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December 8, 2009
Inside the Huddle: Countdown to Navy
INSIDE THE HUDDLE
Dr. Svoboda will perform surgery on the junior middle linebacker Stephen Anderson on December 19th. It was Dr. Svoboda who performed the surgery on QB Chip Bowden.
Anderson will be taking a medical leave for the spring semester. This will allow Anderson to recover 100% by the 2010 season. The projection is that Anderson will not miss spring ball and his rehab will combine Military and Civilian Rehab. No surprise that the junior captain will not separate himself from the team and will be part of everything and anything that has to do with football and this upcoming season. Look for Anderson to will return and continue to be one of leader in 2010.
Travis ready to go
With Anderson out for the Navy game, the Black Knights could ill afford another major blow to the defense, so the Army are faithful will be excited to know that free safety Donovan Travis has recovered from his sprained ankle and is back at practice going full tilt. Backing up Travis for the game will be freshman Ty Sharder.
Carter gets the call
Jameson Carter has come on strong over that past two games and once again will get the start at one slot-back position and freshman Malcolm Brown will serve as his backup.
Look for Kingsley Ehie to get the bulk of the reps at fullback, but he will be backed up by Jacob Bohn. Jacob Bohn? Some may be asking, where did he come from? He has been present on the special teams, effectively I might add. Although he is not the most explosive back, the staff feels that he his style of play is very tough, physical and dependable. If you were describe Bohn's style of play, it is to say that he is a better football player than he is athlete, but he will come to play. CeDarius Williams is still not 100% and chances are that he won't play unless it is an emergency situation.
Nothing much changes here, where the big three will be Ali Villanueva, Damion Hunter and Davyd Brooks. If by the chance the staff goes to a forth receiver, that would be Austin Barr.
Army's O vs. Navy's D
The truth be told, the Black Knights will not only have to have a perfect game plan and that's on offensive coordinator Ian Shields. But that plan must be executed, and that's on the players themselves. Trent Steelman & Company are playing a very experienced and aggressive Navy defense, who unlike other Army opponents, are very familiar with the triple option.
The Mids run excellent schemes, they are well coached, the players have been in their system a long time and they play with great effort. There is no surprise here that they are very discipline, great defensive pursuit and part of that derives from their experience that has 7-8 returners who only gave up 22 per game last season.
Leading the charge is middle linebacker Ross Pospisil, who leads the Midshipsmen with 91 tackles from his inside spot. He is extremely active, tough and plays the way any coach would hope his middle linebacker would play.
Playing alongside Pospisil is Tony Haberer, who is a quality linebacker.
The most explosive guy in the front is sophomore defensive end Jabaree Tuani, who has 3 ½ sacks and can be a disruptive force.
In the secondary you have dependable Wyatt Middleton at safety.
Getting bigger & stronger
For those who like to keep an eye on the progress of the talent at the prep school, will be impressed to know that defensive end Julius Warmsley has added a little to his size.
He currently weighs 255; pounds and has grown about 1/2 inch to an inch and is now measuring at 6-foot-3 1/2 or 6'4.
Official Visits (12/4)
This past weekend saw four recruits make their way to the West Point campus. Leading the charge was 3-star defensive end Maxx Forde, running back Trenton Turrentine, offensive lineman Ryan Powis and linebacker/tight-end Reggie Nesbit.
Look for at least one commit coming out of this group as early as Thursday. All four of these prospects are high on the Army list and each was impressed with their visit on Saturday.
Stay tuned forGBK.com's individual official visit articles on Forde, Turrentine, Powis and Nesbit.
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