Positives abundant despite Army's 3-5 record

Jeremy Trimble (AP/ Jim McKnight)

Sure, Army might not be where we all want it to be eight games into the season, but let's not give up just yet. The Black Knights are 3-5, but are one win from turning things around. A win over Air Force Saturday would give Army mucho momentum. This wouldn't be just any win.

This would be a win over a service academy and that would put the Black Knights a win away from their first Commander-in-Chief's Trophy since 1996. As we all know, Army beat Air Force on the road two years ago. It can happen again. In the mean time, let's all remember this thing isn't over yet. Let's get this week going with some positive mojo. Sure, there have been some disappointments this year, but let's look at the successes.

It's fitting, because this season can still be one. Go Army! Beat Air Force!

1. Top notch Trimble: Senior wide receiver Jeremy Trimble is having another great year and could break 1,000 receiving yards for the season. He's caught 45 balls for 653 yards with five touchdowns. Trimble is averaging 81.6 receiving yards per game. If he keeps that up, he will short of 1,000, but maybe he goes over that in a bowl game.

2. A job well Dunn: Maybe Kevin Dunn should be the starting quarterback. But maybe Army coach Stan Brock, a tough NFL vet, knows something we don't. Anyway, one of the bright spots of the season was Dunn leading Army to a fourth quarter comeback over Tulane. It was one of the best moments at Michie Stadium in a long time.

3. Awesome Owen: Our man Owen Tolson could go punt for punt with any punter in the nation. Not to mention he can kick a field goal in a pinch. Tolson is averaging 44 yards per punt and that could get him an NFL look.

4. Special special teams: Tolson is a part of an impressive Army special teams unit. He gets the hang time and then his boys on coverage and returns hang up defenders. Let's not forget Army's return game has been dangerous. Corey Anderson scored on a kickoff return and Trimble added a punt return touchdown in a 37-21 win over Temple on Sept. 29.

5. Big-time 'D': The last two weeks have been tough, but expect Army's defense to be ready to go against Air Force. The Black Knights 'D' were a big part of all three wins this year. Below, we look at some of the heavy hitters on defense.

6. Murray the Man: Let's not forget the other big play in the Temple game. Strong safety Jordan Murray jumped on a loose ball after a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown. Murray, who missed most of last year with a hamstring injury, has been on all season. He's tenacious, has a nose for the ball and is a hard-hitter. Murray leads Army with 64 tackles.

7. Campbell's coming: Murray's main man in the secondary, Caleb Campbell, is carving out a nice 2007 season.

He's shown no signs of the torn ACL and MCL that ended his junior year prematurely. Like his pal Murray, he's tenacious, has a nose for the ball and is a hard-hitter. This guy could even end up playing on Sundays.

8. Scap's for real: Junior linebacker Frank Scappaticci never started before this season. You would never know. His team is called on just about every Army defensive play. He's a smart player who fills holes quickly and makes good tackles. He is right behind Murray with 63 tackles.

9. Bentler burning it up: Ted Bentler's intensity has helped Army up front on the defensive line.

He back down from nobody and has made an impact in his first season since transferring from Iowa. Bentler has 27 tackles, including 4.5 for a loss, and three sacks. Sophomore Victor Ugenyi has also been solid inside.

10. Our man Stan: This is Brock's first season, cut him some slack. He has three wins, but here's an idea: Why don't we wait until the end of the season to judge him. He can still win a CIC. If he does, a lot of us owe him a big apology. Even five wins, minus the CIC, would be a positive.

So, for this week, let's keep things just like that. Positive.

Go Army! Beat Air Force!

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