Army's players to watch in 2009

New Army football coach Rich Ellerson isn't just going to roll into West Point like a white knight, or maybe Black Knight is more appropriate, and save the program Just like every other Army coach, the winners and the losers, Ellerson needs his players to step up and get the job done. Armysports.com looks at several key players to watch during the 2009 season.

Chip Bowden, junior quarterback: Considering Bowden was only a sophomore, he did a great job last season.

Keep in mind that Bowden was calling the shots in Stan Brock's vanilla offense. This could be a big year for Bowden with another year under his belt and Ellerson calling the shots for him in a much more innovative scheme.

Carson Williams, senior quarterback: He's a player to watch for one reason. It will be interesting to see what becomes of Williams.

Williams has been a starter for most of the past two years. However, in Ellerson's triple option, Williams could be sent to the bottom of the depth chart.

Patrick Mealy, junior running back: A player who needs to put up this fall. He hasn't developed as quickly as expected.

Damion Hunter, senior wide receiver/return man: Hunter actually saw time as a freshman and appeared to have a bright future. He hasn't lived up to his potential, but could flourish with a coach who could utilize him better.

Donovan Travis, junior defensive back: Thrown into the fire last year, Travis never backed down, and produced.

He played in 11 games and was sixth on the team with 64 tackles. Travis and Jordan Trimble, another junior, give Army a strong 1-2 combo in the defensive backfield.

Stephen Anderson, junior linebacker: Could have a monster year for the Black Knights. Anderson was second on the team with 82 tackles last season.

Josh McNary, junior linerbacker: Another potential stud who would fit nicely into Ellerson's Desert Storm defensive attack. McNary had 69 tackles last year and led the team with 4.5 sacks.

Ian Smith, senior running back: Another late bloomer. Maybe Ellerson can get something out of Smith.

Ted Bentler, senior defensive tackle: Remember, this guy could play at Iowa. Expect Bentler to have a big senior year in the Desert Storm scheme along with senior Victor Ugenyi.


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