David Pevoto to start at Akron

It has the makings of one of the best comeback stories in all of college football this season. Now, it's up to David Pevoto. Army coach Stan Brock has named Pevoto the starter for Army's season-opener against Akron Saturday night in Cleveland over sophomore Carson Williams.

"We're excited, as we had hoped, that David Pevoto won the competition, and it wasn't that Carson lost it," Brock said. "We still consider Carson to be a very, very good quarterback, but from a consistency level, we're very happy with David's progress from the spring, right through training camp."

Brock added: "Day in and day out, David stepped up and won the job. We think that it's time (to name a starter) and we want him to have a week under center with the starting group, knowing that he's the starter and preparing for the game. I want David to know that he's starter and I want him to go out there and act like the starter, and help us win football games. We have a very competent backup and a young man that could be a starter. But I'm going to let David go out there and give us every opportunity to win."

Pevoto, a senior, is a player looking for redemption after a difficult 2006 campaign. And that makes him dangerous. Pevoto began last year as the starter, but was benched after eight starts. The final straw came last Oct. 21 against TCU when Pevoto was 0-for-5 with no completions with no yards and two interceptions at halftime.

Williams started the last four games of the year. Pevoto showed something during preseason camp, winning the job, but his most admirable performance might have been after his benching. Pevoto, who completed 106 of 193 pass attempts (.549) for 1,012 yards last fall, throwing six touchdowns and 14 interceptions, never complained and did his best to help Williams out. When Pevoto got some chances later in games, he performed And there are still many positives about Pevoto. He can take a hit. He can take an underdog down to San Antonio and almost beat Texas A&M. As a matter of fact, if only former coach Bobby Ross called for a Pevoto bootleg on the final play of the game Army might have come home winners.

Pevoto's broad chest, big shoulders and chiseled biceps make him a dead-ringer for prospects that powers such as USC and Miami fawn over, yet Louisiana Lafayette was the only other Division I school to recruit him out of Colleyville High in Texas. Now, Pevoto has to play the part of the stud. He should benefit from new offensive coordinator Tim Walsh's offense.

Good, luck David. Here's to a great season. Go Army! Beat Akron!

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