Army spring practice notebook

ArmySports.com gives spring updates and mentions of several Army players including Travis Prikyl, Pete Harrington, Alex Clamon, Phil Edmondson, David Pevoto, Caleb Campbell, Jonathan Connon, Tim Dunn, Sean Grevious, Pat McDonald, Jordan Murray, Brandon Thompson, and Matt Weisner.

Travis Prikyl wants to start at defensive tackle for Army this fall. So does Pete Harrington. There's one small problem: Only one starting spot remains open. May the best lineman win. Who that is, Prikryl or Harrington, could be determined during the annual Black/Gold scrimmage at Michie Stadium on Saturday.

"The spring game will have a lot to do with it," Army coach Bobby Ross said. "I'm confident the spring game will have some bearing on that. It could be a good battle."

Prikryl and Harrington, both seniors, have been fighting for the starting defensive tackle job opposite Tony Fusco all spring. If Ross picks his second tackle after the spring game, Prikryl and Harrington may resume their competition during fall practices.

In fact, two other names, Alex Clamon and Phil Edmondson, could be thrown into the mix. Both are battling injuries this spring.

"Obviously, Prikryl and Harrington have the edge because they have competed during the spring," Ross said.

Ross added that all his other starting positions are basically locked up. But many heated battles remain for second-string spots.

He's the man: Ross said that sophomore David Pevoto will leave spring camp as his starting quarterback.

"I have been pleased with David," Ross said. "He has improved a lot. David has earned it."

Ross said he is also happy with the play of back-up quarterback Pat McDonald during spring drills.

Standout springs: Ross named the following players when asked who has impressed him the most during spring drills:

Caleb Campbell, strong safety: A star in the making. Has two more years to punish opposing offenses.

Jonathan Connon, offensive line: How can you not like a tough 6-foot-6, 293-pound offensive lineman.

Tim Dunn, tight end: Jared Ulekowski was good last year, but the Black Knights might not miss a beat with Dunn.

Sean Grevious, cornerback: The junior is in position to be a starter for the first time this fall.

Pat McDonald, quarterback: Likely won't be the starter in 2006, but has improved and impressed.

Jordan Murray, safety: His strong play and Randy Chasten's knee injury put Murray in a position to win the starting job during preseason practice.

David Pevoto, quarterback: His teammates say he has presence in the huddle. Not bad for a guy who has seen action in one varsity game.

Brandon Thompson, defensive end: A big-playmaker. Ross hopes Thompson has a lot more left in him.

Matt Weisner, offensive lineman: A former long-snapper who was once buried on the depth chart. He should end up being a two-year starter on the line.

Extra points: Kickoff for the spring game is at 2:30 p.m. ... Ross continues to be impressed with the Black Knights' physical play during spring drills: "You hear a lot of pads hitting, that's good," he said ... Former Army fullback Tielor Robinson, who transferred to Duke last year , is expected to leave spring camp as the Blue Devils' starter.


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