Spring football for the Black Knights starts today and Army fans all over are wondering for will lead the daunted triple-option attack.
Last years leader, Ahmad Bradshaw set Academy records for most rushing yards in a bowl game(180), most rushing yards by a QB in a game(265), and single-season rushing leader(1,746) that is also the best for any of the three academies.
Bradshaw is the best quarterback the Black Knights have had in a long time and some fans were happy to hear that there was a possibility of him coming back for the fifth year. That fifth year is almost certainly not happening according to one of my sources close to the team.
With Bradshaw not coming back, that raises the question: who will replace Ahmad Bradshaw under center?
These breakdowns are in numerical order, not how I think the depth chart will look.
#4 Cam Thomas
Has had no playing time in his college career. Voted to the All-Conference and All-Region for High School, as well as winning offensive MVP of Huntsville, Ala.
#5 Kell Walker
This was a surprise to most people, I expected someone to move to QB for added depth but I expected SB Jordan Asberry or even WR Glen Coates to make the move.
I see what Jeff Monken is thinking; put the ball in the best play-makers hands as much as possible. It is similar to what Navy did with Malcolm Perry.
Walker is an athlete who returned kicks and started at slotback for the Black Knights last season. In 12 games Walker ran for 629 yards(7.3 yards per carry) and six touchdowns, 111 receiving yards, and 543 yards on kick returns(20.9 yards per return).
#7 Chris Carter
Chris Carter missed all of 2017 due to academic reasons and isn’t listed on the spring roster but according to sources, there is a possibility of him coming back this season. In 2015 Carter impressed a lot of people with his performance against Navy going 9-15 for 208 yards, 18 rushing yards, and one touchdown pass.
In 2016 Chris Carter came off the bench for the majority of the season and in nine appearances he ran for 263 yards and threw for 176.
#8 Kelvin Hopkins
Kelvin Hopkins appeared in the second half of the Fordham game last season and looked in command of the triple option attack. Hopkins also was the QB behind the Temple comeback.
Down by seven, 1:38 left with the ball at the Army 21-yard line, he completed five passes and threw for the game-tying touchdown with one second left to send the game to overtime.
Hopkins has thrown for 76 yards with one touchdown and one interception and has run for 40 yards.
#9 Luke Langdon
Luke Langdon appeared in five games last year, he threw two interceptions on two attempts and ran for 24 yards on eight carries.
Those two picks happened on some weird plays, one of them came on a trick play and the other was because of an odd tip.
When Langdon entered the game he looked to be under control of the option offense, he was the first QB off of the bench if Bradshaw had to leave.
#13 Christian Anderson
Has had no playing no playing time in his college career. Anderson was named New York City player of the year and threw for 3,656 yards(good enough for 2nd all-time in the state of New York) his senior year of high school.
How It Will Play Out:
I think Walker, Langdon, or Hopkins will land the starting spot, it just depends on how spring goes. Due to Army’s weaker schedule though, I expect to see all of these guys get some in-game action this season. I could even see some incoming freshman maybe getting some snaps at some point.