Army Spring Practice: What to watch for

WEST POINT-- Army spring practice gets going today and us Black Knight diehards can't wait. Let's get the chatter about spring drills going. Here are some things to watch as Army begins drills.

At QB is?
Since he's a new coach, Stan Brock will probably give every quarterback a look, but we all know this is a two-horse race. Carson Williams vs. David Pevoto. Our guess is that Williams will win the job by spring's end.

At RB is?
Wesley McMahand is the guy, but Tony Moore, a third down back last year, seems like a candidate to challenge McMahand for time. Let's not forget Tony Dace and Jamal Robisnon.
But the real competition may begin this fall when Pat Mealy, who starred at USMA Prep this fall, arrives at the Academy.

Jeremy and.......
One place Army is thin at it wide receiver. The Black Knights have a great front man in Jeremy Trimble, but his sidekick, Walter Hill, is graduated. Army doesn't have a lot of options to step in.
But leading the pack is Corey Anderson, who up to this point, has underachieved a bit. Let's hope this is Corey's year.

Stan the man
Sure, Stan Brock has been a head coach before, but not on the Division I-A college level.
His Army players respect in him and, hopefully, believe in him. But it will be interesting to see how he runs the operations. Brock is a disciplinarian and doesn't take crap.
Odds are Army will relate to him better than 70-year-old Bobby Ross. Especially if Brock can turn this team into a winner.

The new O-coordinator
It may not have went down the way some people would have liked it, but Brock should be applauded for relieving offensive coordinator Kevin Ross of his duties.
Ditto to whacking that curmudgeon of a quarterbacks coach Eddie Wilson. In steps Tim Walsh to take over both jobs.
Hey, it ain't the option, but Walsh seems to possess a great football mind. It will be interesting to see what he cooks up during spring camp.

Reconstructing the offensive line
Three starters on the OL, Jonathan Connon, Pete Bier and Matt Weisner graduated, leaving Army with a huge void to fill.
And we all know, as the OL goes, the offense goes. Junior Trey Miranne returns at center and sophomore Brandon Cox is the leading candidate to win the left tackle spot. Connor Wicklund is the guy to watch at right guard and Steven Westbrook could be the man at right tackle. As for left guard, it could be wide open.

The progression of Victor Ugenyi
Ugenyi, a freshman, is quickly evolving into an exciting prospect. He had sacks against Notre Dame and Navy last year. He should be a featured player during spring drills and could battle Brandon Thompson and John Wright for one of the starting defensive end spots.
And let's not forget Iowa transfer Ted Bentler. He should make a run at a starting job on the d-line as well.

Next in line at linebacker.
Cason Shrode is gone. Barrett Scruggs, too. That leaves Charlie Rockwood as Army's only returning linebacker.
So Brock and new linebackers coach Robert Lyles, who played eight years in the NFL, need to fill some holes.
Arlance Jenkins is the frontrunner to take over for Shrode at middle linebacker and Frank Scappaticci and John Plumstead should battle for Scruggs' position at weak side linebacker.


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