Army report card: Part I

The grades are in. How did Army do? Here is the Black Knights' midseason report card. We start with the offense and coach Bobby Ross. Next up? The defense and special teams.

Quarterback
The skinny: Starter David Pevoto has been up and down this season. He needs to be more consistent, more importantly. his team needs him to be consistent if the Black Knights are going to make a run to the Poinsettia Bowl during the second half of the season. This is the most telling stat on Pevoto: Three touchdown passes and eight interceptions. That has to improve.
Grade: C+
Outlook: Has to stop throwing the ball short and make better reads. Keep an eye on Carson.

Running backs
The skinny: Looking good, considering: Sophomore Wesley McMahand, who is 5-foot-6, had never taken a snap before this season. A freshman, Tony Moore, is the short-yardage back.
McMahand has been good, rushing for 456 yards and four touchdowns. Moore adds four touchdowns of his own. Let's not forget the hard-nosed play of fullback Mike Viti.
Grade: B
Outlook: Just keep doing what you are doing, guys.

Offensive line
The skinny: The most experienced unit on the team struggled, maybe a bit, early in the season. But the group is getting better, smashing open holes against Virginia Military Institute last week. The real test awaits, the big boys up front will be one of the driving forces, if the Black Knights make the Poinsettia Bowl.
Grade: B
Outlook: Expect the o-line to play its best football in the second half. The unit will continue to mesh.

Wide receivers/Tight ends
The skinny: Jeremy Trimble has dropped more passes than expected, he's so good you wouldn't expect him to botch more than one a season. Anyway, he still leads the team with 27 receptions, and is Pevoto's go-to-guy. Walter Hill has been solid, but quiet, 17 catches for 178 yards. The Black Knights' unit is paper thin after Trimble and Hill, but unheralded sophomore Mike Wright has chipped in with five ctaches.
Tight end Tim Dunn has been a good blocker.
Grade: B
Outlook: Expect more Pevoto to Trimble in the second half. Hill is more of an impact and has another big game against Air Force.

Coach
The skinny: Coach Bobby Ross has one blemish through the first six games and its a big one: The Rice game. Besides that, he's been good, even though fans criticized him for his Texas A&M call. He certainly made the right move against Baylor with Moore on the fourth-and-1.
Grade: B
Outlook: How much can he get out of the Black Knights in the second half? If we know Ross, he'll keep them hungry.

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