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  1. Welcome to the Independent Report, I am TheLiberator and today we have for you the Mid-Season All-Independent Team. Offense: QB: Solomon Dawson While the QB race is one of the most contested in the All-Independent team, at the moment Solomon Dawson edges out the competition to earn the #1 spot in our mid-season team. Though he has not put up the most yards or touchdowns, he completes 80% of his passes and has only one interception so far this season and has scored 5 rushing as well as 5 passing touchdowns and is an amazing weapon for this BYU offense. RB: Evant Grant Grant has shown himself to be the best running back in the Independents every time he sets foot on the field. With 809 yards and 11 touchdowns so far this season he is in a good position to score over 20 touchdowns and run 1600 yards this season, a very impressive feat if he can pull it off. His ability to consistently power through defensive lines is something unseen in the rest of the Independent schools. Evant is someone that pro scouts will be watching for the rest of the season. FB: Jeremy Crawley Jeremy finally got his first touchdown on the season in week 8 but has lead the way for Kalei Keil all season. Keil is averaging 4.9 yards per carry and 115.7 yards per game while battling one of the country’s toughest schedules. Crawley has something to do with Keil’s success. TE: Shane Christy Shane is a savior for the Army offense as he is as good of a blocker on run plays as he is a receiver when he goes out for a pass. The #2 receiver on the Black Knights offense, only 5 receiving yards behind Connor Vanhorn, Shane claims his true skill is assisting the O-Line in the run block but his skill as a receiver is something to take note of to any team facing the Black Knights. WR1: Thierno McGhee McGhee quickly developed a rapport with quarterback Owen Sorenson and has been a reliable target. He has 24 catches for 330 yards and 4 touchdowns leading all Independent receivers in all 3 categories. WR2: Connor Vanhorn The #1 receiver for Army, Connor's speed is something that is valued a lot by Army QB Caleb Leggett. Whenever the Black Knights go deep Connor is their guy. LT: Pati Peko LG: Robert Cordova Peko and Cordova have anchored the left side of the Notre Dame line all season. As red-shirt seniors and roommates, they have grown together leading the Irish offensive line to a 6.27 rating and 2nd best rushing and passing offense among the Independent teams. RG: Michael Castle Michael Castle is a true bastion of the Black knights O-Line. Living up to his name he keeps the Black Knights pocket strong like the keep of a castle and has the ability to push the gates open to let the running back through into the Defense's backfield. C: Terrell Lyler RT: Aiden Biggs This run blocking duo form the core of an impressive BYU offensive line. These redshirt seniors hold the line for Dawson to pass or run the ball and are a major part of his success at that position. Defense: LDE: Eric Samuels Eric has been the anchor and leader of the defense. He leads the Irish with 25 tackles and leads all Independent players with 5.0 sacks. Doing this against the likes of Purdue, Air Force, and USC makes it more impressive. DT: Nikolas Gleason Gleason is one of the premier nose tackles in the country and shows it on every play by breaking down the opponents O-Line with his massive build and strength. With 3 half sacks and two unassisted sacks, he is third in the Independents in this regard and is the second anchor in Army's run stopping game behind Black Raines. RDE: Frank Cornell A true freshman, Conrell has excelled at defensive end and recorded 3 sacks so far this season. His future looks bright and we at the Independent report are all excited to see where this young man's career takes him. ROLB: Blake Raines Blake Raines captains the Black Knights defense and rumor has it that he was mentioned on a Heisman short list. With 4 sacks and 3 interceptions thus far in the season Blake is making a serious impact on this Army team with his athletic ability but the real value he brings to the team is his leadership. ILB1: Cameron Spiller Cameron Spiller has been as consistent as they come for the Irish. He’s 2nd on the team with 20 tackles and tied for the team lead with 2 interceptions. ILB2: Miles Nash Nash is as consistent for BYU as Cameron Spiller is for Notre Dame. This redshirt senior is rounding out his last year at BYU with pride recording 26 tackles and a sack showing his skill and leadership on the BYU defense. LOLB: Mohammed DeLuca DeLuca rounds out the linebackers with more of the same consistency that we have seen from the previous three. 18 tackles and a sack show that he is a great addition the defenses second line and is one of the key instruments in Georgia State's ability to stop and pass and get to the quarterback. CB1: M.K. Sharpe With 5 interceptions this year, M.K. Sharpe can stop your drive faster than anyone else on any of the 5 teams represented in the mid season All-Independent team. With 5 interceptions this season, he is one of BYU's star players and its a real treat to watch him work his magic and get the ball back to BYU's offense. As a redshirt sophomore we couldn't expect any better out of this young man, when he goes to the next level we will be excited to see how he does. CB2: Travis Charles Though he may be overshadowed a bit by M.K. Sharpe in this list, Travis has been a very impressive player at Georgia State. With 3 interceptions he is tied for second in the Independents with Blake Raines and can be a showstopper if you are not paying attention to him in the short passing game. SS: Tyler Baxter The lone representative from UMass, Tyler has been a background player for most of the season. However an interception and some clutch tackles gives him a spot on this mid-season list FS: Ayden Whitaker Ayden has been a late bloomer this season, not putting up many stats despite his impressive athletic ability due to the scheme coach TheLiberator had on defense. A slight change put him in a better position to put up stats and in his first game in the new scheme got two picks. Look for more from Ayden in the future. K: Vincent Comer Vincent has been consistent and clutch for the Irish as he is perfect on the season so far. He’s 19 for 19 on extra points and 12 for 12 on field goals including 5 for 5 from 40+. Oh, and he calmly kicked a 43 yarder in overtime to upset then #2 USC. He should be one of the favorites for the Lou Groza award. P: Hunter Smallwood Smallwood has been just about as consistent as Comer. He’s averaging 43.4 yards per punt and has ranged between 41.5 and 46.3 through six games. He has consistently helped the Irish flip the field and could be a finalist for the Ray Guy award. Rounding out here with the number of players from each team on our mid-season list. : 1 : 3 : 6 : 6 : 8 And a quick thank you to @joedchi for his help with the list. This has been the Independent Report and we will see you all at the end of the season!
  2. The first thing I noticed at Army was mediocre kickers and punters. One of my higher priorities this season was to recruit a punter, got a 1/4 P on the team and I will probably grab a kicker next year if I have a chance. If I can't do better on third down I can at least put my defense in a better position for the next drive. On the other side I have been going between a couple guys to do kick and punt returns until I can try to grab a specialized kick or punt returner, but there really is no feedback on how well that is or isn't working so I really don't know if what I am doing is working or not.
  3. This is an even dumber question but how do I make a page.
  4. One of two defensive guys on the Heisman shortlist. Let's hope he keeps living up to that standard.
  5. All I can say is look at the results. We didn't change a lot from how things were when I got here. These guys had the talent and were almost at this level last year. I think it was a leadership problem, no strong coaching staff behind the team. We fine tuned some things and had some guys step up but yes they have bought into the system.
  6. I want to start by taking you to last year, before I started here as coach. It was week 7, FNF, and we had just lost our 5th game in a row that year. Army went on to win 1 game that year to go 1-11. This year has been a bit different. The close games have gone in our favor and we finally have won one that was by more than 7 points. I would confidently say that we will get another win and a spot in a bowl game this year. But we have to look higher than this, our goal at the beginning of the season was to get the team to a bowl game. Now that we are about to do that we are going to set the bar higher. We play two teams that are currently ranked as of this press conference this season, UCF and, our rival service academy, Air Force. WE are the only service academy to never be ranked. Our goal is to change that by the end of this season. The Black Knights are going to show these pollsters that we are a team that deserves to be considered one of the best in the nation. I wanna take a minute here to recognize some of our star players because these boys deserve it. Caleb [Leggett] and Jamir [Hurt-Braxton ] have been an amazing duo running the ball and I couldn't be more proud of these guys. Caleb keeps putting up more and more yards through the air and a good chunk of them are going to Bill [Mueller] who just passed 300 yards for the year in this game by my count. On defense Ayden [Whitaker] has been stepping up the past couple weeks, he made 2 interceptions last week after we made some changes in the gameplan that seemed to get him more involved in the game. Nik[olas Gleason] has been an absolute madman on the field and is getting to the QB faster than you would think possible for a guy that is 317 pounds. Last but not least is Blake Raines, that's a name that seems to be coming up every week here! He is sacking the QB, he is getting interceptions, I couldn't ask more from the kid and he may have the talent to go to the next level. I've taken up enough of your time rambling here, if anyone has any questions I am open to them.
  7. Largest margin of victory of the year. Feels good to win by more than 7..
  8. I'll be doing my best to fix that by the end of the year, and win that Commander-in-Chief's Trophy...
  9. ARMY BESTS NIU 40-37 IN DOUBLE OVERTIME THRILLER Caleb Leggett puts up a record 267 yards with two TD's through the air and one on the ground. Blake Raines got a sack on the QB an snatched an interception to add to his ever increasing stat sheet.
  10. GG noobie, I didn't think I would pull this one off honestly.
  11. We specialize in close games
  12. Hey that's my band director... GO PITT
  13. Well you can sure have Army if Pitt opens up. I think that though I would always have a soft spot for Army cause this is my first team I couldn't pass up the chance at going for Pitt.
  14. Caleb Leggett 'Legs it' away form defenders to help Army score 27 points on Boston College
  15. Army Black Knights - 27 Boston College Eagles - 23 This was a helluva game to watch folks and it's a shame if any of you missed it. We saw some great improvement on the O-Line after we made some changes. Caleb [Leggett] got a TD on his feet and through the air today and that wouldn't have been possible without the changes in the line. The boys are happy about it because they are winning games now, something that wasn't happening last year. On defense, boy I can't say enough good things about Blake Raines. That's a name you all will be hearing a lot of this year by the way so ya better write it down. He is the heart and soul of this defense and a natural born leader and getting that pick as well as the sack really helped us put this game away. Penalties are down, which is always good, but that third down number is still bugging me and the boys. That's what we will be working on for the next two weeks while we get ready to play Northern Illinois for our home opener. Go Army, beat Navy! At this time we will take any questions from the floor.
  17. It turns out when a team has a coach, they win more games!
  18. Coach what will be the focus going into next week? Do you think you can pull out a few more wins before the end of the season?
  19. We are gonna have a talk with Caleb to see if he is comfortable with the current situation in the depth chart with WRs as well as the O-Line. If we get that number up some other things, like getting a better third down conversion rate, will come naturally. We are hoping to take the lessons we have learned up to here and apply it to our game in week 3.
  20. Going into game 3 against Boston College the Black Knights are 1-1, both fairly close games against Northwestern (14-10) and Nevada (20-27). Head Coach TheLiberator was quoted saying "Our offense really needs to step up their game, third down conversion could be better and the O-Line isn't giving Caleb [Leggett] the time he needs when making passes, however they are giving Jamir [Hurt-Braxton] enough room to put up 100 yards a game. We are keeping the games close at this point, we need to make some adjustments to start winning more games from here on out. We may not be the best team in the world but we have the best teamwork and room for improvement. Go Army, beat Navy!" How will they preform against a team like Boston College next week? Only time will tell; but the folks at West Point know there probably won't be a lot of people betting on them but that doesn't seem to effect their spirits as they are excited to take them on at Chestnut Hill in week 3. We are open to take any questions now.
  21. Well my offense decided not to come out on the field for the second half. My defense, if nothing else, was consistent. My 4.5/5 FS still hasn't made an interception. Huzzah.
  22. I assume we add our own stats to this?
  23. GG! Hopefully that third down conversion number improves a bit though... 3-11... Ew...
  24. May I have the Army avatar please?
  25. 1. Please list your email address and/or your reddit username at which you can be contacted. TheLiberator117 2. Before continuing, please thoroughly read the coaching course and feel free to ask questions. Confirm that you have read the coaching course by writing "Confirmed" below. Confirmed 3. What team do you want to coach? Syracuse Army 4. Please select two backup teams (in descending order of preference) in case your first choice is unavailable. Army. Middle Tennessee, Rutgers? 5. In three or more sentences, tell us a little about yourself. How old are you, what do you do, where are you from, why would you be a good fit here, etc. College Jr. 7 Year band member. I go to Pitt and spend approximately 20+ hours a week on reddit and most of that on CFB. If I can make something mildly productive with my time that'll be nice 6. This site can be as time consuming as you want it to be. Weekly duties can be completed in 30 minutes or less, however interacting with your fellow players throughout the week makes it more enjoyable for most people. Approximately, how much free time do you have during a typical week? next two weeks, about 10 hours. After that I work a job where I can be on my phone or laptop all day so like 80 hours a week 7. Losing games is an inevitable reality on this site, especially when accepting newer teams. Do you believe you can handle losing? Disappointment is expected, however we have had issues with people freaking out, and even leaving the site because of losing. I just wen 1-11 as UMass in NCAA 13 and only rage quit when I threw 10 interceptions in a game. I think I can handle this going 0-12 as the worst team in the ACC 8. How did you find out about this site? If recommended by a friend, please post his/her username. neovenator250 made a post on reddit