The Army football team played a two-hour-plus, full-contact scrimmage at Michie Stadium on Saturday August 26.
The Black Knights worked on their kicking game and special teams with senior placekicker Eric Osteen landing a 50-yard field goal and looking accurate on shorter kicks.
The offense, led by senior quarterback Trent Steelman, worked on their passing game early on, with junior wideout Patrick Laird a frequent target on crossing patterns.
Steelman took the ball himself downfield several times, breaking free for one touchdown run. Sophomore backup Angel Santiago received considerable playing time as well.
In the back field, the Black Knights have depth with junior Ray Maples and sophomore Larry Dixon starting in the backfield. Seniors Jarid Hassin and Malcolm Brown were held out.
In comparison with prior years when Coach Ellerson had to force-feed freshman into key roles, the Black Knights show depth on offense and a rebuilt defense that should have more size than on the front line, a key weakness in 2011.