Preview 2019: Previewing and looking ahead to the Army Black Knights season with what you need to know.
2018 Record: 11-2 overall
Head Coach: Jeff Monken, 6th year, 35-28
5. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE ARMY OFFENSE
– You know exactly what’s coming … again. Army doesn’t care about the forward pass – no, this isn’t the year the offense starts to balance things out – and it doesn’t matter. The air attack did what it was supposed to do by hitting the deep ball, leading the nation with a 20-yard-per-catch average. But it’s the ground game and the option that will dominate again after finishing second behind only Georgia Tech.
– Quarterback Kelvin Hopkins is back after leading the team with 1,017 yards and 17 scores, and he can throw just enough to have to worry once in a while about the deep ball. Considering how many shots the Army quarterback takes, sophomores Jabari Laws and Tyler Tyler and junior Christian Anderson need to be ready.
– Losing FB Darnell Woolfolk matters. He was a steady part of the puzzle who powered away for 956 yards and 14 scores, and Andy Davidson is gone, too. However, 6-0, 240-pound Connor Slomka is ready to step in after finishing fourth on the team with 324 yards and five scores – he can pop.
The speed guys are back, too, but they didn’t get a whole lot of work compared to the inside power guy – Hopkins handled things on the outside. Senior Kell Walker is a longtime producer, and junior Artice Hobbs got in a little work last year.
– The Army wide receivers will have seasons that look like great games, but they can block, and they can hit the home run. All of the top targets are back, all of them will average around 20 yards per grabs, and all of them will finish with around five catches for the season.
– Three starters are back up front around 310-pound senior Jaxson Deaton at one guard spot and 290-pound junior Peyton Reeder at the other. There’s good size on the inside, and excellent quickness at tackle – it’ll all work.