Keenan Reynolds' Jersey Retired by Navy: Latest Comments and Reaction

Danny WebsterAnalyst IIIFebruary 28, 2016

Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds (19) holds a trophy after being named Most Valuable Player after the Military Bowl NCAA college football game against Pittsburgh, Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, in Annapolis, Md. Navy won 44-28. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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After he put up record-breaking numbers for four years, the Navy Midshipmen honored Keenan Reynolds on Sunday night.

The Navy quarterback who won 32 games for the Midshipmen—a school record—had his No. 19 jersey retired, becoming the fourth player in program history to receive the honor.

Navy Athletics captured an image of Reynolds holding his framed jersey:

Reynolds set the Football Bowl Subdivision record this year by scoring his 88th career rushing touchdown, and he ended his collegiate career with 4,559 rushing yards—the most ever by an FBS quarterbackper

Reynolds reflected on his career Sunday, per

This is quite an honor and something that I never dreamed would happen. 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 led Navy to an 11-2 record in 2015, which the team capped off with a 44-28 win in the Military Bowl, and also finished fifth in Heisman Trophy voting.

The Associated Press third-team All-American joined two-time All-American Napoleon McCallum and Heisman Trophy winners Joe Bellino (1960) and Roger Staubach (1963) as the only players whose numbers have been retired by the program.

Despite his record-breaking college career, Reynolds was snubbed by the NFL Scouting Combine, per Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports. Reynolds will likely have to switch positions after spending four years in an option-based Navy offense. His 4,559 rushing yards should convince some team to take a chance on Reynolds, though, and his former head coach, Ken Niumatalolo, thinks he deserves the opportunity.

"I think if he's just given a chance, wherever, he'll have a chance to succeed," Niumatalolo said, per Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times. "The ball was always in his hands, and if he ends up playing running back, he'll do well. There were always things he did that would amaze you."


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