Meet the Black Knights of Army

With Army's migration to the triple option from a pro style offense, quarterback Carson Williams (#16) has been relegated to a much smaller role. Williams (6-3, 212lb, Jr.) started 14 games during his freshman and sophomore seasons and started the initial 3 games this season. This season he is 26 of 53 passing for 273 yards with a touchdown and 3 interceptions.

Location: West Point, N.Y.
Colors: Black, Gold and Grey
Former Black Knights:  Felix "Doc" Blanchard - Fullback - 1945 Heisman Trophy, Pete Dawkins - Halfback - 1958 Heisman Trophy, Joe Steffy - Offensive Guard - 1947 Outland Trophy, Arnold Galiffa - Quarterback - New York Giants  (1953); San Francisco 49ers (1954);  BC Lions (CFL) (1955); Toronto Argonauts (CFL) (1956 ), Bob Anderson - Halfback - New York Giants (1963), Glenn Davis - Halfback - Los Angeles Rams (1950-1951), 1946 Heisman Trophy, (non-football) Robert E. Lee - Class of 1829, Dwight D. Eisenhower - Class of 1915, Ulysses S. Grant - Class of 1843, Stonewall Jackson - Class of 1846, George S. Patton - Class of 1909, Douglas MacArthur - Class of 1903, Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr. - Class of 1956, Mike Krzyzewski - Class of 1969
Fast Facts:  Saturday will mark the 109th meeting between Army and Navy.  Navy leads the series 52-49-7.  The Midshipmen's current six-game winning streak is the longest in the history of the series.

Stan Brock is wrapping up his second season as the head coach at Army.  Brock was promoted from Offensive Line coach after Bobby Ross retired.  Coach Brock has an interesting coaching background.  After a 234 game NFL career, he was Head Coach of the Portland Forest Dragons in the Arena Football League from 1997 to 1999.  In 2000 he accepted the position of Head Coach/Director of Football Operations with the L.A. Avengers, a position he held for 2 years.  Most of his staff are holdovers from the Ross administration, with the exceptions of Linebackers coach Robert Lyles, Offensive Line coach John Tice, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks coach Tim Walsh and former Black Knight Tony Coaxum, who serves as assistant linebackers coach.  Coaxum graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 2000.  While serving in the Army, he worked as a fire direction officer, battery executive officer and battalion liaison officer at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.

With Army's migration to the triple option from a pro style offense, quarterback Carson Williams (#16) has been relegated to a much smaller role.  Williams (6-3, 212lb, Jr.) started 14 games during his freshman and sophomore seasons and started the initial 3 games this season.  This season he is 26 of 53 passing for 273 yards with a touchdown and 3 interceptions.  Running the option is certainly not his strong suit with only 21 carries for 12 net yards on the year.  Coach Brock has turned the offense over to sophomore Chip Bowden (#10).  Bowden (6-0, 218lb, So.) is second on the team with 566 yards rushing on 180 carries.  He is 22 of 56 passing for 230 yards with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.  Bowden has started the last 8 games, but he is currently in a protective boot after apparently spraining his ankle in practice on Monday.  This possibly opens the door for Chase Prasnicki (#13).  Prasnicki (6-1, 212lb, Jr.) has yet to play a varsity snap in his career, but he certainly poses more of a running threat then Williams.

Navy fans are familiar with the importance of the fullback in this offense, and Army sure has a good one.  Collin Mooney (#30) leads the Black Knights with 1,285 yards on 214 carries with 8 touchdowns.  Mooney (5-10, 247lb, Sr.) had a total of 6 carries entering this season.  He had more then 4 times that amount in the opening game of the season against Temple.  Backup fullback Bryson Carl (#45) has played well when giving Mooney a rest.  Carl (6-0, 256lb, Jr.) is 4th of the team with 37 carries for 227 yards.  At Navy the term "A's make plays" has been a popular phrase used when referring to the play of slot backs like Reggie Campbell and Shun White.  Unfortunately for Army fans that has not applied to their play so far this season.  Their leading rusher from the slot position this season is Wesley McMahand (#23) with 301 yards on 39 attempts.  McMahand (5-5, 177lb, Sr.) has two touchdowns on the season.  He left the Rutgers game with a leg injury, but is expected to play against Navy.  Ian Smith (#26) has started the last 2 games for the Black Knights alongside McMahand.  Smith (5-8, 198lb, Jr.) is 5th on the team with 107 yards on 19 carries with 2 touchdowns.  Fellow slot backs Tony Dace (#28) and Patrick Mealy (#5) also participate in the rotation.  Dace (5-6, 187lb, Sr.) started last season's Navy game and finished with 28 carries for 104 yards.  This season he has 90 yards on 23 carries and 2 touchdowns.  Mealy (5-8, 203lb, So.), a graduate from DeMatha High School, has 18 carries for 97 yards with 2 touchdowns from the slot back position.

As with Navy, Air Force and Georgia Tech, wide receiver at Army is more of a blocking position then a vertical threat.  The best evidence of this is the fact that Mike Wright (#8) has more starts (11) this season then catches (6).  Wright (6-2, 218lb, Sr.) is a tremendous blocker and has excellent size.  The Black Knights have only two 100 yard receivers this season.  Damion Hunter (#7) leads the team with 11 catches for 134 yards, while Jameson Carter (#15) leads the team in receiving yards with 145 yards on 10 catches.  Hunter (5-10, 173lb, Jr.) and Carter (5-11, 187lb, So.) had six career catches between them entering the season, which were all by Hunter last season.  Army has started 7 games this season with a tight end.  All 7 starts are by Mike Evans (#88).  Evans (6-2, 238lb, Sr.) has only 1 catch for 2 yards on the year.

The Black Knights have 8 lettermen returning along the offensive, but have used the same starting lineup in all but 1 game.  The lone non-letterman starter is possibly the most physically imposing specimen in Army history.  Ali Villanueva (#76) is the tallest playing in Army history.  Villanueva (6-10, 302lb, Jr.) has started all 11 games this season at left tackle after being switched form the defensive side of the ball during last season.  By contrast, right tackle Jason Johnson (#67) is 42 pounds lighter and 8 inches shorter.  Johnson (6-2, 260lb, Jr.) has 10 starts this season after starting 5 times in 2007.  The most experience Black Knight lineman is center Trey Miranne (#64).  Miranne (6-0, 273lb, Sr.) has started 27 consecutive games.  Left guard Brandon Cox (#79) has started 26 games in his career.  Cox (6-3, 294lb, Sr.) has started games at both guard and tackle during his Army career.  Right guard Mike Lemming (#63) has 25 career starts.  Lemming (6-3, 298lb, Sr.) started all 12 games last season at right tackle.

After starting the first three games of the season at linebacker, Joshua McNary (#44) has moved to defensive end with immediate results.  McNary (6-1, 231lb, So.) leads the defensive line with 61 tackles and the team with 11 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks.  He did not play against Rutgers due to a shoulder injury, but according to Coach Brock is "somewhere between questionable and probable" for Saturday.  Fellow defensive end Victor Ugenyi (#92) is having a solid season.  Ugenyi (6-3, 253lb, Jr.) has 28 tackles and 6 tackles for loss and is second on the team with 4 sacks.  He has started every game this season and had 2 sacks against Buffalo.  Starting at the tackle spots are the Bentler brothers.  Ted (#99) has started every game this season as well as 9 games in 2007.  Ted Bentler (6-2, 280lb, Jr.) has 48 tackles with 5.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks.  Fritz (#98) took over for Mike Gann and has started the last 8 games.  Fritz Bentler (6-3, 235lb, Jr.) has 16 tackles with 2.5 tackles for loss.

Middle linebacker Frank Scappaticci (#46) started all 12 games in 2007 and was the only Army linebacker to do so.  Scappaticci (6-1, 224lb, Sr.) leads the team in tackles with 82 and interceptions with 3.  Strong side linebacker John Plumstead (#42) was dinged up against Rutgers, but should start against Navy.  Plumstead (5-10, 222lb, Sr.) has 58 tackles and 4 tackles for loss.  He is only two tackles away from matching his career total entering the season.  The youngster of the group is weak side linebacker Stephen Anderson (#50).  Anderson (5-10, 231lb, So.) took over the weak side spot when McNary moved to the line.  He is second on the team with 72 tackles and 10 tackles for loss.

The lone starter with any kind of starting experience prior to this season is strong safety Lowell Garthwaite (#20).  Garthwaite (6-1, 207lb, Sr.) has started every game this season as well as 2 in 2007.  He is third on the team with 64 tackles.  Cornerback Mario Hill (#1) did letter in 2007, but did not start.  Hill (6-0, 182lb, Jr.) has started all 11 games this season and has 28 tackles.  Free safety Donovan Travis (#6) did not see any action his first season at West Point, but has played in 9 games this season. Travis (6-1, 187lb, So.) is fourth on the team with 61 tackles and has 2 interceptions.  Freshman Antuan Aaron (#27) has worked his way into the lineup and has started the last 5 contests.  Aaron (5-9, 192lb, Fr.) has 26 tackles for the year.

Special Teams
The most experienced member of the Black Knights special teams is punter Andrew Rinehart (#18).  Rinehart (6-1, 217lb, Sr.) has served as Army's holder the past two seasons.  This season, Rinehart takes over for the graduated Owen Tolson.  On the season, he has punted 54 times for an average of 38.8 yards per punt.

Matthew Campbell (#19) has taken over all of the kicking duties this season.  Campbell (5-9, 195lb, So.) is 8 of 12 on field goals this season, with a long of 42 yards.  He has kicked off 39 times for an average of 59.5 yards per kick.

To this point in the season wide receiver Jameson Carter has been the primary return man.  Carter has 26 kickoff returns for a 20.8 yard average.  He also has 5 punt returns for a total of 4 yards.  Freshman Josh Jones (#3) has taken over the punt return position on the depth chart.  Jones (6-1, 190lb, Fr.) saw his first action against Rutgers, but has yet to return a punt. Top Stories