Army Black Knights Football Season Preview History
2014 Army Football Preview:
The 2013 season for Army ended with 5 straight defeats, including a 12th straight loss in the Army-Navy game. Rich Ellerson looks to turn this around in 2014, with what should be one of the best backfields in his tenure at West Point. Senior running back Terry Baggett returns after a 2013 season that saw him rush for over 1,100 yards and 8 touchdowns. He will be joined in the backfield by fellow seniors Angel Santiago, and Larry Dixon. The Black Knights biggest shortcoming in recent years have been on the defensive side of the ball. Army looks to put those woes behind them in 2014, with an experienced secondary headlined by senior free safety Geoffery Bacon. The biggest game for the Black Knights as always is the season finale against Navy. But if the Black Knights are to be bowl eligible for the first time since 2010, they will also need to find success against Buffalo, Yale, Kent State, and Fordham.
2013 Army Football Preview:
Army has led the nation in rushing yards the last two seasons, but unfortunately, they have five wins to show for it in that span. In 2013, the other units must improve for Rich Ellerson’s team in order for the Black Knights to return to a bowl game for the first time since 2010. Ellerson will need to replace 4-year starter Trent Steelman. The quarterback cranked out 1,248 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns in his final season. A.J. Schurr will get the first chance at the job and the sophomore has the capability to be more of a factor in the passing game than Steelman was. Senior running back Raymond Maples returns after finishing behind Steelman in rushing yards with 1,215. Army will look to snap their 11-game losing streak against rival Navy in the season finale. The Black Knights will host Stanford and Wake Forest this upcoming season.
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.