Here’s how I see Army’s depth chart on offense through Wednesday’s practice:
QB: Angel Santiago, Jr.; A.J. Schurr, Soph.; Kelvin White, Soph.; Cody Jackson, Sr.
Note: Santiago holds a slight edge over sophomore A.J. Schurr, offensive coordinator Ian Shields told me Wednesday. If it’s that close, the quarterback, who performs the best in the next three days, could win the starting job. Santiago has had a steady camp and is throwing the ball well enough to start. Schurr is taking more command of the offense and making good decisions.
FB: Larry Dixon, Jr.; Hayden Tippett, Sr.; Aaron Kemper, Fr. or Matt Giachinta, Soph.
Note: Dixon is entrenched as the starter. Tippett is a pretty good second option and can spell Dixon. Giachinta spent half of training camp at middle linebacker.
RB: Raymond Maples, Sr.; Stephen Fraser, Jr.; Jared Rogers, Soph.
Note: Maples is seeking his third straight 1,000-yard season. Fraser, who scored two touchdowns in Army’s scrimmage, is having a great training camp and can give Maples a blow; Rogers has shown the ability to get quickly to the edge.
RB: Terry Baggett, Jr.; Trenton Turrentine, Jr., Lawrence Scott, Jr.
Note: Baggett has been sidelined with a hip injury for most of training camp and is starting to practice again. Baggett is an explosive runner, who can makes cuts on the dime. Turrentine broke off a 70-yard TD run in Sunday’s scrimmage and can also pick up the tough yards. Scott shined at the beginning of training camp.
WR: Chevaughn Lawrence, Jr.; Anthony Stephens, Sr.; Edgar Poe, Fr. or Scott Williams, Sr.
Note: Lawrence, Army’s top receiver, is working his way back from a hamstring injury. Stephens took advantage of some first-team snaps and has caught the ball well in traffic. Poe, a future starter, has great hands and runs routes well.
WR: Xavier Moss, Fr.; Patrick Laird, Sr.; Ejay Tucker, Sr.
Note: Moss is as good as advertised. His speed for an Army receiver is off the charts. Moss gives the Black Knights a legitimate deep threat. Laird is Army’s best blocking receiver and a pretty reliable target when thrown to. Tucker, who was listed as a starter on the preseason depth chart, has missed most of training camp with an injury.
LT: Nick Bennett, Jr.; Zach Reichert, Sr.; Todd McDonald, Jr.; Stefan Moreau, Fr. or Jake Peterson, Soph.
Note: Bennett has hold down the starting spot for most of training camp. Reichert could start here over left guard. McDonald, one of Army’s top centers, is getting a look at left tackle.
LG: Zach Reichert, Sr.; Steve Shumaker, Jr.; Chris Smythe, Soph.; Jack Plunkett, Fr.
Note: Reichert is Army’s most versatile lineman and could start at left tackle. Shumaker is the only returning lineman to start all 12 games in 2012. He played right guard last season.
C: Ryan Powis, Jr.; Lofi Tamasese, Fr. or Todd McDonald, Jr.; Corey Hobbs, Soph.
Note: Army needs Powis to play his first full season. Powis is key in Raymond Maples’ counter runs. Coaches are very high on Tamasese. High enough to try Todd McDonald at left tackle.
RG: Matt Hugenberg, Soph.; John Szott, Sr.; Colby Enegren, Fr.; Richard Rainey, Sr.
Note: Hugenberg (6-3, 285 pounds) is pretty imposing. Szott has switched from left guard.
RT: Momo Kime, Sr.; Justin Gilbert, Soph.; Ryan Kalnins, Sr. or Dan Whitaker, Sr.
Note: Kime was Army’s most consistent lineman last season. He is coming off an ACL tear in November. Kime participate in Sunday’s scrimmage but didn’t practice Wednesday. Gilbert saw quality reps in the spring.