Navy QB Reynolds is FBS All-Independent Player of the Year
Navy sophomore quarterback Keenan Reynolds was chosen as the Football Bowl Subdivision All-Independent Offensive Player of the Year, it was announced Wednesday. Nine Navy football players were chosen to the All-Independent team. In his second season with the Midshipmen, Reynolds set an NCAA single-season record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 29; tied the NCAA mark for most touchdowns in a game against an FBS opponent with seven, against San Jose State; broke the nearly 100-year-old Navy single-season scoring mark with 176 points, eclipsing the previous mark of 174 by Bill Ingram in 1917; and set the school record for points in a season with 224. Reynolds heads into the Dec. 30 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl against Middle Tennessee State ranked No. 1 in the country in scoring, averaging 14.7 points per game, No. 1 in rushing touchdowns with 29 and No. 2 in rushing yards by a quarterback with 105.0. Joining Reynolds on the FBS first team are junior offensive lineman Bradyn Heap, senior linebacker Cody Peterson and junior safety-cornerback Parrish Gaines. Junior punter Pablo Beltran, freshman cornerback Brendon Clements, junior outside linebacker Chris Johnson, senior kick returner Marcus Thomas and junior offensive lineman Jake Zuzek received honorable mention.
Redskins LB Fletcher likely to retire after 16 seasons
Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher announced Wednesday that he likely will retire from the NFL after this season, his 16th. Fletcher said at Redskins Park that he is "99 percent certain" he will retire after the regular season's remaining two games. He said he must have one more conversation with his wife to make the decision final. "I felt like I've accomplished everything I wanted to accomplish in the National Football League," Fletcher said. He said he wanted to have a chance to say goodbye to the fans at Sunday's home finale against the Dallas Cowboys. He said all players would like to leave the sport the way Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis did, with a Super Bowl win, but he accepts that won't happen for him. "I'm not 28," he said. "I'm 38. I understand that." Fletcher, the league's top active iron man, has played in 254 consecutive games. He is one of only four players in NFL history to play in 250 consecutive games. Fletcher owns the league record for consecutive starts by a linebacker with 214.
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Fundraising goal met for 2014 baseball season
After scrambling to raise enough money to support its baseball team's 2013 season, Towson has gathered the necessary funding to ensure the program's 2014 campaign, athletic director Tim Leonard said Wednesday afternoon. "We're happy to say that at this point, we've achieved our fundraising goal to qualify for the state funding matches," he said, referring to the $200,000 needed. "We have some donors out there who are true champions of baseball and have really stepped up to make a difference, to ensure that we keep baseball around for a while. So right now, we have funds coming in from the General Assembly that have to go toward Title IX enhancements. So we're already having design meetings on our softball stadium, to renovate our softball stadium." On March 8, the university announced that it intended to drop baseball and men's soccer to deal with budgetary deficits and Title IX issues. After a very public outcry over the decision, the baseball program earned a reprieve when Gov. Martin O'Malley amended his budget to include $300,000 to keep the program operating at least two more years and $2 million to help build a softball field to resolve Title IX inequalities. The future of the baseball team beyond 2014 is still cloudy, and Leonard conceded that the school is still trying to find a permanent source of funding. "I would say we're still working on that with the solutions committee," he said. "The first thing we needed to do was solidify some of the funding for the immediate future, which we've been able to do through fundraising and the state match. … What we're looking at is, how do we build our revenue to support the programs that we have? We're still developing that plan. It's not difficult to understand. Like any business, we've got to look at some things and increase revenue and decrease expenses to make this happen." The men's soccer program, however, remains mothballed.
D.C. United picks forward Espindola in re-entry draft