It has been over three months since Paul McIntosh left
When McIntosh committed to Army on
McIntosh's experience with running a spread option offense combined with Brock's commitment to install a similar scheme at Army helped convince Evansville Reitz head coach John Hart that his prized quarterback could make an immediate impact at
In an interview back in January with Armysports.com, Hart said that McIntosh had "All-American potential," and he thought the quarterback would "fit right into Army's new scheme." And since Army's depth chart at quarterback at the time was not overflowing with players with option experience, the idea of McIntosh starting as a freshman was not too much of a reach.
However, when Army officials released its first depth chart prior to its season opener on August 29 against
McIntosh admits that he was never surprised that his name did not appear on the depth chart. In fact, where he stood on the roster wasn't even on his radar at the time.
"(The depth chart) wasn't really on my mind at all. Whenever I was there the only thing I was ever focused on was the cadet-life aspect," said McIntosh. "To be completely honest with you, I did not think too much about (football). Football was a back seat to everything else while I was there."
Like every other new cadet at
McIntosh completed the summer training program at West Point and began to practice with the football team over the summer, but he never felt comfortable in his surroundings – and he was never able to get "completely focused" in his new environment.
"I didn't want to be there – in the first place – in the Army. It didn't really matter with me with the football (part). I just was not happy with myself. (I was) not happy with being in the Army," said McIntosh.
But did the fact that McIntosh did not seem to be factoring into Army's offensive plans in his freshman year have any impact on his decision to leave?
"It didn't really have to do with football. I just took a step back and decided (the military) wasn't the career path I wanted. I told the people when I left there if I was the starting quarterback I still would have left," continued McIntosh.
As for his relationship with the Army coaches, McIntosh had nothing but praise for Brock and his staff.
"They were all great coaches. I told them when I left that it had nothing to do with them. It was just the military lifestyle – it wasn't what I wanted to do with the rest of my life…for the majority of my life."
"(The Academy) was a lot tougher than I thought, and it was different than I thought," admitted McIntosh.
One opportunity McIntosh did not take advantage of was spending a year at
Did McIntosh think, in hindsight, that maybe he could have benefited from going to the prep school first?
"No. I think (my decision) might have been actually been (made) quicker. It's just the same thing military-wise."
In addition to
"After I left
McIntosh said that he really does not have any advice for recruits who are considering whether or not to attend a service academy, but he did say he personally should have learned more about the institution as a whole.
"I probably didn't do all of my research as well as I could have. I probably looked more for football than the actual school," said McIntosh. He then added, "I gave it my best shot."
However, the former Mr. Football for
"And they are a good football program too. I'm going to go in and do my best…and do whatever they want me to do," he added.
As for his time at
"I thought he was doing a real good job. He was trying to move the program in the right direction. It is kind of hard to get the program from where it was (to where they want to be) in a short amount of time. I thought he and the coaching staff were doing a good job," said McIntosh.
McIntosh did not have any regrets about his decision to go to
When asked for a major difference between his brief military career and his current civilian one at
"I get a lot more sleep (here)."