Army Spring Review: Rush Linebacker

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 rush linebacker.

RUSH LINEBACKER
Starter: Seth Combs Jr.
Backup: Alex Aukerman So.
Army has to replace James Kelly (43 tackles, PD, FF, blocked kick) who started every game at Rush linebacker. Junior Seth Combs (6-0”, 218) had a great camp and zoomed up from third on last year's depth chart to earn the starting job. Combs followed in his older brother and former Army football captain Nate Combs footsteps when he joined the Long Gray line as a direct admit. Combs was moved from inside linebacker to Rush linebacker midway through last season after Derek Sanchez was injured. Combs was everywhere and made ten tackles in the Black-Gold spring game. Seth is not as talented as his big brother Nate was before his knee injury. Seth Combs has average speed but is a physical, hard hitting linebacker for his size. He has excellent instincts and understands the game. Last year he saw spot duty and played in ten games while recording three tackles.

Alex Aukerman ended spring practice as the backup rush linebacker. Aukerman (6-1", 210) was moved from third string SAM linebacker where he played last year as a direct admit plebe to rush linebacker. Alex made a huge play in the Black-Gold game when he intercepted a pass from Gold quarterback Seth Gonzales and returned it 15 yards for a touchdown. Last season he played in all 13 games, mostly on special teams, and recorded a tackle. Aukerman is fundamentally sound and a sure tackler. Alex has good anticipation and was an All-State safety for high school powerhouse Center Grove in Indiana. He does a nice job getting depth on his pass drops. He is strong for his size and offers solid speed.

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