March 2, 2010

Inside the Huddle: Black Knights' Spring Practice


With the graduation wide receivers Ali Villanueva and Damion Hunter, coming into spring practice, there were at least three wide receivers that the staff would be looking to fill the shoes if not exceed the play of the aforementioned graduating players.

Heading the trio is 6-foot-3, 200 pound junior Davyd Brooks, who has been impressive throughout spring practice. It seems that Brooks matures with each practice and as it stands right now, will be Army's go to receiver. Not far behind Brooks is Austin Barr. The native of Lake Oswego (Ore) is your classic possession receiver, and at 6-foot-4, 203 pounds, he presents a nice target for quarterback Trent Steelman.

The third receiver is sophomore George Jordan. While Brooks and Barr continue to look good and progress through the spring practices, Jordan has not been on hand. The 6-foot-3, 206 pound receiver is a raw talent and has the potential to be a quality receiver. However, he has been spending this term concentrating on his academics. He is a player that the staff really likes, but if he doesn't get it done in the classroom it isn't going to matter.

Hopefully, by summer, the Marlborough (Mass) product will be on par academically, in order to compete athletically.


Last season saw CeDarius Williams kick off the season as the starting fullback, with Kingsley Ehie as his back up. And when Williams went down with a season ending injury, Ehie was the workhorse at the B-back position. From a stand point of the prototypical fullback look, neither possess the true size and couldn't move the pile, although at time, both were relatively effective.

However, with the emergence of Jared Hassin, Ehie has been moved to linebacker, where he is battling Bill Prosko for the 2nd spot on the depth chart behind Stephen Anderson.

So who is backing up Hassin? Right now and simply put, Jacob Bohn is playing better than CeDarius this spring. Williams' health is nearly 100%, so that really isn't the issue. Bohn is proving to be a solid and dependable player that can effectively back up Hassin.

However, don't discount Williams just yet. This has the making of an interesting battle through the balance of spring practice and throughout the summer.

One player who was also in the mix was sophomore Dan McGue. The 6-foot-2, 230 pounder, who saw some action as a freshman in 2009, had shoulder surgery and is out for spring.

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