Ten things to watch for Army Texas A&M

Army travels to historic San Antonio, Texas for a meeting with Texas A&M on Saturday. Here are 10 things to look for in this big game.

1. Army quarterback David Pevoto's progression: Pevoto played with a bad back last week against Kent State last week and broke his non-throwing thumb in the second quarter.

So let's not jump ugly on the kid yet. Still, his numbers have to improve. Pevoto has thrown for just 199 yards with four interceptions in two weeks. He has yet to throw a touchdown.

2. The sackmaster: That would be Army defensive end Cameron Craig. He leads the nation with 3.5 tackles for a loss and has three sacks. If Army is to disrupt Texas A&M's offense, he could be the key.

3. The J-Train: Talk about a load. Texas A&M tailback Jorvorskie Lane is 6-foot, 272 pounds. Good luck taking him down. Lane, a sophomore, rushed for four touchdowns against Louisiana-Lafayette last week. He became just the fourth Aggie to rush for four or more touchdowns in a game.

4. Battle for field position: Army wants to keep Texas A&M at bay by controlling the ball via the run. When the Black Knights have to punt, they hope Owen Tolson can pin the Aggies back. Tolson is averaging 43.1 yards per punt - 16th in the nation.

But watch out for Texas A&M punter Justin Brantly. He's only punted four times, but is averaging 57 yards per.

5. The return of Lowell: Of course, we had all love to see Jordan Murray start for the Black Knights at free safety.

But he's likely out for the second straight week with a bad hamstring. Enter super reserve Lowell Garthwaite. Garthwaite registered an interception and a fumble recovery against Kent State last week.

6. Sharp McGee: If Army could get these type of numbers from Pevoto the Black Knights would be set.

Texas A&M quarterback Stephen McGee, who has three career starts, has completed 36-of-51 (70 percent) passes for 400 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in two games. No other Texas A&M starting quarterback's completion percentage has been over 70 percent after the first two games of the season.

7. Let's make some plays: Army has to open it up against Texas A&M, try something new, throw in another wrinkle.

We all know Army offensive coordinator Kevin Ross has taken his hits on this board. He isn't exactly Bill Walsh, but let's not jump on him yet. Maybe Ross can pull out the playbook from last year's game against Iowa State. That was nice.

8. History lesson: Army has lost six straight games in Texas since winning at Houston in 1998 ... The Black Knights haven't beaten a team that currently holds membership in the Big 12 since downing Kansas State in 1987. This would be a nice win.

9. The running men: Wesley McMahand rushed for 90 yards against Kent State and Tony Moore scored two touchdowns.

The running game is getting there. It's arrival would be solidified against a big and physical Texas A&M team. McMahand averaged 4.7 yards per carry, but Moore averaged just 2.4. Army's offensive line figures to only get better, so here's to won of the two breaking one.

10. The 'D' never rests: Army's 'D' has allowed just 21 points this season. The unit has come along so much that it can keep the Black Knights in any game. No matter who the opponent is. This game is no different. Army's offense can't keep up with Texas A&M's.

So Army's defense has to step up. Again! That will be necessary all year.


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