Aug. 17 practice blog

Freshman linebacker Clay Rutherford snuffed out two straight fullback dives to Jared Hassin. Hassin wasn’t happy the second time when Rutherford held onto him too long and let the plebe know about it, saying he was going to mess him up.

Freshman Colby Miller continues to make his presence known. Miller picked off a pass, which bounced off wide receiver Austin Barr’s hands.

Sophomore wide receiver George Jordan beat cornerback Richard King on a nice catch near the right sideline. Jordan made another nice grab off a pass from a mobile Steelman.

Freshman wide receiver Anthony Stephens was so quick and smooth running a slant I thought he was slotback Malcolm Brown. Stephens wears No. 9, Brown’s number last season.

Speaking of Brown, he’s excited to return to the backfield after getting tryout at wide receiver in the spring. That’s doesn’t mean Brown, who is running as a first-team slotback, isn’t going to be involved in the passing game.

“It helped me out a lot (to play wide receiver) and get familiar with running routes and maneuver around the field,” Brown said. “They are going to have a split formation where I go out a little bit so that will be interesting.”

Starting whip linebacker Andrew Rodriguez continues to be held out with a back injury. Army is preparing itself just in case Rodriguez isn’t ready for the Sept. 4 season opener at Eastern Michigan. Sophomore Nate Combs moved from bandit (defensive line/linebacker combo) to whip linebacker and sophomore Jarrett Mackey is now playing the bandit.

Alex Carlton connected on three straight 42-yard field goals to end practice.

Freshman wide receiver Jared McFarlin, a 2010 Monroe-Woodbury graduate, sat out practice with what looked like a leg injury.

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