Army offense highs and lows

Trent Steelman (Mark L Baer- US PRESSWIRE)

A look at some of the highlights.. and low lights of Army's offense in 2012

Most Valuable Player on Offense- Quarterback Trent Steelman. Trent ran for 1,248 rushing yards and scored 17 touchdowns to set the team single season rushing marks records for Army quarterbacks. He set the team career marks with five consecutive one-hundred yards rushing performances. In addition he broke Heisman Trophy winner Glen Davis's 66 -year old Army career touchdown record by scoring his 45 touchdowns over his career.

Best first year Offensive Starter – Sophomore Stephen Shumaker. The physical sophomore guard did a solid job in his first year as starter. He proved to be a good player and helped the team break the school rushing record for most yards (4,438). Stephen and his line mates helped break the per game Army rushing average record (369.8) that had been held by Army's greatest team, the 1945 national champions. He should improve with experience.

Best Plebe on Offense- Back-up quarterback A.J. Schurr. Kicker Daniel Grochowski looked like he had this nailed down until he had two field goal attempts blocked against Rutgers and lost his job. While I believe Grochowski will rebound, I think his holder A.J. Schurr was the most impressive plebe. Schurr demonstrated good speed and throwing ability when called upon at quarterback. He looks to have the lead in the battle to replace Steelman at quarterback entering spring practice.

Offensive Play of the Year: Trent Steelman's game winning 29-yard touchdown run against Boston College. After Raymond Maples was stopped at the 1-yard line on fourth down with 2:03 left in the game, it looked like Army would lose another heart breaker. However the defense made a rare stand and forced a poor punt by the Eagles. Steelman, battling through the game wearing a vest to protect his injured ribs, made a great fake on a third-and-1 play and cut up field to race for a 29-yard touchdown and a thrilling 34-31 win with four second left in the game.

Most Disappointing Offensive Play of the Year: Could there be another? Fourteen yards away. That's how close Army was to ending Navy's decade of dominance over them. Navy's freshman quarterback Keenan Reynolds ran for a score to give the Mids a 17-13 lead. With 4:41 left in the game Trent Steelman drove the Black Knights down to the Navy 14-yard line on what looked to be the game winning drive. In what was a microcosm of Army's struggles this year, quarterback Trent Steelman and fullback Larry Dixon botched a hand off on the mesh and Navy's nose tackle Barry Dabney recovered. Navy prevailed for the eleventh consecutive year defeating the Army Black Knights in the 113th meeting of football's greatest rivalry. As Steelman broke down during the Alma Maters, every Army fan felt Trent's pain after this bitter loss.

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