Clearing the Army Football Links

Monday, November 2, 2009

The football team is off a bye week, and it was a pretty good time for a week off. The team travels to Colorado to play Air Force on Sat. who came off their own bye week this past weekend to thrash Colorado State.

The Falcons' offense got back on track Halloween night, gaining 382 yards in a convincing 34-16 win over the Colorado State University Rams.

The Falcons have out-rushed their opponents in all eight previous games this season, and made that nine straight games, grinding out 271 yards while allowing CSU to rush for 187 yards.

The Denver Post has some quick hits looking ahead to Army/Airforce

Army's sprint football team was undefeated until they ran into Navy's team in the sprint football championship game. Army scored first but lost 6-7 ending their successful season with a disappointing result. The sprint team doesn't get much press, but they had a great season, so kudos to them for their 6-1 record and great season.

Another unheralded Army football unit - the scout team has a player profiled.

Senior guard Karl Thompson plays in spot duty on special teams, but for a guy who has made football such a big part of his life, being a role player in D-1 is a small reward.

He's a scout-team player. Thompson isn't alone. He is one of seven "scout-team" seniors, who also help coach up younger players, mostly freshman, on the jayvee team.

It's a tough pill to swallow for Thompson, a 6-foot-2, 292-pound senior, who played on extra points and field goals in five games last season.

"I've been playing football since I was 12," Thompson said. "It's been a part of my life every day, every weekend and every second"»When I got into high school, we were very successful. Lots of winning. Now, I'm not a part of anything. I'm part of the team. I don't mean that in a bad way. But I'm not in there. I'm itching. It's instinctive for me to want to be out there."


"I'm old enough and mature enough to understand that's how life happens," Thompson said. "If I can still keep putting the pads on for the school I love, I'm happy doing it."

Nice story for a senior role player, but you gotta feel for the guy. A lot of guys get lost in the transition between pro/option coaches, but Karl Thompson continues on as a Black Knight because of his love for both school and sport.

As a college football fan I don't really following recruiting news all that closely, I don't know why. Somehow it takes away from the experience of following a team. I mean why get worked up and potentially let down by the decision of an 11th grader. Picking a college is one of the most important decisions in their lives at that point and for me to have any stake in that just seems creepy to me. I graduated from Pitt in 2000 - obviously, I'm a huge Pitt football fan - and some fans take recruiting pretty seriously. I know recruiting is a big part of any football program, it just never really interested me.

Following Army it's alittle bit of a different story - I'm relatively new to following Army, and I've always sort of wondered where West Point gets the athletes they have. I read Sal Interdonato's article on recent Army commit Michael Cermak.

“I fell in love with West Point,” Cermak told the Times Herald-Record. “It felt right. It felt like the perfect school for me. I love the quality of education and the prestige and reputation of West Point had and the quality of football. They are heading in the right direction.”
So what caliber of football player is Army getting in Cermak?
Cermak made 19 tackles in a 21-7 win over Knoxville Christian, the defending Tennessee 5A champions, last week. It doesn’t end there. Cermak, in his first game as a running back, rushed for 120 yards and three touchdowns. Two of the rushing touchdowns came out of Heritage’s “Wild Mountaineer” offense, where Cermak took direct snaps.
Last year, Cermak played one game at wide receiver and caught two passes for 70 yards and a touchdown.
Cermak was recruited by Ivy League schools Harvard and Princeton. He received a recruiting letter from Nebraska but pursued only West Point.

You always want to hear that your school is a recruit's first choice... but to have it be West Point - and pick Army over Ivy League teams, it's just such a different tack on college recruiting. It's a good story, and I guess that's just how it goes recruiting at West Point.



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