The 1-2 Army Black Knights are back in action this Saturday after a weekend off. They have an excellent return to action game, too, taking on the 0-4 Georgia State Panthers at Michie Stadium.
By Steve Wright
Here are the three keys to an Army Black Knights victory:
Get Some Passing Going
The Black Knights will win games on the ground. This is hardly headline news. Army, however, is always better when there is some type of threat from the passing attack. Army quarterbacks passed for exactly zero yards as Army beat Villanova last time. The Black Knights obviously could use a little bit of an improvement moving forward. Running the ball to death before hitting a couple of deep, well-timed passes within the offensive flow is how this Army attack works best.
Special Teams Stay Special
Dez Boykin ripped off a 44-yard kickoff return for Villanova against Army but outside of that, the Black Knights were excellent on special teams in the win. Quinn Maretzki was 6-for-6 on extra points – Trey Gronotte was 1-for-1 on point after touchdowns, too – while the punting units were outstanding. Tyrell Robinson returned one of his two opportunities 73 yards for a touchdown, while ‘Novas only point return went for -10 yards. This was good and should stay good for the rest of the season.
Run And Control The Clock
While Army does need to pass the ball, the run was doing just fine against ‘Nova. After starting 0-3, Army got back to basics. The running game was consistent and explosive, with the Black Knights running the ball 55 times for 472 yards. Quarterback Tyhier Tyler showed his chops on the ground as he rushed for three touchdowns, but there are worries at the fullback position with a couple of key injuries, including one to starter Jakobi Buchanan, Army should go for over 400 yards on the ground again here,