Army spring review: Tight Ends

Army recently completed its first spring practice under new head coach Jeff Monken. will now review every position, listing the starter, backup and third string player. In this edition we look at the tight ends.


Starters: 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. Top Stories