Army football started back up Thursday in the non-contact portion of spring drills. It's a new era for Army football as the offense will feature a completely new corps of running backs.
One stat that stood out to @Salinterdonato was that Army graduated over 10,000 career yards rushing this year.
Unreal stat: #ArmyFootball graduated 10,725 career rushing yards from its 2014 team.
— Sal Interdonato (@salinterdonato) March 12, 2015
Appropriately, the natural place to look after a number like that is who's next... and Sal gives a look at new blood Joe Walker and a kid with a rather familiar last name: Joey Giovanelli
Here is someone's list of some of the better backfields in history, if these are the top 10 then I know not many teams have had to overcome 10,000 yards worth of graduation in a season.
Also in the backfield - assistant coach Tucker Waugh (@TuckerWaugh) is coaching Army's slotbacks. Coach Waugh is a longtime Army assistant coach who has changed roles from working with the wide receivers last year.
Here's a little blurb preview on some Independent teams from the Orlando Sentinel. I know they will start up their team previews soon, and I hope to get back into the swing of posting things regularly. Incidentally I'm back on the east coast for the whole year, so I might actually get to attend a game and not just watch via satellite.
So it was helmets and shorts today - no contact. It's always sort of weird to start the spring football session with news about stretching and reporting to your position coach for drills, but then tack a spring break onto the beginning of spring workouts and it just has a funny feel to it.
(Jeff Monken ref. opening practice before spring break)
"When you are in season and it's a work week and this is for us, you have some more time to meet. We wanted to have a chance to get in the meeting room to help us prepare for practices. The guys deserve some time off. We have asked them to find a weight room next week and they will. They are coming off of a long stretch of offseason conditioning and deserve some time away."
At least Spring ball is actually in the spring this year. It's as if the groundhog was right about 6 more weeks of winter.
No matter what it's the start of a new season and if you're an Army football fan then you're right to be excited for the new season.
You can find some photos of the first practice on @Salinterdonato.
Really looking forward to the season, but I'm going to remind all to take it day by day - we're a long way away from September.