Practice blog: March 5

One of Army’s objective this spring – find a slotback fast enough to get to the outside quick on pitches.

Freshman Brian Cobbs, a converted cornerback, could be that player. Cobbs was also one of Army’s best special-teams cover guys last season.

“He brings some real speed to that position,” Army coach Rich Ellerson said. “He’s not as rough as you might expect being new to the position. Part of it is having a guy like JC (junior slotback Jameson Carter ) because you have a great picture in front of you of the fundamentals and details of what the job scription looks like.”

Carter’s had a good spring and is a steady as they come. If Carter can stay away from nagging injuries, he’ll be a calming force this fall.

Ellerson’s take: “It’s been a productive spring. I’m not happy about everything and every position. But we’ve definitely have made some strides. We’ve done a lot of good physical work and we’ve stayed healthy.”

Observations: Sophomore quarterback Max Jenkins throws a better ball when he’s on the move.

Carter stretched out to catch a pass from Max Jenkins. Freshman wide receiver Kyler Martin made a diving grab on a pass from Jenkins.

Freshman cornerback Josh Jackson picked off a pass intended from Malcolm Brown and made a nice play to break up a pass to Mark Allen.

Junior quarterback Chip Bowden was riding a stationary bike during practice. Bowden is recovering from a torn ACL, suffered on Nov. 7, 2009 at Air Force.

Turning heads: Freshman Nate Combs is seeing reps at bandit (defensive tackle/lineman, Victor Ugenyi’s old position) and middle linebacker. “We moved him around a little bit on defense,” Ellerson said. “He’s playing a couple of positions and it looks like he’ll have a chance to get in the mix in both of them.”

Port Jervis representing: More than a handful of high school and youth football coaches from Port Jervis were on hand to watch practice. Port Jervis athletic director Jared Kahmar told me they were invited by Army rovers coach John Brock.

Next: Army will head outside to practice in Michie Stadium Saturday (March 6). Practice will start at 8:30 a.m. Part of the practice will be in scrimmage-like conditions.

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