Preview 2019: Army. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

Preview 2019: Army. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

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Preview 2019: Army. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

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4. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE ARMY DEFENSE

There are a whole lot of missing pieces from a defense that finished eighth in the nation – allowing fewer than 300 yards per game – and gave up 18 points an outing. But as long as the offense is controlling the time of possession battle, everything will be just fine.

The linebackers are the biggest early problem after losing top tackler and pass rusher James Nachtigal and fellow outside pass rushing star Kenneth Brinson. 230-pound sophomore Arik Smith will get the first look on the weakside to try replacing Nachtigal – Smith made four tackles in his limited role – and 240-pound Jeremiah Lowery will get the call at the Rush position.

6-2, 225-pound senior Cole Christiansen is back in the middle after finishing second on the team with 77 tackles, and 255-pound senior Amadeo West is a good-sized option on the strongside.

The front three isn’t bulky, but there should be a good rotation. 5-11, 280-pound senior Rod Stoddard and 6-4, 275-pound Connor Smith are the size up front on the inside, and the rest of the line is full of linebacker-sized options who can hold up. Again, though, the key is that everyone stays fresh – this is where time of possession matters.

– The secondary gets back three starters including third-leading tackler Elijah Riley at one corner and Jaylon McClinton at safety. There’s good size across the group of defensive backs, and theres’s decent depth – senior Cameron Jones is more than fine in place of James Gibson at one safety job. Now the secondary has to come up with more big plays – picking off just five passes, with two agains Navy – while continuing to be terrific against the run.

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