Army report card: Part II

We handed out midseason report card grades to the offense and Army coach Bobby Ross. Let's now turn our attention to defense and special teams.

Defensive line
The skinny: Senior Defensive end Cameron Craig has clearly been the best defensive player on the team. He is third on the team with 40 tackles, including 14 for a loss, adding 3.5 sacks. Reserve Pete Harrington has done an excellent job filling in for the injured Travis Prikryl at defensive tackle. Harrington's counterpart at defensive tackle, Tony Fusco, is having another solid year.
Grade: B+
The outlook: Nothing to worry about these guys, keep that pass rush coming.

Linebackers
The skinny: Linebacker Cason Shrode is having a great year, clogging up the middle. He leads the team with 46 tackles. We all knew Barrett Scruggs would do the job (40 tackles) and Charlie Rockwood (18 tackles) is really starting to come on.
Grade: B
The outlook: Rockwood, who missed most of last year with a knee injury, will continue to improve. Watch out.

Secondary
The skinny: Star strong safety Caleb Campbell is having a good year, but even he probably expected to be better this season. Part of the problem could be that he's the only experienced player on the unit. Up-and-comer free safety Jordan Miller has missed most of the season with a hamstring injury. New cornerbacks Sean Grevious and Kevin Opoku have played admirable, but their performance against Rice raised some questions;
Grade: C
The outlook: Brace yourself for Brady Quinn. Here's hoping Murray is back soon.

Special teams
The skinny: This unit is the teacher's pet. Jeremy Trimble has two punt returns for touchdowns; Omari Thompson (2000) and Glenn Davis (1944) are the only other Army players to accomplish that feat in a season. Kicker Austin Miller has been lights out, converting 8-of-11 field goals, winning the Kent State game. Owen Tolson is having another great punting year (43.1 yards average). Coverage has been solid, for the most part.
Grade: A
The outlook: Miller and Trimble are on pace for record years. Tolson will remain consistent.

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