Wrapping up the Spring

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Sal Interdonato has a ton of stuff, from coverage of the Black Knights' final 2010 spring practice, to Spring Game when and where, to a spotlight piece - this one on WR Davyd Brooks.

Brooks is making the most of his chance. He's no longer a raw athlete. He's a football player. Brooks' flashes of brilliance are more frequent.

"Consistency," said the soft-spoken Brooks. "Consistency. That's my No. 1 word. Consistency with everything I do."

I don't know why, but I love that consistency quote.
A nice piece on a serious physical specimen. As a soph. this is his first chance to make an impact, and with the run game's tendency to get a bit stuffy - for lack of a better word- a big, athletic true WR will offer some chances to make plays down the field.

The Lewiston Morning Tribune has an in depth spotlight piece featuring Lewiston, Idaho native Emerson Follett. This one calls cadets' commitment to West Point "a free education, with strings", and highlights some of the rigors of West Point underclassmen.

Freshmen, or plebes, get one pass off the campus each semester, plus Christmas. That eases somewhat with time, until seniors are allowed cars and passes every weekend.

"Life gets better when you're not a freshman. I really think it's worth it, the education, especially becoming an officer in the Army. That's my ultimate goal: becoming an officer in the Army. Putting up with some of the stuff is definitely worth it."

So do you still call that "free"?

USA Today has had a Spring Prospectus up for a little while. Recruiting notes, personnel notes and expectations are addressed in this one.

2010 LOOK AHEAD: There is no question Army made strides in 2009, coming within 30 minutes of the program's first bowl game since 1997. The Black Knights led Navy at the half and couldn't finish the job, finishing 5-7. QB Trent Steelman was a full-time starter as a freshman and should continue to grow, and RB Pat Mealy could at least approach 1,000 yards in his senior season. The Black Knights had seven seniors on the 22-man depth chart for the Navy game, and they continue to grow.

Also the Big East's new Yankee Stadium bowl game has a new name and sponsor. The New Era Pinstripe Bowl will air on ESPN and pit the Big East's 3rd bowl eligible team against the 6th team from the Big 12.



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