Spring football: Walker may get shot at QB

As quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw’s football future remains cloudy, a surprise candidate for the three-year starter’s replacement could emerge under center for Army this spring.

Coach Jeff Monken confirmed that sophomore slotback Kell Walker “will probably” get a look at quarterback when the Black Knights open spring practice Tuesday. Walker led the team in yards per carry (7.3) and was Army’s third-leading rusher (629) last season. Monken said Walker has no prior quarterback experience.

“We obviously want to get the ball in his hands as often as we can,” Monken said. “He’s a good player for us. I think that would be a way to do that. I just don’t know if he’s going to be the guy that can lead our offense. The leadership piece for the quarterback is maybe as important as anything. I think he’s a good leader whether he will be able to lead from that position I do not know.”

Army is preparing for life without Bradshaw, who has won 18 games over the last two seasons, this spring. Bradshaw, listed as a senior on the 2017 roster, will be a cadet at West Point this fall but it’s unclear whether the academy will permit him to play his fourth season of football.

Sophomore Kelvin Hopkins and junior Luke Langdon received limited playing time backing up Bradshaw last season. Freshman Christian Anderson and Cam Thomas are the only other quarterbacks listed on Army’s spring roster.


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