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Navy QB Keenan Reynolds is running his way into the record books

This week's Underdogs Poll has a tie for first place, and six teams receiving first-place votes.

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Keenan Reynolds may not have the name recognition of an all-time college football great, but he certainly has the resume. Take a look at Reynolds' place in the NCAA record books and you'll see names such as Ricky Williams, Ron Dayne, and Marshall Faulk all below him.

Coming out of Goodpasture Christian School in 2012, an unrated and undersized Reynolds was unwanted by most in college football. He held just three offers: Air Force, Navy and Wofford. But in a little over three years as the Midshipman's offensive leader, Reynolds has had plenty of opportunities to make his case as one of the best in college football.

His 73 career rushing touchdowns are just five away from breaking former Wisconsin running back Montee Ball's FBS career mark. He's just 12 away from setting the Division I all-time mark in the same category.

The Underdogs Poll is a weekly venture in which SB Nation's blogs on non-power schools vote to rank the top 15 non-power teams at the moment.

T-1 Toledo (10) 206 2
T-1 Boise State (6) 206 3
3 Memphis (5) 201 4
4 Temple (2) 162 5
5 Houston (1) 136 6
6 BYU (1) 114 1
7 Navy 98 7
8 Western Kentucky 83 10
T-9 Georgia Southern 29 13
T-9 Cincinnati 29 9
11 Northern Illinois 27 8
12 BGSU 25 16
13 Ohio 13 11
14 Louisiana Tech 9 Unranked
15 Air Force 9 12
Dropped Out: Marshall | Others Receiving Votes: Marshall (8), Appalachian State (5) ECU (5), Georgia State (5), Arkansas State (3), Middle Tennessee (1), Southern Miss (1)

Reynolds holds Navy's career rushing touchdown record, and is second on its all-time rushing list. His 24 wins as the starting quarterback put him ahead of a guy named Roger Staubach.

Reynolds also owns the NCAA record for most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in a single game, a season and for his career. His 14 games with at least three rushing touchdowns is another NCAA record.

Quick-footed and sharp, Reynolds has exceeded expectations in Navy's triple option offense. Sure, some will argue he's a product of the system. It's a fair argument. But product or not, it's undeniable he's been among the game's most effective players over the past three seasons.

Being an all-time great in college is about more than having the best skills. It has nothing to do with whether or not you'll make it in the NFL. It's about having an irrefutable impact on the game; a legacy that will live on long after you've hung up your cleats. He has certainly achieved that with his record-shattering performances in his time as a Midshipmen.

By the time Navy's rivalry game against Air Force is over Saturday, Reynolds could very well have a new record to add to his ever-growing legacy.


Reynolds: Did you really think he'd not receive a Helmet Sticker in his own post? Four total touchdowns in the win over UConn brings his total to 10 (nine rushing, one passing) on the season.

Hayden Moore: The redshirt freshman quarterback didn't just fill in when starter Gunner Kiel was knocked out of Thursday's game vs. Memphis, he damn near took Kiel's job. Moore set a school mark in passing yards and tossed for four scores in a narrow loss to the Tigers. Welcome to the ranks of super backups, Moore.

Brett Rypien: Yet another backup stepping into the limelight and shinning, Rypien helped the Broncos put an absolute whooping on Virginia in his first start. His 321 yards and three scores were impressive, but being just the second Boise State quarterback to notch a true road win over a P5 school is the real gem of his performance.

Brandon Doughty: We love us some quarterbacks round these parts, and the Western Kentucky senior is among our favorites. Doughty was near flawless in the Hilltoppers destruction of the Miami RedHawks Saturday. His six touchdowns came against a bad team, sure. But still. Six touchdowns. Six!

Paxton Lynch: OK, I know, there's more to football than quarterbacks, but bear with me. Lynch was once again exceptional in Memphis' win. The stats are good, but the 11 straight wins and best start for a Tigers squad since 1961 are even better.

Three to watch

Miami at Cincinnati, Thursday, Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m. on ESPN

Air Force at Navy, Saturday, Oct. 3, 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network

Hawaii at Boise State, Saturday, Oct. 3, 10:15 p.m. ET on ESPN2