Navy football legend Keenan Reynolds, now a college football analyst for CBS Sports Network after a stint in the NFL, is at his happiest when he is around the game he loves.
Reynolds, who was drafted by the Ravens in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, isn’t on an NFL roster right now, but he is happy with his new role as a college football analyst. He is set to make his debut in the booth as a color commentator during the BYU-South Florida matchup at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 12.
“Whatever I do, I wanted to be connected to the game because I love football. I love watching it and I love talking about it, so I was like I feel this is a good opportunity,” Reynolds said on Glenn Clark Radio Oct. 9.
“I’ve never called a game ever, so this is different, but I’ve had a lot of help,” he added. “… What I’ve learned is that it’s kind of like getting ready for a team during the week. It’s really along the same lines — watching film, studying the guys — so it’s kind of the same for me. I feel really comfortable in the role of preparation because that has kind of been my go to during this time my entire life.”
Reynolds, 24, is one of the best players in Navy football history. He ran for 4,559 yards, threw for 4,001 yards and accounted for 119 touchdowns during his four-year career with the Midshipmen. In 2015, Reynolds finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting.
After he was drafted by the Ravens in 2016, he switched to receiver and returner. After he was released by the Ravens in 2017, Reynolds latched on with the Washington Redskins and later the Seattle Seahawks. He made his NFL regular-season debut with the Seahawks in September 2018 against the Chicago Bears but did not record any stats in his team’s loss.
However, Reynolds still welcomes the opportunity to get back in the league and is more than willing to do whatever it takes.
“For me, I’m open to any and all the opportunities that I can take advantage of. If it involves other leagues, like the XFL, then I’m definitely with it,” Reynolds said. “That’s something that’s on the horizon that me and my agent have talked about and that I’m extremely interested in, so if I’m given an opportunity to play in that league, then I’m going to take advantage of it to continue to develop and show what I can do.”
Even though he is no longer with the Ravens, Reynolds still speaks highly of the organization and enjoys watching the current star of the franchise, quarterback Lamar Jackson, do his thing.
“I love catching [Jackson’s] press conference bits after games. When he’s doing well, he is kind of just making those snide remarks about some of the things he’s been told. I love it. I love to see that,” Reynolds said. “I love his success and I think he’s a different kind of quarterback than we’ve ever seen. … I’m excited to continue to watch him and to see how far he goes and far he takes this Ravens team.”
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