Army Incoming: Quarterbacks part II

With the new cadets officially taking the oath on R-day. ARMYSPORTS.com will discuss this year's incoming football freshman class by position. Rich Ellerson and his staff are trying to turn the program around after two miserable seasons. ARMYSPORTS.com will start by reviewing the new Army quarterbacks. Part II

Matthew Kaufmann (5-10, 195) was a co-starter at the United States Military Academy Prep School last fall but saw less reps than Tevin Long. Kaufmann was a four year starter as an option quarterback for McAllen Memorial high school in Texas. He compiled an impressive 37-11 career record. In 2011 he was the All-Valley Conference Player of the Year and district MVP. Kaufmann ran for 2,107 yards, averaging 7.9 yards per carry, and scored 30 touchdowns. Matthew, a southpaw, completed 84 of 149 passes (56.4%) for 1,280 yards. He threw 11 touchdowns against four interceptions. He led his team to a 12-1 record and also played defensive back. During his prodigious high school career he amassed over 10,734 total yards and 124 touchdowns.

Kaufmann played well in The Opening game rout of Kings College JV. In the win over RPI JV Matthew threw a 46-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Xavier Moss. Against Gattaca Academy he ran for a touchdown. Kaufmann struggled in the win against Milford Academy. He fumbled twice including one that was returned for a touchdown. Kaufmann lost yardage on five of his eight carries that game. He gained just two net yards despite a 15-yard touchdown run. Matthew did throw the ball well against Milford as he connected on 3-of-4 throws or 59 passing yards and a touchdown. Kaufmann rebounded with a solid all round game against Valley Forge. He was 3-of-5 for 81 passing yards and a touchdown. Kaufman threw a 49-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Edgar Poe and ran for another score. In the battle for the Reasoner Trophy against Navy Prep he carried the ball five times for 23 yards and scored. He completed 3-of-5 passes for 69 yards and a touchdown. Late in the fourth quarter Kaufmann drove the team 64 yards in the last forty seconds and threw a touchdown pass that looked like it secured a sure win and a undefeated season for USMAPS. That was before an amazing kickoff return of a squib kick and lateral by Navy Prep for a touchdown with no time left to give NAPS an unbelievable 42-36 comeback win.

Kaufmann is a good athlete with toughness and good instincts. He has gained twenty pounds since high school as he's filled out his frame. Matthew is strong and can bench press 365 pounds. He is a tough runner with good vision and balance. Kaufmann isn't as fast or explosive as he was advertised out of high school. While he has a decent burst through a hole he can't run away from as many defenders as Tevin Long in the open field. In high school he took most of his snaps out of the shotgun in the spread formation so he had to adjust to playing under center in Army's offense. He did a solid job running the offense and the team was productive with him under center. Matthew did have some ball security issues and fumbled a few times last fall. Kaufmann is a lefty passer and has a decent arm for an option quarterback. He made some nice throws last year. He has the ability to keep plays alive with his feet and can throw on the move. Kaufmann chose Army over an offer from Wofford.

Brandon Carletti-Silva from Duncan, Oklahoma played on defense and special teams for USMAPS last year. Carletti-Silva (5-11, 210) was a three-year starting quarterback at Duncan and is listed on the R-day list as a quarterback. However. he's not an option quarterback and will play another position at West Point. We'll discuss Brandon in our special teams and athletes section in more detail later during our position series on Incoming Army freshmen.



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