TIGHT ENDSStarters: Corey Hobbs Jr.
Back ups: Eddy Ruzga So.
Third String: Jacob Owens Jr.
Army hasn't used a tight end in its option offense since 2008. The tight end position is a position Monken uses in his offense. Army hasn't recruited a tight end since Stan Brock was the head coach. There are definitely no Ron Leshinski's on the current roster. Junior Corey Hobbs (6-0, 229) won the starting tight end job. Hobbs was the center at USMAPS in 2011 and played on the JV team the last two years. Hobbs was technically proficient center and I expect him to be used mostly as an inline blocker. He never played tight end before this spring.
Sophomore Eddy Ruzga (6-2, 236) is also playing tight end for the first time. Ruzga was a high school running back and was linebacker. In 2012 at USMAPS he was initially looked at as a fullback but was moved to defense when it was clear Aaron Kemper was the better B-back. He is a strong, physical and tough player. At USMAPS 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 pretty well for his size. He's a hard worker, who has added 16 pounds since his freshman year, but he is learning a completely new position.
Junior Jacob Owens was scheduled to be a member of the incoming 2011 class but broke his ankle leaping a wall on the obstacle course during Beast Barracks. Jacob had to sit out a year. Owens played defensive tackle in 2010 at the prep school and on the JV team the last two years. He was a high school quarterback in a spread offense at Madison County high school in Georgia. The 6-4, 220 pound Owens had attracted recruiting interest as a possible tight end/ H-Back coming out of high school but never played the position before this spring. Owens is a coach's son who understands the concepts he is taught and can apply them. Jacob ripped off a 41-yard run after the catch reception in the Black and Gold spring game. Tight end has been described by Monken as a "work-in-process". That is currently being charitable. The position is probably still wide open and won't be settled until this summer.