Army Spring Review: Tight Ends

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 tight ends.

TIGHT ENDS
Starters: Kelvin White Sr.
Backups: Ryan Alexander Sr.
Senior Kelvin White (6-3”, 241) moved from quarterback then to wide receiver last year and finally to tight end in the new offense. White caught six passes for 72 yards last fall. White made a great catch in traffic for a successful two point conversion against Yale. White struggled at times with his blocking assignments both in space and failing to make his blocks in line. It’s understandable since he never played the position. He's worked hard in the weight room and added 26 pounds to play tight end. White can get open and has ability to catch the ball. He has a long stride and decent straight line speed. He lost a touchdown at the end of the Fordham game when he was tripped by the turf monster and cost himself a score. White needs to stay healthy as there is no other viable tight end currently on the roster.

Senior Ryan Alexander (6-1”, 250) is the backup tight end. Alexander was used at tight end this spring but he's more of a tackle eligible than a target in the passing game. He won't remind anyone of Ron Leshinski. When Alexander is used at tight end it will be in a heavy formation with two tackles. He is listed as the backup left tackle as well as the backup tight end. Last year Ryan started three games at left tackle and one at defensive end. Alexander was moved to the offensive line from defense midway in his junior season due to injuries and not surprisingly he struggled. I would be surprised if Alexander catches a pass this fall. His role will be that on an in-line blocker. The backup help should come from the prep school this fall.

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