Inside the numbers: Baggett, Maples carries

Army senior running back Terry Baggett’s touches are way down to start the season.

Baggett has carried the ball just 16 times in the first three games. He’s projected to have 64 carries this season. Last season, Baggett rushed the ball 141 times for 1,113 yards.

Senior running back Raymond Maples has 15 carries this season.

Are there more opportunities for Baggett and Maples on the pitch? How is quarterback Angel Santiago grading out on reading the option?

“He’s missing some reads and those guys out there on the perimeter aren’t helping themselves either blocking the wrong guy out there sometimes,” Army coach Jeff Monken said. “So, there’s a lot of things happening. Teams that plays us a little bit can dictate who carries the ball. Then, we have plays that counter that, that we can dictate who carries the ball. The guy that is going to carry it the most for us is going to be the B-back (fullback). That’s just always the way we have been. ”

Fullback Larry Dixon leads Army with 55 carries. Santiago is second with41. Baggett ranks third.

“You look at Paul Johnson’s teams and everybody that comes out of his coaching tree, it’s the same,” Monken said. “The B-back or the fullback is the guy that carries the ball the most and then the quarterback and then the slots. We have plenty of plays to try and get those guys (Baggett and Maples) the ball but you have to be good up the middle in this offense. It’s always been the philosophy. People are fans and they want to see us win. When you don’t they are frustrated because they are emotionally invested. They say, “Why can’t you pass more? or (why) can’t you get this guy the ball?’ I understand. We are doing everything we can to put our guys in a position to win the game and get the right guys the ball. This offense has stood the test of time. It’s been run for a long time. Coach Johnson has been doing it every year the same way since 1985 and it hadn’t changed and it’s still successful.”

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