2011 Army Football Preview:
Despite being one of the most historic football programs in the country, Army had been mired in a decade of irrelevance leading up to last season. But that all changed in 2010 when the Black Knights went to their first bowl game since 1996 and beat SMU 16-14. Things are looking up for Army in 2011 as it returns many starters and hopes to get back to the post-season.
On offense, the Black Knights will once again turn to their potent option-heavy scheme. Last season the team was able to rank inside the top ten in rushing, and with quarterback Trent Steelman back leading the way there's no reason why they shouldn't be productive once again. Additionally, running back Jared Hassin, who ran for more than a thousand yards last season, is returning to add to the Black Knights’ rushing attack.
The Army defense relied a lot on timely turnovers last year to keep opponents from scoring, but chances are they won't need such luck this season. Despite being undersized, the Black Knights have a great deal of speed on defense to make up for it and are great against the pass. With a balanced attack like that, Army should have no problem making it to bowl season in 2011.