College roundup: NAVY FOOTBALL: Navy junior quarterback Keenan Reynolds has been named to the watch list for the 78th Maxwell Award, which has been given to the College Player of the Year every year since 1937 by the Maxwell Football Club.
Returning Maxwell Award semifinalists from 2013 include Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon, Oregon State QB Sean Mannion, Oregon QB Marcus Mariota, Baylor QB Bryce Petty and returning Maxwell Award finalist Florida State QB Jameis Winston.
Seventy-six players are on the initial watch list, including 35 quarterbacks.
Reynolds is coming off one of the greatest seasons by a Navy football player in school history, rushing for 1,346 yards and 31 touchdowns, while throwing for 1,057 yards and eight touchdowns.
- The Navy football team is ranked 57th out of 128 teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision by Athlon Sports in its college football preseason rankings.
Ohio State and Notre Dame are the only two Navy opponents ranked higher than the Mids. Ohio State is ranked third and Notre Dame is ranked 13th. Rutgers is the next highest rated opponent at 73rd, while South Alabama is 84th and Western Kentucky is 92nd.
Athlon projects Navy to play Fresno State in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.
Navy kicks off the 2014 campaign on Aug. 30 against Ohio State. The team reports for camp on July 30, the first practice is July 31 and Media Day/Fan Fest is Aug. 2.
NAVY LEADERS: Senior linebacker Joe Worth, senior guard Kevin Altar of the men's basketball team and senior midfielder Lindsay Rheiner of the women's lacrosse team hold top leadership positions for the first half of Plebe Summer. Worth is the regimental commander, which means he is the Midshipman in charge of the plebe detailers and the approximately 1,200 plebes currently going through Plebe Summer. Altar and Rheiner are battalion commanders, which makes them second in command.