Army Orange County WR connection

Patrick Laird misses Davyd Brooks at Army practices.

Laird and Brooks were roommates on the road. Brooks was there for Laird any time he  had a question about the offense or life as a cadet.

“I learned a lot from him and we became really close and really good friends,” Laird said.

Really good friends hailing from rival high schools.  Laird was a star wide receiver at Monroe-Woodbury in Central Valley, NY. Brooks broke into the sport at Newburgh Free Academy. Laird and Brooks went down to a Monroe-Woodbury-Newburgh Free Academy game last fall.

Now, Laird is one of the top candidates to follow Brooks as an Army starting receiver in 2012.

FEATURE: Laird impressing Army coaches.

“It’s different, now,” said Laird, who played in Army’s tight-end sets last season. “I’m use to asking him questions and learning from him. I feel now a bunch of us sophomores are the leadership of that receiver group. People are coming to us to ask questions and I still have questions that I want answered. It’s a lot different not having him. He helped a lot last year.”

Army doesn’t have one junior receiver in camp. Justin Allen is listed as a wide receiver but has worked as corner early in the preseason.

Competition is wide open for both receivers spots. Laird has earned first-team in the spring because coach Rich Ellerson likes his blocking, toughness and size. He’s trying to keep Army’s streak alive of starting Orange County receivers. Brooks was a two-year starter. Sophomore Jared McFarlin, Laird’s high school teammates, made three starts in 2011.

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