Chynoweth commits to Navy |

Chynoweth commits to Navy

Jen Watkins, Of the Record staff

The Miners’ star running known for setting records the season has committed to play for the Navy next year.

Dylan Chynoweth will leave for basic training in June while quarterback Erik Walker will stay in Utah and play for Weber State. Walker said he will be joined by offensive lineman Cash Knight. The trio is set to sign letters of intent on Feb. 3 at Coach’s Sports Bar. Last season’s running-back coach Mikey Collins said three more athletes may be signing that day as well.

Dylan Chynoweth said that, while he knew it was time to move on, it is going to be difficult leaving the Miners.

"You’re never 100 percent ready," he said. "I know I’m going to miss my team a lot. Playing for (coach Brandon Matich) was the best four years of my life."

Dylan Chynoweth’s dad, John, said he is grateful that his son will receive a quality education first, and is going to play Division I football second.

"I don’t think he could have gone wrong with any (military) academy he picked," John Chynoweth said. "It just came down to him feeling comfortable. The coaches are really outstanding guys."

Dylan Chynoweth will now have the opportunity to play against schools like Notre Dame, and against his old teammate Jared Tew who joined the Air Force Academy three years ago.

"Jared talked to (Dylan) a few times about it, how Air Force is better and ‘we’re going to whoop your butt,’" John said.

For Walker, his comfort level comes from staying in Utah and playing with former teammate Tony Epperson, who went to Weber State after playing for the Miners in 2008.

"It seemed like the right fit for me," Walker said. "I’m really excited. I’ve been on Cash’s football team for several years now. I played on Tony’s team since little league and all through high school."

Chynoweth has the record for the most rushing yards in a season at PCHS with 185 carries for 2,258 yards and 34 touchdowns, and also ranks fourth all time in the state for rushing yards in a season. He was named the 3A state MVP of the year by the Deseret News and Region 10 MVP. He is tied with former Miner Brandon Rogers as the state’s all time leader for having 12 100-yard games in a season.

Walker had 1,452 yards on 107 carries and 19 touchdowns in 2009. He passed for 990 yards and 8 touchdowns on the completions. As a defensive back he made three interceptions. Walker was named Region 10’s co-offensive MVP with Wasatch’s quarterback Payton Davis. Walker and Chynoweth each accumulated more than 4,000 yards in their four years playing for the Miners.

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