For the first time since 1992, Army will not have an offensive captain. The coaching staff has opted to have two defensive captains: senior linebackers Andrew King and Jeremy Timpf. The co-captains were voted by their teammates following a practice last week. King and Timpf face a challenging objective of leading the Black Knights to their first winning season since 2010.
"[Andrew] and I understand what's at stake for this season," Linebacker Jeremy Timpf optimistically explained. "[Army] doesn't take this lightly, neither do we."
This is the second consecutive time where Timpf will be entrusted by his team as a captain, a feat that is all but new to the senior.
"[Jeremy] has certainly proven himself throughout his career," Coach Jeff Monken said of one of his co-captains. "But again, [Army] should look to all the upperclassmen as leaders."
The 2015 season was a solid season for Timpf. He registered 69 total tackles and 49 solo tackles. Against Penn State, a Big Ten school, the senior linebacker led the Black Knights with eight tackles for a loss. This included a five-yard sack of the Nittany Lions' and the New York Jets' second rounder, Christian Hackenberg on October 3.
King joined Timpf in the middle of the linebacking core for the previous two seasons. King recorded a career-high 92 tackles, tying the other captain for the team-lead. He has always been a quarterback's worst nightmare, ranking in the top 10 nationwide with 16.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage, for a total loss of 68 yards. Against Air Force and Duke last season, King matched his career high of 11 tackles against both opponents. He did lead the Black Knights in solo tackles, recording 55.
"One goal we have this season is to be more aggressive on both sides of the ball," Andrew King described his plan for the 2016 season. "We want [Army's] players to play with high intensity, going hard on each snap."