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Rhodes accepts Armed Forces Merit Award

TAMPA, Fla. (Jan. 9, 2017) – Steven Rhodes of Middle Tennessee State University joined other honorees and award recipients Monday morning at the annual Football Writers Association of America breakfast.

Rhodes, who completed his collegiate career at Middle Tennessee by playing on Christmas Eve in the Hawai'i Bowl, was officially presented with the Armed Forces Merit Award at the FWAA event at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina.

Postgame Quotes: Louisiana Tech

TIM SIMMONS:  Coach Holtz start off, obviously an excellent win for the Bulldogs.


COACH HOLTZ:  Excellent win would be an understatement. There was so many things we were trying to accomplish with this week. One, we came off the end of the season where we lost our final two games of the season.

With this senior class, I mean, they have done so many incredible things. We talked about what this class could accomplish, being the first class ever to go to three bowl games in a row.

Catches and a kick make LA Tech a winner

By John Henry

Louisiana Tech’s recipe for an unprecedented third bowl victory in consecutive years Saturday rested with the familiar duo of Trent Taylor and Carlos Henderson in a Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl game that came down to the kicker.

Taylor, the game’s MVP, had game-record totals of 12 catches for 233 yards and two touchdowns, and Henderson added 129 yards and two TDs for the Bulldogs, who defeated No. 25 Navy 48-45 on a 32-yard field goal off the foot of Jonathan Barnes in the closing seconds at TCU’s Amon G. Carter Stadium.

Early turnover dooms Navy

By Jeff Wilson

FORT WORTH, Texas – Nearly 58 minutes remained and 86 points were yet to be scored Friday afternoon when coach Ken Niumatalolo said the outcome of the 14th annual Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl tilted against the No. 25 Navy Midshipmen.

A pitch from quarterback Zack Abey bounded to the ground and into the hands of the other team on Navy's second offensive play of the game. Moments later they trailed by 10 points.

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl puts on another good show

By Troy Phillips

FORT WORTH, Texas – As a drizzly, grey day turned to night at the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl on Friday, you couldn't help notice something stark.

They'd put on a pretty good game – again.

Louisiana Tech (9-5) and Navy (9-5) turned the 14th Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl on its ear, now something of a regularity under the third-year title sponsor.

Postgame Quotes: Navy

COACH NIUMATALOLO:  It was a hard‑fought game. Hats off to LA Tech and Coach Holtz.  Obviously, it came down to the wire. And it was a good football game. Unfortunately, we came out on the short end of the stick.


Q. Coach, what can you say about Zach and the performance he had? Obviously a big step up to start.


Secretary Mabus, family of Chris Kyle honored at LMAFB

By Bo Carter

FORT WORTH, Texas – U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and the family of the late 2016 Great American Patriot Award recipient Chris Kyle were honored at several events in and around the 14th annual Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Friday at TCU’s Amon Carter Stadium.

Chris Kyle’s widow Taya Kyle was on hand to accept the Great American Patriot Award on behalf of the heroic Kyle, whose life story was portrayed in the movie “American Sniper.”

Adversity no match for Navy's motivation

By Anthony Andro

It shouldn’t come as a surprise, but nothing can slow down the Navy football team.

Not losing starting quarterback Tago Smith in the first game of the season. Not losing his replacement, breakout star quarterback Will Worth in the American Athletic Conference championship game. Not losing starting slot back and co-captain Toneo Gulley, who also was lost for the season against Temple with a knee injury.

LA Tech prepared to be prepared against Navy

By Anthony Andro

Bowl preparation is supposed to be a time where teams spend equal time focusing on their postseason opponent and planning for next season by getting younger players extra reps in practice.

That’s not the case for Louisiana Tech (8-5) because the Bulldogs are getting ready to play Navy in Friday’s Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl at Amon G. Carter Stadium. The Bulldogs have spent the majority of their practice time trying to find a way to slow down the Navy triple-option offense, which is nothing like anything the Bulldogs have seen this season.