Army Spring Review: Slotbacks

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 slotbacks (T-backs).

SLOTBACKS (T-Backs):
Starter: Joe Walker Jr.
Backups: Elijah St. Hilarie Jr.
Junior Joe Walker rebounded from some early season struggles last fall to finish the year rushing 18 times for 75 yards (4.2 average), and two scores. Joe made five receptions for 96 yards and threw a 4-yard touchdown pass. Walker saw most of his time backing up Tony Giovanelli while playing in ten games and earning a start against Navy. He had a terrible debut with fumbles on two of his first three carries. His costly lost fumble against Wake Forest, when he dropped a pitch and lost the fumble, with a clear alley in front of him to the end zone may have cost that game. Joe recovered and played more like the solid all round player I remembered at USMAPS the rest of the way. Walker is a sound runner who offers decent speed and can catch the ball. In the spring game he carried the ball ten times for 49 yards for the winning Black squad.

Junior Elijah St. Hilarie (5-9", 192) was handed the second team spot seemingly by default. St. Hilarie was hurt most of the spring and missed the Black-Gold game. Elijah's had trouble staying healthy since his time at the United States Military Academy Prep school. This spring was no different. St. Hilarie was listed as a three star Scout.com wide receiver recruit after posting impressive high school numbers as a receiver, running back and return specialist. St. Hilarie is a good athlete with a very smooth, effortless wide receiver like stride but he lacks blazing speed. St. Hilarie has good hands and will catch the ball but I remember his blocking at the prep school left a lot to be desired. I thought he needed to be more physical. I have no idea if he's improved since; I didn't see him in action this spring due to his injuries and he's only played one varsity game the last two years. Again, the lack of quality players at slotback means the staff will probably have to rely on incoming prep and direct players for depth and competition.

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