Jeremy Trimble: Army's All-American

Back in the day, Army produced All-Americans regularly. These days, it's a rare occurence. That's why Black Knight Nation should be proud to have an All-American playing for Army. As many know, his name is Jeremy Trimble, and he was named third team All-American by College Football News last year and honorable mention by SportsIllustrated.com.

Expect Trimble to make a run at another All-American nomination this fall. But the Black Knights need a big performance from him at wide receiver, too. Once again, Trimble is the man at the position.

However, this year, Trimble, a junior, doesn't have the supporting cast he's had in past years. So Army fans will be counting on No. 5 to run crisp routes and make big catches.

Trimble, who led the team with 52 catches last season, certainly has the skill, smarts and genes to pull it off. His father, Steven, knows something about wide receivers. He played defensive back for the Denver Broncos from 1981-83. In 1984-85, Trimble suited up for the Denver Gold of the USFL. He retired after playing for the Chicago Bears in 1987.

Steven Trimble taught Jeremy all the tricks of the trade. Jeremy created some of his own as a punt returner last year.

Trimble averaged 18.1 yards (18.06) per punt return this fall to rank second nationally. Trimble's average stood behind only the 18.2 mark by DeSean Jackson of California. Trimble, who became just the second Army player since Glenn Davis in 1944 to return two punts for touchdowns in the same season this fall, reached the end zone on a 59-yard punt return against Baylor on just his eighth career punt return. It marked the first time since 2003, that an Army player returned a punt for a touchdown. Trimble repeated the feat against VMI three weeks later, returning a punt 76 yards for a score. That return stands as Army's fourth longest punt return since 1982.

Trimble fell just two returns shy of meeting the minimum number of returns necessary to qualify for Army's single season school record. His 18.1-yard average would have far surpassed the existing single season school record for individuals with a minimum of 20 returns. The current standard of 11.3 (24 returns) was established by Davis in 1946. It appeared Trimble was on his way to qualifying for the rankings, but he returned a total of just two punts the final three games. Army's single season punt return average record for those attempting a minimum of 10 punts in a season stands at 19.4, established by Aris Comeaux in 2002.

Trimble may not have gotten the record, but he was named an All-American. We are sure he happily took that.

Here's to Trimble taking a few balls to the house this fall.


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