It is always interesting to see how other sites, especially national sites and fan driven content, see your team. As the spring and summer progress, we will get the annual Athlon and USA Today rankings and see where those publication think Army ranks in the grand scheme of things. Right now though Underdog Dynasty, one of the blogs on SB Nation, has thrown their hat in the ring and given their spring overview of the Black Knights.
This article looks at three positions that it suggests should be a focus for Army this spring, the offensive line, quarterback, and the defensive backfield, pointing out who has departed and who to watch out for. On the offensive line, it is noted that, “The departure of senior center, Matt Hugenberg, was a major blow to a developing Black Knights' offensive line.” This really is an important point as Army is likely to have to start a sophomore, Victor Nieves III, at center this fall. Nieves III has the size and the skill set to play center in this offensive system, but the triple option is all about experience and cohesion and that is hard to build in one offseason.
On the options at quarterback, the article states that ‘Coach Monken has not made a decision on who the starter will be, but he has expressed interest in using both (Ahmad) Bradshaw and (Chris) Carter in the triple option.” This would seem to be a fair assessment given what we have seen so far this spring. You get the feeling that the coaches want Carter to step up and make this decision easy as he has the best arm on an Army quarterback in years and gives the offense a different look. Bradshaw, on the other hand, is as athletic as they come. If only Monken could find a way to may a hybrid of the two…
The final position grouped focused on is the defensive backfield and writer Jake Schmied praises the group as “Unlike the previous two positions, all the safeties and cornerbacks are returning players.” One interesting aspect of the defensive back’s rundown is that there is no mention of Josh Jenkins who, while limited to non-contact drills this spring, is trying to make a return to the squad.
Overall this is a solid article that you can read in its entirety here.