Army Spring Review: Guards

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 offensive guards.


Starters: Stephen Shumaker Sr.
Back ups: O.J. Hall So.
Third String: Chris Smythe Jr.

Starters: Stefan Moreau So.
Back ups: Colby Enegren So.
Third String: Lofi Tamasese So.

Returning senior left guard Stephen Shumaker is the only experienced guard on the depth chart. In 2013 Shumaker (6-0, 263) played better in the first half than he did in the second half. He had some trouble when teams like Hawaii blitzed the A-gap. Shumaker, who has a short, fire hydrant type build, battles and generally does a nice job getting to the second level. Stephan played left guard the last two years after starting at right guard as a sophomore. He earned second team mid-season All-Independent honors from Phil Steele. Shumaker is a good technician who is aggressive off the ball and makes good use his quickness.

Backing up Shumaker is sophomore O.J. Hall. Hall was one of the biggest surprises in 2012 at USMAPS when he wasn't recruited but was given the opportunity to walk-on the team. He outplayed some more highly regarded recruits and won the right tackle job in preseason. He did a nice job and was the most improved player on the team from the start of the season to the end of the year. Hall is 6-4, 273 pounds and is a hardworking overachiever. He relied on his natural size initially but has worked hard in the weight room. He was very raw when I saw him at USMAPS. Give him credit. I'm surprised he moved up the depth chart so quickly.

Junior Chris Smythe (6-1, 260) made a late move to earn the third string left guard spot. Smythe was a defensive tackle at USMAPS in 2011. He was moved to the offensive line at West Point and has been on the JV his first two season. Chris is a former competitive high school weight lifter and offers good strength. Smythe is Texas tough, a real competitor and a big effort player.

At right guard the new starter at the end of spring is sophomore Stefan Moreau (6-3, 272). He played on the JV last year after being the starting guard at the United States Military Prep School in 2012. Stefan was originally considered as a defensive end recruit but was able to add weight and ended up starting at guard. Moreau plays with tenacity and enthusiasm. He hustles, competes and stays with his blocks. He can move and is a very hard worker. Moreau took advantage of his prep season and added nearly 35 pounds since his high school career ended. Moreau is a hard worker with ability.

Backing Moreau is sophomore Colby Enegren. Enegren (6-2, 263) was a starting defensive end at the United States Military Academy Prep School in 2012 but was moved to offensive line at West Point. He is a very strong player who likes to maul and get after opponents. Colby moves fairly well, is a huge effort guy with a great motor and he battles to the whistle. He was a competitive weight lifter who benched pressed over 300 pounds and dead lifted over 550 pounds as a high school junior. Lofi Tamasese is a 6-foot-1, 293 pound guard who unfortunately missed most of spring with an injury. In 2012 he was the starting center at the United States Military Prep School after choosing Army over an offer to walk on at Cal. Tamasese has terrific size for an Army lineman. He has big arms, tree truck like legs but is surprisingly flexible and can move. Tamasese is a wide body with natural strength. If Lofi can get healthy he should be able to provide quality depth at both guard and center. The Monken staff moved him to guard which, as I stated in the 2013 R-day report, may be a better position for him. I believe if he can stay healthy he'll eventually develop into a quality starter. Top Stories