Ahmad Bradshaw’s future

Ahmad Bradshaw’s college football future is cloudy after the senior quarterback led Army an Armed Forces Bowl win over San Diego State two weeks ago.

When asked about playing for the final time in the bowl’s postgame press conference, Bradshaw said, “It’s emotional to know that’s it’s my last game.”

Bradshaw, who rushed for a school-record 1,746 yards in 2017, may or may not have played his last down for the Black Knights.

When asked if a decision has been made on Bradshaw’s career being over, coach Jeff Monken said in an interview earlier this week, “It has not been. Time will tell there.”

Bradshaw has started 25 of Army’s 26 games over the last two seasons, leading Army to 18 wins. He didn’t play his freshman year due to an academy matter and is not on track to graduate with his class in May. Bradshaw will be a cadet in fall of 2018. A decision to permit Bradshaw to play one more season would be in the hands of the Academy and the NCAA eligibility committee.

Bradshaw is currently fifth on Army’s all-time rushing list with 3,038 yards. Mike Mayweather is the academy’s leader with 4,299 yards. Bradshaw’s 1746 yards this season were the third highest by an FBS quarterback in a single season. Jordan Lynch of Northern Illinois owns the top two seasons with 1,920 in 2013 and 1815 in 2012. Lynch played in 14 games in both seasons. Bradshaw played in 13 games in 2017.

If Bradshaw does not return, who will be Army’s starting quarterback in 2018?

Monken said juniors Chris Carter and Luke Langdon, sophomore Kelvin Hopkins and freshmen Christian Anderson and Cam Thomas would compete in spring practice.

Carter practiced with the team this season but was unable to play due to academics. He started two games as a freshman, including nearly knocking off Navy and Keenan Reynolds, and one as a sophomore. Carter rushed for 263 yards and two touchdowns and threw for 162 yards and two scores in 2016.

Hopkins played in six of Army’s 13 games in 2017, and accounted for six of the team’s 20 completions. The sophomore’s 16-yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Adams with one second left helped forced overtime in Army’s 31-28 win over Temple in October.

Langdon appeared in six games in 2017, rushing eight times for 24 yards and a touchdown.

Thomas was briefly moved to cornerback during the 2017 season.

Anderson was named offensive scout-team player of the week for the Temple game.

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