Army Football: 2003 Wide receivers preview

Here's an early look at the Army Black Knights wide receiver corps for 2003.

Key loss: Aris Comeaux who caught 60 passes for 808 yards and 9 TDs over the past two seasons. Aris was a two-year starter who was limited by injuries late in 2002. He also had 2 punt returns for TDs last season.

Projected starters:

Aaron Alexander, 6-5, 205, JR. Aaron had 11 starts in 2002 and finished with 26 pc for 454 yards and 2 TDs. Look for these numbers to improve in 2003 as Army's 3 experienced QBs will be looking for Aaron as a big-target possession receiver who can also catch the deep ball in the crowd.

William White, 5-11, 200, JR. William had 9 starts in 2002 after lettering as a special teams player in 2001. He had 30 pc for 384 yards in a season plagued by minor injuries. William led Army in all-purpose yards with 1646 yards, most of them from KO returns. William should improve upon his numbers in 2003 and look for him to have a higher receiving yardage average per catch with some long runs after some catches in 2003.

Blaine Cooper, 6-0, 195, SO. Blaine had 3 late-season starts in 2002 and will have to battle with several others to secure the final starting spot. He finished with 5 pc for 54 yards and 1 TD.

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The next group:

Clint Woody, 6-5, 225, SR. Clint will get plenty of playing time in 2003 and may win a starting spot. He had 3 starts in 2002 and finished with 7 PC for 70 yards. Clint is a veteran who had a TD reception in 2000 against Boston College and lettered in 2001, appearing in all 11 games. He will be a chief back-up to both Alexander and White.

Lamar Mason, 5-7, 165, JR. Lamar is a speedy receiver cut from the same mold as recent Army standouts Rod Richardson and Omari Thompson. He appeared in all 12 games in 2002 and had one start versus Air Force. He finished the season with 10 pc for 152 yards and 1 TD. He may push Blaine Cooper for the final starting receiver slot.

Jacob Murphy, 6-2, 190, SO. Jacob started 1 game in 2002 and received playing time in 11 games. He had 2 pc for 79 yards, including a 78 yard TD versus Houston. Jacob will likely back-up Aaron Alexander and also see action in 4 WR sets.

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Others in the mix:

Aaron Darensburg, 6-0 190, SO. Had 1 catch for 10 yards in 2002.

Ben Barton, 5-9, 180, SO. Listed on the three deep throughout the latter part of the season after being switched from QB at mid-season.

Austin Wilson, 5-10, 180, JR. A speedy receiver who excelled as a plebe in 2001 on the Sprint FB team as both a receiver and return specialist. He was limited in 2002 due to an injury, but was on the pre-season 3-deep.

George Feagins, 5-10, 180, SR. Another player recruited off of the Sprint FB team. George received some playing time in 2002 and will provide depth and maturity to the 2003 receiving corps.

Bruce Brown, 5-11, 180, SO. Bruce is a speedy receiver who is a former HS sprint champion. His father played at U-Miami and also with the NY Jets. He could be a dark-horse to make an impact in 2003.

Also, there are solid reports from NJFan of several receivers at USMAPs with great potential. One receiver, if he plays to his potential, may push for major playing time in 2003. With the steady corps of experienced receivers already returning, Army can afford to go slow in developing incoming plebes at the WR position.

Overall assessment: This unit should be better overall in 2003, despite the loss of Aris Comeaux. Keys will be greater collective consistency in holding on to catcheable balls, ie., fewer drops, and also a better YAC average overall. With experienced QBs returning who have worked with this group, 2003 could be the year the Army passing attack blossoms into a potent part of the offense.


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