WKU-Navy Preview

By: WKU Athletic Media Relations
By: WKU Athletic Media Relations

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - WKU continues its homestand on Saturday when they host Navy (2-0) for their annual Military Appreciation Game, set for a 1 p.m. kickoff, from Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.

It will be the third meeting between the Hilltoppers and Midshipmen with Navy holding a 2-0 lead in the series. Navy visited Bowling Green during the 2011 season and came away with a 40-14 victory.

Navy features a number of players from the state of Kentucky or near Bowling Green including: Dishan Romine (Louisville/duPont Manual), Lorentez Barbour (Louisville/Male), Kwazel Bertrand (Antioch, Tenn./Brentwood), Keenan Reynolds (Antioch, Tenn./Goodpasture), Jalen Wade (Spring Hill, Tenn./Independence), Barry Dabney (Nashville, Tenn./Brentwood), Amos Mason (Nashville, Tenn./Brentwood), Zach Hester (Lancaster, Ky./Boyle), Thomas Wilson (Brandenburg, Ky./Meade)

Offensively, the Midshipmen run their vaunted triple-option offense, and fans can expect to see a ground attack for the majority of the game from coach Ken Niumatalolo's squad. The Mids lead the nation in rushing yards per game with 398 and have tallied 44 of their 58 first downs this year on the ground. Quarterback Keenan Reynolds does it all for Navy, passing for 304 yards (12 of 17) and two touchdowns while rushing for 236 more with three on the ground.

For the Tops, senior running back Antonio Andrews continued his hot streak last week against Morgan State, rushing for 213 yards and a school-record five touchdowns. It was Andrews' fourth career 200+ yard rushing game and 13th 100+ yard rushing game. He is No. 3 nationally in rushing yards and currently sits at the top of the NCAA's active career leaders in all-purpose yards with 5,069 yards.

Linebacker Xavius Boyd and defensive back Jonathan Dowling were named the Sun Belt Conference's defensive and special teams players of the week, respectively, for their performance last week. Boyd's 10 tackles continued a four-game streak of double-digit tackles while Dowling's scoop-and-score off a blocked field goal attempt was the school's first special teams touchdown since Antonio Andrews' punt return touchdown against Austin Peay last season. Boyd currently leads the conference in tackles, tackles for loss and sacks and ranks among the top five nationally in those categories.

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