Army spring review: Boundary Cornerback

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 boundary cornerbacks.


Starter: Chris Carnegie Jr.
Back up: Jared Rogers Jr.
Junior Chris Carnegie impressed Monken defensive staff until he was limited late in the spring after being hurt in practice. Last year Carnegie missed the first the opening game with an injury. He played the rest of the way and finished the season with 50 tackles, an interception and two passed defensed. He did have a few rough games during the second half of the year. He made a few poor plays against Air Force, Western Kentucky and Hawaii. Overall he benefited from the growing pains he suffered from starting as a plebe. Carnegie has good speed, is smooth out of his back pedal and his coverage techniques are solid. Carnegie's tackling did improve last year but it’s an area that can use improvement. Chris needs to be more consistent wrapping up when attempting to tackle. Carnegie's coverage is steady and fairly consistent but he doesn't make many plays on the ball.

Army lost most of its cornerback depth when last year’s starter at Sam safety Shaquille Tolbert, who was playing cornerback this spring, and promising plebe Jalen Noble both left the program. Brittle senior cornerback Marques Avery appeared in only four games last year and once again missed time this spring. Avery was back in time to make three tackles in the spring game. Avery is unable to stay healthy. With sophomore Jared Vallner and junior Michael McFadden lacking coverage skills at this time the staff moved Jared Rogers from slotback to cornerback. It was a surprising move. Rogers (5-8, 175) had played all spring practice on offense at slotback. He even had five carries in the spring game for 16 yards and returned kicks and punts. Rogers, a junior, played the last two years at running back on the JV team. In 2011 at USMAPS Jared Rogers started the year at C-back and returned kick offs. Jared was hurt mid-season against Valley Forge and missed the rest of the season. Rogers has the skill set for a cornerback in that he is quick, can change direction and accelerate. He lacks pure speed, he had a 4.63 in the 40-yard dash speed at a high school Junior Under Armor combine. Rogers is rather skinny and frail so his ability to hold up in run support is in question. I have never seen him at cornerback so time will tell if he can make the transition. Top Stories