Army Spring Review: Fullbacks

Army recently completed its spring drills. ArmySports.com’s Jim Lawler will now review every Black Knight position and name a starter, a backup and a third string player to watch. In this segment he reviews the fullbacks.

FULLBACK (B-back)
Starter: Aaron Kemper Jr.
OR Starter: Matt Giachinta Sr.

Offensive coordinator Brent Davis’ option offense is heavily reliant on a quality fullback. He needs to replace star B-back Larry Dixon who earned First Team All-East and First Team All-Independent honors last year.

Junior B-back Aaron Kemper led all runners in the Black-Gold spring game with 20 carries for 122 yards. He scored on a 20-yard touchdown run. Kemper flashed the form all spring that made him USMAPS offensive MVP in 2012. Kemper, due to his diminutive height, can get lost behind Army's offensive line making it hard for opposing defenses to see him at times. He looked quicker this spring demonstrating a nice burst through the line after taking the mesh hand off. Kemper can bounce off defenders and break some arm tackles. He always finishes his runs. Aaron is a good cut back runner with solid speed but lacks a breakaway gear. Kemper is a very short, stocky runner and has been durable. He played his best football this spring since graduating from USMAPS and was listed as a co starter at the end of camp.

Senior Matt Giachinta was Dixon's backup last year but he lacks the run skills of recent fullbacks like Dixon, Hassin and Tippett. Giachinta ran 46 times for 152 yards, a paltry 3.3 average, with a touchdown. Giachinta is a strong player but didn't break many tackles last fall. His longest run last year was only 15 yards. He was used mostly as a short yardage back. The Back Knights will need him to do more this fall. Giachinta was named team co-captain this spring. He had his best game of his career against Western Kentucky last year with 13 carries for 63 rushing yards.

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