Jordan Trimble hopes to contribute in 2007

They lined up in their Ashburn, Va. backyard often. The older brother played wide receiver. His kid brother, three years younger, played defensive back. Dad played quarterback.

The battles were always competitive and produced two pretty good football players: Jeremy and Jordan Trimble.

Army fans know a lot about Jeremy, star wide receiver and punt returner. He led the Black Knights with 52 receptions for 534 yards and averaged 18.1 yards per punt return to rank second nationally.

Expect to hear a lot from Jordan, too. A true freshman, Jordan Trimble has rocketed to second on the cornerback depth chart behind Kevin Opoku. Trimble is expected to see time on pass plays this season.

"I loved it," said Steven Trimble of his son's backyard battles. He coached both boys at Bishop O'Connell High. "Jordan always loved playing defense better than offense. He listened well and worked hard at his craft. Tell him something once and he learns it."

Steven Trimble has a unique perspective when it comes to wide receivers. He played defensive back for the Denver Broncos from 1981-83. In 1984-85, Trimble suited up for the Denver Gold of the USFL. He retired after playing for the Chicago Bears in 1987.

Trimble knows all the tricks of the trade. He taught them to Jordan and Jeremy and then let them have at it.

"It was fun to watch them compete," Steven Trimble said. "Jeremy says that nobody can cover him, but Jordan went out there and pushed him, working on things like footwork and positioning. The little things."

Although Jeremy might not want to give his little brother credit, having Jordan around helped his game. For Jordan, who is 5-foot-10, 180 pounds, playing against a top-flight Division I wide receiver improved his game immensely. He could have wilted after Beast Barracks, but shined during preseason camp. With Opoku and Army's other defensive back, John Laird, graduating this season, it's only a matter of time until Jordan Trimble cracks the starting lineup. Papa Trimble is proud of Jeremy and has enjoyed following his sparkling career at West Point. He taught him a lot.

Now, he wants to see how well Jordan plays his old position, wearing the black and gold. Like Jeremy, Steven Trimble has complete confidence in Jordan.

"I knew Jordan would have a chance to play as a freshman," Steven Trimble says."He always sets goals where he wants to be."


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