The theme: Stan Brock says he's really excited about the defense. They have a lot of starters back, but that's the bad news. (I stole that line from Lou Holtz.) The team was fifth-to-last in the nation in rush defense. The pass defense was seventh in the nation, but why pass when you can run at your leasure? To show those stats aren't the result of an outstanding secondary, Army only intercepted four balls last season.
Anyhow, theeeey're baaaaaaack! And ready to give up acres of yards once again. The best player is safety Caleb Campbell, who isn't particularly talented, but displays high energy. That's how most of the team is. It's hard to blame the coaching staff because it's difficult to get recruits into West Point.
The key players: SS Campbell, LB Charlie Rockwood
The weaknesses: Defensive line, linebackers
How the Zips can score: Dennis Kennedy will be busy. So will his three backups. With both teams running nonstop, the inaugural Patriot Bowl won't be too exciting, but it should be quick.
The ABJ's Patrick McManamon, in one of his first pieces as lead columnist, wrote about the Zips' quarterback situation. I disagree that this competition won't continue into the season. If Carlton Jackson plays well and Chris Jacquemain doesn't, how can't the former assume a larger role?
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