Army spring review: Defensive End

Mike Ugenyi

Army recently completed its first spring practice under new head coach Jeff Monken. ArmySports.com will now review every position, listing the starter, backup and third string player. In this edition we look at the defensive ends.

DEFENSIVE END

Starter: Mike Ugenyi Sr.
Back up: Ryan Alexander Jr.
Third String: Evan Finnane Jr.
Last year the light finally seemed to go on for senior Mike Ugenyi (39 tackles, 6 ½ TFL, Sack) as his play improved. He had been dropped down to third string in 2012. He played really well against Stanford's big talented offensive line. He's started the last nine games last year. Ugenyi was very active getting off blocks and making tackles the last month of the 2013 season. Ugenyi played lower and did a better job holding the point than in the past. Mike is the younger brother of former Army defensive line standout Victor Ugenyi (2006-2009). Both members of the family were late bloomers. Mike Ugenyi has worked hard from his days being a back-up at USMAPS. He has added nearly sixty pounds since his senior year in high school. Head coach Jeff Monken praised Ugenyi for his play this spring.

Junior Ryan Alexander (6-1, 245) had a solid spring to move up to second string on the depth chart. He was in on three tackles including one for a three yard loss for the Black team in the spring game. He was ranked by some high school scouting services as a three-star recruit in 2011l. Ryan attended the United States Military Academy Prep School that fall but broke his foot in a non-contract drill during the first USMAPS practice. The injury forced him to miss his entire prep season. Alexander saw time during his plebe year on the JV team. He appeared in six games last year (3 tackles, TFL, QBH) at defensive tackle. Alexander recorded 43 sacks during his high school varsity career. Alexander is quick and has good acceleration off the ball.

Junior Evan Finnane (6-1, 245) is listed as third string on the depth chart. Finnane recorded a tackle in the Black & Gold game. He appeared in one game against Louisiana Tech last fall. Finnane is the younger brother of former Army backup nose tackle Shane Finnane. Evan is bigger than his brother and has the frame to add more muscle. Finnane is strong and as a former successful wrestler, understands how to gain leverage on an opponent.

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