Army breakout players to watch

The game is on the line and someone needs to step up for Army, but who? Who makes the game-saving tackle? Or the run that puts the game away? Time will tell, but ArmySports.com decided to make a list of the breakout players for 2008 in alphabetical order.

Paul McIntosh, quarterback: This might be a pipe dream, considering he will only be a freshman, at the Academy, no less. But you have to like McIntosh's resume. In case you missed it, McIntosh was Indiana's Mr. Football at Evansville Reitz High this fall. He threw for 2,292 yards with 22 touchdowns and six interceptions. McIntosh rushed for 1,621 yards and 34 touchdowns in 15 games.

Tony Moore, running back: Moore missed this season with a mysterious "leg injury". Hopefully, he's back in the fall. Moore led Army with five touchdowns as a freshman in 2006, adding 399 rushing yards. He could be the Black Knights' hardest runner.

Colin Mooney, fullback: He has some huge pads to fill, replacing Mike Viti. But Mooney, a sophomore, has earned the reputation as another tough son of a gun. Knock em' dead, Colin.

Jordan Trimble, defensive back: Hey, he's a Trimble. So, of course, he can play the game. Trimble saw plenty of time as a freshman and more than held his own. He and Josh Mitchell are expected to play defensive back for Army this season.

Victor Ugenyi, defensive end: To be honest, we expected more out Ugenyi as a sophomore last season. But he still has two more years to play and we're betting they will be good ones. Army's d-line has more talent, too. Players to watch include juniors Ted Bentler and Mike Gann.

Mike Weich, right guard: At 6-3, 280, Weich is highly touted and could be the starter this fall. The o-line will be key for Army this fall as they lose three starters.

Extra points: Jamestown (Va.) High School offensive lineman Mike Netherland has verbally committed to Army and is expected to attend U.S.M.A. Prep this fall.

Netherland was named to the Bay Rivers District and Region I all-star teams and was honorable mention all-state by the Virginia High School Coaches Association and Virginia Preps.com. "Coach (Stan) Brock wants most of the incoming recruits to go to the prep school. It's sort of like a redshirt year," Netherland told the Daily Press (Va.).


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