Ted Bentler to boost Army D-line

Expect new Army defensive lineman Ted Bentler to sacrifice his body for the Black Knights this season. Anything to help Army win. Just look at what Bentler gave up to come to the Academy. He left a promising career at the University of Iowa to attend West Point and serve his country.

Bentler played in seven games at defensive tackle for the University of Iowa in 2005, including the Outback Bowl against Florida. He could see a whole lot more time at Army. Bentler is expected to make a run at starter on Army's already stacked line.

The Black Knights think so highly of Bentler that they petioned the NCAA for another year of eligibility for him. The NCAA declined Army's request.

Of course, Bentler, a sophomore, was influenced by his brother, Fritz, coming to West Point. Fritz Bentler is a sophomore offensive lineman not listed on the three-deep depth chart. In fact, the Bentler's almost pulled off a West Point trifecta, but younger Matt recently verbally committed to Stanford University. Ted Bentler has always been been interested in the military. That's why he decided to read a book called Absolutely American: Four Years at West Point earlier this year.

The book changed Bentler's life. It isn't the main reason why Bentler chose West Point, but it played a pretty big part. Transfers are rare at West Point because the Academy doesn't generally accept credits from other institutions. As per NCAA rules, Bentler sat out last season, his freshman year at West Point.

Iowa and Iowa State offered Bentler full rides when he was a sophomore at Assumption High in Iowa. He chose Iowa, which is located about an hour away from the Bentler's home in Bettendorf. Bentler, who is 6-foot-2, 280 pounds, had four tackles as a red-shirt freshman for Iowa two years ago and was considered a fast-rising prospect after a strong showing this past spring. He's been listed second on Iowa's depth chart at defensive tackle and defensive end. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz moved him to the offensive line during the spring and Bentler ran with the second group.

But enough about Iowa. Bentler is ready to make a point at the Point. Of course, the real test comes when the season begins, but Bentler impressed during spring drills.

His teammates and coaches love his aggressiveness. Bentler is athletic, quick and plays with an infectious energy. An energy that makes players around him better.

This Bentler kid could be something else. Extra points: Former Army center Pete Bier participated in a mini-camp with the Green Bay Packers May 18-20, which included Brett Favre.


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