Alright, It's been a while since I posted about Army, but I haven't abandoned the site .
Sal Interdonato has a great article up that rates Army's position changes from last year to this year.
The players highlighted are Alejandro Villanueva (OT-WR), Jameson Carter(WR-HB), Seth Reed(DT-G), Kyler Martin (WR-LB) and Victor Ugenyi (DE-DT).
The move: Ugenyi, who played his first three seasons at defensive end, moved inside to defensive tackle.
Why change was made: Army's double-eagle flex defense is built on midline penetration. Ugenyi, a 6-3, 262-pound senior, had the quickness and size to pull it off.
The verdict: The defense rests. Ugenyi and junior defensive tackle Mike Gann have teamed to blow up opponents' backfields on a constant basis. Ugenyi, who was offered scholarships at Georgia, Georgia Tech, Baylor and UConn, was having a good season before he sustained an ankle injury last Saturday against Rutgers. He is questionable for Army's game at Air Force.
Villanueva and Ugenyi are seniors, Carter and Reed are juniors and Martin is the lone freshman on the list. The thing I notice about that list is that they are all impact players. Ugenyi has made his mark on the defense; Villanueva, in catching the team's 4 TDs- is the team's only real presence out wide - they will graduate this year. The other three Reed, Carter and Martin will reprise their roles on the team next year. Obviously, losing the seniors from any team will be tough, but I for one look forward to what the returning players will do with a year's experience in Ellerson's system. With experience, those close losses will turn into wins that the team can feed off of as they begin looking to take out some legit teams.
On that note, the 2010 Army football schedule has been released.
Everyone loves a good puzzle... good luck finding those legit teams to take out.
Sept. 4 at Eastern Michigan
Sept. 11 HAWAI'I
Sept. 18 NORTH TEXAS
Sept. 25 at Duke
Oct. 2 TEMPLE
Oct. 9 at Tulane
Oct. 16 at Rutgers
Oct. 30 VMI
Nov. 6 AIR FORCE
Nov. 13 at Kent State
Nov. 20 Notre Dame (Yankee Stadium)
Dec. 11 Navy (Lincoln Financial Field)
Uh.... still thinking.
Outside of the Notre Dame game, all of Army's opponents are at or about Army's level. And that's not bad news... with one year of Ellerson's system under the belt - could 2010 be the year Army goes bowling?