Starter: Jeremy Timpf So.
Back up: Justin Fahn Jr.
Sophomore Jeremy Timpf (6-1, 217) won the starting Will linebacker spot this spring. Timpf played on the JV team as a plebe and was a starting Mike linebacker at the United States Military Academy Prep School in 2012. Timpf ended spring with two tackles in the Black & Gold game. Timpf was a very productive player, long, lean athletic linebacker with very good range when I saw him play. He is mobile and runs well. Jeremy does a nice job of squaring up to the runner and is a solid wrap-up tackler but is not a big hitter. He a very instinctive player and anticipates well. He can drop in coverage and has a nice burst through the line when he is asked to blitz. Timpf was injured during his senior year off scared off many FBS suitors. I thought his ability was unappreciated by others who cover Army football recruiting as I mentioned in the last R-day ArmySports.com incoming feature on linebackers. He is starting early in his career as we forecasted last year.
While we predicted Timpf's success we didn't see Justin Fahn emerging this spring. Fahn is the son of a former Army captain and was a walk-on at the United States Military Academy Prep School in 2011. He was a backup defensive end but due to injuries he did play lot. He was such an afterthought that he wasn't listed on the R-day list in 2012.
Fahn really benefited from the switch to the new 3-4 scheme. He was a fish out of water in Ellerson flex since at 6-1, 200 pounds he was too small to play up front at defensive end. Fahn played on the JV team the last two years. He made plays all spring and earned his backup spot on the depth chart after his performance for the Black team in the spring game. In the spring game he made eight tackles including dropping slotback Elijah St. Hilaire on fourth-and-2 at the 5-yard line. Fahn is a big effort player with good instincts and average speed.