Army's Jeremy Trimble has good mentor

Steven Trimble hated giving up big plays to wide receivers when he played defensive back in the NFL in the mid-1980's. These days, he loves watching a certain wide receiver make catches: His son, Jeremy, Army's top returning wide receiver this fall. "I'm excited with what Jeremy has done since his freshman year," Steven Trimble says.

"I kind of expected it out of Jeremy because he's such a hard worker, he just keeps getting at it. To see that as a parent makes you proud."

Trimble, a junior, isn't the fastest wide receiver. But he's smart, runs great routes and has great hands. Trimble relies on other methods to get open – using head fakes and stutter steps.

They sure work.

Trimble led the Black Knights last season with 42 catches for 534 yards and four touchdowns. He's expected to be Army's go-to-guy this fall and his father said he's worked hard to improve his speed this summer.

Trimble only began playing football as a freshman at Bishop O'Connell High School in Ashburn, Va., but he's blessed with natural ability and had a good coach: His father.

Steven Trimble has a unique perspective when it comes to wide receivers. He played defensive back for the Denver Broncos from 1981-83. In 1984-85, Trimble suited up for the Denver Gold of the USFL. He retired after playing for the Chicago Bears in 1987.

"The key for me was watching wide receivers on film," Steven Trimble says. "You look at their body position and their routes. Jeremy does the same thing, he watches a lot of film on defensive backs. We run routes with his brothers in the yard sometimes."

So has Steven, 48, ever covered Jeremy man-to-man? No. Asked who would win the showdown, Steven Trimble laughed:

"I don't know, I've never thought about it," he said with a laugh. "I would have to be physical with him."

Extra points: Jeremy Trimble could be joined at Army by his brother, Jordan, a wide receiver/defensive back, entering his senior year at Bishop O'Connell High. According to Steven Trimble, Jordan has spoken with West Point, the University of Richmond and several Ivy League schools. Jordan Trimble would likely play defensive back in college. "Jordan has talked to coach (Kevin) Ross," Steven Trimble said. "So Army is a possibility. It's up to Jordan, where he wants to go." ... Army preseason camp begins July 31 ... Like Navy, Army is expected to use instant replay during home games this fall. The Black Knights use Atlantic Coast Conference officials at Michie Stadium.

Army wide receiver Jeremy Trimble (5) takes his 30-yard touchdown pass reception from quarterback Zac Dahman over Navy safety Keenan Little (4) in the second quarter Saturday, Dec. 3, 2005, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy) Top Stories