Army Black Knights 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook
2015 Record 2-10
Army Black Knights 2016 Preview
Jeff Monken and the Army Black Knights look for a 2016 breakthrough for a long suffering program.
Overview: The Black Knights have some experience entering 2016 and the question is whether experience can translate in to victories which were in short supply a year ago with a mere two.
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Offense: With most teams a quarterback gives us thoughts of throwing the ball but not with the option attack of Army which the running game is king. Ahmad Bradshaw appears to have an edge over Chris Carter with Carter showing off far better passing ability. Bradshaw gave the Black Knights 500 rushing yards but his four yard average was underwhelming but the good news is top RB Aaron Kemper is back along with 5-6 others that saw action in 2015 and will see expanded roles this season. Edgar Poe was the only receiver of significance (16-441) but Army doesn’t throw so five players with starting experience along the offensive line is crucial.
Defense: Overall the Army defense was competitive on the scoreboard a year ago and much of that can be attributed to their ball control rushing attack that eats clock. Ends John Voit and Jordan Smith are the top players back but Army needs to develop a rotation. The Black Knights are loaded at linebacker with ten players back that saw the field a season ago with the spotlight on Andrew King and Jeremy Timpf with their combined 143.5 tackles and 21.5 TFL. The secondary should benefit from the return of corner Josh Jenkins who missed 2015 but recorded 58 tackles and four interceptions in 2014 which means this unit could field four players with 50+tackle potential.
Special Teams: Punter Alex Tardieu and placekicker Daniel Grochowski are gone but KR Marcus Hyatt and punt returner Edgar Poe are back in a good news, bad news scenario.
Outlook: On paper the schedule is built to win games and Army should improve with their plentiful experience but in my mind I need to see games won on the field which is another way of saying seeing is believing.
9/3 @ Temple
9/17 @ UTEP
9/24 @ Duke
10/22 North Texas
10/29 @ Wake Forest
11/5 Air Force
11/12 @ Notre Dame
11/19 Morgan State
11/26 @ Navy