What You Need To Know About The Army Offense
– Army has been all in on the option attack under head coach Jeff Monken, but it went overdrive last year with just 65 passes on the season after throwing the ball 123 times in 2016. And the ground game? Unstoppable, Army ran the ball 785 times for 4,710 yards and 50 scores. But it’ll take some reworking this year, even if the system is amazing.
– Just one starting offensive lineman is back – center Bryce Holland – 1,746 rushing yard quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw is gone, too. But there’s enough size up front to be okay, and the quarterback situation is loaded with more quick running back types who can handle the work.
Junior Kelvin Hopkins is the odds-on favorite, but Luke Langdon has seen time, too. A few freshmen are being tried out, but Hopkins is the biggest option and more like a true running back.
– The running backs, though, are in place. Fullback Andy Davidson is back for another year as the tough presence, leading running back Darnell Woolfolk returns after cranking up 14 scores, and Kell Walker – if he doesn’t end up seeing time under center – is a blazing option who led the team in receiving. He only caught five passes, but that’s enough in this offense.
By the way, the wide receivers made a grand total of seven grabs. However, on the 20 completed passes, Army averaged over 18 yards per try.
Biggest Key To The Army Offense
– Complete the passes without any pressure. If Army ever has to try throwing the ball because it has to, forget about it. However, the offense runs so much that there’s no reason to ever gameplan for a pass – Army just doesn’t throw.
However, the Black Knights did attempt 65 passes and completed just 31% of them with six picks and two touchdowns. They haven’t hit the 50% mark for the season since 2010, but if they can, they’ll blow games wide open.