Army West Point and Navy have released pre-spring information on their official sites. The Black Knights start spring practices tomorrow, which are all free and open to the public. The Midshipmen start today, March 20th. Here’s a look at how the programs are getting us hyped, and what to watch from both academies this spring.
Army kicks off tomorrow after an eight win season, their first time to reach eight wins in twenty years. Jeff Monken has made some changes on his staff and the Black Knights return starting QB Ahmad Bradshaw for his senior season. Army’s spring focus on offense will be on Bradshaw being more consistent in the passing game, and the Knights getting receivers in place for him as weapons.
On defense, it will be putting together a defensive line that can compete with a competitive schedule running the 3-4 defense. Army was very young in 2016 and returns a lot of talent heading into the spring and fall of 2017.
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Navy kicked off spring football today and they will have to answer who will replace Will Worth as a play making QB to keep Navy in the AAC race. The Midshipmen will seek to avenge the streak-ending loss to Army headed into the fall. Coach Ken Niumatalolo has done an impressive job of finding a QB over the past ten years and I’m sure he will continue on that path. Zach Abey enters spring as the starter after a rocky performance against Army but a solid one against Louisiana Tech in the Armed Forces Bowl.
On defense it’s all about the young studs developing in the defensive backfield to stop the AAC passing efforts of Houston and the hurry-up spread option offense ever-improving UCF will look to develop in 2017. The 3-4 defense used by the Middies is controlled by a solid pass rush and good DB play.
Navy also supplied us a “hype video” for spring showing fans the hard work the Middies put in to prep for spring ball.