Army defensive end position looks good

Just call them the Monsters of Michie, at least, that's the plan this upcoming season. Although Army hasn't named starters on the defensive line, Ted Bentler and Victor Ugenyi are possibilities to win the jobs. That would give the Black Knights their best 1-2 punch on the line, possibly, ever.

And here's the thing: Both Bentler and Ugenyi weren't expected to ever play for the Black Knights.

Bentler, a defensive tackle, transfered to Army last summer from the University of Iowa. He started seven games for the Hawkeyes as a fred-shirt reshman in 2005, including the Outback Bowl against Florida. Bentler sat out last year as per NCAA transfer rules.

He chose to transfer to West Point to join his brother, Fritz, a defensive end. He was one of Iowa's top prospects. Bentler has two years of eligibility remaining at West Point.

Ugenyi, a freshman, initially verbally committed to Baylor. He passed on a full scholarship after visiting West Point. Ugenyi played sparingly this season, but when he did, he made an impact. He sacked Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn during a loss to the Fighting Irish in South Bend and added another against Navy.

Let's not forget the rest of Army's defensive line. Steady junior Tony Fusco returns at defensive tackle as does oft-injured junior defensive end Brandon Thompson.

Army lacked a pass rush last season, at times, it seemed the opposing quarterback could order a pizza before looking for a wide receiver. But with this group back there seems to be lots of potential. A good pass rush rattles the offense and puts the 'D' in better position to make big plays.

Here's to lots of big plays by the boys up front and the rest of Army's defense this fall.

Extra points: Todd Berry isn't the only former Army assistant to land an offensive coordinator job this week. Greg Gregory, known in Academy circles as a stand-up guy, was named offensive coordinator at South Florida by head coach Jim Leavitt. Gregory spent 16 years at Army, including seven (1991-97) as associate head coach and nine (1989-97) as offensive coordinator.


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