Army 2010 Defense Preview:

Friday, July 30, 2010

Here's the second part of the 2010 preview from This one is focused on the defense.

Personnel is the main topic, and all sorts of issues are discussed - starting with filling the void left by the graduation of Victor Ugenyi

Defensively, when you take [defensive tackle] Victor Ugenyi out of the picture, the dynamic at that position is going to change,” notes Ellerson. “It’s inevitably going to be played by a smaller, more athletic guy that will allow us to take advantage of some other parts of our defense. At the same time, it puts more pressure on the play of our nose tackle, Mike Gann, who I was really pleased with this spring. His development is a positive. That’s structurally something that we are evolving into. We think long term that could pay great dividends for us, because we can attract an awful lot of guys that look like [defensive end] Josh McNary. The more of those guys we can find, get on the field, and keep involved — we think that is a nightmare for our opponents, and it’s what’s unique about our system. That work is encouraging, but that work is ongoing.”

Elsewhere, Danny Wild's Wildlife blog hits a couple of stories and asks whether Army is destined for a bowl this year. Make sure to check that site out for a fresh perspective on Army football.

Update: Special teams preview is up at



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