WR Jeremy Trimble

2004 Statistics

Coach: Bobby Ross
2-9, 1 year
2004 Record: 2-9
at Houston LOST 21-35
at Connecticut LOST 3-40
TCU LOST 17-21
at South Florida WON 42-35
at East Carolina LOST 28-38
at Tulane LOST 31-45
UAB LOST 14-20
vs. Navy LOST 13-42

2004 Final Rankings
AP-UR, Coaches-UR, BCS-UR

2005 Outlook

Entering its 116th season of football (fifth oldest I-A program still competing), Army will try to avoid ending up ranked around that higher number in most defensive statistical categories. That type of finish for this campaign, the second of Ross' rebuilding project, would be disheartening. Though the Cadets have many miles to go, the veteran coach has brought back much of the positive energy and flow that needs to be kindled if any program is to regain its foundation.

This season shouldn't be "back to Square One". Last fall's 2-9 finish didn't appear special, but the team took some of those all-important small steps. The offense, specifically the ground game, proved to be solid. Of those nine losses, only three were by more than two TDs. If the defense can improve just marginally enough, and the offense can maintain last year's performance level, this team will be more competitive, and wins will soon follow.

The good news is that Army has ditched C-USA for an independent schedule, which is just what a program trying to build from rock-bottom needs. This year's slate is easier, though it still includes four bowl teams. Opening at Boston College won't be the early blow many think, but a good measuring stick which can then help to gauge further improvements. There are six home games and some softies late in UMass and Arkansas State, but nothing is a "sure win" until consistency is in place.

This program still needs to recruit and develop bigger, faster players. Adding veteran Dan Baranik as recruiting coordinator is a needed move that should pay dividends, just not immediately. As prototypes, if Navy and Air Force can do it in our modern times, so can Army. But, for now, three wins and a more competitive showing against Navy would make for an acceptable season. With the Midshipmen also revamped, there will be many more pushups to do come December 3rd.

Managing the turnover of Cadet personnel, especially during wartime, is more challenging than in most programs, so any defensive improvements would signal that this program is genuinely building a future for itself even as we write (and you read) this preview. We see them stepping up enough to possibly clear the three-win bar. Small steps…

Projected 2005 record: 4-8
CB Dhyan Tarver
QB - 3 DL - 1.5
RB - 3.5 LB - 1.5
WR - 3 DB - 2
OL - 2 ..

Passing: Zac Dahman, 265-145-7, 1767yds., 9 TD

Rushing: Carlton Jones, 209 att., 1269 yds., 17 TD

Receiving: Jacob Murphy, 26 rec., 357 yds., 2 TD

Scoring: Carlton Jones, 17 TD, 1-two pt. conv., 104 pts.

Punting: Tom Dyrenforth, 66 punts, 32.9 avg.

Kicking: Austin Miller, 4-5 FG, 23-27 PAT, 35 pts.

Tackles: Dhyan Tarver, 83 tot., 57 solo

Sacks: Cameron Craig, 4 sacks

Interceptions: Ray Stith, 2 for 8 yds.

Kickoff returns: Scott Wesley, 54 ret., 23.1 avg., 1 TD

Punt returns: Corey Anderson, 11 ret., 4.6 avg., 0 TD


OFFENSE: Aaron Alexander-WR, Joel Glover-OT, Seth Nieman-OT, Tielor Robinson-RB, Justin Troy-C, Adam Wojcik-OG, Andy Dytrych-OG, Reggie Nevels-QB/WR
DEFENSE: Delente Brewer-CB, Curt Daniels-SS, Trey Landry-DT, Jonathan Lewis-CB, Matt Maimone-LB, Will Sullivan-DE, Greg Washington-LB, Mikel Resnick-DB

The return of Zac Dahman gives Army some long-needed stability at this spot, at least for this season. The senior, who has started 23 of the last 36 games and owns almost every school passing record, regained the job after three games backing up Reggie Nevels. Dahman has a nice arm, and even though he is quick (4.6-sec 40), he isn't often mobile - he stands and delivers. Bobby Ross designs the offense around his starting QB, so don't expect the return of the option, though QB draws could work if employed. Actually, expect the forward pass to be used even more. Despite relying on the run, the passing offense remained consistent and respectable. As long as the new-look offensive line isn't a disaster, those stats will improve. None of the backups has game experience. If Dahman stumbles, the mobile Chase Laws will get the job, changing the complexion of the offense. Dahman could be bypassed, though, as his handling of long snaps makes him invaluable on special teams. Junior Conner Crehan is listed third, but we feel he is the complete package and should be under center if problems arise.

Running Back
Things look good here with the return of 1,000-yard rusher Carlton Jones and power back Seth Gulsby. Gulsby will see time at fullback, a measure taken to keep him on the field. Both guys have speed and power and are fairly interchangeable. Jacob Muraldi is listed ahead of Gulsby, though Gulsby appears to be the ball carrier of the two. Muraldi is their primary blocking back, especially on the goal line. Behind them, Army's ground game was 36th nationally (not bad for a 2-9 team). The revamped offensive line should take some spark out of the rushing attack, especially early on, so Jones's receiving skills out of the backfield will help. Jones is a well-rounded back, with inside and outside abilities that have made him the team's leading rusher every season he has played. The blocking of Gulsby and junior Miraldi are the key. Scott Wesley is a return specialist capable of stepping in where/if Jones lets off or is injured. Depth drops off from here quite a bit, so health is a concern in this unit.

Dahman doesn't have the world's greatest athletes to throw to, but he has several solid players who comprise a decent unit. Lanky Jacob Murphy (T-2nd team catches) knows how to get open, and he becomes the go-to guy with the graduation of Aaron Alexander. Sophomores Corey Anderson (only 5'8") and Jeremy Trimble (17.5 yards per catch), who both saw some time last fall, are a pair of (potential) deep threats who should open up the underneath for Jones and Murphy. Trimble was named to the 2004 Conference USA All-Freshman Team after appearing in all 11 games of his rookie campaign. His skills can be traced back to his father Steve, who was a former All-ACC defensive back for the Maryland Terrapins during the Jerry Claiborne era (1976-80) and later played for the NFL Denver Broncos.
Anderson, though, was the team's third-leading rusher, too (five carries at 21.5 per), so his number of touches (mere two catches) will surely surge. The return of oft-injured Bruce Brown, who missed the spring, would give Dahman a third burner. If the running game struggles behind the new line, the passing game will be able to hold its own.

Tight End
Big Texan Jared Ulekowski, the team's fourth-leading receiver, gives Dahman another reliable target, both in the middle deep and on short routes. More importantly, he's an experienced blocker on an inexperienced line, as is backup Tim Dunn, who is considered a better blocker than Ulekowski. Expect plenty of double-TE sets.

Offensive Line
We already know the defense is going to be marginal, so we call this the team's most pivotal area. If that productive running game grinds to a halt and Dahman has to run for his life, this team will take a step backwards. Four starters on an underrated group that allowed just 17 sacks (third in Conference USA) are gone, leaving C Pete Bier as the anchor. Senior RG Regan Tatford is the only other letterman listed on their three-deep, so at least the inside will have some early reliability. Most I-As can manage turnover and then reload in these situations, but this is a program with three wins in the past three seasons and a roster/recruiting that reflects the current war(s). This was the primary offensive focus this spring, and Ross said he likes what he saw. If that's not just wishful thinking, the offense should remain productive. Otherwise…

In case you missed the unit breakdowns, it all begins and ends with the front five. Defenses will surely stuff the box to take advantage of the inexperienced line and/or stop Jones. Don't expect Dahman's escape-ability to save the day. The line will likely struggle early while assignments are mastered and cohesion is built. Once it solidifies, the pass should be sneaky enough to not only open up the run, but score points. Meanwhile, the skill people will have to maintain their discipline (16th nationally for least turnovers lost), while finding a way to be more efficient on third downs (just 33 percent). There are a lot of 'ifs' here, but this could very well be a respectable offense by season's end. For this program, those baby steps should be the focus and feel like accomplishments when achieved consistently. Those will become the building blocks for the program to really set a foundation for the future, so the line's adjustment-time will eventually pay dividends.


RB Carlton Jones


Returning Starters in bold
QB Zac Dahman-Sr (6-0, 179) David Pevoto-So (6-3, 211)
FB Mike Viti-So (5-10, 242) Tim Frye-Fr (5-10, 230)
RB Carlton Jones-Sr (5-9, 197) Seth Gulsby-Sr (6-1, 209)
Scott Wesley-Sr (5-11, 202)
WR Jacob Murphy-Sr (6-2, 206) Bruce Brown-Jr (5-10, 179)
WR Jeremy Trimble-So (6-0, 212) Corey Anderson-So (5-8, 161)
TE Jared Ulekowski-Sr (6-3, 244) Tim Dunn-Jr (6-5, 243)
OT Ray Zelenak-So (6-2, 255) Nathan Collier-Jr (6-6, 294)
OG Matt Weisner-Jr (6-2, 280) Dan Evans-Sr (6-2, 281)
C Pete Bier-Sr (6-4, 282) Trey Miranne-So (6-1, 256)
OG Miles Murray-Jr (6-2, 280) Connor Wicklund-So (6-3, 262)
OT Jonathan Connon-Jr (6-6, 287) Steven Westbrook-So (6-5, 250)
K Austin Miller-Jr (6-2, 207) Justin Koenig-Jr (5-10, 176)



Defensive Line
Calling this unit the strength of the defense is like dubbing the quickest in a lineup of snails, especially considering that Army was the worst defense in Division I-A (allowing 490 yards per game). But two of the four returning starters are here, and there's plenty of badly needed new blood, though the group is still undersized. Ross was particularly pleased with the play of his ends, who should provide more pressure to help an overmatched secondary. DE Cameron Craig led the team with four sacks despite getting the starting job four games into the season, and sophomore Brandon Thompson brings athleticism on the other side. Inside, there's experience with Seth Lotts, Doug Meyer and Tommy Ryan, though those guys contributed to a run defense that was 115th in the country. Size issues exist for this group as a whole. Starting with rushing first-downs (148) and ground scores (29 TDs), this unit can improve just by affecting these areas. The line should reflect many off-season adjustments - could it be any worse?

Ross likes the development here as well. And again, there's not much size, so this group will have to rely on speed and just plain nastiness. Cason Shrode, who takes over in the middle, bulked up in the offseason and seems to have the right mentality, though his stat line needs more big plays. Shrode is the only LB listed over 230. Luke Pell, who missed the spring with a hamstring problem, is one of the few LBs with experience. He should beat out converted-safety Charlie Rockwood for the strong-side spot. Barrett Scruggs and Taylor Justice are battling for the weak-side job. Both can cover plenty of ground and tackle well. Scruggs may be the most poignant of the entire corps, so expect to see him wherever the play goes. Only Rockwood breaks the usual Cadet tradition of playing upperclassmen, so experience either pays off or again weighs the D down.

Defensive Back
The staff has done some juggling to try to stop the bleeding, including switching to a more traditional 4-3 and reformulating the CBs' role(s). The leader here is Dhyan Tarver, who was moved from free safety to corner, an area where this unit was consistently torched. Tarver stands as the leading returning tackler and is a legit pro prospect. He'll play "boundary" corner, which is designed for physical players. Ray Stith, a senior who started frequently at corner, is considered the top cover guy and will play "field" corner. He'll (have to) be a year better. Soph Caleb Campbell moves to strong safety after starting in the "Whip" spot, and Randy Chasten takes over at free safety. Both guys are strong and vastly more experienced than their backups, though Chasten had not one stat-worthy play outside of his tackles, and as a safety, he has to ball hawk more while coming close to leading the team in tackling. Seven INTs as a group won't do, so look for more takeaways to signal/represent a more sound foundation that, once in place, can take the risks needed, not just "barely keep up".

This defense has no where to go but up, and the potential is there for improvement, especially against the run. The move to a 4-3 should result in more penetration, which would help a secondary that can expect to be tested often. Guys like Tarver, Shrode and Craig will step up their games so that their intensity lifts those around them. But, most likely, lack of size will be a detriment against the run, and their overall lack of athleticism (there are exceptions) will hurt the pass defense's efficiency. The question is, how badly? The good news was that the Cadets held foes to 52 total first-quarter points - Army actually aggregately actually won the opening frame, as they did the fourth, so it became foes' adjustments that killed them. An adaptable, semi-dynamic 60-minute effort on D will surely mend many of the team's ills. Again, it's all about baby steps, and any defensive consistency will represent important ones.


DE Cameron Craig


Returning Starters in bold
DE Brandon Thompson-So (6-3, 244) Peter Harrington-Jr (6-4, 253)
DT Tony Fusco-So (6-1, 295) Doug Meyer-Sr (6-5, 263)
DT Tommy Ryan-Sr (6-2, 275) Seth Lotts-Sr (6-3, 243)
DE Cameron Craig-Jr (6-3, 247) John Wright-So (6-2, 248)
SLB Charlie Rockwood-So (6-2, 214) Luke Pell-Jr (6-0, 212)
MLB Cason Shrode-Jr (6-2, 246) Brian Chmura-So (6-0, 229)
WLB Barrett Scruggs-Jr (6-0, 209) Michael Herndon-Jr (6-0, 219)
CB Ray Stith-Sr (5-9, 176) Sean Grevious-Jr (5-10, 173)
CB Dhyan Tarver-Sr (5-11, 186) Chris Grevious-Jr (5-10, 177)
SS Caleb Campbell-So (6-2, 233) Jordan Murray-So (6-0, 200)
FS Randy Chasten-Jr (6-2, 205) Rob Davis-Sr (5-11, 201)
P Owen Tolson-So (6-2, 200) Tom Dyrenforth-Sr (5-10, 188)




With spring ball over, there are still five different kickers in the mix, with no clear front-runner. For what it's worth, junior Justin Koenig was 1-of-3 on field goals last fall, and returning starter Austin Miller hit 4-of-5 while missing four PATs. Coverage improvements will parallel those of the entire defense, so if the D is strong, coverage likely gets better.

Owen Tolson, a sophomore, beat out incumbent Tom Dyrenforth this spring. That's probably a good thing -- Dyrenforth consistently hurt Army's field position (36.9 per try). Tolson had a 52-yarder in the spring game, when he averaged 46.3 yards. Adjustment will come on defending returns (8.1 per try, but no TDs), too, as the increase in hangtime can allow for that extra second needed to turn this department around.

Return Game
Besides defense, one of the most embarrassing aspects of this team was punt returns. At just 4.9 yards per try, Army ranked third-to-last in Division I-A. The speedy Anderson will likely get a crack here. It has to get better, right? Kick run-backs, one of the few bright spots on special teams, should remain stellar as Scott Wesley returns. The senior was fourth in C-USA at 23.1 yards per.