Report Card: Army vs. Temple

It wasn't the outcome Army supporters wanted, Temple 35 Army 7, ArmySports.com's analyzes every element of the Black Knight's performance and assigns a grade to each area.


Army
7

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Temple
35

AREA
GRADE
COMMENTS
PASSING OFFENSE
D+
Option teams don't usually pass much. Army passed a little more (15 times) than a usual option team. They completed on 6 of those 15 attempts. If Army is going to be an option team they need to run, run and run some more.
RUSHING OFFENSE
C-
Very sloppy, but this is to be expected in the first game againt a live opponent. Temple is no slouch either, they have everyone back and are well coached. Yeah, it was ugly at times with the Owls blazing through the Army O-line to pick up tackles for losses. Army looked great in that one drive in the third quarter. Carson Williams battled hard but he seems a step slow to run the option. Colin Mooney is a weapon.
PASSING DEFENSE
C
Temple's Adam DiMichele completed 15 of 22 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns. Temple runs a balanced offense and one got the feeling from watching the game that the score could have been a lot worse had the Owls passed more. Nice job by Richard King who picked off a Temple pass in the first quarter.
RUSHING DEFENSE
A
Army held Temple to just 84 yards rushing on 30 attempts, that's just 2.8 yards a play. Army's linebacking corps of Josh McNary, John Plumstead and Frank Scappaticci led the way combining for 21 tackles and 2 tackles for loss.
SPECIAL TEAMS
D-
The punt return unit struggled in particular. Temple's return men weaved through Army's unit easily all day. Army just gave up too much yardage on both the punt and kickoffs. More speed and aggressiveness is needed on this units. The long kickoff return was a dagger in the heart of the Black Knights.
COACHING
D+
Most of us new things could be ugly the first game or two. While that was expected for the offense because it has a totally new system the special teams return units were totally unprepared.
OVERALL GRADE
D+
Eliminate the mistakes and things could get better. There are almost 200 players on the Army roster, surely the coaches can find someone who can make a tackle on returns. These coaches will get it fixed. Look for a big improvement in both special teams and the running game next week against New Hampshire.

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