First-year Army head football coach Stan Brock, who is patrolling the sidelines in his first season as a collegiate head coach, is no stranger to New Orleans. Brock spent 16 seasons as an NFL linemen, 13 of those seasons with the New Orleans Saints.
Another former Saint, John Tice, is the Knights offensive line coach.
Bobby Ross, who brought Brock to West Point, retired last January after going 9-25 in three seasons as head coach.
Brock made his collegiate debut as Army's storied football program kicked off its 118th campaign with a 22-14 loss to the Akron Zips Saturday in the inaugural FirstMerit Patriot Bowl.
The two teams met at Cleveland Browns Stadium. The FirstMerit Patriot Bowl will annually feature Army, Navy or Air Force versus one of the six teams from the Mid-American Conference located in Ohio (Akron, Bowling Green, Kent State, Miami, Ohio and Toledo).
Trimble, a wide receiver, was the Black Knights' top pass catcher in 2006 and caught 7 passes for 70 yards against Akron.
Viti, a 5-foot-10, 235-pound fullback mostly used as a lead blocker, carried the ball twice for seven yards against Akron after averaging 4.3 yards per carry on 55 carries last season.
Junior Wesley McMahand, 5-5 177-pounds, is the Knight's leading rusher after gaining 84 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. McMahand posted 654 yards and four touchdowns as a sophomore.
Williams started last season's Tulane-Army game and was 16-of-24 for 194 yards, while throwing for three touchdowns and two interceptions in his starting debut. Williams was sacked twice.
Peveto was named the starter just before the Akron game and went 23-of-43 for 184 yards and 2 interceptions. His leading receiver was Jeremy Trimble but tight ends Justin Larson, a senior, added 6 catches for 36 yards and Mike Evans, a junior, added 36 yards on 3 catches.
Viti added 2 catches for 6 yards while McMahand added one catch for twelve yards.
The other starters are 6-3 297-pound left guard Brandon Cox, a junior; and 6-3 281-pound junior right tackle Mike Lemming.
Miranne prepped at New Orleans Jesuit High School.
The Army o'line is somewhat undersized and they run a small back behind a big lead blocker in fullback Mike Viti. In the Akron game the running game appeared to be only minimally effective and completely dependent on the quickfooted McMahand running behind Viti's lead blocking. This ground attack is very one-dimensional.
It will be interesting to see whether McMahand can stand up to the wear and tear of 21 carries a ball game.
Peveto didn't get it done last season and lost the starting job to Williams, it would not be a surprise of any dimension if that were to happen again.
The Army defense seems to lack size on the interior with five of the six defensive tackles listed on the depth chart for the Akron game weighing in at less than 270-pounds.
The inside is anchored by the Black Knight's biggest d'lineman, senior Tony Fusco. Fusco stands 6-1, and weighs 303-pounds. The other starting tackle is 6-3 251-pound Ted Bentler. Bentler is a sophomore.
The WILL is junior Frank Scappaticci, 6-1 222-pounds.
Scappaticci and Chmura each recorded 8 tackles in the Akron game.
The Army defense seems to match their lack of size inside with a lack of speed on the perimeter.
The Cadet DB's couldn't cover Zip receiver Jabari Arthur at all and the 6-4 225-pound Arthur responded with 11 catches for 125 yards.
The secondary is all seniors. Start with free safety Jordan Murray, 6-0 204-pounds, who led the team in tackles against Akron with 12.
The strong safety is Caleb Campbell, 6-2 224-pounds.
Opoku made seven tackles in the opner against Akron.
If the Cadet perimeter guys are as slow afoot as they looked against Akron, then it's going to be a long season for the Black Knights.