Army Spring Depth Chart Review: Boundary CB

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 boundary cornerback position.

Starter: Chris Carnegie #3 So.
Back up: Joey Giovannelli #21 So.
Third String: Cedrik Bell #14 So.

Sophomore Chris Carnegie had an outstanding spring practice. Last year as a freshman he was pressed in action after the upperclassmen that started the season at cornerback had miserable performances. Carnegie was moved into the starting lineup against Wake Forest and started the last ten games at boundary cornerback. He finished the year with 49 tackles and three passes defensed. Carnegie has quick feet and solid coverage technique which should continue to improve with experience. Chris is smooth in and out of his backpedal. He's run a person best 10.86 in the 100 meters but lacked the ability to run down backs and receivers in the open field last year. He needs to improve his tackling. Carnegie is a wrap-up type of tackler who too often took poor angles and tried to tackle too high. Boston College's running back Andre Williams had a 99-yard touchdown run because Carnegie hit him high and he just bounced off the 220 pound Williams. Carnegie looked more confident and sure of himself this spring.

The other three players mentioned on the depth chart are new to the cornerback position. Joey Giovannelli (6-0, 180) had a solid camp and emerged as the back-up at boundary cornerback. Joey is a sophomore and the younger brother of running back Tony. He was a direct admit last year. Giovannelli is still very raw as a cornerback. He was a safety and a running back in high school. Joey is fairly quick and offers average speed. He may lack top catch-up speed and deep acceleration to run with quality wide receivers. Since Giovannelli is new to the cornerback position he needs to refine his backpedal and remember to keep in a low position coming out of his break to maintain leverage on the receiver. He is a work in process at cornerback.

Another sophomore, Cedrik Bell, is listed as third string on the depth chart. Bell is 5-11 and weighs 185 pounds. He was a direct admit who saw time on the JV team last year. Cedrik comes from a military family. He played both safety spots and outside linebacker in high school. He needs to improve his man coverage skills and cornerback techniques. Bell needs to mature and gain experience at boundary cornerback. He's a good athlete and a physical player who loves to hit. He has a safety's mentality and tools but might have just enough speed to develop at cornerback. Another direct admit who was moved to cornerback is sophomore Michael McFadden. His father Brian was a linebacker at West Point. McFadden is a 6-1, 182 pound player who was converted from wide receiver to cornerback this spring. McFadden is tall but doesn't appear to have the speed or ideal quickness to compete as an FBS cornerback.

As we discussed during our breakdown of the field cornerbacks the Incoming class offers two cornerbacks who could immediately impact the depth chart. We'll discuss both players and the entire class of Incoming new recruits in the scouting reports after R-day. Top Stories