Army Preview 2008: Offensive Line

The Army Black Knights continue their preparations for the 2008 seasson opener and ArmySports.com continues its preview of what could be a very exciting year for Army football. Today we'll take a look at the offensive line. The Black Knights open their 2008 season on August 29th when they host the Temple Owls at Michie Stadium.

2008 Army offensive line

Overview: Maybe the most interesting thing to watch on this year's Army team will be the development of the offensive line. With the change to a diiferent style of offense, the O-line has a chance to cause some damage to the opposition, given the depth and experience this group has. You only need to go back to Jim Young's tenure to see how quickly that makeover can be done. After dismal results running a pro style in 1983, Army was able to become an offensive force the next year. Much had to do with the offensive line, which no longer needed to worry about holding pass blocks and could concentrate on quick run-blocking techniques. The same could very well happen this year. After all, anything would be an improvement over last year. Army QB's were sacked 31 times and were under severe pressure even when not sacked, leading to hurried throws into multiple coverages, resulting in devestating interceptions and a ton of 3-and-outs. The running attack was slow to develop and the more complicated blocking schemes certainly didn't help. So perhaps all the injuries and ineffective play of this group last year will lead to a deep, experienced crew this year, which can lead the new offense to levels not seen around these parts for many, many moons.

Starters lost:

Tackles

Guards Seth Fabin Connor Wicklund

Center

Trey Miranne

Returning starters:

Tackles

Mike Lemming (6-3, 298, Sr.)- Started all 12 games last season. Also saw action in six games in 2006. Has looked solid so far in preseason practice.

Guards

Brandon Cox (6-3, 294, Sr.)- Started all 12 games in 2007. Has worked hard to learn the option system during presesson drills.

Center

Others to watch:

Tackles

Jude Cooke (6-6, 270, Jr.)- Rising junior who hopes to see action in the fall.
Matt Dillon (6-3, 290, Fr.)
Jason Johnson (6-3, 260, Jr.)- Won a starting spot at left tackle in the spring. Started 5 games in 2007.
Andrew Krumwied (6-4, 270, So.)- Rising sophomore.
Tyler Mattox (6-5, 254, So.)- Attended the USMAPS.
Mike McDermott (6-7, 245, Fr.)
Anees Merzi (6-3, 268, So.)- Attended the USMAPS.
Joe Muldoon (6-6, 295, Jr.)- Tall lineman who finished the spring as the backup right tackle. Attended the USMAPS.
Jordan Pleasants (6-2, 300, Fr.)
Cameron Reed (6-6, 228, So.)- Attended the USMAPS.
Mike Schumacher (6-3, 265, Sr.)- Hard working senior who hopes to see acion in 2008.
David Sprague (6-3, 288, Jr.)- Developing junior.
Ethan Thies (6-4, 319, So.)- Sophomore has good size.
Daniel Tucker (6-3, 260, Fr.)
Ali Villanueva (6-10, 302, Jr.)- Finished the spring as the backup left tackle.
Steve Westbrook (6-5, 270, Sr.)- Attended the USMAPS.

Guards

Wyatt Batchelor (6-3, 263, Sr.)- Hard working senior who wants to see action in 2008.
Stephen Brown (6-4, 275, Fr.)
Drew Coyle (6-2, 286, Sr.)- Attended the USMAPS.
Daniel Cunningham (6-2, 286, So.)- Attended the USMAPS.
Dean Garretson (6-2, 282, Jr.)- Attended the USMAPS.
John Keller (6-3, 295, Sr.)- Keller will backup veteran left guard Brandon Cox in the fall.
Zachary Joanos (5-11, 251, So.)- Rising sophomore.
Kenric Lull (6-3, 265, Jr.)- Attended the USMAPS.
Jeremy Maness (6-3, 250, Fr.)
Doug McFarland (6-0, 267, Fr.)
Richard Miller (6-2, 296, Jr.)- Miller finished the spring as the backup right guard.
Ray Quintanilla (6-3, 295, So.)- Attended the USMAPS.
Matt Ridgeway (6-3, 287, Sr.)- Attended the USMAPS.
Mikel Weich (6-3, 281, So.)- Weich won the starting right guard in the spring. Saw action in four game last year.

Centers

Thomas Hagan (6-2, 264, So.)- Rising sophomore.
Patrick Hastings (6-2, 220, Fr.)- Incoming freshman who will get lots of work in the weight room.
Zachary Peterson (6-1, 269, So.)- Attended the USMAPS.
Tyson Quink (6-3, 281, Sr.)- In the spring Quink won the position vacated by Trey Miranne. Quink started the Temple game in 2007 at left guard.
Jacob Stucky (6-1, 252, So.)- Attended the USMAPS.
Karl Thompson (6-2, 302, Jr)- Thompson cracked the depth chart in the spring and will backup Tyson Quink.

Projected starters:

Tackles

Mike Lemming (RT)
Jason Johnson (LT)

Guards

Mikel Weich (RG)
Brandon Cox (LG)

Center

Tyson Quink

Army offensive line preseason power rating (1-10): 7.9


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