ArmySports.com continues to review this year's incoming freshman class by position. The Army defensive end positions were undersized the last two seasons and struggled against the run while failing to generate much pressure on the quarterback. The incoming plebe class of defensive ends offers a number of players who have the potential to develop into contributors.
Colby Enegren (6-3, 265) was a starting defensive end at the United States Military Academy Prep School last fall. Enegren played both defensive end and fullback for Xaverian Brothers high school in Massachusetts. He was a competitive weight lifter who can bench press over 300 pounds and dead lifted over 550 pounds as a high school junior. Last season he helped stuff Kings College JV running game in the opener. Against Milford Academy he made three tackles including one for a loss. In the finale against Navy Prep he was in on four stops.
Enegren was a good productive player last year at USMAPS. He is a big, physical, very strong player who likes to maul and get after opponents. He has pretty good speed, having been timed at 4.8 in the forty yard dash, and he moves well. Colby is a huge effort guy with a great motor and he battles to the whistle. Late last year USMAPS head coach Tom Simi had him practice with the offensive line. He was listed as an offensive lineman on the R-day list. The staff plans to try him there. I think the move to the offensive line may be a better fit for his skill set but he can play on either side of the ball. I listed him on defense because he played defensive end last year at USMAPS.
Shawn Lemeto was the starting quick end in most games at the United States Military Academy Prep School last year. He is a California native who played at Crespi Caramelite which is a good high school program. Lemoto has nice size for an Army quick end at 6-2, 240 pounds. In the Milford Academy game he made two tackles and had a huge hit. In the NAPS game he contributed three tackles. Lemeto was not an impact pass rusher at quick end for USMAPS. He is an average athlete with 5.26 speed in the forty yard dash. He plays hard and competes but he might be a better fit inside at three technique tackle or playing the opposite defensive end spot.
Eddy Ruzga is a (6-3, 220) defensive end who was in the rotation at the United States Military Academy Prep School last year. Ruzga is from Wisconsin and played fullback in a triple option offense. He played tailback and was linebacker on defense. Ruzga was initially looked at as a fullback but was moved to defense when it was clear Aaron Kemper was the better B-back. Eddie had his best game against Milford Academy Prep as he made five tackles and posted a sack.
Ruzga did a nice job at defensive end last year at USMAPS. He is a strong, physical tough player. He loves to hit and can really can lay the lumber. He was an excellent special team player and was always one of the first players down to cover kicks. Eddie is a good athlete and runs well for his size. He's a hard worker and has a nice upside to his game. He has the frame to add more weight. I believe he has the potential to emerge as a factor in a few years.
Army Incoming: Defensive Ends, pt 1
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