Army Spring Review: Defensive End

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 Defensive Ends.

DEFENSIVE END
Starter: John Voit So.
Back up: Spencer Welton So.
John Voit (6-3”, 237) is a player Army defensive coordinator Jay Bateman can rebuild the defensive line around this season. Bateman told Sal Interdonato of the Times Herald-Record this spring that “He’s (Voit) everything you want in a player.” The staff gave Voit (13 tackles, 2 1/2 TFL, sack, INT) some of Joe Drummond's snaps last fall and he played fairly well as a plebe. Voit was the Defensive MVP at United States Military Academy Prep School in 2013 as a quick end in the old Double Eagle flex defense. John was a First team All-State linebacker at Lafayette high school in Missouri. Voit has worked hard in the weight room since being moved to the defensive line. He has added over twenty pounds since R-day. Voit is a very good athlete with terrific instincts. He is physically strong and able to hold the point of attack. He uses his hands well shedding defenders to make tackles and rush the passer. He's very technically sound in maintaining his containment responsibility. Voit has good first step acceleration, is physical and a solid tackler. I'm interested to see how the extra weight has affected his ability to rush the passer. As we predicted in our R-day report last summer, Voit had the ability to make an early impact.

Sophomore Spencer Welton is a direct admit under the radar recruit who came out of nowhere to win the backup defensive end spot. Welton was an Academic All-State defensive end and offensive tackle at Omaha Central High School in Nebraska. Spencer is an undersized six-foot-1, 225-pound defensive end. He has added ten pounds since R-day. Welton isn't big enough to take on tackles but did a nice job slipping blocks this spring to move up to second on the depth chart. To be honest, Welton did benefit from the attrition of the Ellerson prep defensive line classes. The 2012 prep defensive line saw a number of players move to offense or leave the program. The very talented 2013 USMAPS defensive front has already lost everyone but Voit and Andrew McLean. Attrition has been so bad on the defensive line that this spring there were only eight players on the defensive line competing for six spots on two deep depth chart.

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