Army Spring Depth Chart Review: Nose Tackle

Army was the first in the FBS to complete spring drills.'s Jim Lawler will review each Black Knight position to project a starter, a backup and a player to watch. Today he'll discuss the nose tackles position.

Starter: T.J. Atimalala #93 So.
Back up: Richard Glover #98 Jr.
Third String: Shane Finnane #74 Sr.

Sophomore Tala "T.J." Atimalala (5-11, 260) ended spring practice on top the depth chart at nose tackle. He played in nine games and started four out of position at defensive end as a plebe. He made seven tackles including two for a loss. Atimalala has a good first step and is quick off the snap. He is strong and uses his hands well to create leverage. Atimalala is short and needs to use his quickness to avoid being neutralized by taller and heavier opposing offensive linemen. T.J. was the starting nose guard job in 2011 at United States Military Academy Prep School. He is powerful in his lower body and should hold up better at the point of attack with a year of experience under his belt.

Junior Richard Glover actually was ahead of Atimalala until he was hurt late in spring practice. Last season he played in ten games at defensive tackle and started six of the last seven games. He missed the Rutgers game with an ankle injury. Glover ended the season with 27 tackles, 7 ½ for a loss, 2 sacks, 2 quarterback hurries and recovered a fumble. Richard has some quickness, good leg drive off the snap and can at times get under and into an offensive lineman quickly. The problem for Glover was that he is barely six feet tall and weighs just 247 pounds. He often has trouble getting off blocks if he can't beat the opposing offensive lineman off the snap of the ball. Glover's size, along with his lack of height and shorter arms, put him at a disadvantage if a bigger opposing offensive linemen can get their hands on him and extend their arms.

Senior Shane Finnane (5-10, 238) is another short, undersized lineman. Shane was a walk-on to the program as a direct admit. He was very productive on the JV team the past few years. Finnane is a big effort, active player. Finnane knows how to play the position, plays with leverage but even by current Army standards is undersized for a nose tackle. He can be tied up or engulfed at the point of attack due to his size and height limitations. Khodada Kia (6-0, 260) was a direct admit defensive tackle last fall. He plays hard and is fairly quick but needs to mature physically before he has a chance to be a factor. Top Stories