Sept. 2 News: Navy QB Keenan Reynolds Pursues History

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Outstanding Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds is on the precipice of setting several (more) college football records in 2015.

That’s one reason I tabbed him a Heisman Trophy sleeper. Another is perfectly captured in Gene Wang’s profile of Keenan Reynolds for the Washington Post.

Wang highlights the various records Reynolds has already set, as well as those he’ll pursue in the coming season. More importantly, Wang details Keenan Reynolds’ dedication and sacrifice in the United State Naval Academy.

If the quarterback seems unflappable running the Mids’ triple-option offense, this quote from Wang’s profile might explain why:

“I’ve only got one year left, and I’m going to be active duty for real. I’m going to be in charge of people’s lives. My decisions can ultimately affect the way somebody’s life plays out, so it’s definitely a scary thought, but I think the Naval Academy has prepared me well.”

The Heisman is an award that recognizes top-level individual achievement in college football. In recent, conversation about how the award reflects off-field stirred. With Keenan Reynolds, Navy has a player who checks off both boxes.

College Football Playoff Could Suffer A Sophomore Slump

Chris Dufresne, The Los Angeles Times

The inaugural College Football Playoff went about as perfectly as anyone involved could have asked. One of college football’s best scribes, Chris Dufresne, breaks down how Year 1 could have been a case of beginner’s luck.

Dufresne offers some plausible scenarios — like the SEC getting shut out of the title picture once again, or Group of Five power Boise State breaking into the big dance.

That, coupled with a New Year’s Eve semifinal that has caused much gnashing of teeth, could spell unforeseen trouble in the Playoff’s sophomore campaign.

For Cal QB Jared Goff, Only One Record Matters

Jeff Faraudo, Bay Area News Group

Cal quarterback Jared Goff is bound for a first-round selection in the NFL draft and a prominent place in the Golden Bear record books. But one comment the junior told to Jeff Faraudo of the Bay Area News Group summarizes Goff’s entire motivation for the 2015 season:

“I don’t want to be a guy who came here and got a bunch of stats and didn’t win a bunch of games,” Goff said. “I want to bring Cal a winning culture.”

Goff passed for a shade below 4,000 yards and scored 35 touchdowns in 2014, but his Golden Bears lost a regular-season finale to BYU that would have put Cal in its first bowl game since the 2011 season.

Cal opens the 2015 season with the Pac-12’s second-longest bowl drought, behind only Colorado. A berth in the postseason is a possibility, but the Golden Bears could develop into legitimate contenders in the Pac-12 North if the defense continues to improve and Goff gets more support from the run game.