Army Spring Review: Defensive Tackle

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

DEFENSIVE TACKLE
Starter: Jordan Smith Jr.
Back up: Shawn Lemoto Jr.

Jordan Smith (6-3", 254) backed up Mike Ugenyi at defensive tackle last year. Smith, entering his junior year, moved up the depth chart this spring and earned the starting job. Jordan played in eight games last fall. He made six tackles including a season high four tackles against Air Force. Smith is a very intense, fiery player who hustles and goes all out every play. He is the ultimate competitor who will battle every down. He's a solid player who moves well. He's not a great natural athlete but he is a warrior. He isn't very big and can be overpowered if he fails to slip a block. I saw Jordan play both sides of the ball in 2012 at the United States Military Academy Prep School. He was the starting offensive left tackle and was rotated in on defense at defensive tackle. Smith has worked hard in the weight room and has added twenty pounds since USMAPS.

Shawn Lemoto earned the backup defensive tackle spot this spring. Lemoto did not see any varsity action last year. As a plebe, in 2013, he appeared in two games and made a tackle in the blowout victory over Eastern Michigan. Shawn is a 6-3”, 256- pound defensive tackle. Lemoto was the starting quick end in most games at the United States Military Academy Prep School in 2012. He was not an impact pass rusher at quick end for USMAPS. He lacks a big frame but has managed to add sixteen pounds since his R-day. He is an average athlete with 5.26 speed in the forty yard dash. Lemoto plays hard and competes and as I said in the 2013 R-day Incoming article he "might be a better fit at tackle." This move made sense but as I already discussed there were a lack of bodies on the defensive line. He may be pushed this summer by incoming plebes for his spot on depth chart.

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