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2015 Navy Midshipmen football
The American West Division co-champion
Military Bowl champion
Lambert-Meadowlands Trophy
Military Bowl, W 44–28 vs. Pittsburgh
ConferenceAmerican Athletic Conference
DivisionWestern Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 18
APNo. 18
2015 record11–2 (7–1 The American)
Head coachKen Niumatalolo (8th season)
Offensive coordinatorIvin Jasper (15th season)
Offensive schemeTriple option
Defensive coordinatorDale Pehrson (Interim season)
Base defenseMultiple
CaptainKeenan Reynolds[1]
CaptainBernard Sarra
Home stadiumNavy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 34,000)
Seasons
← 2014
2016 →

Template:2015 American Athletic Conference football standings The 2015 Navy Midshipmen football team represented the United States Naval Academy in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Midshipmen were led by eighth-year head coach Ken Niumatalolo and played their home games at Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The Midshipmen competed as a member of the Western Division of the American Athletic Conference, and were first year members of the conference. In their entire football history, this was the first season that Navy did not compete as an Independent. They finished the season 11–2, 7–1 in American Athletic play to finish in a tie for the Western Division title with Houston. However, due to their head to head loss to Houston, they did not represent the Western Division in the American Championship. They were invited to the Military Bowl where they defeated Pittsburgh.

Before the seasonEdit

Previous seasonEdit

The Navy Midshipmen began the 2014 season with a loss over #6 ranked Ohio State, but won two in a row defeating Temple and Texas State. However, they suffered three consecutive losses to Rutgers and WKU, along with rival Air Force. They rebounded by beating VMI and San Jose State, before falling to #10 ranked rival Notre Dame. Navy ended their season with three victories over Georgia Southern, South Alabama, and military rival Army in the 115th Army–Navy Game, their 13th consecutive victory over Army. The Midshipmen finished the regular season with a 7–5 record. This earned the Midshipmen an invitation to the 2014 Poinsettia Bowl, their 11th bowl game in a row, in which they beat the 7–5 San Diego State Aztecs 17–16.

Spring practicesEdit

Navy held spring practices during March and April 2015.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 512:00 p.m.Colgate*CBSSNW 48–1028,015
September 193:30 p.m.East Carolina
  • Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
  • Annapolis, MD
CBSSNW 45–2134,717
September 2612:00 p.m.at UConnCBSSNW 28–1833,204
October 33:30 p.m.Air Force*
CBSSNW 33–1132,705
October 103:30 p.m.at No. 15 Notre Dame*NBCL 24–4180,795
October 241:00 p.m.Tulane
  • Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
  • Annapolis, MD
CBSSNW 31–1432,033
October 3112:00 p.m.South Florida
  • Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
  • Annapolis, MD
CBSSNW 29–1726,766
November 77:00 p.m.at No. 15 MemphisESPN2W 45–2055,212
November 143:30 p.m.SMUNo. 22
  • Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
  • Annapolis, MD (Gansz Trophy)
CBSSNW 55–1435,778
November 217:00 p.m.at TulsaNo. 19CBSSNW 44–2122,749
November 2712:00 p.m.at No. 21 HoustonNo. 16ABCL 31–5240,562
December 123:00 p.m.vs. Army*No. 21CBSW 21–1769,722
December 28[2]2:30 p.m.vs. Pittsburgh*No. 21
  • Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
  • Annapolis, MD (Military Bowl)
ESPNW 44–2836,352[3]
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

RankingsEdit

Template:Further information

Note: Navy is ranked for the first time since their 2004 season. (Ranked 24 in AP poll)

The Midshipmen have been nationally ranked for four consecutive weeks, making it the first time this has happened since 1978.

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
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Poll

 

AP NR NR NR NR RV RV RV NR NR RV 22 19 16 16 22 21 18

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RosterEdit

2015 Navy Midshipmen football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 2 Clark, TrayvonTrayvon Clark Fr
WR 2 Holley, LukeLuke Holley So
QB 3 Abey, ZachZach Abey Jr
WR 4 Tillman, JamirJamir Tillman Jr
QB 5 Marshall, TravisTravis Marshall So
SB 5 Taylor, AkiliAkili Taylor Fr
QB 7 Lewis, GarretGarret Lewis Fr
QB 8 Euverard, ColeCole Euverard Fr
SB 9 Dudeck, CameronCameron Dudeck Fr
QB 10 Morefield, DerekDerek Morefield Fr
WR 11 Meagher, ConreyConrey Meagher So
QB 11 Thompson, TroyTroy Thompson Jr
WR 13 Wooten, TyrisTyris Wooten So
WR 14 Von Hendrix, ChrisChris Von Hendrix Fr
QB 15 Worth, WillWill Worth Jr
QB 17 Coleman, BrandonBrandon Coleman Fr
QB 18 Smith, TagoTago Smith Jr
QB 19 Reynolds, KeenanKeenan Reynolds (C) Sr
SB 20 Cass Jr., CalvinCalvin Cass Jr. Jr
SB 21 Sanders, DeBrandonDeBrandon Sanders Sr
SB 22 Gulley, ToneoToneo Gulley Jr
FB 23 Swain, MylesMyles Swain Jr
SB 24 Walker, JoshuaJoshua Walker So
SB 24 Daniel, JahmaalJahmaal Daniel So
SB 25 Brown, DemondDemond Brown Sr
SB 26 Hammond, BryanBryan Hammond Fr
SB 28 Romine, DishanDishan Romine Jr
SB 29 Bonner, DarrylDarryl Bonner So
FB 31 White, ShawnShawn White Jr
FB 32 Ezell, QuentinQuentin Ezell Sr
FB 33 High, ChrisChris High So
FB 34 Gargiulo, AnthonyAnthony Gargiulo Fr
WR 35 Williamson, KelKel Williamson Fr
FB 36 White, JalenJalen White Jr
FB 37 Swain, ChrisChris Swain Sr
SB 38 Brown III, JohnJohn Brown III So
FB 39 Artis, JustinJustin Artis So
SB 40 Martin, MikeMike Martin Fr
SB 42 Mouton, KendrickKendrick Mouton Jr
SB 44 Brown, JoshJosh Brown So
FB 46 Huntsman, WillWill Huntsman Sr
SB 47 Pospisil, TravisTravis Pospisil Fr
WR 49 Butler, ColinColin Butler So
WR 81 Johnson, TaylorTaylor Johnson Fr
WR 82 Scott, CraigCraig Scott So
WR 83 Meier, MarcMarc Meier Sr
WR 84 Lewellyn, ChadChad Lewellyn So
WR 86 Turner, JulianJulian Turner Jr
WR 87 Colon, BrandonBrandon Colon So
WR 88 Carmona, TylerTyler Carmona So
WR 89 Wilson, ThomasThomas Wilson Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
CB 2 Clements, BrendonBrendon Clements Jr
S 2 Barbour, LorentezLorentez Barbour Sr
OLB 3 Jones, BrandonBrandon Jones So
S 4 Wright, IsaacIsaac Wright So
CB 5 Adams Injured, QuincyQuincy Adams Injured Sr
CB 6 Williams, SeanSean Williams Fr
CB 7 White Injured, ShelleyShelley White Injured Sr
S 8 Beggs, RandyRandy Beggs So
OLB 9 Krah, MyerMyer Krah Sr
CB 10 Bryant, CameronCameron Bryant Jr
S 11 Thompson, JerryJerry Thompson So
CB 13 Battle, KyleKyle Battle Jr
CB 14 Merchant, ElijahElijah Merchant So
CB 15 Gillis, JohnJohn Gillis Fr
CB 16 Ryan, JaridJarid Ryan Fr
S 17 Bertrnad, KwazelKwazel Bertrnad So
CB 19 Jones, ElijahElijah Jones Fr
S 20 Munson, JamesJames Munson So
CB 21 Majeed, AbdulAbdul Majeed So
S 22 Doyle, ConnerConner Doyle Fr
LB 23 Hicks, MasonMason Hicks So
S 24 Forte, ForrestForrest Forte Fr
S 25 Hailey, JuanJuan Hailey Fr
S 26 Thomasson, DaiquanDaiquan Thomasson Jr
OLB 28 Kerchner, TravisTravis Kerchner Fr
S 29 Petersen, BradyBrady Petersen Fr
S 31 Williams, KhaylanKhaylan Williams Fr
LB 32 Fiorelli, JohnJohn Fiorelli Fr
S 34 Norton, JustinJustin Norton So
OLB 35 Martinez, NickNick Martinez Sr
OLB 37 Delmonico, TonyTony Delmonico Fr
OLB 38 Bell, DexterDexter Bell So
OLB 39 Williamson, DreDre Williamson Fr
OLB 40 McCoy, KevinKevin McCoy So
LB 47 Hester, ZachZach Hester Sr
OLB 43 Pittman, JordanJordan Pittman So
LB 44 Thomas, MicahMicah Thomas So
OLB 45 Palmore, D.J.D.J. Palmore So
OLB 46 Laster, TerrenceTerrence Laster So
OLB 47 Akpunku, A.K.A.K. Akpunku Sr
OLB 48 Powell, JoshuaJoshua Powell Jr
OLB 49 Kelly, MikeMike Kelly Jr
LB 50 Pearson, DonDon Pearson Sr
OG 50 Satchall, SteveSteve Satchall Fr
LB 51 Howard, WinnWinn Howard So
OT 51 Amosa, AdamAdam Amosa Fr
OT 52 Peck, ZachZach Peck So
DE 52 Mason, AmosAmos Mason Jr
OT 53 Taylor, TonyTony Taylor Fr
OLB 53 Pescaia, KikauKikau Pescaia Sr
OG 54 Ukandu, ChibuzoChibuzo Ukandu Fr
LB 54 Goble, TylerTyler Goble Sr
OT 55 Hawk, JakeJake Hawk Fr
OLB 55 Colburn Injured, TedTed Colburn Injured Jr
LB 56 Davenport, MylesMyles Davenport So
OLB 57 Olsen, TreyTrey Olsen So
OG 57 Binns Injured, E.K.E.K. Binns Injured Sr
LB 58 Gonzalas, DanielDaniel Gonzalas Jr
OG 58 Gesell, ChrisChris Gesell Fr
LB 59 Harris, RyanRyan Harris Jr
OC 59 Morgenthaler, TylerTyler Morgenthaler Fr
NG 60 Angulo, LanceLance Angulo Fr
OG 60 Tamburello, BenBen Tamburello Sr
C 61 Greene, BrandonBrandon Greene Sr
DE 61 Banholzer, JakeJake Banholzer Fr
C 62 Wade, ParkerParker Wade So
DE 62 Elliot, BuckBuck Elliot Fr
DE 63 Uebelhardt, KevinKevin Uebelhardt Fr
OT 63 White, SethSeth White So
C 64 Barrett, BryanBryan Barrett Fr
C 64 Ryder, BlazeBlaze Ryder Sr
NG 64 Villalobos, AnthonyAnthony Villalobos Fr
OT 65 Gaston, JoeyJoey Gaston Sr
DE 65 Webb, JoshJosh Webb Fr
DE 66 Wise, J.T.J.T. Wise Fr
OG 66 Robbins, JeremiahJeremiah Robbins Jr
DE 67 Polu, JarvisJarvis Polu Fr
C 67 Laniewski, ZachZach Laniewski Sr
NG 68 Forrestal, PatrickPatrick Forrestal Jr
OG 68 Brown, AlexAlex Brown Jr
DE 69 Czar, NickNick Czar Fr
OT 69 Wood, AndrewAndrew Wood Fr
C 70 Norris, MauriceMaurice Norris Jr
NG 70 Hauge, AustinAustin Hauge So
DE 71 Wiedle, GarrettGarrett Wiedle Fr
OG 71 Martin, EvanEvan Martin So
DE 72 Mitchell, JacksonJackson Mitchell Fr
OG 72 West, AdamAdam West Jr
OT 73 Artim, ShaneShane Artim So
NG 73 Keener, AlecAlec Keener Fr
OT 74 Dusz, RobRob Dusz Jr
OT 74 Vasquez, ArtieArtie Vasquez Fr
OT 75 Lindsey, RobertRobert Lindsey So
NG 76 Nollar, TrentonTrenton Nollar So
OT 76 Akins, EvanEvan Akins So
NG 77 Sarra, BenardBenard Sarra (C) Sr
OG 77 Njiki, LaurentLaurent Njiki Fr
OT 78 Ferguson, JohnJohn Ferguson Jr
OT 79 Copeland, BlakeBlake Copeland Jr
OLB 80 Armstrong, MonteMonte Armstrong Fr
OLB 81 Dawson, EliEli Dawson So
LB 82 Doris, ConnerConner Doris Fr
LB 83 Heflin, TaylorTaylor Heflin Fr
LB 84 Hydrick, HawkenHawken Hydrick Fr
OLB 85 Richards, ZachZach Richards Fr
LB 86 Stewart, MattMatt Stewart Fr
LB 87 Sullivan, HudsonHudson Sullivan Fr
OLB 89 West, RyanRyan West Fr
DE 90 Anthony, WillWill Anthony Sr
DE 91 Sayles, TylerTyler Sayles So
DE 92 Gordeuk, DavidDavid Gordeuk Sr
DE 93 Miles, ReggieReggie Miles So
NG 94 Tii, NofoNofo Tii Fr
DE 95 Spencer, SeanSean Spencer So
DE 96 Raiford, MichaelMichael Raiford So
DE 97 Uzoma, NnamdiNnamdi Uzoma Jr
NG 98 Fischer, DylanDylan Fischer So
DE 99 Reaver, SeanSean Reaver Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 1 Cassley, PatrickPatrick Cassley So
K 6 Sloan, NickNick Sloan Sr
P 16 Jernigan, GavinGavin Jernigan Sr
K 43 Grebe, AustinAustin Grebe Sr
K 48 Grant-Johnson, D.J.D.J. Grant-Johnson Jr
P 80 Barta, AlexAlex Barta Jr
LS 85 Querry, RonnieRonnie Querry So
LK 93 Moehring, BennettBennett Moehring Fr
K 94 Antol, JoshJosh Antol Fr
P 98 Harris, ErikErik Harris Fr
LS 99 Hawkins, NateNate Hawkins So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Chris Culton – Offensive Line
  • Justin Davis – Outside Linebackers
  • Dan O'Brien – Outside Linebackers
  • Buddy Green InjuredDefensive Coordinator/Secondary (replaced by Dale Pehrson)
  • Ashley Ingram – Offensive Line
  • Ivin Jasper – Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
  • Steve Johns – Inside Linebackers/Special Teams
  • Keith Jones – Secondary
  • Mike Judge – Fullbacks
  • Shaun Nua – Defensive Line
  • Danny O'Rourke – Slot Backs
  • Dale Pehrson – Defensive Line
  • Mick Yokitis – Wide Receivers

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured
  • Redshirt.svg Redshirt

Roster
Last update: September 5, 2015

Depth chartEdit

The following players comprised the team's Depth chart prior to the 2014 Poinsettia Bowl:


Defensive Starters
[4]




CB
Brendon Clements
Elijah Merchant
Cameron Bryant


CB
Quincy Adams
Sean Williams
Kyle Battle
Offensive Starters
[5]
WR
Jamir Tillman
Brandon Colon
Chad Lewellyn
SB
Demond Brown
Dishan Romine
Joshua Walker
LT LG C RG RT
Joey Gaston E.K. Binns Brandon Greene Ben Tamburello Robert Lindsey
Andrew Wood Adam West Maurice Morris Evan Martin Blake Copeland
John Ferguson Alex Brown Parker Wade Jeremiah Robbins Adam Amosa
SB
DeBrandon Sanders
Calvin Cass Jr.
Toneo Gulley
WR
Thomas Wilson
Craig Scott
Marc Meier
QB
Keenan Reynolds
Tago Smith
Will Worth
FB
Chris Swain
Quinton Ezell
Shawn White
Special Teams
PK Austin Grebe
PK Nick Sloan
P Alex Barta
P Gavin Jernigan
KR Demond Brown
PR DeBrandon Sanders
LS Josh Antol
H Will Worth


Game SummariesEdit

ColgateEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Colgate 3 0 0 7 10
Navy 10 21 7 10 48
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–0 1998 NAVY, 42–35

East CarolinaEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
East Carolina 7 7 0 7 21
Navy 7 21 0 17 45
  • Date: September 19, 2015
  • Location: Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Maryland
  • Game start: 3:34 pm EST
  • Elapsed time: 3 hours 22 minutes
  • Game attendance: 34,717
  • Game weather: Temp: 80 F • Wind: SSE 10-15 MPH • Weather: Sunny, Clear Skies
  • Referee: Rick Lourniet
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–1 2012 NAVY, 56–28

at UConnEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Navy 7 14 0 7 28
UConn 3 7 0 8 18
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–1 2006 NAVY, 41–17

Air ForceEdit

Commander-in-Chief's Trophy
by Quarter1234 Total
Air Force 0 0 3 8 11
Navy 7 14 6 6 33
  • Date: October 3, 2015
  • Location: Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Maryland
  • Game start: 3:39 pm EST
  • Elapsed time: 3 hours 24 minutes
  • Game attendance: 32,705
  • Game weather: Temp: 56 F • Wind: NE 12-30 MPH • Weather: Overcast, Light Rain
  • Referee: C. Castlebury
Overall record Last meeting Result
19–28 2014 Air Force, 30–21

at Notre DameEdit

Rip Miller Trophy
by Quarter1234 Total
Navy 7 14 3 0 24
#15 Notre Dame 7 17 14 3 41
Overall record Last meeting Result
12–75–1 2014 Notre Dame 49–39

Tulane Green WaveEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Tulane 0 7 0 7 14
• Navy 7 3 7 14 31
  • Date: October 24, 2015
  • Location: Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Maryland
  • Game start: 1:04 pm EST
  • Elapsed time: 3 hours 13 minutes
  • Game attendance: 32,033
  • Game weather: Temp: 54 F • Wind: S 5 MPH • Weather: Overcast
  • Referee: Todd LaPenta
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–11–1 2005 NAVY, 49–21

South FloridaEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
South Florida 10 0 7 0 17
• Navy 3 10 3 13 29
  • Date: October 31, 2015
  • Location: Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Maryland
  • Game start: 12:04 pm EST
  • Elapsed time: 3 hours 6 minutes
  • Game attendance: 26,766
  • Game weather: Temp: 53 F • Wind: SE 9 MPH • Weather: Sunny
  • Referee: Rick Loumiet
Overall record Last meeting Result
First Meeting

at MemphisEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Navy 7 10 14 14 45
Memphis 10 0 10 0 20
Overall record Last meeting Result
First Meeting

SMUEdit

Gansz Trophy
by Quarter1234 Total
SMU 0 7 7 0 14
Navy 14 14 6 21 55
  • Date: November 14, 2015
  • Location: Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Maryland
  • Game start: 3:39 pm EST
  • Elapsed time: 3 hours 9 minutes
  • Game attendance: 35,778
  • Game weather: Temp: 53 F • Wind: NW 12-20 MPH • Weather: Sunny
  • Referee: Todd LaPenta
Overall record Last meeting Result
9–7 2011 NAVY, 24–17

On Senior Day, Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds reached the end zone for the 78th time to set the NCAA record for career rushing touchdowns, surpassing University of Wisconsin's Montee Ball who amassed 77 touchdowns during the 2009–2012 seasons. Number 78 came quickly on a 4-yard run on Navy's opening drive. Reynolds then scored three more rushing touchdowns to boost his career total to 81, leading his #20 ranked team past SMU. The Midshipmen racked up 403 yards rushing, reaching a season high in total points. With this win, they also remain undefeated in the American Athletic Conference (ACC).

at TulsaEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
• Navy 7 16 14 7 44
Tulsa 0 7 7 7 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1 2006 Tulsa, 24–23 OT

The Navy offense racked up a total of 512 yards on the ground, while quarterback Keenan Reynolds ran for 81 yards with a rushing touchdown in the Midshipmen win over Tulsa with a score of 44-21. Reynolds also threw for a touchdown to become Navy's all-time leading rusher with 4,195 yards, breaking fellow Midshipmen Napoleon McCallum's record of 4,179 yards.

at HoustonEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Navy 7 7 3 14 31
• Houston 14 10 14 14 52
  • Date: November 27, 2015
  • Location: TDECU Stadium, Houston
  • Game start: 12:05 pm EST
  • Elapsed time: 3 hours 11 minutes
  • Game attendance: 40,562
  • Game weather: Temp: 76 F • Wind: SE 8 MPH • Weather: Cloudy & Humid
  • Referee: Michael Roche
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–1 1980 Houston, 35–0

Despite the American Athletic Conference west division title loss, Navy Midshipmen quarterback and Heisman Trophy contender Keenan Reynolds tied the Navy record for passing touchdowns with 29. Reynolds also tied Wisconsin's Montee Ball for the most touchdowns with 83 in FBS history.

vs. ArmyEdit

116th Army–Navy Game/Commander-in-Chief's Trophy
by Quarter1234 Total
Navy 7 7 7 0 21
Army 10 7 0 0 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
59–49–7 2014 NAVY, 17–10

vs. Pittsburgh (Military Bowl)Edit

2015 Military Bowl
by Quarter1234 Total
Pittsburgh 7 0 14 7 28
• Navy 14 7 10 13 44
Overall record Last meeting Result
14–22–3 2013 NAVY, 24–21

With this win, the Midshipmen ended the season 11-2, the first time in 135 years of school football history. Senior quarterback Keenan Reynolds scored four touchdowns: one touchdown pass and three rushing, becoming the NCAA career leader with 88 touchdowns and scoring a total of 530 points. Meanwhile, senior fullback Chris Swain rushed for a career 1,000 yards. The senior class picked up their 36th win, which tied the Midshipmen class of 1909.

ReferencesEdit

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