Army Spring Depth Chart Review: A-Backs

Terry Baggett (Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports)

Army was the first in the FBS to complete spring drills. ArmySports.com's Jim Lawler will review each Black Knight position to project a starter, a backup and a player to watch. Today he'll discuss the A-Back position.

A-BACKS
Starter: Terry Baggett #31 Jr.
Back up: Trenton Turrentine #6 Jr.
Third String: Lawrence Scott #20 Jr.

Terry Baggett had a great camp and more importantly made it through the spring without suffering an injury. He has missed significant portions of the last two years with injuries. Last year he won the starting job. Terry was one of the few bright lights in the opener against San Diego State rushing for 100 yards and he scored the Black Knights only touchdown. The following week against Northern Illinois he ripped off a 28-yard run before fracturing his knee cap which ended his season. On the season he carried the ball 16 times for 138 yards, 8.6 yards per carry average, and he scored two touchdowns. Baggett is slashing, cutback runner with excellent vision who, unlike most of the Black Knight running backs, is able to make the first man miss. He is a strong runner who can break arm tackles. Baggett needs to improve his blocking in space while on the move.

Junior Trenton Turrentine is firmly entrenched as the backup after another solid spring. Last year Turrentine missed the first two games with a hand injury. He appeared in the last ten games and drew three starting assignments. He produced 177 rushing yards, scored a touchdown and averaged 6.1 yards per carry. Turrentine is a downhill runner who runs hard once his shoulders are squared. He is a physical back who likes to finish his runs by lowering his shoulders to deliver a blow. Turrentine did not fumble this year. He's really improved his ball security, especially catching pitches, since his 2010 prep season at USMAPS. Turrentine does need to improve on his blocking in space which left a lot to be desired and probably cost him some playing time last fall.

At third string is junior Lawrence Scott who missed this spring practice with an injury. Scott played in six varsity games last year but did not carry the ball. The 5-11, 190 pound Scott possesses good speed. In high school he recorded times of 10.8 in the 100-meter dash and 21.91 in the 200-meter dash. Lawrence has good hands and some moves. He has the ability to accelerate and turn the corner. Senior Julian Crockett (5-8, 164) who showed some quickness last year returning kickoffs and is also in the mix near the bottom of the depth chart. Senior Jonathan Crucitti (7 carries, 42 rushing yards) seems to have been bypassed by better athletes and doesn't appear on the depth chart. Crucitti, who plays baseball during the spring, appeared in the first nine games last year. He was used at running back and as a punt returner after Josh Jackson was hurt. Crucitti is a good blocker but lacks run skills and is rather slow. He did not play in the last three games.

The players to watch may be a couple of incoming plebe running backs from the prep school who could impact the depth chart down the road. We already alluded to a speedster at C-back. We'll discuss all three of the new running backs after R-Day.

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