Army: Who will kick in 2007?

The game is on the line and Army needs a field goal to pull out a victory. So new head coach Stan Brock looks to the Black Knight bench and summons: Who knows? The all important job is open with a lack of experienced candidates. Austin Miller, who converted 12-of-17 field goals last year, including a game-winner against Kent State, graduated in May.

Jared Nielsen, a transfer from Nebraska, was expected to replace Miller. But Nielson left the team.

Army has only one kicker on the spring roster, Adam DeMarco. He didn't attempt one field goal in 2006. Starting punter Owen Tolson and his back-up, Andrew Rinehart, will also be in the mix.

The kicking position has been an interesting one for the Black Knights in recent years. Army kickers made just 11 field goals combined in 2003-04. But Justin Koenig won the job from Joe Riley in 2005, converting 9-of-12 attempts. Riley started the season 1-for-6.

He figured to have the job locked up last year. However, Miller completed his long and strange trip back to the position. Miller switched from kicker to safety in the spring of 2006. Then, Miller asked former Army coach Bobby Ross if he could kick again last summer. Ross said no problem. Miller arrived to the Academy as a highly touted kicker.

But he never developed as quickly as expected. He missed all of 2005 with a leg injury that opened the door for Koenig. Miller won the job back from Koenig last summer.

This year's kicking situation is already interesting. As we all know, Tolson is an expert punter, but he hasn't kicked since high school. It seems like a lot to ask any special teamer to kick and punt.

Rinehardt is an unproven commodity as is DeMarco. But DeMarco seemed to be on Ross' radar in the past. Whatever happens, let's all hope when Brock signals for his kicker, whoever he is, the guy bangs one through the uprights. Every single time.

Extra points: One of new Army offensive coordinator Tim Walsh's most trusted assistant coaches at Portland State, Greg Lupfer, won't be retained by new coach Jerry Glanville. Lupfer served under Walsh for seven years and interviewed with Glanville for the job. Glanville had this to say about Walsh and Lupfer: "I appreciate what coach Tim Walsh and Greg Lupfer have done over the past 14 years. Without the hard work of those two, this job would be nowhere near as appealing. Any success we have will be because of the work they have done before we got here."

It's nice to hear such kind words about our new offensive coordinator ... Rival Navy's spring drills are in full swing ... Stil no word on whether former Army offensive coordinator has landed a new job. Top Stories