Army's offensive line stable and ready

Inexperienced David Pevoto is Army's starting quarterback. He has just 12 career passing attempts. Starting at running back........Stay tuned. But the starter will get his first varsity handoff on Sept. 2 when Army opens the 2006 season at Arkansas State.

Indeed, these are two big question marks facing the Black Knights. But Pevoto keeps getting better and Army coach Bobby Ross will select his running back from a talented pool of young players.

It will also help that Pevoto and the gang will have a big, bad and experienced offensive line blocking for them. That should take some pressure off the young guns. The line is one of Army strengths, so armysports.com figured to give the unit some spotlight.

Here is a look at the Black Knights' projected starters on their hard-charging offensive line:

Pete Bier
Year: Senior
Position: Center
Height: 6-4
Weight: 282
The skinny: A three-year starter ... Started at right guard during sophomore and junior seasons, moving to center last season ... Missed last semester and spring drills while recovering from ankle surgery ... Has 32 career starts ... Team captain ... Calls blocking schemes at the line of scrimmage and is explosive off the blocks ... Two-time ESPN The Magazine District I Academic All-America team.

Matt Weisner
Year: Senior
Position: Right guard
Height: 6-3
Weight: 289
The skinny: A guy you can't help but rooting for. He started his career as a long snapper, but worked hard, gained 40 pounds and earned the starting job last year ... Weisner handled the long-snapping duties for placements last season ... He is an outgoing guy and even has a sandwich named after him in his hometown of East Fishkill, N.Y. It's called "The Cadet". It comes with steak and salami smothered in mozzarella on ciabatta bread.

Dan Evans
Year: Senior
Position: Left guard
Height: 6-3
Weight: 297
The skinny: Made the jump from the defensive line look easy a year ago ... Started final nine games of last season ... He played in eight games for the defense in 2004 ... His father, Dave, recently retired from the U.S. Army and Dan was born in Cicenza, Italy ...

Jonathan Connon
Year: Senior
Position: Right tackle
Height: 6-6
Weight: 293
The skinny: Had a breakout season in 2005 – a year after seeing limited action in just two games. Made a statement in the 2005 season-opener, handling highly-touted Boston College defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka. Kiwanuka now plays for the Giants ... One of the most quietest guys on the team ... Steady and rarely misses plays.

Ray Zelenak
Year: Junior
Position: Left tackle
Height: 6-3
Weight: 262
The skinny: Zelenak makes up for his lack of size with grit and toughness ... Started the first two games of last season, before Nate Collier took the job for him. Zelenak got the job back after Collier was in a car accident ... Will get a battle for the starting job from Brandon Cox, who has battled a foot injury during camp ... Last year marked Zelenak's first varsity action.


Other offensive lineman to watch

Connor Wicklund: Likely Evans' heir-apparent at left guard.

Brandon Cox: You have to like the sophomore's size – 6-foot-4, 292 pounds. Next stop: 300.

Steven Westbrook: The junior tackle keeps improving and gaining much-needed weight. He's listed at 6-foot-5, 261 pounds.

Miles Murray: An experienced back-up, opening last season as the starting left guard, before Evans won the job.


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