Army Players to watch in the Spring

Unfortunately, Stan Brock has closed the curtains on Army football spring practices. It's a shame, but even though we can't see any Army football, we can still talk about it. The black and gold topic de jour today: We look at some players who we think will end up raising their stock during the top secret spring practice sessions.

Tony Moore, running back: Moore pulled a disappearing act last season, missing the all year due to injury. But let's not forget what Moore did as a freshman in 2006. He rushed for 399 yards and led the team with five rushing touchdowns. Moore could find his way to the front of Army's running back pack because of his power and versatility.

Lowell Garthwaite, strong safety: Like Moore, Garthwaite, a senior, was nowhere to be found last season.

He sat out last year, but did play in seven games in 2006, making two starts. Garthwaite is competing with senior David Black for the position.

Damion Hunter, wide receiver: Hunter has seen playing time in each of his first two seasons. However, with Jeremy Trimble and Corey Anderson gone, the Black Knights need Hunter to step up. He's been banged up the last two years, catching only six passes in four games last season, but expect the speedster to bounce back this fall. The Black Knights certainly need Hunter to step up. He and Mike Wright are the only returning players to catch a pass last season.

Carson Williams, quarterback: Williams, entering his junior season, needs to step up during spring drills and impress Brock and his coaching staff. If not, Williams could just be keeping the seat warm for incoming freshman quarterback Paul McIntosh.

Carlo Sandiego, quarterback: Sandiego starts the spring as Army's main punt and kick returner. But if Army is running the option or any variety of it, Sandiego could be the most important player on the field. He ran the option at USMA Prep and could help the scheme get going if Brock is installing it.

Mike Lemming, right tackle: Lemming, a senior, has to set the tone for a unit that was inconsistent last year. <> He's the only player who started all 12 games for Army up front and, obviously, has the most experience. Due to injuries, the Black Knights were forced to use seven different lineups on the offensive line last season. It made for one long year on offense.

Another player to watch is big boy right guard Mikel Weich, a rising sophomore.

Extra points: Central Catholic (Ind.) kicker Rory Noonan has committed to play for Army.

Noonan, a soccer-style kicker, will attend USMA Prep in the fall. He also considered trying to walk on at Michigan and Purdue. Noonan converted 36 of 40 extra points this year and made four field goals.


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