Army Football Notebook

It seems fitting that Army center Pete Bier has been invited to the Green Bay Packers rookie camp later this month. He's from Milton, Wisconsin and has a Cheesehead mentality. Bier loves hunting, fishing, eating and, of course, playing football. He's a longshot to make the team, but Bier deserves a moment in the sun after all he gave to Army.

Bier started at center or guard in 43 of his last 47 games at West Point. He started 11 of 12 games for the Black Knights last fall. Bier would have played all 12 games, but the NCAA declared him and offensive lineman Dan Evans ineligible before the Black Knights' 2006 season-opener at Arkansas State. The NCAA reinstated Bier and Evans before Army's second game of the year against Kent State.

Bier finds himself in a similar situation as former teammate Scott Wesley did last spring. Wesley, a former running back, was guaranteed nothing but a tryout at the Detroit Lions' rookie camp. He was one of 28 undrafted and unsigned players who received tryouts and competed for three days with Detroit's NFL draft picks and undrafted free agents.

Detroit didn't keep Wesley. Instead, offering deals to Rutgers defensive end Val Barnaby, San Diego State safety Marcus Demps and Hofstra wide receiver Devale Ellis.

Just like Wesley, Bier probably knows the odds are against him. And just like Wesley, Bier will fight like heck and make us proud.

Center of attention: Trey Miranne, Bier's replacement at center, is one of 46 players that have been selected to the spring watch list for the 2007 Rimington Trophy.

The Rimington Trophy is presented each year to the most outstanding center in college football. Bier made the spring list last season. West Virginia's Dan Mozes won last season's Rimington Trophy. The winner of the 2007 Rimington Trophy will be honored at an awards banquet at in Lincoln, Neb. in January 2008.

Alumni update: Josh Holden, a former baseball and football star at the Academy, is seeing limited time for the Sarasota Reds of the Florida State League. Sarasota is a Class A affiliate of the Cincinnati organization. In 13 games, Holden has just 32 at-bats with eight hits. He's batting .250 with no homers and two RBI. Top Stories