Reynolds could play. We knew he could run the offense and that he was less prone to mistakes, but could he translate that small portfolio of work to full games, let alone full seasons. The answer so far it seems is unequivocally yes.

Through two games this season Reynolds, and the Navy offense as a whole, has been simply unreal. The Mids have put up over 500 yards of total offense in each of their first two games (one against a member of the Big Ten) and face a Western Kentucky team next Saturday with a chance to go over 500 yards three straight times for the first time in the Academy's history. It is worth noting at this point that the Hilltoppers defense has been far from the Steel Curtain so far and that this shot at history seems entirely possible.

It is the tweaks in the Navy offense, which Niumatalolo specifically built in for Reynolds, that make this team so dangerous and so much fun to watch. On Saturday Reynolds completed 10-of-13 passes for 233 yards and two touchdowns along with optioning his way for 109 more yards on the ground. This performance marked the first time in a decade that a Navy quarterback three for over 200 yards and rushed for over 100 yards in the same game. It was also the most yards passing by a Mid since the turn of the century when Brian Broadwater threw for 302 yards against Tulane in 2000.

I guess the most staggering thing and the take from all this is that the best is yet to come. Reynolds is of course still just a sophomore and he has plenty of room to grow both physically and mentally within Niumatalolo's system. By the same token as Niumatalolo gets more and more comfortable with what Reynolds can do he will continue to modify and redefine the playbook to best serve his signal caller. It is a perfect match as the star young player is bringing the creativity out of his coach to give Navy a potent mixture on offense that they have never had before. All we as fans have to do is sit back and enjoy the ride.

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