Army takes action live to Michie

Michie Stadium saw its first action of the season as Army held an inter-squad scrimmage to wrap up the preseason. The first team offense looked solid against the first team defense and the scout team, with Steelman and Maples both making plays on the ground, and Terry Baggett notched a 39-yard touchdown run.

The defense's ability to stop the run will be key to the Black Knight's success this year, considering they finished ranked 102nd against in rushing defense. Army's first team offense did fumble twice during the scrimmage, once due to a botched hand-off and once because of miscommunication over the snap.

The plebes got their first taste of live action. Defensive standouts for the second team included Brandon Fusilier-Jeffries (free safety,) who forced a fumbled, Chris Carnegie (cornerback) and Alex Meier (mike linebacker.) Freshman quarterbacks A.J. Schurr and Kelvin White are also looking strong, and pushing Angel Santiago for the number two quarterback spot. Schurr seems to have developed a quick hold on the offense, and White's size (6-foot-3, 215 pounds) makes him an attractive option athletically.

"A.J. and Kelvin are really going to make it interesting," Ellerson said when asked about the battle for number two quarterback. "Angel has to be on his toes. He needs to be sharp."

With classes beginning Monday, preseason "camp" has consisted of only ten practices.

"It's not only been a short training camp, but it's seemed like we're always doing something else," Ellerson explained about starting camp a week later. "We're playing football, but we're always doing something else. In some ways, that makes sense being that they're going to be at West Point this year. That's the way it is here. You're never going to do just one thing. You're going to do one thing for a while and then take a deep breath and get on to something else."

The Black Knights will now begin practicing from 6:50-8:30 a.m. The team travels to California to face their first opponent San Diego State on Saturday, September 8.

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