Starter: Jeremy Timpf Jr.
Back up: Justin Fahn Sr.
Junior Jeremy Timpf (6-1”, 225) had a tremendous first season as a starter. Last year he was named to First Team FBS All-Independent team, First team All-East and to Phil Steele All-Independent team first team defense. He deserved all the accolades. Timpf led the Black Knights with 117 tackles, 14 1/2 tackles for a loss, a sack, three interceptions, six passes broken up and a forced fumble while recovering another. Timpf is a very instinctive player and anticipates well. He can drop in coverage and has a nice burst through the line when he is asked to blitz or when he runs through a gap. He has excellent hands to snatch an interception like the one he returned for a touchdown against Yale. Timpf isn't the biggest linebacker and would probably benefit if Army was bigger up front so offensive linemen can't get to the second level so easily against him. I liked Timpf when I first saw him play. In Armysports.com 2013 R-day report I mentioned that his ability was unappreciated by others who cover Army football recruiting. He is starting early in his career as we predicted last year and his play has been outstanding. He's actually has been much better than I expected.
While we predicted Timpf's success we didn't see Justin Fahn (6-1", 221) emerging last spring. Fahn is the son of a former Army captain and was a walk-on at the United States Military Academy Prep School in 2011. He was a backup defensive end but due to injuries he did play lot. He was such an afterthought that he wasn't listed on the R-day list in 2012. Fahn really benefited from the switch to the new 3-4 scheme. He was a fish out of water in Ellerson’s flex since at 6-1”, 221 pounds he was too small to play up front at defensive end. Fahn played on the JV team his first two years. Last season as a junior he played in seven varsity games and made four tackles. He made plays during the spring and posted three tackles and a sack in the Black-Gold spring game. Fahn is a self-made, big effort player with good instincts but below average speed. There is a huge drop off in talent from Timpf to Fahn.
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