Alabama running back Derrick Henry added a truckload of awards last season while powering Alabama to a national championship run. Henry won the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award, Doak Walker Award and the Walter Camp Award in addition to being named a unanimous All-American and taking home SEC Offensive Player of the Year and SEC Championship Game MVP honors. Henry may be focusing on the NFL now, but he may not be done collecting hardware for his most recent season with the Crimson Tide.
Henry is one of seven finalists for the Sullivan Award, awarded to the top amateur athlete across all amateur sports. Navy’s Keenan Reynolds was also named a finalist. Henry and Reynolds are the only two college football players left standing.Clemson’s Deshaun Watson and Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey were semifinalists for the award.
A college football player has won the award three out of the last four years. Last year saw Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott win the award. The year before that it was Penn State offensive lineman John Urschel. Army’s Andrew Rodriguez won the award two years prior to that, with Olympic star Missy Franklin taking home the award in 2013 following her dominant showing in the 2012 summer Olympics (four gold medals, one bronze). Other past winners from the college football gridiron include Tim Tebow and Peyton Manning.
Fans can cast their vote for their Sullivan Award pick online until Wednesday, March 23 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
No player to suit up in a Navy football uniform will ever wear the number 19 again. The number, most recently worn by Keenan Reynolds, was officially retired by the Naval Academy Sunday during the program’s annual football banquet.
Reynolds joins an elite group in Navy football history. Only three other players in program history have had their uniform number retired. They are Roger Staubach (No. 12), Joe Bellino (No. 27) and Napoleon McCallum (No. 30).
“This is quite an honor and something that I never dreamed would happen,” said Reynolds. “I give all the credit to my teammates. This is a group honor and without my teammates over the past four years none of this would have been possible. I would like to thank Vice Admiral Carter, Mr. Gladchuk and Coach Niumatalolo for this unbelievable honor that I will never forget.”
Reynolds set the NCAA career touchdown record (88 touchdowns) and set the record for most rushing touchdowns in Division 1 last season, Navy’s first in a conference home. He also ended his Navy career with a remarkable 7-1 record against service academies, Army and Air Force. In that record is the first 4-0 record by a starting quarterback in Army-Navy Game history.
In addition to having his number retired, Reynolds also received the E.E. “Rip” Miller Award, a season MVP award voted on by his Navy teammates. Reynolds also won the Roger Staubach Award for his outstanding leadership and attitude and the Napoleon McCallum Award for having the most all-purpose yards in his career in his graduating class. Perhaps someday Navy will hand out a Keenan Reynolds Award.
They totally should.
When President Barack Obama makes his final State of the Union Address tomorrow night in Washington D.C., Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds will be there to witness it. Reynolds will be a guest of Tennessee Congressman Jim Cooper, according to Navy football’s memo. Reynolds is a Tennessee native.
If any college football player is worthy of receiving such an invite, it has to be Reynolds. The Navy quarterback closed out a storied career with the Midshipmen on the football field this past season by setting multiple records along the way to leading Navy to its first 11-win season. Reynolds also finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting and became a bit of a fan favorite for the award as the final weeks flew by. He also received All-American honors from the Associated Press after helping Navy clinch the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy by becoming the first Navy quarterback to go 4-0 against Army in the annual Army-Navy Game.
So if you are tuning in for the State of the Union on Tuesday night, keep an eye out for one of college football’s finest in the crowd.
Needing three touchdowns to reclaim the Division 1 record for most career touchdowns, Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds has scored two in the first half against Pittsburgh in the Military Bowl on Monday afternoon. Reynolds has also thrown one touchdown as Navy has established a 21-7 lead on the Panthers.
Pitt opened the game with a bang when Quandree Henderson returned the game’s opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and an early 7-0 lead for the Panthers from the ACC. Pitt’s offense has been unable to do much else in the first half against Navy. Kicker Chris Blewitt missed on a 29-yard field goal attempt as Pitt’s best offensive series ended with no points to show for it.
After Pittsburgh scored on the game’s opening kickoff, Navy drove 75 yards over 10 plays as Reynolds punched one in from the one-yard line. Navy’s defense then forced a punt after just five plays from Pittsburgh, and Navy’s offense went back to work with a 14-play, 86-yard drive once again capped by a Reynolds scoring run, this time from five yards. Navy’s third touchdown drive also covered 84 yards. Navy intercepted two passes from Pittsburgh quarterback Nathan Peterman in the first half, including one int he end zone in the final minute.
Navy has out-gained Pittsburgh 284-144, with 181 rushing yards to Pitt’s 72.
A late-developing Heisman Trophy push for Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey may have gotten started too late in the season, but the Associated Press did not allow McCaffrey’s tremendous season go unrewarded. McCaffrey was named AP Player of the Year on Tuesday. McCaffrey is the first non-Heisman Trophy winner to win the AP’s Player of the Year Award in six seasons.
McCaffrey received 29 of 60 votes from the AP voters for the Player of the Year award, staying ahead of Alabama running back and Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry. Henry received 16 votes and Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson received 11 votes. Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds and Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield each received two votes from the AP voters.
The last non-Heisman Trophy winner to win the AP honor was Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh in 2009. Alabama’s Mark Ingram won the Heisman Trophy. Maybe the AP just doesn’t buy into Alabama Heisman Trophy winners?
McCaffrey rushed for 1,847 yards and eight touchdowns, racked up 540 receiving yards and four more touchdowns and tossed two more on offense. McCaffrey also added 1,042 kickoff return yards and a touchdown, proving to be quite the threat in multiple areas of the game.