Fullback Larry Dixon and running back Terry Baggett have been the most impressive among the runners. Dixon had a productive sophomore season at the "B" back or fullback position rushing for 839 yards. Larry injured his hamstring against Kent State and later his ankle against Rutgers which slowed him down in the second half last fall. This spring Dixon has ripped off a number of long runs and looks completely healthy.
Terry Baggett's problem is that he hasn't been able to stay on the field his first two seasons with the Black Knights. With Malcolm Brown graduating, the Black Knights need Terry's run skills in the lineup. Baggett is slashing, cutback runner with excellent vision who is able to make the first man miss. In Saturday's scrimmage Baggett made a number of long runs and scored a touchdown for the Infantry squad.
Up front center Ryan Powis has missed most of the week with a knee injury. Hopefully Powis can get healthy and start to avoid the injury bug that has plagued him the last year. Last season Powis also struggled with injuries. He missed the opener with a hand injury suffered during summer camp. Ryan played well the next two games before injuring his groin in the fourth quarter of the Wake Forest game. Powis sat out the next two contests before returning to start the final seven games. The athletic Powis lacked some of his normal explosiveness after suffering the groin injury but the numbers don't lie about his performance. Army needs Powis; in two of the three games Powis missed during the 2012 season the Black Knight were held to a touchdown or less. Justin Gilbert has looked impressive in place of Momo Kime who is rehabbing from knee surgery and out this spring. Gilbert is 6-foot-5, and weighs 265 pounds. He has the mobility, good feet, balance and agility Army needs in a triple option tackle. He has long arms and is very athletic for his size. Justin is able to get to the second level consistently to take out linebackers. Gilbert plays hard and really gets after opposing linemen.
The Hayden Tippett at Mike linebacker experiment is over. Tippett made some nice hits but didn't appear to have the sideline-to-sideline range the staff looks for in a Mike linebacker. Tippett will be back at fullback his senior year behind Larry Dixon. Former JV quarterback Gino DeBartolo has looked good at the Mike linebacker spot. Geoffrey Bacon has played well since the switch to free safety. In Saturday's scrimmage he demonstrated his speed by breaking up a deep pass attempt to from A.J. Schurr to Chevaughn Lawrence. Bacon nailed Lawrence just as the ball arrived and sent him flying to break up the pass.
Colby Miller (6-1, 209) is a linebacker still looking for his first varsity letter entering his senior year. Miller lacks athleticism but has recorded a number of big hits this spring getting himself noticed.
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