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2023 Independents Team Preview Capsules [Army]

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2023 Independents Team Preview Capsules


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Army Black Knights

Head Coach: Vacant

2022 Record: 7-6 (Won Disney Bowl)


Changes: The biggest change is on the sideline where thatfunk left for Georgia Tech leaving the program coachless for the start of the season.  Nathaniel Woodson leaves a huge hole on the defensive line taking 8 sacks and 12 TFL with him to the NFL leaving one returning player on the roster with a recorded sack.  Their top two receivers, Aiden Crouch and Xavier Bruno graduated leaving a void of 114 catches, 1700 yards, and 10 touchdowns.

Strength: Even with Woodson leaving school early, the defense returns a handful of play makers including CB Da'Quan Waller, ILB Cooper Siegel, and SS Evan Slaughter.  The trio will provide veteran leadership leading this defense.  The team could also go young with 4.5 star redshirt freshmen QB Hototo Benally and RB Amir Armstrong and even if they don't start right away, they give this offense hope for the future.

Weakness: Uncertainty.  Nobody know how long it will take to fill the coaching position.  That will have major implications on the offense.  The team only returns one player with a sack so there is inexperience on the defensive line.  Also losing both of their starting receivers could cause the offense to go run heavy early relying on an average offensive line to open holes.

Key Returning Starters: 

  • QB Vince Larue 57.7% Completion, 2913 yards, 16 TDs, 8 Ints, 174 Rushing yards, 5 TDs
  • RB Nigel Royal 230 carries, 994 yards, 16 TDs
  • ILB Cooper Seigel 29 tackles, 2 TFL

Key Games: @Air Force, @Notre Dame, @Toledo, Temple, Navy

2023 Outlook: The Black Knights will rely on their defense to keep them in games.  They hope to be competitive until they can figure out their long term solution on the sideline. 

Prediction: 4-8

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