Army Spring Scouting Report: TE, RB, FB, WR

WEST POINT-– Earlier this week, Armysports.com provided Black Knight Nation with a position-by-position outlook for the quarterback and offensive line positions for the fall. Next up? The tight end, wide receiver and running backs spots. Here is the analysis:

Tight end

The man: Tim Dunn

The skinny: Dunn is the starter, but will get plenty of help from Justin Larson and Chase McCoy, considering Ross often goes with a two-tight end scheme. Dunn and Larson are both capable of catching passes, while McCoy will serve primarily as a blocker.

The future: Ross likes Dunn and has raved about Larson, only a sophomore, since last year. It wouldn't be a surprise if he leads the talented tight ends in receptions this fall. He certainly has a bright future.

Running back

The man: Good question

The skinny: Just before camp broke, Ross said he will rotate three freshmen – Wesley McMahand, Tony Dace and Jamal Robinson – this fall. But it's still possible that freshman Jerry Jones and juniors Rick Lay and Michael Herndon get into the mix. None of the candidates have ever had a varsity carry. Army's top three running backs from last year – Carlton Jones, Scott Wesley and Seth Gulsby – graduate next month.

The future: Ross said he may go with the hot runner this fall – whoever that may be. Robinson and McMahand seem to have the most potential. But what happens if nobody steps up? Tough question. Ross doesn't have a stud coming in from the USMA Prep and it's unlikely a high school freshman could step in. So let's hope Spring Six can step up.

Aside from quarterback, this could be the most important position for the Black Knights. Army's offense is predicated on ball control sparked by the running game.

Fullback

The man: Mike Viti

The skinny: Viti's hard-hitting blocks during games have become the highlight of Army film sessions. But the hard-nosed sophomore is playing on two surgically repaired knees, leaving most of the running up to up-and-comer Tim Frye. Frye is cut out of the same mold as Viti. He's tough and plays through pain. Frye will serve as Army's back on third-down and goal line situations – a role that turned Tielor Robinson and Scott Wesley into stars.

The future: Viti and Frye could evolve into a nice 1-2 combo. Viti has two years of eligibility remaining and Frye has three. Another fullback to watch is freshman Collin Mooney.

Wide receiver

The men: Walter Hill and Jeremy Trimble

The skinny: Hill could have the best hands on the team and at 5-foot-11, 190 pounds isn't afraid to make the tough catches up the middle. He had 34 receptions for 410 yards as a junior last year. Trimble has strong football bloodlines as his father, Steve, played defensive back for the Denver Broncos and Chicago Bears. Jeremy Trimble caught 42 balls for 535 yards in 2005. He and Hill combined for 76 of Army's 174 recpetions last year. Sophomore speedster Corey Anderson, who also has explosive potential, will also be in the mix.

The future: The emergence of Mike Castelli and Elliott Emerich during spring drills gives Army another deep group of receivers. Trimble, Hill and Anderson could be an productive threesome.


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