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Not that Reynolds‘ play makes it easy to think of him as a freshman.

“He exhibits all the aspects of a quality option quarterback at an extremely young age,” senior slotback Bo Snelson said. “Seeing that I’m going to graduate pretty soon and just be a fan instead of a player, I’m pretty excited for the program.”

While the future seems promising, the Mids would like to see further progress in the present. A victory Friday would bring Navy back to .500 at the midpoint of the regular season, and Reynolds will make his first start against the nation’s No. 114 rushing defense.

Both the team and its new quarterback can ill-afford to savor their breakout performances for long.

“Just like our losses [when] we have to move on, your wins you have to move on,” Niumatalolo said. “There’s nothing we can do about Air Force. That game is history. We have to get ready for another would be a travesty for us if we played really well against our rival and then come back this week and lay an egg.”