Army Spring Depth Chart Review: Left DT

ArmySports.com continues its review of the Black Knights post spring depth chart. Army was often out-sized on the defensive line last season. The Black Knights have several solid players to count on at left defensive tackle including Bobby Kough, Shane Finnane and others. Look inside to get the scoop on Army's left defensive tackle position.

Left Defensive Tackle
Starter: Robert Kough #99 Jr.
Back up: Shane Finnane #74 Jr.

Last year the staff lacked a nose tackle to replace Mike Gann. They tried A.J. Mackey, who's no longer on the team, but that didn't work. The staff eliminated the nose guard and switched to having the left tackle line up over the guard instead of playing two-gap. This spring Bobby Kough won the starting job after sitting out last year. Bobby was a player ArmySports.com had mentioned as one to watch last spring before he missed last season. Kough showed up this spring in great shape. He has transformed himself into a lot more muscular but leaner player.

Kough has shown mental toughness since he arrived at West Point. He experienced an extremely difficult plebe year. He suffered from the effects of Beast Barracks and was sick early during his freshman season. The following spring he suffered an injury that caused him to miss most of spring practice. Kough's father tragically passed away during his plebe season and Bobby fell behind academically. He did not play last fall but battled back and he's now back on the roster. Kough, a 6-3, 239 pound junior, played defensive end at the United States Military Academy Prep School in 2009 but was moved inside on the JV team once he arrived at West Point. He is strong, moves fairly well for his size. He had a sack in the spring game for the Armor team.

Junior Shane Finnane (5-10, 238) is a short, undersized lineman who is simply a solid football player. Shane was a walk-on to the program as a direct admit. He was very productive on the JV team the past few years. Finnane is an active, big effort player. Finnane recorded 100 tackles his senior year in high school playing on the defensive line. Finnane knows how to play the position, plays with leverage but even by current Army standards is undersized for a lineman. Due to his size and height limitations he can, at times, be tied up or engulfed at the point of attack. However, it doesn't happen that often since Shane plays with the proper pad level and has a knack of getting in the backfield quickly.

The players to watch at defensive tackle this fall will probably be those who competed last fall at the United States Military Academy Prep School. The defensive line was the strength of the USMAPS defense. Interestingly, Evan Finnane (6-2, 260), Shane's "little" brother, is a direct admit who has a chance to possibly compete for a spot on the three deep depth chart.

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