|Terrement ||02 Dec 2016 1:38 p.m. PST|
— and bowl officials are rooting against it
"This is absurd that they don't get the recognition they deserve."…Navy's quarterback is a kid named Will Worth, an ocean engineering major with a 3.50 GPA who entered this season with three career carries, plus a single passing attempt. Worth was the holder last year. And with senior Tago Smith set to start, he was told not to expect many snaps in his final season, as the program attempted to groom a future starter.
But an opening-game injury to Smith thrust Worth into the job. The result? A guy who was supposed to be holding a clipboard leads all major-college players with 25 rushing touchdowns, ranks fourth among quarterbacks in rushing yards, and has accounted for 27 touchdowns over his past seven games. His reward, when the all-conference teams were announced this week? Not even an honorable mention….Now take Jasper himself. Not counting kneel-downs, his offense scored touchdowns on 33 of its past 38 possessions. Pro basketball players don't make free throws at that rate. The Mids closed the season with 66 points against East Carolina and 75 against SMU — their first back-to-back 60-point games in 99 years. They spewed out more than 500 yards in three straight games for the first time in school history. This recent stretch was the most touchdown-efficient offensive outburst in the past decade of college football, according to Football Outsiders. "
"the numbers are overwhelming. Navy's senior class is now 37-13. The team is 14-2 since joining the AAC, the same conference that just sent coaching hotshot Tom Herman from Houston to Texas. The Mids have won 15 straight at home, tied for the longest home-winning streak in the country. They haven't lost a home game in November or December since 2002. A win Saturday would make it back-to-back 10-win seasons, something the academy has never done.
And yet this summer, the Mids were ranked in the bottom half of the country by countless preseason magazines. They defied those projections and followed their backup quarterback into the top 25 — only to learn that the college football aristocracy was rooting against them."
| Saber6 ||02 Dec 2016 2:18 p.m. PST|
But they won't be at the Combine…
| javelin98 ||02 Dec 2016 2:32 p.m. PST|
It is indeed an aristocracy and it has always disgusted me how dismissive the NCAA and other sports-pundits are of the service academies. Granted, Navy has beat my Army team for a gazillion years running, but I still want them recognized for how well they perform.
Not to mention, these young men and women stand a very good chance of going not to a pro team after college, but to Iraq, Afghanistan, and other hot spots where people will be mostly interested in killing them. Give them some damn credit!
|Terrement ||02 Dec 2016 2:46 p.m. PST|
They are certainly a far cry from what I suffered through during my four years. But you look at what the second string QB has done, and not just vs. St Anne's Home For The Aged Nursing Home.
and imagine if he had played for Houston or Notre Dame, both of whom we beat.
|Shagnasty ||02 Dec 2016 6:15 p.m. PST|
The academies are one of the few remaining examples of what college athletes once were. They were college students who played sports and not athletes pretending to be college students. Many college teams are nothing more than minor leagues for the pros. My apologies to all those good kids who are both students and athletes.
|Ed Mohrmann ||03 Dec 2016 7:55 a.m. PST|
There are many many student-athletes, Shagnasty,
but not s0 many among those in the Power 5, so-called.
I wish the NCAA would require minimum TEAM GPA
scores for a team, regardless of who/which, to be
bowl-eligible, rather than merely a gaudy won-loss record
|Shagnasty ||03 Dec 2016 2:59 p.m. PST|
|Big Red ||04 Dec 2016 9:29 a.m. PST|
And then the wheels fell off against Temple.
|Ed Mohrmann ||05 Dec 2016 7:49 a.m. PST|
Yeah, one of the 'wheels' being the starting QB…
Hard to replace the QB in-game and prevail…
|Choctaw||06 Dec 2016 11:20 a.m. PST|
Going to the Armed Forces Bowl to watch Navy. Can't wait!
|Double G ||11 Dec 2016 5:53 p.m. PST|
Good for you, let us know how the heavily favored Naval academy does vs Army, they should have no problem keeping that winning streak going as they run that high powered offense that reminds me of college football prior to the invention of the forward pass when they wore leather helmets………………
|Old Wolfman||12 Dec 2016 8:16 a.m. PST|