Keenan Reynolds (American football)

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Keenan Reynolds
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Reynolds receiving James E. Sullivan Award in 2016
No. 85 – Seattle Seahawks
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1994-12-13) December 13, 1994 (age 23)[1]
Antioch, Tennessee
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school: Madison (TN) Goodpasture Christian
College: Navy
NFL Draft: 2016 / Round: 6 / Pick: 182
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

Keenan Reynolds (born December 13, 1994) is an American football wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Navy Midshipmen as a quarterback, where he finished his career with an NCAA Division I record 88 career touchdowns and an NCAA FBS record 4,559 rushing yards by a quarterback.

Early life

Reynolds was born to Donald, a former UT Martin football player, and Jacqueline Reynolds in Antioch, Tennessee.[2] Reynolds started playing football when he was five. He attended Goodpasture Christian School in Madison, where he led the school to a 27–6 record and consecutive district championships. He started for all four years. Reynolds also ran track and was a member of the National Honor Society.[3] Reynolds graduated in 2012 with four varsity letters.[2]

College football career

Reynolds scores against Air Force in 2014
Reynolds throwing during the 2012 Army–Navy Game

After his senior year of high school, Reynolds received offers from Navy, Air Force and Wofford.[3] He also garnered interest from Middle Tennessee State and Vanderbilt.[4] Eventually, he committed to Navy, being impressed by the school's campus and football record.[5]

2012 season

Reynolds started his freshman season as the fourth-string quarterback, seeing limited action in garbage time. In the fourth game of the season against Air Force, starting quarterback Trey Miller injured his ankle and Reynolds took over, leading the Midshipmen to the win. Afterwards, Reynolds was named the starter,[3] becoming the third freshman in school history to do so,[5] for the final eight games of the season.[2] The Midshipmen went 8–5 in 2012, but lost to the Arizona State Sun Devils in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl 62–28.[6]

2013 season

In 2013 against San Jose State, Reynolds scored seven rushing touchdowns, the most by a quarterback in NCAA history.[2] At the end of the season, Reynolds had 29 rushing touchdowns, breaking Ricky Dobbs and Collin Klein's single season records.[7] Navy finished the season 9–4 and won the Armed Forces Bowl against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders.

2014 season

Reynolds started eleven games in 2014. Against Temple, Reynolds twisted his knee and missed the game against Texas State.[8] The 8–5 Midshipmen ended the season with a 17–16 win over the San Diego State Aztecs in the Poinsettia Bowl.[9]

2015 season

In the 2015 game against SMU, Reynolds broke the record for the most career rushing touchdowns in FBS history with 78, passing Montee Ball.[10] Later in the season in the Army–Navy Game, Reynolds surpassed Adrian N. Peterson's record for the most rushing touchdowns in NCAA Division I history with 85.[11] He later broke the record for most career total touchdowns with 88 and most rushing yards by a quarterback with 4,559.[12][13] Reynolds also holds other quarterbacking records including the most career rushing attempts and touchdowns, most rushing touchdowns and most rushing touchdowns in a game.[14] He is also the only Navy QB to go 4–0 against Army.[15] Reynolds finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy running, the highest by a service academy player since Navy quarterback Roger Staubach's win in 1963.[16] The 11–2 Midshipmen ended the season with a win over the Pittsburgh Panthers in the Military Bowl, winning 44–28 at home in their own stadium. With this win, Reynolds helped contribute to the first Navy team to ever achieve 11 wins in a season. Also, Reynolds and his senior class picked up their 36th win, which tied the Midshipmen class of 1909.[17]

2016 East–West Shrine Game

Reynolds made the East team, switching from quarterback to running back in the 2016 East–West Shrine Game, an annual all-star game for college seniors. Even though he didn't play in the game due to some tightness in his back, he was made a unanimous captain for the East team. Also during the East–West Shrine Game, Reynolds won the Pat Tillman Award, which "is presented to a player who best exemplifies character, intelligence, sportsmanship and service. The award is about a student-athlete's achievements and conduct, both on and off the field."

Legacy

On February 28, 2016, the Naval Academy announced that Reynolds would be the last player to wear No. 19. Reynolds joins the list of Roger Staubach (No. 12), Joe Bellino (No. 27) and Napoleon McCallum (No. 30) whose numbers have been retired by the school.[18]

Statistics

NCAA collegiate career statistics
Navy Midshipmen
Season Games Games
started
Passing Rushing
Comp Att Yards Pct. TD Int QB rating Att Yards Avg TD
2012 13 13 61 108 898 56.5 9 2 150.1 162 649 4.0 10
2013 13 13 68 128 1,057 53.1 8 2 140.0 300 1,346 4.5 31
2014 11 10 52 111 843 46.8 6 3 123.1 250 1,191 4.8 23
2015 13 13 61 115 1,203 53.0 8 1 162.1 265 1,373 5.2 24
NCAA career totals 50 49 242 462 4,001 52.4 31 8 143.8 977 4,559 4.7 88

Source:[19]

Professional career

Baltimore Ravens

Reynolds was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, but worked out as a wide receiver with the Tennessee Titans[20] and New England Patriots, while also attending a pro day with the Baltimore Ravens. In the 2016 NFL Draft, the Ravens drafted Reynolds in the sixth round with the 182nd overall pick.[21]

On September 3, 2016, Reynolds was released by the Ravens during final team cuts and was signed to the practice squad the following day.[22][23] He was promoted to the active roster on December 30 for the final game of the season.[24] However, he was on the inactive list for the game, which ensured he would be an exclusive rights free agent and ineligible to sign a reserve/futures contract with any other team.[25]

On September 1, 2017, Reynolds was waived by the Ravens during final roster cuts.[26]

Washington Redskins

On November 8, 2017, Reynolds was signed to the Washington Redskins' practice squad.[27]

Seattle Seahawks

On May 16, 2018, Reynolds signed with the Seattle Seahawks.[28]

See also

References

  1. ^ Biddle, Joe (December 13, 2014). "JOE BIDDLE: Nashville's Keenan Reynolds' birthday present was leading Navy past Army". WKRN-TV. Retrieved January 24, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d "19 Keenan Reynolds". Navy Midshipmen. Archived from the original on December 6, 2015. Retrieved December 13, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c Ammenheuser, David (July 3, 2015). "Former Goodpasture QB eyes more Navy football records". The Tennessean. Retrieved December 13, 2015. 
  4. ^ "KEENAN REYNOLDS". Rivals.com. Retrieved December 13, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Wang, Gene (September 1, 2015). "Navy's Keenan Reynolds is steaming toward college football history". Washington Post. Retrieved October 30, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Taylor Kelly, Arizona State rout Navy in Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl". ESPN. December 29, 2012. Retrieved December 13, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Keenan Reynolds sets NCAA TD record as Navy beats Army". ESPN. December 15, 2013. Retrieved December 13, 2015. 
  8. ^ Associated Press (October 10, 2014). "Navy may be without injured quarterback Keenan Reynolds when Midshipmen host VMI". Fox News Channel. Retrieved December 13, 2015. 
  9. ^ Wagner, Bill. "Navy edges San Diego State, 17-16, in error-filled Poinsettia Bowl". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2017-11-16. 
  10. ^ Watson, Graham (November 14, 2015). "Navy QB Keenan Reynolds breaks all-time rushing touchdown record". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved December 13, 2015. 
  11. ^ Kalland, Robby (December 12, 2015). "WATCH: Navy QB Keenan Reynolds breaks D-I career rush TD record". CBSSports.com. Retrieved December 13, 2015. 
  12. ^ Keenan Reynolds ends Navy career as FBS leader in TDs
  13. ^ Navy's Keenan Reynolds shines one last time in bowl win vs. Pitt
  14. ^ "Death, taxes and Keenan Reynolds running the football; Navy QB inches closer to NCAA history". CollegeFootballTalk. Retrieved October 30, 2015. 
  15. ^ Associated Press (December 12, 2015). "Navy's Keenan Reynolds Extends Streak vs. Army". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 13, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Navy Quarterback Keenan Reynolds Finishes Fifth In The Heisman Trophy Balloting". Navy Midshipmen. December 13, 2015. Retrieved December 13, 2015. 
  17. ^ Wang, Gene (December 28, 2015). "Keenan Reynolds caps record-setting Navy career with Military Bowl victory". The Washington Post. Retrieved September 1, 2017. 
  18. ^ "NAVYSPORTS.COM - The Official Web Site of Naval Academy Varsity Athletics - Naval Academy Retires Keenan Reynolds Jersey At The Annual Football Banquet". www.navysports.com. Retrieved March 1, 2016. 
  19. ^ "Keenan Reynolds". www.sports-reference.com. USA TODAY Sports Digital Properties. Retrieved January 22, 2016. 
  20. ^ Wyatt, Jim (April 8, 2016). "Former Navy QB Keenan Reynolds Works Out for Titans". Tennessee Titans. Retrieved April 10, 2016. 
  21. ^ Goodbread, Chase (April 30, 2016). "Ravens draft Navy QB Keenan Reynolds". National Football League. Retrieved April 30, 2016. 
  22. ^ Downing, Garrett (September 3, 2016). "Ravens trim 2016 roster to 53 players". BaltimoreRavens.com. Retrieved September 3, 2016. 
  23. ^ Alper, Josh (September 4, 2016). "Keenan Reynolds back to Ravens practice squad". profootballtalk.nbcsports.com. Retrieved September 4, 2016. 
  24. ^ Mink, Ryan (December 30, 2016). "Ravens Place Jimmy Smith on Injured Reserve, Promote Keenan Reynolds". BaltimoreRavens.com. 
  25. ^ Hensley, Jamison (January 1, 2017). "Keenan Reynolds inactive for Ravens after being promoted from practice squad". ESPN. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  26. ^ Mink, Ryan (September 1, 2017). "Ravens Announce 24 Roster Moves, Have 13 More To Make". BaltimoreRavens.com. 
  27. ^ Czarda, Stephen (November 8, 2017). "Redskins Sign Keenan Reynolds To The Practice Squad". Redskins.com. 
  28. ^ Alper, Josh (May 16, 2018). "Seahawks signing Keenan Reynolds". ProFootballTalk.NBCSports.com. 

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from ESPN
  • Navy Midshipmen bio
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