Army Preseason Practice Outlook

Preseason camp begins today for Army and hopefully its the start of a successful season for the Black Knights. provides a look at some things to watch during camp, head coach Stan Brock's second running the team.

The bone: Army is expected to finally make public its new top secret offense. The wishbone is the rumor and it will likely be some type of option scheme. If this is the case, Army fans have every right to be excited, just as long as the Black Knights can run it.

QB situation: Carson Williams, still only a junior, comes into camp as the starter. But don't count out freshman Paul McIntosh, Indiana's Mr. Football last year at Evansville Reitz. It's very possible that McIntosh gets a look from Brock and he sees how far he takes it. Chip Bowden, a sophomore listed second on the depth chart, is also in the mix.

Getting the ball outside: Even if the Black Knights go with a run heavy offense, they still have to get the ball to the wide receivers.

Therein lies a problem as Army as little experience at the position. Senior Mike Wright is the only player who saw substantial time last season. Players like junior Damion Hunter and sophomore Jameson Carter could see increased roles.

Secondary success: Army has some glaring holes in the secondary, especially with strong safety Caleb Campbell and free safety Jordan Murray graduation. But the Black Knights do have some talent at all four positions in the secondary and it will be interesting to see how they develop as the season-opener with Temple approaches.

Sophomore Jordan Trimble is solid at one corner and senior Josh Mitchell can play at the other. David Black and Lowell Garthwaite, who returns to the team after a year hiatus, are expected to compete for the strong safety job. Markenson Pierre and Donovan Travis will compete at free safety.

Getting it done up front: Lack of size and injuries have limited Army's success on the offensive line for several years. That has caused the team significant trouble. But this year's group appears to have the makings of a solid unit. If the Black Knights are going to run an option scheme, they will need all the blocking they can get. Sophomore right guard Mike Weich (6-3, 280), senior right tackle Mike Lemming (6-3, 298) and left guard Brandon Cox (6-4, 298) lead the way.

Hang time: For all of Army's struggles, the Black Knights have been lucky to have an All-American caliber punter. But Owen Tolson, who had a brief tryout with the Giants this year, has graduated. Senior Andrew Rinehart likely replaces him.

The alternative service option controversy: The move to change the U.S. Army's policy was bad on several levels. It forced Campbell to leave the Detroit Lions on the eve of training camp. Recently graduated Army baseball players, Drew Clothier, Chris Simmons and Cole White. playing minor league baseball, were forced to leave their destinations.

There could be some questions for Brock and his players about the situation from local and national media early in camp. But that minor distraction should go away quickly and the Black Knights can focus on the task at hand: A successful camp and season. Top Stories