Army Spring Review: Mike 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 mike linebackers.

MIKE LINEBACKER
Starter: Andrew King Jr.
Back up: Scott Washle So.
Junior Andrew King (6-0”, 235) returns as Mike Linebacker after a solid initial season as the starter. Last year King posted 63 tackles, eight tackles for a loss, five sacks and four pass defensed. King is physical but at times he can be too aggressive and fail to maintain his gap responsibility while running himself out of the play and/or into blocks. He was hurt against Air Force and missed the UConn game. He ended the season playing his best football. Against Fordham he deflected a pass that was intercepted by John Voit to stop a drive. King' then made a sack late in the second quarter set up the blocked punt that gave Army a lead it never relinquished. King had his best game against Navy with a season high 11 tackles, two tackles for a loss and a sack. Like most first year starters, he had some growing pains but he plays hard and competes. His pass drops in coverage need to improve but he still has a nice upside to his game and should be better with experience. He did a nice job blitzing and was Army's best pass rusher as he led the team with five sacks. King is short for a linebacker but he is a well-built player who can take on and shed blockers. Andrew hustles, hits and brings an intense competitive fire to his play.

Sophomore Scott Washle was singled out by head coach Jeff Monken for his play this spring. Washle (6-1”, 229) is an active athletic linebacker who can run and drop into space. Last year Washle (18 tackles) played in six games and started against UConn. Scott made six tackles and showed good speed at inside linebacker in his start against the Huskies defending drag routes in front of him. Washle was the starting whip linebacker at the United States Military Academy Prep School. He has added 14 pounds since R-day. Washle chose Army over a preferred walk-on offer from North Carolina. This is one of the few positions on defense where Army has quality depth.

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