Army-Kent State 10 things to watch

Army hopes to get its first victory of the 2006 season on Saturday when the Black Knights host Kent State. Here are 10 things to look for during the game.

1. The progression of Pevoto: Pevoto much play better than he did in his first career start last week against Arkansas State if Army is to win.

Pevoto, a junior, completed 12-of-23 passes for 95 yards with two interceptions, including one late in the fourth quarter. He gets a pass - for now. Let's hope he steps it up against Kent State.

2. The progression of Wesley McMahand: McMahand didn't make anyone forget about Carlton Jones last week.

He rushed for just 35 yards on 13 carries. Still, like Pevoto, McMahand, a sophomore, made his first start last week. So like Pevoto, he gets a pass for now.

3. How Army's offensive line meshes: Losing starting center and Pete Bier and left guard Dan Evans hurts Army.

It showed last week. Trey Miranne replaced Bier and had trouble communicating with Pevoto. To make matters worse, he's playing with a broken right hand, and has to snap lefty. Connor Wicklund, battling neck and shoulder injuries, is playing in place of Evans.

As bad as it seems, Wicklund and Miranne were thrown into action with little notice. Let's hope they settled in this week.

4. How Army's 'D' plays: Army coach Bobby Ross has gone on record as saying this unit could be better than last year's.

Keep in mind, the Black Knights' defense finished 37th in the nation in total defense last year. Army had a good showing last week, but with the offense ailing, the unit has to step up even more.

Will it?

5. Just win, baby: The Black Knights have not won a home opener since 1996 and haven't won in September since '99. Army is trying to avoid its eighth straight 0-2 start to a season.

6. The sackmaster: Defensive end Cameron Craig had two sacks against Arkansas State to give him 12 for his career.

That surpasses the total of Clarence Holmes (1999-02), currently the Black Knights' defensive line coach, atop the all-time list. Craig needs to put pressure on Kent State this weekend.

Don't be surp rised if he has a few more sacks this weekend.

7. Stopping Eugene: Kent State running back Eugene Jarvis rushed for 109 yards against Minnesota last week.

One Kent State official compared him to Hall of Famer Barry Sanders. He was just referring to Sanders' running style. Jarvis, just 5-foot-5, is quick and makes opponents miss. He's not as good as Sanders, but he can run. He's only a red-shirt freshman.

8. Keep the streak: Hey, it might be modest, but Army has won two games in a row at Michie Stadium.

The Black Knights closed out the home slate with wins against Arkansas State (38-10) and Massachusetts (34-27). Army hasn't won three in a row at home since, you guessed it, 1996.

9. Kent State's man under center: Sophomore Julian Edelman is a talented transfer from the College of San Mateo (Calif.).

Boise State and Washington were also interested in him. He can pass and run. Edelman completed 7-of-13 passes for 150 yards last week against Minnesota.

10. Run and gun: Kent State runs a pass-happy offense and don't be surprised to see Edelman in a lot of shotgun formations. As above mentioned, Edelman can run. He is similar to Arkansas State quarterbacks Corey Leonard and Travis Hewitt. We saw what they did to Army last week.

But the Black Knights will turn it around this week.

Go Army!

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