Quick thoughts: First freshmen practice

Army’s freshman class took the practice field for the first time Monday afternoon.

Strength and conditioning coach Brian Hess guided the freshmen through their first warmups.

The practice was about 90 minutes long and featured plenty of fundamental work.

Didn’t see a lot of offense, but quarterback Christian Anderson showed a strong arm on a few throws.

Jordan Blackman and Zack Boobas were working with the slotbacks on the first day.

In an interview before R-Day, Blackman, who also played cornerback at St. Genevieve (Calif.), said he may get a look at slotback.

Boobas was an all-state safety at Jefferson (Ga.) High. According to Max Preps, Boobas rushed for 650 yards, scored 14 touchdowns and averaged 5.6 yards per carry as a senior.

Among the freshmen who stood out in practice were defensive lineman Emmanuel Ukhueligbe and linebackers Jon Rhattigan and Markus Wright.

There’s a ton of depth at defensive line and linebacker in the freshmen class.

Freshmen specialists warmed up with the upperclassmen, whose practice followed the plebes.

VIDEO: The freshman class warms up before its first practice

VIDEO: Freshman defensive lineman Trevor Hallock attacks a drill

VIDEO: Freshman linebacker Christian Gomez getting his feet right

ROSTER UPDATE: Wasn’t able to get every player, but here are some updated roster numbers for freshman class:

13 QB Christian Anderson, 6-1, 165, Cardinal Hayes HS, Bronx, N.Y.
*27 S-KR Wallace Barrett, 6-1, 185, Christ Presbyterian Academy, Franklin, Tenn.
*45 LB Gavin Bassett, 6-1, 215, Farmington HS, Farmington, Minn.
21 K Camden Bauman, 5-10, 220, Jesuit (Fla.) HS, Lutz, Pa.
10 RB Jordan Blackman, 5-11, 165, St. Genevieve HS, Lake View Terrace, Calif.
94 DE/LB Luke Blanton, 6-2, 225, Highland Park HS, Dallas, Texas
29 RB Zack Boobas, 5-10, 180, Jefferson HS, Nicholson, Ga.
*25 S Jahvari Boudreau, 5-8, 180, Flanagan HS, Miramar, Fla.
87 WR Jake Carlson, 6-2, 190, Billerica HS, Billerica, Mass.
*38 DL August Cook, 6-2, 220, Bedford HS, Bedford, Mass.
*92 DE Rahmeel Cook, 6-3, 225, Demopolis HS, Gallion, Ala.
*27 RB Fred Cooper, 5-11, 225, Reagan HS, Houston, Texas
68 DL Alex Crawford, 6-foot, 270, Southern Alamance HS, Burlington, N.C.
*38 RB Donnell Diego, 6-foot, 195, Curtis HS, Lakewood, Wash.
*30 RB Dominic DiStefano, 5-7, 170, Hendrickson HS, Pflugerville, Texas
39 LB Kieren Douglas, 6-3, 230, Pickerington HS, Reynoldsville, Ohio: Other offers – Air Force.
42 TE Austen Ferbet, 6-4, 220, Prairie Ridge HS, Cary, Ill.
*63 OL Tyler Fleagle, 6-3, 265, Linganore HS, Mount Airy, Md.
*62 OL Michael Gerber, 6-4, 275, Stoughton HS, Stoughton, Wisc.
48 LB Nick Ghazarian, 6-2, 215, Crespi HS, Chatsworth, Calif.: Other offers – Air Force.
22 *LB Christian Gomez, 6-foot, 240, Cypress Bay HS, Pembroke Pines, Fla.
84 DE Harrison Greenhill, 6-3, 240, Lake Highland Prep, Orlando, Fla.
66 DL Trevor Hallock, 6-1, 245, La Mirada HS, La Habra, Calif.
14 WR Jonathan Hamilton,  6-4, 225, St. Patrick HS, Elmwood Park, Ill.
*88 WR Cam Harrison, 6-2, 195, Allen HS, Allen, Texas
32 *RB Artice Hobbs, 5-9, 175, Newton HS, Covington, Ga.
90 DE Karl Holler, 6-4, 255, The Tatnall School, Chadds Ford, Pa.
87 DE Jack Hough, 6-3, 230, Coate Rosemary Hall HS, Wilmette, Ill.
* 55 C James Hunter, 6-4, 265, Oceanside HS, Oceanside, Calif.
2 QB Jordan Johnson, 6-foot, 185, Hooks HS, Hooks, Texas: Former Air Force commit.
* 37 LB Aaron Jones, 6-1, 240, Pike HS, Indianapolis, Ind.
OL Weston Jones, 6-4, 248, Capital Christian HS, Sacramento, Calif.
63 DL Jonathan King, 6-2, 290, Nolan Catholic HS, Ft. Worth, Texas
*17 CB Joseph King, 5-10, 170, Bolles School, Jacksonville, Fla.
*46 TE Geoff Kirk, 6-5, 232, Avon (Conn.) HS
16 S Jordan Lane, 6-1, 200, North Guilford HS, Summerville, N.C.
*47 TE Jake Lauer, 6-3, 235, Franklin Regional HS, Murrysville, Pa.
40 LS Paul Lawless, 6-3, 215, Cardinal Gibbons HS, Boca Raton, Fla.
98 P-K Michael Leisle, 6-foot, 185, Nease HS, Ponte Vedra, Fla.
*44 RB Chambo Liddell-Patacsil, 5-10, 240, Mira Mesa HS, San Diego, Calif.
34 LB Jeremiah Lowery, 6-2, 240, Park Crossing HS, Elmore, Ala.
79 OL Luke McCleery, 6-5, 260, Grapevine Faith Christian HS, Keller, Texas: Former Tulane commit.
*36 RB Sandon McCoy, 5-11, 215, Brown HS, Kannapolis, N.C.
69 OL Daniel McGeough, 6-6, 225, Chartiers Valley HS, Carnegie, Pa.
45 LS Caleb McKee, 6-1, 205, Arlington HS, Pantego, Texas
95 K Sean McNulty, 6-foot, 220, Maine South HS, Park Ridge, Ill.
43 FB DJ Miller, 6-foot, 230, Chico HS, Chico, Calif.: Other offers – Air Force.
96 K Billy Mitchell, 5-11, 185, American Heritage HS, Weston, Fla.
6 CB Dean Ngendakuriyo, 5-10, 190, Benedictine HS, Midlothian, Va.
48 LS Kyle O’Connor, 6-1, 245, St. Thomas Aquinas HS, North Canton, Ohio
60 OL Ryan O’Malley, 6-4, 260, Libertyville HS, Libertyville, Ill.: Former Illinois commit.
OL Jack Owens, 6-4, 230, Aquinas HS, Rochester, NY
*86 DE Edriece Patterson, 6-3, 245, Rahway HS, Rahway, N.J.
76 DL Mackay Phillips, 6-1, 240, South Gwinnett (Ga.) HS, Loganville, Ill.
*76 OL Peyton Reeder, 6-6, 290, Coosa HS, Rome, Ga.
47 LB Jon Rhattigan, 6-1, 220, Neuqua Valley HS, Naperville, Ill.
*39 FB Parker Ross, 6-1, 225, Fountain Lake HS, Hot Springs, Ark.
40 LB Ben Roth, 6-1, 215, Seminole HS, Sanford, Fla.: First commit of 2017 class.
*33 DB Alex Rowe, 6-foot, 185, Greater Atlanta Christian HS, Stone Mountain, Ga.
*99 K-P Landon Salyers, 6-1, 190, Dobyns-Bennett HS, Kingsport, Tenn.
50 C Will Schumacher, 6-2, 255, Penn-Trafford HS, Harrison City, Pa.
*46 S Chris Skyers, 5-11, 165, South Gwinnett HS, Loganville, Ga.
98 DE Nick Slusher, 6-4, 235, Cedar Creek HS, Ruston, La.: Other offers – Air Force, Louisiana-Monroe.
*51 OL Connor Smith, 6-4, 275, Issaquah HS, Bellevue, Wash.
*33 CB Bryson Stephens, 6-foot, 185, Morristown-Hamblen HS, Morristown, Tenn.
31 LB-S Joe Stephenson, 6-foot, 205, Woodberry Forest HS, Brodnax, Va.
* 71 DL Nick Stokes, 6-5, 265, Kempsville HS, Virginia Beach, Va.
*4 QB Cameron Thomas, 5-10, 175, Lee HS, Huntsville, Ala.
85 DE Josh Thomas, 6-4, 230, St. John’s HS, Pearland, Texas
*9 S Justin Thomas, 6-2, 200, Chaminade-Madonna HS, Plantation, Fla.
*95 DE Emmanuel Ukhueligbe, 6-3, 280, Seventy-First HS, Fayetteville, N.C.
89 DE-LB Tommy Upton, 6-3, 220, Strake Jesuit Prep, Houston, Texas
3 S Taylor Vessel, 6-1, 205, Clear Falls HS, League City, Texas: Other offers – South Alabama, Texas State.
65 DE Ted Wages, 6-4, 240, Auburn (Ala.) HS: First offer – Army. Other offers – Air Force.
*19 WR Kevin Waites, 6-1, 185, Manor (Texas) HS
*15 WR Max Weisman, 6-foot, 195, Burbank HS, Burbank, Calif.
*49 CB Keshaun Wells, 6-3, 195, Aldine Davis HS, Houston, Texas
56 OL Caden Williams, 6-5, 290, Franklin HS, Nashville, Tenn.: Other offers – Air Force.
64 G Kenny Willoughby, 6-4, 305, Astronaut HS, Titusville, Fla.
*97 LB Demann Wilson, 6-3, 230, Ginn HS, Cleveland, Ohio
* 20 RB T.J. Wisham, 5-10, 220, Episcopal HS, Baton Rogue, La.
*13 LB Markus Wright, 6-2, 215, Jordan HS, Columbus, Ga.
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