Hudson Valley Sports Report

Army football names Santiago starting quarterback

By Rich Thomaselli

HVSR Staff

WEST POINT – The question is seemingly the same every year.

Can the Army football program bounce back?

Well, with 16 starters returning the Black Knights certainly have a foundation for success.

“Well, just organically there are some good things happening,” head coach Rich Ellerson said. “The center of gravity of the football team on the two-deep will be dominated by juniors and seniors. We’re still going to have some underclassmen, there will be a number of sophomores and a handful of freshmen that get into the mix, it’s just inevitable that they will. We’ll be relatively young, but for the first time in a couple of years, we’ll have more juniors and seniors on the two-deep. That can’t not be a good thing. It’s guys that have been there, guys who have some experience. It’s guys that know how to do West Point. They’ve been here long enough that they know what’s expected of them, and they know how to manage the experience.”

santiagoBut the pessimist remembers that Army was 2-10 last year, and won only three games the year before that coming off the seven-win bowl season in 2010.

Heading into the Friday, Aug. 30 opener against Morgan State, the Black Knights still need a field general to replace one of the gutsiest quarterback to ever walk the post at West Point, Trent Steelman.

For the kickoff, that new field general will be Angel Santiago. Ellerson pulled the trigger on Wednesday and announced that the junior had won the job over sophomore A.J. Schurr.

Sort of.

Santiago will start, but Schurr is in the picture.

“Angel is the starter but we will use two quarterbacks against Morgan State,” said Ellerson.

Santiago served as the primary backup to Steelman for two years, but Schurr pushed hard during cam.

The Black Knights will host Morgan State on Friday, August 30 at 7 p.m. at Michie Stadium. In addition to the West Point Band’s performance of the 1812 overture, a fireworks display will illuminate the skies over Michie Stadium.

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