Junior Will Wilson won the starting job this spring. Wilson (6-2, 284) was expected to compete for the backup job last year but he was injured and missed almost all of the 2010 spring practice. He was third on the depth chart and didn't see a lot of repetitions last year. Wilson was one of the reasons the offensive line outplayed Army's defensive line this spring. Late in camp sophomore Michael Kime, who was moved from guard, bypassed some upperclassmen to win the backup spot. Kime is following in his father's footsteps as an Army player. His father Bill played for Jim Young. Head coach Rich Ellerson said he was "surprisingly pleased" with the play of Wilson and Kime at center. Once again the depth chart should be impacted by incoming talent from the prep school. The best offensive player at the prep school last year was their center. Senior guard Joe Bailey can move to center if needed.
Senior kicker Alex Carlton struggled early last season almost losing his job. Carlton then rallied and closed the season nailing an impressive eleven consecutive field goal attempts. Carlton converted 15 of 22 attempts for the year. Carlton's fifteen field goals were the third best total in school history. Junior Eric Osteen nailed a thirty-yard field goal in the Black & Gold game. Osteen has a much stronger leg than Matthew Campbell and should be an improvement on kickoffs. The other kicker Billy Fisher has been inconsistent and struggled in practice his first year on the Hudson. Freshman direct admit Daniel Grochowski has a huge leg and hit a 57-yard field goal his senior year in high school. Grochowski chose Army over a chance to walk on at Florida. It was a nice recruiting job by Clarence Holmes after kicker Tyler Strickland, who had a great year at the prep school, left USMAPS and signed with Nevada.
In our next edition we'll start checking out the Black Knight defensive depth chart.