Top 5 players Army will face

Army's 2007 season is full of challenges on both sides of the ball. The Black Knights play some good teams with good players. Who are the best? takes a look at the top five offensive players the Black Knights will face this season.

1. Ray Rice, Rutgers: Expect him to be him in the hunt for the Heisman Trophy again this season.
Rice, a junior, has played a huge part in raising the Rutgers program from the bottom of college football. Rice helped Rutgers to its first winning season in 14 years as a freshman, rushing for 1,120 yards and five touchdowns. He kicked it up a notch last year.

Rice rushed for 1,794 yards and 20 touchdowns. The Scarlet Knights won a school record-tying 11 games and finished ranked 12th in the country. Rutgers is expected to be as good, if not, better than last year.
So is Rice. If Army doesn't come up with a game plan, Rice could tear up the Michie Stadium turf for 200 yards.

2. Tashard Choice, Georgia Tech: He isn't Ray Rice, but he's pretty close. Choice ended last season as one of the hottest running backs in the country.
Choice rushed for 100 yards in each of his last seven games of the season, finishing the year with 1,473, which led the ACC. He was the first Yellow Jacket to rush for 1,000 yards since P. J. Daniels in 2003. Expect Choice to make some noise in the Heisman Trophy race.

3. Matt Forte, Tulane: Forte likely won't get much national attention, but it's what he's done against Army that gets him a spot on this list.
Forte took it easy on the Black Knights last year, rushing for 124 yards and two touchdowns. But as a freshman in 2004, Forte blitzed Army for 216 yards and four all-purpose touchdowns.

4. Riley Skinner, Wake Forest: Finally, a quarterback makes the list. Skinner came out of nowhere to lead Wake Forest to a 10-2 regular-season record last season.
He stepped in for injured starter Ben Mauk during the 2003 season-opener against Syracuse and never looked back. In fact, Skinner was so good, he earned second-team all-ACC honors as a red-shirt freshman. Riley finished the year with 2,051 yards and nine touchdowns.

5. Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada, Navy: The quarterback has to be on the list because of the magnitude of the Army-Navy game and because he's damn talented.
Although he didn't have a big game against, Army Kaheaku-Enhada had a great year for Navy, stepping in after Brian Hampton tore up his knee against Rutgers on Oct. 14. Kaheaku-Enhada put up 11 all-purpose touchdowns in the four games, leading into Army.
Kaheaku-Enhada, who is tough and fast, could get pushed at quarterback by Jared Bryant.

Others to watch

Matt Ryan, Boston College: He led the ACC in passing last season and new BC coach Jeff Jagodzinski is expected to open up the Eagles' offense this season.

Adam Ballard, Navy: The hard-charging fullback left last year's game after the first series with a broken ankle. He ran for 192 yards against Army in 2005.

Shaun Carney, Air Force: The quarterback is expected to flourish in Troy Calhoun's spread offense.

Reggie Campbell, Navy: A big threat slot back that can run the ball and make the big catch.

Mike Teel, Rutgers: It wasn't always pretty, but Teel usually found a way to get the job done at quarterback.

Micah Andrews, Wake Forest:
The running back was named to the 2004 ACC All-Freshman team. After a productive sophomore season (621 yards), Andrews' was expected to have a break-out junior season. But he tore his ACL in his left knee three games into last season. Andrews is expected to be 100 percent by the fall. Top Stories