Army's Cameron Craig: The Warrior

This is what Iowa State coach Dan McCarney said about Army defensive end Cameron Craig last season after the Cyclones escaped West Point with a 28-21 victory: "He could play for any team in the Big 12. Cameron Craig could play for Texas or Oklahoma; he is that good." Craig is even better this season. Does that mean he could play for any program in the country? Maybe.

Craig has come a long way since his freshman year in 2003 when he weighed only 221 pounds. He started the last eight games of as a sophomore and has been on a mission since.

Part of Craig's pre-game ritual includes putting black "war" paint around his eyes and down his cheeks. It began before Army's historic win at Air Force last season. The Times Herald-Record in Middletown, N.Y., which covers Army football, has dubbed Craig 'The Warrior'.

Craig became Army's all-time sack leader during Army's season-opening loss to Arkansas State on Sept. 2. He has 12.5 sacks for his career, one more than Clarence Holmes (1999-2002), now the Black Knights' defensive line coach (sacks first kept as an official statistic at Army in 1971). Craig's 28 career tackles for a loss is fifth on Army's all-time list.

As for this season, Craig is averaging three tackles for a loss per game, which is third in the nation. His three sacks are 16th in the nation.

The highlight of Craig's fine season might have came during Army's 28-24 loss to Texas A&M last Saturday in San Antonio. Texas A&M tailback Jorvorskie Lane, a load at 6-foot, 272 pounds, abused Army defenders all night. He scored three touchdowns.

But Craig, who is 6-3, 251, stuffed the so-called J-Train for a 4-yard loss on a fourth down on the Aggies' 30-yard line late in the fourth quarter. The play gave the Black Knights a shot at the upset.

Expect a few more big plays from 'The Warrior' this season.

Extra Points: Army is 0-3 against Baylor all-time. The Black Knights lost to Baylor 20-10 last season at Michie Stadium ... This marks Army's first trip to Waco, Texas .. Baylor is 6-0 all-time against U.S. service academies. Army's opponent next weekend, Rice, plays Florida State Saturday. Rice lost to Texas 52-7 last week ... The Black Knights' 12 opponents this season have a combined record of 17-14 this season. Three are 3-0: Navy (damn!), TCU and Texas A&M ...


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