Army Preview 2008: Quarterbacks

As part of ArmySports.com's continuing preview of the 2008 Army football season today we'll take a look at the quarterbacks. The Black Knights open their 2008 season on August 29th when they host the Temple Owls at Michie Stadium.

Overview:

The biggest problem in the past decade with the pro-set offense was the Black Knights inability to put constant pressure on the defense. This was especially true the last couple seasons, as the running game was largely non-existent and the quarterbacks were under constant pressure in the passing game, resulting in constant 3-and-outs and dismal results putting points on the board. With an option-based attack, the goal is to control the ball and pressure the defense with different looks and the ball handling skills to keep the defense back on their heels, something that hasn't been seen in these parts for quite some time. Carson Williams will get the first shot at this new offense. His level of success in the early going will show if he's the latter day Ronnie McAda or if it's time to go to the stable of youngsters recruited by the coaching staff the past two years. The question for the younger QB's is simple. Will they be able to adapt their dominant high school skills to the much faster college game, where the decision-making needs to happen much quicker and the athleticism of the defenders will be at a level they have not seen. So don't expect big results, especially early in the early going. But anything will be an improvement over recent seasons, and maybe the offense can reach the level of their sister academies in making opposing defenses work much harder on a weekly basis.

Starters lost:

None.

Returning starters:

Carson Williams (6-3, 212, Jr.)- Completed 151 of his 287 attempts for 1,781 yards, 11 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

Others to watch:

Matt Arent (6-3, 216, Fr.)- 2-star Scout.com prospect. As a junior Arent led Hillsboro to a 14-1 record, passing for 2,542 yards and 29 touchdowns in the process. He was an All-State and an All-Region selection.
Tanner Boucher (6-4, 220, Fr.)- As a senior, Boucher threw for 1500 yards and 25 touchdowns. He benches 275 pounds and squats 475 pounds.
Chip Bowden (6-0, 218, So)- 2nd on depth chart after the spring.
Chris Daniels (6-1, 209, Fr.)- Earned all-district honors as a senior at Barbers Hill HS in Pennsylvania.
Taylor Hall (6-0, 180, Fr.)- During his senior year completed 92 of 178 passes for 1,202 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Daniel Hinkson (6-1, 185, Fr.)- Attended USMAPS.
Max Jenkins (6-2, 197, Fr.)- 2-star Scout.com prospect. 2,112 yards and 15 touchdowns passing. On the ground, he rushed for 526 yards and nine touchdowns.
Josh Jones (6-1, 190, Fr.)- 2-star Scout.com prospect. A threat at both passing and running.
Paul McIntosh (6-2, 195, Fr.)- 3-star Scout.com prospect. Led his team to the state title while passing for 2,292 yards and 22 touchdowns.
Chase Prasnicki (6-1, 212, Jr.)- Hard working junior.
Jimmy Reitter (6-0, 175, Jr.)- During his high school career he coompleted 186 of 367 passes for 2,874 yards with 20 touchdown passes and 17 interceptions.
Kyle Stancombe (5-10, 188, Jr.)- Junior who hopes to see duty in 2008.
Joseph Van Deusen (6-2, 210, So.)- Rising sophomore.

Projected starter:

Carson Williams

Army quarterbacks preseason power rating (1-10): 7.7


Carson Williams (Getty/ Jim Rogash)

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