Army opponent camp reports

The option is in place and Army is ready to go. The Black Knights opened preseason camp last week. already has checked in with Army's season-opening opponent on Aug. 29, Temple. Now, it's time to see what's going on with other foes as they prepare for the 2008 season and the Black Knights.

Buffalo: Slowly, Buffalo is making strides under well-regarded head coach Turner Gill. The Bulls have been picked to finish third in the Mid-American Conference's East Division. But, for the first time since 1999 when Buffalo joined the MAC, the Bulls received three first place votes. Buffalo returns 18 starters to a team that finished 5-7 overall and 5-3 in the MAC last fall.

Louisiana Tech: Sophomore Ross Jenkins and senior Taylor Bennett are in a heated fight for the starting quarterback job.Jenkins has worked in coach Derek Dooley's system since 2006. But he's thrown only five passes in his collegiate career. Meanwhile, Bennett arrives from Georgia Tech, where he started all 13 games for the Yellow Jackets last year. He transferred to Louisiana Tech and is eligible to play immediately after receiving an academic waiver to pursue a master's degree in business information. While he possesses considerably more game experience than Jenkins, he only started practicing last week.Louisiana Tech returns eight starters on offense.

Navy: With new coach Ken Niumatalolo in the fold, the Midshipmen are looking to keep alive several streaks. Navy has beaten Army a series-record six-consecutive years, winning 11-straight service academy games, which is one off the service academy record set by Air Force from 1997-2002. The five-straight Commander-In-Chief Trophies the Midshipmen have one is one off the service academy record, while the Midshipmen are also looking to go to a sixth-straight bowl game for the first time in school history and to become the first team in NCAA history to win four-straight rushing titles.

Rice: One of the main focuses in Rice's camp will be defense. The Owls finished 118th in the nation in yards allowed per game (510.8) and scoring defense (42.9) .......Rice returns quarterback Chase Clement, who threw for 3,377 yards and 29 touchdowns, setting 18 school and four league records last year.

Rutgers: Head coach Schiano, entering his eighth season at Rutgers, denied reports this weekend that alleged there is an option in his contract for him to leave the Scarlet Knights after the 2009 season.The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J. reported last month that Schiano has the option to leave Rutgers after the 2009 season, without paying a $500,000 buyout if the school's $102 million stadium expansion is not completed on time. However, Schiano said that the option was discussed, but reiterated his commitment not just to the football program but also to Rutgers University.Under Schiano's watch, the Scarlet Knights registered a 26-12 record with two bowl victories over the past three seasons.On the field, Schiano is looking forward to replace star running back Ray Rice, now with the Baltimore Ravens. Candidates for the job include Kordell Young, Mason Robinson, Joe Martinek and Jourdan Brooks.

Texas A&M: New Aggies' coach Mike Sherman has moved bruising tailback Jorvorskie Lane to fullback. That means instead of splitting time in the backfield with Mike Goodson, Lane's job will be to clear holes for Goodson. The pair had split time at tailback the past two seasons ...... Sherman has also announced that sophomore receiver Roger Holland will redshirt in 2008 as he recovers from the effects of a concussion suffered during spring drills. Holland contributed as a rusher, receiver and return man as a true freshman in 2007.

Tulane: Sophomore quarterback Kevin Moore is expected to replace the graduated Anthony Scelfo at quarterback. Redshirt freshman Joe Kemp is expected to push Moore, but the sophomore is still the favorite ....... Army killer Matt Forte, who rushed for 2,127 yards and 23 touchdowns last season, is now playing for the Chicago Bears. Junior Andre Anderson replaces Forte.

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