2013 Army Report Card: Offensive Line
The Black Knights dropped to third in the nation in rushing after their poor showing against Navy. Army ran for 3,742 yards and 34 touchdowns in 2013. They had rushed for over 4,000 yards the two previous seasons. The line struggled against Wake Forest, Temple and Navy. They ranked just 119th in the nation in pass protection sack percentage.
Left tackle and captain Michael "MoMo" Kime earned First team All-Independent team honors. It was long overdue recognition. Momo was an excellent option tackle with terrific mobility. Kime has made a nice recovery after suffering an ACL injury to his knee last year. He switched from right to left tackle. Kime battled after being dinged up a bit earlier in the year. His leadership was seen in helping the offensive line get organize after struggling early against Hawaii.
Junior left guard Stephen Shumaker played better in the first half than he did in the second half. He had some trouble when teams like Hawaii blitz the A-gap.
Shumaker, who has a short, fire hydrant type build, battles and generally does a nice job getting to the second level.
At center Ryan Powis has played well but had some rough games against Wake Forest and Navy. Powis makes Army's offense go. When he plays well the Black Knights option game clicks. Offensive right guard senior Zach Reichert was solid but was manhandled a few times and jumped off sides too often. Right tackle Justin Gilbert has good feet, balance and agility. Gilbert has to limit penalties. Key backups like tackle Nick Bennett and guard Mike Hugenberg offered nice depth but both had a few penalties.
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