2012 Army Report Card: Running Backs

ArmySports.com continues its review of the 2-10 2012 Army Black Knight's season, position-by-position. Today we review the cadet fullbacks of 2012.

Running backs: B

When junior Raymond Maples joined the program in 2010 ArmySports.com mentioned in the incoming plebe article that he had the chance to be the best Army back in a long time. Maples has lived up to that billing as he's posted his second consecutive thousand yard rushing season. Raymond is only the third Army running back in school history to rush for over one thousand yards in consecutive years. Maples started all twelve games as he ran for 1,215 yards, averaged 5.4 yards per carry and scored two touchdowns. He dominated early in the season running for at least 107 yards in four of the first five games. After getting banged up late against Boston College he wasn't as explosive for about a month till returning to form late in the year. His ended his season rushing for 156 yards against Navy.

Maples has excellent feet, reads blocking well and runs to daylight. He is not a burner but is able to burst into the open field. He can break tackles, finishes his runs and has a good forward body lean to pick up extra yards. One of the more memorable plays of 2012 was when Boston College safety Spenser Rositano went helmet-to-helmet with Maples and Raymond was knocked out of bounds. Once on the sidelines a backup defensive back started jawing to the soft spoken Raymond about being "lit-up". Maples just stood up and pointed to still lying on the ground with his helmet spun around looking through his ear hole. Raymond fumbled way too many pitches this season. He had an uncharacteristic nine fumbles and lost six which frustrated the coaching staff. In 2011 Maples had just two fumbles the entire season. Ball security is an area Maples need to improve. His blocking is excellent.

Senior Malcolm Brown missed the opener, then played at wide receiver against Northern Illinois, before being moved back to his normal C-back position after Terry Baggett was hurt. Brown carried the ball 61 times for 441 yards in nine games. Malcolm averaged 7.2 yards a carry and scored four rushing touchdowns. Brown also caught three passes for 46 yards. This season he continued his trend as a player who was very productive but had problems staying healthy. Speaking of health, sophomore Terry Baggett (16 att., 138 yards, 8.6 avg. 2 TDs) continues to be hit by the injury bug. Baggett is slashing, cutback runner with excellent vision who is able to make the first man miss. He won the starting job and was one of the few bright lights in the opener against San Diego State rushing for 100 yards and scoring the Black Knights only touchdown. The following week against Northern Illinois he ripped off a 28-yard run before fracturing his knee cap which ended his season.

Sophomore Trenton Turrentine missed the two opening games with a hand injury. He appeared in the last ten games and drew three starting assignments. He ran for 177 yards, scored a touchdown and averaged 6.1 yards per carry. Turrentine is a physical downhill runner who runs hard once his shoulders are squared and did not fumble this season. He's really improved his ball security, especially catching pitches, since his 2010 prep season at USMAPS. Turrentine needs to improve on his blocking in space which left a lot to be desired and probably cost him some playing time.

Sophomore Stephen Fraser played in all twelve games. He carried the ball ten times for 40 yards and caught two passes for 40 yards. Fraser is a solid all round player with some quickness and average speed. Jon Crucitti played in the first nine games. He's rushed seven times for 42 yards. Crucitti was bypassed by better athletes. Crucitti is a good blocker but lacks run skills and is rather slow. He did not play in the last three games.

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