Army Breakout Players to Watch

We all know who Army's stars are, the Caleb Campbell's, Jeremy Trimble's and Tony Moore's. But the Black Knights need other players to emerge in 2007 if they want to be successful. The schedule is challenging and, once again, Army is in transition with new coach Stan Brock. Here are five young players who will have breakout seasons and, hopefully, get the Black Knights back on track.

1. Damion Hunter, wide receiver/kickoff return: Sorry we have to go back to last year's 43-7 loss to Air Force.

In that game, Hunter fielded a kickoff he should not have, and ended up being dropped for a safety. Hey, it was a freshman mistake, and we all knew Hunter had an upside.

He flashed that potential during spring practice. Hunter could be valuable, he's one of the fastest players on the team, and will likely handle kickoff returns. Hunter could also add much needed depth at wide receiver.

2. Victor Ugenyi, defensive end: Ugenyi, a sophomore, broke out last season, registering sacks against Notre Dame and Navy. But expect to see a lot more of him over the next three years. Ugenyi is an impact player, spurning an offer from Division I Baylor to attend West Point. He is a formidable pass rusher and could end up being Army's all-time sack leader, surpassing Cameron Craig. Ugenyi also brings a certain energy to the field that can help any team. You have to like the way this kid plays the game.

3. Ted Bentler, defensive tackle: Bentler is listed behind projected starters Tony Fusco and John Wright on Army's latest updated depth chart. Starter or reserve, Bentler will find his way on the field. Specimens like him don't come around often. A transfer from Iowa, Bentler played at the Big Ten school as a freshman. He played in seven games at defensive tackle for the Hawkeyes in 2005, including the Outback Bowl against Florida. Bentler, a sophomore, brings even more size and speed to Army.

4. Pat Mealy, running back: Who? Unless you are on this board or an Army football insider, you probably have never heard of Mealy.

He starred at USMA Prep last fall and is slated to arrive to the Academy in August. It's rare that a freshman chips in at Army, with all the rigors of West Point life.

Moore was an exception last year. Although projected starter Wesley McMahand had a decent year, he slowed late. His backups showed limited promise. Our prediction is that if Mealy doesn't begin the year seeing playing time, he will by the Navy game in December.

5. Carson Williams, quarterback: If there is never a freshman at Army who should see playing time, it's the quarterback.

And that's what we all have to remember: Williams was thrown into a burning fire last year. His numbers were ugly, Pevoto threw for four touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Keep in mind, four of those interceptions came in the Air Force blowout.

Expect Williams to make better decisions with a better quarterback coach behind him. He throws more touchdowns than interceptions. That's not a bad start.


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