The 2012 Army football season may not have been as successful as the Black Knights would have liked but it was not without its highlights. Here, in no particular order, is a look back at the top five moments and plays for Army football in 2012.
1) Beating Air Force
The undoubted highlight of the season was the stomping that Army put on Air Force on the first weekend in November. With a season seemingly going nowhere the Black Knight's defense suddenly channeled its inner Jadeveon Clowney and just took over a game. I doubt there have been too many times in the last 20 years that an Army defensive unit was as assignment sound and quick to the ball as they were on this day. Against a team which came in looking superior, Army took over the game by half time and never looked back.
2) Dominating Navy
The result of this game hurt in the worst way, but it is worth noting just how impressive the Black Knights were for the majority of the day. Army outgained the Midshipmen by over 120 yards and looked to be on the brink of victory when the unthinkable happened. The kind of spirit and level of dedication that the whole Army team put into this game though should never be forgotten. If they can play like this in the future, and cut down on the turnovers, then a Commander-in-Chief's Trophy cannot be that far away.
3) Leading the nation in rushing
This is the goal of all the option and run heavy teams in the country at the start of every season. For Army to ride the combination of Trent Steelman and Raymond Maples to the number one spot in the country is highly impressive and shows just how effective the option still can be. If the Army defense can play with increased desire and any semblance of a passing game can be created with the next quarterback then Army can be a much better team next year.
4) Trent Steelman
To be honest the 2012 version of the Black Knights was Trent Steelman, then everybody else. By the end of a long season option quarterbacks are supposed to be wearing down, but Steelman seemingly got stronger as the year progressed and 100 yard plus games became commonplace. That is impressive for any player, but when you consider that Steelman was the sole focus of defenses for long stretches of the year it is mind boggling. The Black Knights are going to have a very hard time replacing his production from the quarterback position over the next few seasons.
5) Beating Boston College
With an eight game losing streak in dire need of being broken the Black Knights got production from all their big weapons against Boston College. One week after losing to Orange Bowl runners up Northern Illinois by a point, Army had their best play of the season when it counted as Steelman scored on a 29 yard touchdown scamper with just 45 seconds left. It was the kind of electric and exciting play which Army can produce at their best, let's hope for many more of them in 2013.
Top Five Army Football Moments of 2012
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