2007 Army Preview - Offense
Army Black Knights Offense
Army Black Knights
Preview 2007 - Offense
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What you need to know: Last year, Army used a veteran offensive line
to work the running game behind while the passing game struggled. Now it
has to be the other way around. The backfield, while banged up in spring
ball, is solid, the line will be a work in progress. The passing game
needs to improve hoping for top-prospect Carson Williams to turn into
the leader and playmaker everyone's expecting him to become, or else
David Pevoto has to take over the reins and be consistent. No matter
who's under center, the interceptions have to slow down. Jeremy Trimble
leads a potentially strong receiving corps.
Passing: David Pevoto
106-193, 1,012 yds, 6 TD, 14 INT
Rushing: Wesley McMahand
150 carries, 654 ydds, 4 TD
Receiving: Jeremy Trimble
52 catches, 534 yds, 2 TD
Star of the offense: Senior WR Jeremy Trimble
Player that has to step up and become a star: Junior OT
Unsung star on the rise: Sophomore WR Damion Hunter
Best pro prospect: Trimble
Top three all-star candidates: 1) Trimble, 2) QB Carson
Williams, 3) RB Wesley McMahand
Strength of the offense: Running back
Weakness of the offense:
Projected Starter: Sophomore Carson Williams
might not have been consistent, he might have thrown
interceptions in bunches, and he might not have led the team to
any wins, but he showed off some of the skills that make him the
program's most promising quarterback prospect in several years.
He's 6-3 and 210 pounds with a live, accurate arm. He needs more
time to see more situations and adjust to the speed of the game,
but he'll be a good one as the future, and present, of the
program. Now he needs to be better after completing 56 of 98
passes for 577 yards and four touchdowns with ten interceptions.
Projected Top Reserve: Williams is the potential
star the team needs to build around, but senior David Pevoto
is neck-and-neck in the race to start game one. At 6-4 and
213 pounds, he's bigger and more mobile than Williams with a
tremendous arm. He was the team's only experienced quarterback
going into last season, and wasn't bad completing 55% of his
throw for 1,012 yards and six touchdowns. However, he threw 14
interceptions and struggled to consistently move the offense.
Senior walk-on Kevin Dunn has been around long enough to
be the emergency option. He's mobile and has had time in the
system, but he could quickly lose the number three job to either
Kyle Stancombe or Chase Prasnicki, both sophomores.
Watch Out For ... the coaching staff to say all
the right things about open competition, even if/when Pevoto
outplays Williams, but Williams will end up being the full-time
quarterback sooner than later. He needs more time develop.
Strength: Experience. Williams got his feet wet at the end of
last year, while Pevoto has seen enough action to not be fazed
if he has to come in off the bench. Either one can start at any
Weakness: Interceptions. Each quarterback has an accurate arm,
but throwing picks has been a problem. The two combined to throw
24 with only ten touchdown passes.
Outlook: Both quarterbacks will see time to try to
come up with some sort of consistent production, but eventually,
the team will have to live through Williams' mistakes while
hoping he'll grow into his potential.
Projected Starters: Junior Wesley McMahand
is a 5-5, 177-pound quick back who led the team with 654 yards
and four touchdowns as the focal point of the offense early on.
His carries dropped off over the second half of the year, but he
was still a key cog in the attack. He has the hands and the
moves to eventually be a key receiver, but he has to be used
more after only making three grabs. After missing a bulk of
spring ball with a shoulder injury, he should be back healthy by
At fullback, Army might have the toughest player in
college football in 5-10, 242-pound senior Mike Viti.
Despite hurting his knee, and undergoing in-season surgery, he
still played in every game and finished third on the team with
239 yards and a touchdown and fourth in receiving catching 13
passes fro 74 yards. He's also a tremendous blocker.
Projected Top Reserves: 6-0, 228-pound sophomore
Tony Moore has decent speed, but his game is about power
between the tackles. The second-leading rusher last season
finished with 399 yards and a team-high five touchdowns as a
nice compliment to McMahand. Like McMahand, Moore got hurt this
spring getting knocked out with a hip injury.
junior Tony Dace is a bolt of lightning when he gets a
hole to run through, and he's tough for his size not afraid to
pound the ball a bit. He only saw ten carries for 30 yards last
year, and now he'll play more of a role.
was all set to become a major factor in the offense, but he hurt
his knee in spring ball and has to prove he can come back
healthy and a steady part of the rotation.
Collin Mooney is another tough Army fullback who isn't going
to run the ball as much as Viti, but will see plenty of action
as a blocker.
Watch Out For ... running back by committee. It'll
be done out of necessity more than anything else to keep
everyone healthy. At least four players will get the ball on a
Strength: A combination of quickness and toughness. McMahand and
Dace can cut on a dime, while Viti and Moore can power the ball.
There's a nice blend of options.
Weakness: Health. Viti has to be dragged off the field, but he
wasn't nearly as effective as he should've been with his knee
problems. With McMahand, Moore and Robinson all getting hurt in
spring ball, keep everyone in one piece is going to be a problem
all year long.
Outlook: The running backs are going to be the
offensive strength, but they need help from a consistent passing
game to take the pressure off. If everyone is healthy, the Black
Knights have a nice blend of backs to do a little of everything,
but they can't start dropping like flies like they did in spring
Projected Starters: The team's leading receiver,
senior Jeremy Trimble, is back after catching 52 passes
for 534 yards and two touchdowns. While he's not necessarily
explosive, he's consistent good for 3-to-5 catches a game. He
has the speed and the ability to crank out big plays, he's a
superstar punt returner, but he needs more opportunities and
more consistency from the quarterbacks.
On the other side will
be sophomore Damion Hunter, one of the team's faster
players who'll start on the outside and will also serve as the
team's top kickoff returner. He was tremendous this spring after
struggling last year in practices.
6-5, 228-pound senior
Justin Larson has mostly played on special teams, but he's a
good receiver who caught five passes for 29 yards and a
touchdown in a limited role. Now he'll be a key target in the
Projected Top Reserves: 6-3, 198-pound senior
Elliott Emerich brings much needed size to the receiving
corps. He didn't do anything last year, but he'll be expected to
grow into a backup role behind Hunter on the outside.
204-pound junior Mike Wright also brings some good size
as well as a little bit of experience catching nine passes for
65 yards being used primarily as a possession receiver. The
quick Corey Anderson made eight catches for 85 yards and
a touchdown last season and now will play behind Trimble and
Wright on the inside while also getting work as a runner.
fullback Mike Evans, a junior, will start out behind
Larson at tight end being used mostly as a blocker. Struggling
through a knee injury, he wasn't able to make a push for the
starting job this spring.
Watch Out For ... the production of the corps to
rise and fall with the development of the quarterbacks. This
isn't a good enough group to make Williams and Pevoto look
great, but they'll good enough to help the passers by being in
the right place every time.
Strength: Experience. This is a veteran group with a solid
number one target in Trimble to rely on. This might not be the
most dangerous receiving corps but it knows what it's doing.
Weakness: Second and third receivers. Hunter needs to prove he
can become a steady playmaker on the other side of Trimble,
while Emerich and Wright have to start making more big plays.
Outlook: As long as Trimble is getting the ball in
his hands on a regular basis, the passing game will be fine.
This isn't the type of corps that'll make a boatload of plays on
its own, but if the ball is delivered in the right places and on
the move, they have the burst to do big things with it.
Senior center Trey Miranne has to be fantastic as one of the only
starters returning to a line that wasn't all that bad thanks to a slew
of veterans. He's a strong 273 pounds and started to become steady as
the season wore down. While he's not going to blow anyone away, he'll be
a good, smart leader.
6-3, 297-pound junior Brandon Cox was all
set to be a key contributor at tackle before braking his foot before
last season began. He came back late with mixed results, and now he'll
move inside to take over at left guard.
6-3, 284-pound senior Connor
Wicklund got a start at left guard against Arkansas State to open
the year and was then relegated to a backup role. He'll end up rotating
in and out, but he's got enough experience to end up starting a bulk of
the time somewhere. Better suited for guard, he can also play tackle if
6-2, 256-pound senior Ray Zelenak is a tough, athletic veteran
left tackle who started for most of last year and showed enough
improvement this spring to allow Cox to move over to guard. Great on the
move, he gets by on his quickness and tenacity.
6-3, 281-pound junior
Mike Lemming stepped up his play enough this off-season to get the
starting nod at Jonathan Connon's right tackle spot.
as much talent as anyone on the line and now needs to come through after
spending time rotating between guard and tackle.
Projected Top Reserves: 6-1, 294-pound junior
Seth Fabin should be the team's most important backup able to play
center or guard. He'll mostly be needed in the rotation in the middle
behind Miranne, but he'll play where needed.
At 6-6 and 282 pounds,
sophomore Joe Muldoon is one of the team's biggest linemen and
needs to become a regular in the rotation behind Lemming on the right
side. 6-2, 301-pound junior John Keller is the only 300-pounder
up front playing behind Cox at left guard. He could potentially step in
if Cox moves back to tackle.
Watch Out For ... this to be a work in progress
all season long. The coaching staff needs everyone to shine in their
starting roles as much as possible without needing to be moved around,
but that won't likely happen. It'll take a while to find the right
combination to get the running game going.
Strength: The size is there up and down the line. Outside of
Zelenak at left tackle, this is a good-sized line with enough bulk to
eventually form a strong wall. There's not going to be a lot of pushing
around of this group.
Weakness: Depth. Finding a starting five is hard enough without
trying to come up with steady backups to count on. The last thing the
new coaching staff needs it a major problem with injuries early on.
Outlook: This could be a bigger problem than
expected. Last year's line was a strength with a senior-laden group that
did a good job in pass protection and wasn't bad for the running game.
The starting five will turn out fine, but once there needs to be a
little bit of a rotation, there'll be problems.
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