Army Opponents Spring Reports

Getting reports out of Army spring practices have been difficult. Hopefully, in time, we will all have a better idea of what direction the Black Knights are going in. As for Army's 2008 opponents, it's never too early for a scouting report. offers a look at what's going on in the spring camps' of Army's opponents.

New Hampshire: The dangerous Division I-AA school will have to replace talented quarterback Ricky Santos, who graduates in May.

Santos, last year's Walter Payton award winner, passed for 2,972 yards and 24 touchdowns last season. Sophomore R.J. Toman and redshirt freshman Kevin Decker are competing for the job during the spring.

Akron: The Blue team beat the Gold, 27-24, in Akron's spring scrimmage earlier this month. Running back Dennis Kennedy's 20-yard run won the game. He finished with 16 carries for 117 yards. Andrew Johnson, a transfer from the University of Miami (Fla.), will also be a threat in the Zips' backfield. Quarterback Chris Jacquemain completed 15-of-28 passes for 208 yards.

Temple: Returning quarterback Adam DiMichele is only participating in non-contact drills during the spring. He's recovering from a fractured tibia. Temple lost only one starter from the 2007 roster — fullback Josh Bundy.

Texas A&M: The Mike Sherman era officially began when the Aggies opened spring drills. Talented quarterback Stephen McGee and bruising running back Jovorskie Lane both return for Texas A&M. But they will have to adjust to Sherman's pro style offense. The Aggies ran a multiple offense last year.

Tulane: The Green Wave lost 14 starters, including running back Matt Forte, who ran over Army on a few occasions. Kevin Moore and Anthony Scelfo are expected to battle for the quarterback spot during drills.

Rice: Army's big project during the spring is its offense. Rice's project is its defense, which ranked last in Conference USA last year. The Owls offense did, however, score a school-record 377 points. Quarterback Chase Clement, who torched Army two years ago, returns. He and wide receiver Jarett Dillard are a dangerous 1-2 combo and working on their chemistry during spring drills.

Rutgers: The big question in Piscataway is who is going to replace star running back Ray Rice? Mason Robinson and Kordell Young are the two most likely candidates. However, Robinson might have the inside track, being that Young is out for drills with a knee injury.

Buffalo: Another team with lots 'o starters back, in this case, 18. Buffalo has plenty of skill players back, including running back James Starks, quarterback Drew Willy and wide receiver Naaman Roosevelt. Willy completed 68.4 percent of his passes last year, Starks ran for 1,103 yards and Roosevelt put up 766 yards.

Eastern Michigan: The running back position is up for grabs during spring practices. Junior Terrence Blevins, sophomores Jayson Jones and DeWayne Priest could all see action in the fall. Junior Andy Schmitt expects to be the starting quarterback, but sophomore Kyle McMahon could push him.

Louisiana Tech: Senior quarterback Zac Champion is gone. So sophomores Steven Ensminger and Ross Jenkins are fighting for the job. Running back Patrick Johnson, who missed the season with an injury, rushed for 950 yards last year.

Air Force: Army fans will love to hear this, Air Force lost 14 starters from last year's team. Shea Smith is penciled in as the starting quarterback, but Eric Herbort could battle him. The Falcons also lost leading rusher Chad Hall. This will be one of the youngest Air Force teams in years.

Navy: Paul Johnson is gone, but don't expect the Midshipmen to miss a beat this season. New coach Ken Niumatalolo will keep the triple-option in place and Navy has built a winning program. Navy has plenty of talent returning on offense. The cast includes quarterback Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada, slot back Shun White and fullback Eric Kettani. Top Stories