Army's Baggett improves for 2012

Last season Army rushed for an FBS leading 4,158 yards. Just 53 of those yards were gained by plebe slotback Terry Baggett but look for that number to increase during the upcoming season. Baggett has worked hard during preseason drills to learn the Black Knight schemes and will likely see increased playing time or start in the fall.

As a plebe Terry Baggett played in only three games in 2011, starting two of them but if he continues at his current performance level in practice he'll likely see much more action this season. Baggett is currently seeing significant practice reps with the first unit and could very well be on the field when the offense takes its first snap at San Diego State on Sept. 8.

During the 2011 season Baggett had 10 carries for 53 yards and a touchdown. The Chicago, Illinois native's best game came again Ball State. On that day he had four carries for 36 yards, a 9-yard per carry average. On one play he broke loose for a 25-yard gain and later he scored his first career touchdown on a 7-yard burst across the goal line that nearly helped Army pull off a road win.

Baggett is thankful for the playing time he received as a plebe and believes it has helped him get a better grasp of things this season.

"That's helped me a bunch, said Baggett. Last year I was struggling pick up the offense in the beginning. Now, it is much easier, and I am getting it down. That makes it much easier to play."

Before coming to Army Baggett had a stellar prep career at Whitney Young high school in the Windy City, rushing for 1,933 yards while averaging almost 12 yards per carry and scoring an amazing 32 touchdowns. He also passed for two touchdowns.

Baggett knows that he and his teammates must improve in the area of ball security if the Black Knights are to get back to a bowl in 2012. Baggett himself fumbled during the Tulane game but luckily the ball was recovered by Army.

"Ball security is everything," said Baggett. The coaches have told the defense to try and steal the ball from us when we're not paying attention. You literally have to focus on the ball every single minute whether it's during a play or running it back to the line of scrimmage after a play. Ball security is everything right now.

On Saturday Baggett will have yet another chance to prove that he belongs on the starting offensive unit. The Black Knights will conduct their first full pads, full contact session and Baggett will not only be looking to secure the ball but to also secure a spot with the first team.

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