Army vs. ASU: 10 things to watch for

Kickoff is just around the corner and, soon enough, we can all celebrate Army's season-opening win at Arkansas State. Until then, here are 10 things to watch during Army-Arkansas State:

1. David Pevoto's composure under center
He came around during spring drills and has looked even better during preseason camp.
However, the true test for David Pevoto comes when Arkansas State unleashes its first blitz. Keep in mind, Army coach Bobby Ross has complimented Pevoto about his composure throughout his development.
That's a good sign.
 
2. Speaking of composure
Arkansas State sophomore quarterback Travis Hewitt has eight career pass attempts - four less than Pevoto. Hewitt was recently rated the 118th best quarterback in the nation by the Orlando Sentinel. Pevoto was 110, which seems a little low.
 
3. Can a Wesley step up again
Running back Scott Wesley proved to be one of the best stories of the 2005 Army season.
A converted wide receiver, he led the team with 10 touchdowns. Now the question remains: Can another Wesley step up?
Ross is relying on sophomore Wesley McMahand to lead its hard-nosed running game. McMahand, who is 5-foot-6, 171 pounds, has never taken a varsity snap.
He's looked quick in camp, but he's like Pevoto. We find out what McMahand is all about against Arkansas State.
 
4. Arkansas State LB Josh Williams
Williams led all freshman in the nation with 110 tackles in 2004. However, he was suspended for conduct detrimental to the team last season. Williams is 255 pounds and leads the Indians' run defense. He may even be an NFL talent.
 
5. Speaking of the NFL
Arkansas State has another potential NFL player in fullback Oren O'Neal. Of course, he can block. But O'Neal, who is 6-foot, 248 pounds, also has great hands and can run the ball powerfully.
 
6. The scoreboard
Army jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter against Arkansas State and never looked back. The Black Knights need to jump out to another lead early, especially on the road. Arkansas State has won five games in a row.
Army led after the first quarter just twice last year - Arkansas State (14-0) and Navy (3-0).
 
7. Running Easley
Arkansas State isn't blessed with a lot of experience at the running back position, but any experience is more than Army.
Junior Chris Easley was the Indians' starter at the end of 2003, but a knee injury sidelined him for a year. He carried the ball 32 times last season for an average of 5.8 yards per carry. Arkansas State lost stud running back Antonio Warren to graduation.
 
8. Strong safeties
Army fans know how good Caleb Campbell has been during his first two years at the Academy.
He led the Black Knights with 97 tackles last year and had five interceptions and could become a star this fall. But on the other side of the field, Arkansas State has a pretty good strong safety of its own.
Tyrell Johnson had 25 tackles for Arkansas State in a game last season and has 206 for his career.
 
9. Arkansas State could go deep
Hewitt's life should be easier, considering the fact that Arkansas State returns its top four wide receivers: Levi Dejohnette, Patrick Higgins, Joe Smith and Kevin Jones. Dejohnette led the team with 43 catches for 554 yards last season. Army has two inexperienced cornerbacks in Sean Grevious and Darren Newson.
 
10. Army's 'D'
The unit could be the difference maker in this game. Army jumped from 117th to 37th last season in total defense last season. The Black Knights' 'D' could be even better with seven returnees this year.

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