2014 ARMY FOOTBALL PREVIEW
June 10, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
2013 Record: (3-9)
Coach Jeff Monken is entering his first season at Army and will be looking for a QB to run his triple-option attack. Senior Angel Santiago may be the best candidate since he knows how to run the offense and ran for 598 yards and ten touchdowns. He has a good arm and doesn’t make a lot of mistakes. WR Xavier Moss is back after catching 35 passes for 468 yards and a TD. Kelvin White moves from QB to WR this season and Edgar Poe will also look to get more playing time.
The running game will be solid with Terry Baggett and Larry Dixon. Baggett rushed for 1,141 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior and rushed for 304 yards as a junior against Eastern Michigan. Dixon had 715 yards and six scores (Dixon has 2,086 career rushing yards). Raymond Maples returns after being injured after three games in 2013. Maples rushed for 1,000 yards in 2011 and 2012. The offensive line returns only two starters in LG Steve Shumaker and RT Justin Gilbert.
Army’s defense is small and gave up 410.8 yards of total offense per game and 31.6 points per game in 2013. The defensive line is led by Robert Kough (23 starts), Mike Ugenyi (three forced fumbles) and Richard Glover. They are a very small but their quickness will make up for the lack of size. Army’s LB’s are very young and inexperienced. Julian Holloway and Andrew King will lead the Cadets in 2013. The secondary is led by Geoffrey Bacon. Bacon is a big time tackler at the strong safety spot (three year starter) and cornerback Josh Jenkins is the team’s most productive defender. Jenkins is also a very good blitzer. Safety Hayden Pierce has made 23 starts and Chris Carnegie is the top corner.
The schedule is favorable for the Black Knights with winnable games against Buffalo, Yale, Air Force and Fordham. Three or four wins is a good goal and showing progress will be important for Army’s football future.