Angel Santiago opened the season as the Black Knights quarterback. He was surprise winner of the quarterback competition but he did outplay expected starter A.J. Schurr during summer practice. Santiago had an impressive opener against FCS opponent Morgan State as he ran for a season high 120 rushing yards. Santiago ran for three touchdowns and threw for another score. After that game Santiago did a solid job in his decision making but suffered a nagging ankle injury which caused him to leave the Boston College and Temple games. He limited turnovers until the finale against Navy when he had a very rough game off the bench. Santiago's main issue is that he isn't as good a playmaker as a runner (593 rushing yards, 3.5 avg., 10 TDs) and is a below average passer even for an option quarterback. He completed just 49.5 % of his passes for 559 yards with two touchdown and two interceptions. This is probably the ceiling for Angel in terms of performance. He can manage the game but doesn't make a lot of plays.
Back-up quarterback AJ Schurr was a huge disappointment in his sophomore year. The expected heir apparent to Steelman lost the job during the summer.
He had trouble holding on to the ball and staying healthy when given the chance to play. Schurr played well late in a blowout loss to Ball State. The staff decided to rotate AJ in for a few second quarter series the next two weeks against Stanford and Wake Forest. Schurr produced no points and had two fumbles on consecutive drives against Wake Forest. He suffered a sprained ankle which ended his hopes of securing the starting job. Schurr earned a chance at redemption when he replaced a struggling Santiago at halftime against Hawaii. He played well as AJ threw for a career high 122 passing yards and scored four rushing touchdowns. He fumbled three times but Army recovered them all. That foreshadowed his start against Navy when he took the air out of the Black Knight faithful and lost two fumbles on the two opening series and was benched. This year Schurr completed 14-of-25 passes (56%) for 196 yards and a touchdown. He ran for 102 yards averaged 3.1 yards per carry and scored four touchdowns. Schurr has some talent which he demonstrated against Hawaii.
If he wants to earn the starting job he must become more consistent, protect the ball, maintain his pitch relationship with the running backs and stay on the field.
Third string quarterback Kelvin White appeared in four games due to injuries. Army has trouble running its base offense with him in the game. White has a strong but not always accurate arm. Kelvin completed 15-of-30 passes for 143 yards with a touchdown and two picks. He ran for 91 yards, averaged 3.5 yards per carry and scored two touchdowns. White is a solid athlete but lacks the lateral quickness and quick feet to be a very productive option quarterback. Entering his junior season the new staff might consider moving him to fullback or possibly linebacker. Plebe quarterback Tevin Long demonstrated his quickness late against Boston College. When given the opportunity to start the second half against Temple he fumbled twice on one series and was benched. Long is quick but has an unorthodox throwing motion which makes him a poor passer. Like White, the new staff will have to make a decision whether to keep Long at quarterback or move him to defensive back, running back or use him as a kick returner.
2013 Army Report Card: Quarterbacks
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