No player in FBS history has rushed for more touchdowns than Keenan Reynolds, who set the all-time record in Navy’s 55-14 win over SMU this past Saturday. Reynolds broke Montee Ball’s previous mark of 77 with a first-quarter touchdown run and finished with four rushing touchdowns on the day.
Few Navy grads play in the NFL, but Reynolds most definitely has a chance.
“It’s really a unique situation and is dealt with on a case-by-case basis,” Reynolds said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “We got a guy that graduated in May that’s playing for the Patriots (long-snapper Joe Cardona), but his case is very, very special. I don’t know how my deal is going to work out. The only thing I can do right now is continue to focus on the season, focus on school, just doing what’s right, doing my job and then let everything else take care of itself in the future.”
Reynolds, a 5-11 senior, was a lightly regarded prospect coming out of Goodpasture Christian in Tennessee.
“I didn’t really get too much love coming out of high school,” he said. “Navy was actually my first offer, followed by Air Force. So I was really heavily considering the service academies going into my senior year. I got a couple of 1-AA schools that offered me late, but ultimately it came down to Navy and Air Force as the top two contenders. It just gave me a chance to play the position that I’ve been playing. They didn’t care about my size or anything, so that’s very attractive to me. Then you add in all the military, the job after graduation, the top-tier education – there was just a lot of things that they offered that the traditional school didn’t offer.”
Just a few years later, Reynolds has become one of the most valuable players in the country. He has led No. 16 Navy to an 8-1 mark and is garnering Heisman Trophy consideration.
“I always say being here is like working three jobs: military, academics and D-1 football,” Reynolds said, “and it’s something that’s very tough coming in as a freshman. But I credit my ability to adapt and understand the responsibility to the upper class mentoring me, showing me the ropes, just teaching me how to survive at this place and how to be successful at this place. I just try to pass on that knowledge to the young guys that are coming up that might feel like they’re not going to make it out or they’re struggling and they don’t really know what they want to do. It was the people around me that kind of kept me going, so I just try to pass on that light to somebody else.”
Navy will has a tough game at No. 19 Houston (10-0) on Nov. 27, but Reynolds’ is completely focused on this Saturday’s game against Tulsa (5-5). The Golden Hurricanes may not have an eye-popping record, but Reynolds said their defense is fast, physical and makes a lot of plays.
“We got a challenge,” he said. “It’s a challenge every week. Our focus is completely on this game and getting the W. Then next week, it’ll be a new season.”