Steelman said he sees himself as a different player — and person — than he was when he started against Navy as a freshman.
"The biggest thing in terms of my growth is as a leader," he said. "Coming in as a freshman, I didn't know what to expect to step on the field with all upperclassmen at a school where rank and grade means everything. It was hard to establish a foundation to lead this team the right way, but now everybody looks to me. Everybody looks to you in times of adversity and sees how you're going to handle it."
Reynolds first saw Steelman play last year when the Black Knights visited Vanderbilt, where Reynolds was being recruited by first-year Commodores coach James Franklin as a slot receiver. Reynolds doesn't recall much except that Army was blown out and Steelman got hurt.
Though Reynolds had never heard of the legendary Davis — "Mr. Outside" to Doc Blanchard's "Mr. Inside" — and was not aware until informed by a reporter that Steelman had started nearly every game since the season opener of his freshman year, Reynolds knew that Steelman "has done some great things at Army."
"I just want to do my job here," Reynolds said. "I want to take care of business and win games. I'm not concerned with stats or records."
Steelman has watched a lot more of Navy's defense than he has of Reynolds, but he has seen enough of the freshman to know that "he's going to be a great quarterback."
Asked if he would offer Reynolds any advice heading into his first Army-Navy game, Steelman said, "I would say, 'Live in the moment.' Not every day that you get the opportunity to play as a freshman and start in a game like this."