Pevoto shines on first day of spring drills

West Point - Army quarterback David Pevoto dropped back in the pocket and hit wide receiver Walter Hill in the numbers with a crisp spiral on a slant pattern.

On the next play, Pevoto threaded a perfect pass to receiver Jeremy Trimble. Pevoto's precise passing served as the theme during Army's first spring workout at Michie Stadium on Monday. If Pevoto is the man entering spring drills, he sure played the part during his initial audition for coach Bobby Ross. The sophomore felt pretty good about himself after the workout.

"I'm confident," said Pevoto, who is first on the depth chart ahead of sophomore Patrick McDonald. "I'm more confident than I've ever been before."

Ever the perfectionist, especially when it comes to the play of his quarterbacks, Ross left pleased with Pevoto's display.

"The consistency was there for David," Ross said. "Now he's got to show that for 14 days. That's the thing I'm looking for."

In somewhat of a surprise move, Ross announced last August that he would throw Pevoto into the mix with starter Zac Dahman during the season. It's an idea Ross got from watching Louisville coach Bobby Petrino successfully shuffle star senior Stefan LeFors and prized freshman Brian Brohm in 2004. But the Pevoto-Dahman experiment never materialized.

Pevoto played in just one game as a freshman - during the fourth quarter of a 47-13 loss to Connecticut on Oct. 1. He completed 6-of-12 passes for 68 yards, with an interception that Anthony Rouzier returned 51 yards for a touchdown.

Ross says he went with Dahman, who will graduate in May, because he played well. Dahman did have some good games, completing 168-of-299 passes for 1,864 yards, with 11 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. But Pevoto openly admits he might not have developed as quickly as expected. An offseason full of lifting weights and throwing regulary has clearly paid dividends. If Pevoto was going to be off it was yesterday, the first day of practice. But he was near a receiver on each pass.

"David throws the ball. He puts some `zing' on it," Trimble said. "He puts the ball where we can catch it. That's the big thing for a receiver with a new quarterback coming in."


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