Army quarterback to be decided in Fall

Carson Williams is the young up-and-comer. David Pevoto is the senior hoping for one last shot at glory. Only one can win the Army starting quarterback job. Who will it be? The popular opinion is that Williams is the man, no matter what Army coach Stan Brock has to say. Brock maintains its a two-man race for the job. The competition resumes when fall practice begins in August.

Below, ArmySports.com provides three reasons why Williams and Pevoto will win the job.

Carson Williams
1. Because Brock is "BS'ing" us all. He already knows Williams is his man. Brock just wants to keep Pevoto's heart in it. Hey, it's just a thought.

2. All that experience as a freshman is going to pay off at some time. Maybe as early as this season. Sure, watching Williams last year was ugly at times.

But he showed flashes of brillance and is only going to get better.

3. Although he threw only four touchdowns with 10 interceptions last year, Williams still has the pedigree.

He was a highly touted recruit out of Cullman (Ala.) and was recruited by Arkansas, Vanderbilt, N.C. State and Oregon. Williams is a big part of the future of the Army program and that gives him an inside track on the job.



Army quarterback David Pevoto throws against Kent State. (AP Photo/Nathaniel Brooks)

David Pevoto
1. Williams gets hurt. That's not a knock on Pevoto, quarterbacks do get hurt or, at least, a little dinged up.

That would open up the door for Pevoto. But let's make this perfectly clear: We hope every Black Knight stays healthy this year.

2. Pevoto has plenty of motivation. The rising junior wants to redeem himself after last year's disppointing season.

Pevoto began the season as the starter and showed some promise. But he ultimately struggled and lost the job to Williams. Pevoto threw for 1,012 yards with seven touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

Say what you want about Pevoto, but he's a competitor. And don't think he doesn't want to prove everyone wrong. Even Brock has acknowledged Pevoto isn't excited about losing his job.

3. Pevoto has the makings of the best story Army's seen in a long this. Picture this: Pevoto comes back and has a great season, leading the Black Knights to a winning record and a bowl game.

Maybe a little far-fetched, at least, the bowl part, but let us have our Hollywood moment. Whether Pevoto or Williams wins the job, we all wish them the best of luck.

Extra points: Akron, who Army opens the 2007 season against, concluded spring drills on April 21 with a controlled scrimmage. Chris Jacquemain led Akron quarterbacks, completing 11-of-14 passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns. Carlton Jackson completed 4-of-5 passes for 85 yards and Sean Hakes was 5-of-8 for 46 yards with an interception.

This what Akron coach J.D. Brookhart had to say after the game: "We ended spring ball really well. Today we shut down the defense early and we able to capitalize on a few deep balls. The offense threw the ball pretty well throughout the afternoon. Overall, we have improved a lot from the first day to now."

Akron went 5-7 last season. Army beat the Zips 20-0 in 2005.


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