Returning Starters – Offense: 5 Defense: 4
Preview: With little returning experience to a team that went 4-8 a season ago it looks like it could be another long season for the Black Knights. Army has made just one bowl game in nearly twenty seasons and that trend is likely to continue in 2015. The biggest black eye came last season in a loss to Yale, with respectable wins coming against Buffalo and UConn.
The questions marks start front and center at the QB position with Angel Santiago moving on and no player with experience getting reps under center in spring. A.J. Shurr is dealing with a shoulder injury, but he has some experience and he’ll compete with Bradshaw and Kaufmann for the starting role. The last thing a triple-option attack needs is inexperience, but this team will still put up lofty rushing numbers despite a number of key contributors moving on. The concern with new faces in the triple-option comes with ball security.
Army has to replace all 4 starters along their D-line along with 5 of their starting front 7 from last season. It’s not all bad news with LBs King and Timpf returning after playing prominent roles last season. The experience of the defense is in the secondary, but this unit was far from lock down in 2014. Xavier Moss will make the transition from WR to safety, along with Carnegie and Jenkins returning at corner.
Prediction: Army doesn’t have a tough schedule by any means, but it still won’t be easy for this squad to find wins. A rematch with Fordham in week one will be an early indication with where this Army team is headed this season. It almost feels generous giving the Black Knights wins over their two FCS opponents and one win over an FBS opponent, but that seems like a good estimation for Army in 2015.
Projected Record: 3-9