Army Football Notes

Just about everyone on this board hemmed and hawed when Army Stan Brock head football coach. With all due respect, there was reason for concern. Brock never had a college head job before West Point.

We're not ready to put him in the Jim Young stratosphere. Heck, he's way behind Bob Sutton and others. But it's worth noting that Brock has earned two wins at Army quicker than his predecessor/mentor Bobby Ross.

Army opened 2004 0-4 under Ross, before breaking a 19-game losing streak by beating Cincinnati. The Black Knights followed with a win at South Florida, but lost the last five games of that year and began the ‘05 season on a six-game losing streak.

Brock has a long way to go, but he could pick up wins in the next two weeks over Tulane and Central Michigan. Then, he would be rolling. But let's start with Tulane: A win and a 3-3 start wouldn't be bad for Brock.

Here is a look at how some other some other Army coaches performed over the opening six games of their career.

Todd Berry (2000): 0-6
Bob Sutton (1991): 3-3 (beat Colgate, Harvard and Louisville)
Jim Young (1983): 2-4 (beat Dartmouth and Rutgers)
Tom Cahill (1966): 5-1 (beat Kansas State, Holy Cross, Penn State, Rutgers, Pittsburgh) Paul Dietzel (1962): 5-1 (beat Wake Forest, Syracuse, Penn State, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, George Washington)
Earl Blaik (1941): 4-0-1 (beat The Citadel, Virginia Military Institute, Yale and Columbia)


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Army finally broke out of its offensive slump, scoring 37 points last Saturday against winless Temple.

Actually, the Black Knights didn't. Two of Army's touchdowns came on special teams and another came on defense. Hey, it's no problem, any team in the country takes points anyway it can.

The offense made some strides, but, the point is, this unit has a long way to go. There is going to come a time when Army's special teams and defense won't be able to carry the offense. Temple outgained Army 463-329. Carson Williams took some steps, albeit baby ones, but look for him to improve next week against Tulane. As for Army's running back by committee, someone on the committee needs to step up.

Expect Army to do a fine job of scouting Tulane running back Matt Forte.

Forte rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries against Army last year. He also caught five passes for 54 yards. Forte, a senior, rushed for 216 yards and four all-purpose touchdowns against Army in a 45-31 win over Tulane in 2004.

Forte has rushed for 508 yards and six touchdowns this season. He put up 73 yards on 16 carries against second-ranked LSU last week.

Chalk one up to ArmySports.com. We featured scud speedster Corey Anderson, a senior and all-around goody guy, in a piece leading up to the Temple game.

And what do you know: Anderson took the opening kickoff against Temple 88 yards for a touchdown. Anderson's return served as Army's fifth-longest kickoff return since 1982 and longest since a 97-yard return for a touchdown by Scott Wesley against Tulane in 2004. It was great to see.

Extra points: Army's two wins have come against teams with a combined 1-9 record Temple (0-5), Rhode Island (1-4). Tulane is 1-3. Army is 5-8-1 against the Green Wave all-time ... A win over Tulane would give Army its first 3-0 start at Michie Stadium since 1996. The Black Knights went 6-0 at home that year ... Army finished up two wins in September for the second straight year. That's not bad, considering, the Black Knights went 0-28 in the month from 2000-05. Tulane is 7-20 since the start of the 2005 season and hasn't had a winning year since 2002.


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