ArmySports.com continues to review this year's incoming freshman class by each position. The United States Military Academy Prep School produced two players with the potential to impact the defense in the future. ArmySports.com will now look at the new Black Knight linebackers.
Andrew King (6-0, 225) was the starting Whip linebacker last year at the United States Military Academy Prep school. King attended Flushing high school in Queens, N.Y. where he was an outside linebacker and running back. His senior year he made 75 tackles, had a sack, two interceptions and one fumble recovery. He scored four defensive touchdowns. As a running back he rushed for 963 yards and scored 10 touchdowns. He earned All-City honors as a running back. He was also an outstanding high school wrestler.
King immediately established himself as a team leader at USMAPS where he was named the defense's captain. He brings an intense, fiery presence to the huddle that has been missing in Army linebackers since Stephen Anderson graduated. King helped key a defense that held four of its seven opponents to less than a touchdown. In the opener he posted double digit tackles in shutting out Kings College RV. Andrew was all over the field making plays sideline to sideline against Valley Forge. In the game against prep powerhouse Milford Academy he had six tackles and a key early sack to set the tempo for the victory. In the finale against Navy Prep he contributed five tackles.
King is a good athlete can do a lot of different things on a football field. He is a short but well built player who can take on and shed blockers. King has been timed at 4.97 in the forty yard dash but plays faster because of his motor, intensity and competitive instincts. He is a good linebacker who is always around the ball. He hustles and is very physical and never backs down. King can be an explosive hitter at times. His lack of height can be a liability against taller offensive lines when he can lose sight of the ball. Andrew has worked hard in the weight room and has added 25 pounds since his senior year. He has the potential to emerge as a quality starter at either Whip or Mike linebacker.
Jeremy Timpf was a starting Mike linebacker at the United States Military Academy Prep School last fall. Timpf (6-2, 210) is from Sabino high school in Arizona. He missed most of his senior season with an injury but was so respected and productive he still received all-state honors as an outside linebacker. Timpf was also used at fullback on offense. He made 37 tackles in 2011 for his dominant defensive team. As a junior Jeremy had 37 tackles and posted five sacks. Timpf was also a terrific baseball player during his senior season as he hit .426 and was a quality starting pitcher with a 1.58 ERA.
Timpf was a very productive player at Mike linebacker last season. He led the USMAPS defense, which allowed 18 points per game, in tackles. He was the top tackler against RPI JV and Gattaca Academy as the defense held both opponents without a touchdown. He had seven tackles against Milford Academy including a huge hit stopping the halfback short of the first down on a key fourth-and-one play. In the finale against Navy Prep he made seven tackles and had a quarterback pressure to force a punt.
Timpf is a long, lean athletic linebacker with very good range. He is mobile and runs well. His athleticism is very well suited to how the double eagle flex scheme expects the Mike linebacker to flow inside/out against the run. Jeremy does a nice job of squaring up to the runner and is a solid wrap-up tackler. He a very instinctive player and anticipates well. He can drop in coverage and has a nice burst through the line when he is asked to blitz. Timpf injuries during his senior year scared off FBS suitors. I thought his ability was unappreciated by others who cover Army football recruiting. He's a good player who could be in the mix early in his career. Jeremy chose Army over offers from then FCS national champion North Dakota State and South Dakota State.
Army Incoming: Linebackers pt I
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