Commander-in-Chiefs Trophy (David Ausiello)
Football season is rapidly approaching and the race for the
Commander-in-Chiefs Trophy will be in full swing soon. The strength
of service academy football looks to be
stronger than ever. Look inside for FOX sports NEXT's Preseason
All-Service Academy Teams as selected by service academy football
analyst Jim Lawler.
QB Trent Steelman, Army Sr.
Steelman has been the face of Army football during the Rich Ellerson era.
RB Raymond Maples, Army Jr.
Maples was the third sophomore in Army's history to rush for over
1,000 yards (1,066) in a season.
RB Gee Gee Greene, Navy Sr.
Greene has started 25 consecutive games. In 2011 he ran for 501
yards and caught four touchdown passes.
FB Larry Dixon, Army So.
The powerful Dixon had a terrific freshman year averaging 6.2
yards per carry.
WR Brandon Turner, Navy Sr.
Turner was the Mids big play threat at wide receiver averaging
21.4 yards and scoring 3 touchdowns.
WR Mikel Hunter, Air Force Sr.
Hunter averaged 17.4 yards per catch and caught two touchdowns.
OL Jason Kons, Air Force Sr.
Kons has started the last two years at tackle and is the Falcons
best returning lineman.
OL Frank Allen Army Sr.
Allen is a three year starter and a rock of stability for the
Black Knights at left guard.
C Ryan Powis Army So.
Powis dominated at times as a plebe and was named to the Remington
Watch List as a sophomore.
OL Josh Cabral, Navy Sr.
Cabral has started the last 25 consecutive games at left guard and
is easily the Mids best lineman.
OL Andrew Barker, Navy Sr.
The athletic Barker will start at right tackle this fall after
starting six games at left tackle in 2011.
DE Jarrett Mackey Army Sr.
Army's senior legacy captain Jarrett Mackey returns from last
fall's knee injury.
DL Nick Fitzgerald, Air Force So.
Physical Falcon sophomore Nick Fitzgerald made 24 tackles last year.
DL Barry Dabney, Navy Jr.
Dabney is a 6-1, 297 pound nose guard who won the starting job
DE Wes Henderson, Navy Sr.
Henderson played in nine games in 2011. He posted a sack and
recovered three fumbles.
LB Alex Means, Air Force Sr.
The Falcons' best player in 2011. He made 77 tackles and posted
six sacks last season.
LB Matt Warrick, Navy Sr.
Warrick was named First-Team All-Independent Team in 2011.
LB Brye French, Navy Sr.
French moved inside this spring and was the Mids best defensive
player during spring camp.
CB Chris Miller, Air Force Jr.
Miller spent most of last season as the Falcons nickle back and he
made 23 tackles.
S Anthony Wooding, Air Force Jr.
Wooding split time at strong safety last year as he recorded 57
S Tra'vres Bush, Navy Sr.
Bush was named All-East last year. Bush made two interceptions and
scored a touchdown.
CB Josh Jackson, Army Sr.
Jackson will enter his third season as the Black Knights starting
David Baska, Air Force Jr.
Junior punter David Baska led all service academy punters
averaging 40.8 yards per punt.
Parker Herrington, Air Force Sr.
Herrington made 15 of 18 field goal attempts last year.
QB Trey Miller, Navy Jr.
Miller's dual threat ability wins over Air Force's Connor Dietz
speed in a close call.
RB John Howell, Navy Sr.
Howell is a proven home run threat with excellent speed.
RB Jared Hassin, Army Sr.
A battle of converted fullbacks. Hassin in a close one over the
Falcons Wes Cobb.
FB Mike DeWitt, Air Force Sr.
DeWitt production (12 TDs) earns a slight nod over Navy's talented
new FB Noah Copeland potential.
WR Matt Aiken, Navy Jr.
Aiken made 13 receptions for 201 yards (15.5 avg.) and scored two
WR Ty MacArthur, Air Force Jr.
MacArthur demonstrated big play ability in a reserve role in 2011.
OL Graham Vickers, Navy Jr.
A returning starter who is athletic, strong and moves well.
OL Jordan Eason, Air Force Sr.
The experienced Eason has earned academic All Mountain West honors.
C Michael Husar, Air Force Jr.
The highly regarded Husar moves into the starting center role for
OL Jake Zuzek, Navy So.
Navy's new right guard is incredibly powerful and strong. He can
bench press over 500 pounds.
OL Michael Kime, Army Jr.
The versatile Kime has battled injuries. He beat out Powis for the
center job in the 2011 opener.
DE Zach Watts, Army Sr.
Watts recorded three sacks last year and was one of Army's better
DL Joe Champaign, Air Force So.
Champaign demonstrated some ability when he played defensive end
as a freshman.
DL Holt Zalneraitis, Army Jr.
Zalneraitis was moved from tackle to defensive end. He made 1 1/ 2
sacks in the spring game.
DE Collin Sturdivant, Navy Sr.
Senior Collin Sturdivant is a converted outside linebacker who can
pressure the passer.
LB Geoffrey Bacon Army So.
Bacon (60 tackles, 1 interception returned for a 70-yard TD)
played well as a plebe Mike linebacker.
LB Austin Niklas, Air Force Sr.
Niklas posted 35 tackles, including four for a loss in a backup
role last fall.
LB Nate Combs, Army Sr.
Last year Combs finished the year with 37 tackles and tied for the
team lead in sacks.
CB Steffon Batts, Air Force Jr.
The former All-State performer played well in 13 games last fall
as a back-up cornerback.
S Chris Ferguson, Navy So.
Had an impressive plebe year winning the job at free safety and
picking off two passes.
S Hayden Pierce, Army So.
Pierce (32 tackles, 1 pass defensed) had a very solid plebe year
starting ten games.
CB Parrish Gaines, Navy So.
Gaines started five games at boundary cornerback as a plebe and
should improve this year.
Chris Boldt, Army Sr.
Boldt averaged 39.8 yards per punt. He can drive the ball at times
like when he nailed one 72 yards.
Dan Grochowski, Army Fr.
Grochowski had an excellent season last year at USMAPS and will
likely win the job.