Monday, August 24, 2009

I'm in the middle of a cross-country move, so forgive me if I don't get a chance to post every day.

Make sure to follow the Times-Herald Record's Varsity 845 blog. They've got a great insider perspective on Army football.

From Varsity 845:

The O-line is undersized, but it's about the right size for an option offense. doesn't have a lot of faith in the new offense and pins Army's hopes on the defense.

It is the defense that will have to keep this team in games. The front line has Josh McNary, Victor Ugenyi and Fritz Bentler to build around. McNary led the team with 4.5 sacks a year ago and Ugenyi and Bentler are decent run stoppers. The linebackers need to find a couple new starters, but Stephen Anderson is back in the middle of the defense and should lead the team in tackling. The secondary might be the most talented unit on the team. Corners Mario Hill and Jordan Trimble are experienced players and if Trimble can stay healthy he could emerge as a shutdown corner. Add free safety Donovan Travis to the mix and the secondary has more talent than one would think.
... sportsodds cites Army as a 200-1 longshot to win the national title, but who wants to take NCAA advice from a site that refers to the "BSC national title"?

Regarding QBs:

Sal Interdonato of the Times-Herald Record Online sits down with freshman QB Trent Steelman

It's likely for Chip Bowden to start, and it's also likely for Steelman to see a lot of time as well.

Regarding Kickers:

Ellerson held an informal kicking competition in practice on Thursday. It was last year's kicker Matt Campbell vs sophomore Alex Carlton.

"I'd give Matt the edge, but Alex has certainly closed the gap," Ellerson said. "I'm much more comfortable with the idea of Alex kicking for us in a game than I was in the spring. Technically, he's smoothed some things out. His timing issues are behind him. That's a real positive, we have two guys I feel strongly about as place-kickers."

and finally, another Army preview



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