Questions for Army's Spring Drills

Finally, we all get our football fix, when Army takes the field for spring practices this week. Once again, it should be an interesting spring for the Black Knights, with lots of things to watch on the field. Armysports.com provides a list of some hot topics for spring drills.

What offense does Army run?

Coach Stan Brock is playing it close to the vest, withholding what scheme the Black Knights will run.

Our prediction, and it's just an educated guess, is that Brock isn't going to come out with some totally new offense. We see him adding some option elements to Army's Tim Walsh-influenced offense.

The buzz on post is that Army might close the offensive portion of practice to fans and the media.

The development of Carson Williams

Williams got a free pass as a freshman, as he should of, and Williams didn't deserved to be a ripped for his up-and-down performance last year. But Williams has to step up this season. He's a junior and if he doesn't, maybe Paul McIntosh makes a run at the job when he arrives to West Point. On paper, McIntosh already seems like the best option to jump into the game for option plays.

The running back shuffle

Once again, there are plenty of candidates: Tony Dace, who may be a slight favorite after his 100-yard performance against Navy last season, Tony Moore, who led Army in touchdowns in 2006, Ian Smith and Wesley McMahand. Now, one of them has to go out there and run the ball. Army went 31 quarters without a rushing touchdown last season. Not good.

Not a secondary concern

No, Army's secondary situation is a primary concern. Gone are star safeties Caleb Campbell and Jordan Murray. Cornerback Kevin Opoku has also graduated.

But things might not be as bad as they seem in the secondary. Rising junior Josh Mitchell returns at one corner and talented rising freshman Jordan Trimble should fit in nicely at the other.

Junior David Black is the only returning safety on Army's three-deep (six players) from last year. Sophomore defensive back Mario Hill is another player who can help back there.

Other points to ponder

Army needs a kicker and a punter now that Owen Tolson is gone. He was one of the best punters in college football. Andrew Rinehart seems like his likely successor.

Rinehart and Adam DeMarco will likely fight for the kicking job.

Also exiting are wide receivers Jeremy Trimble and Corey Anderson. Mike Wright is the only Army WR with real game experience. It may be time for sophomore Damion Hunter to emerge. The rest of the WR situation could very well play out during spring sessions.

Up front, center Trey Miranne and guards Connor Wicklund and Seth Faban need to be replaced. Freshman Mike Weich could easily claim one of the guard positions. A healthy Brandon Cox should be impressive to watch at tackle.

The Black Knights need a middle linebacker after the graduation of Brian Chmura. Can Arlance Jenkins be the man in the middle?


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