Quarterback position in transition

Freshman Carson Williams is expected to start at quarterback for Army at Tulane Saturday. He replaces David Pevoto. Pevoto gave it his best shot and we thank him for all his work. But the future is now.

Williams will lead the Black Knights for the next three-plus years. Army fans got a glimpse of Williams' talent during a 31-17 loss to Texas Christian University last Saturday.

And they have every right to be excited. Williams completed 12-of-18 passes for 110 yards with an interception. He showed off his strong arm and was accurate. More importantly, Williams sparked the Black Knights.

Army has been dying for a leader at quarterback since Ronnie McAda graduated in 1997. McAda led the Black Knights to a 10-2 record in 1996 and a berth in the Independence Bowl. Williams has a long way to live up to McAda.

But say this for Williams, he was much more coveted than McAda coming out of high school. Several Division I-A schools, including Georgia Tech and Oregon, recruited Williams.

He probably would have earned more attention if he didn't bypass several summer camps. Williams turned down offers from Arkansas, Vanderbilt and N.C. State to attend Army. His coach at Cullman (Ala.) High, Mark Britton, has gone on record as saying that he thinks Williams will have a better college career that Mitch Mustain.

Mustain was regarded as the top quarterback recruit in the nation coming out of Springdale, Ark. last year. He signed with Arkansas. But back to Williams and Army football. He's coach Bobby Ross' biggest recruit since taking over the program in December of 2003. Williams began the season third on the depth chart, but kept charging.

He saw garbage time against Rice and Virginia Military Institute earlier this season. But TCU was the real deal. So what if Williams had one of the best defenses in the nation charging at him. Williams kept his cool, hitting is receivers right between the numbers. Let's hope he can do the same against Tulane this weekend. The way Williams played against TCU, he should be fine.

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