Pregame blog: Armed Forces Bowl

Junior slotback Kell Walker will not dress for the Armed Forces Bowl due to a violation of team rules, per Army football radio.

Sophomore Artice Hobbs is expected to start in Walker’s place. Army was already thin at slotback. Senior Calen Holt, who had shifted from fullback to slotback when sophomore Fred Cooper was suspended, tore his anterior cruciate ligament in practice before the Army-Navy game.

Walker is Army’s third-leading rusher with 320 yards on just 67 carries.

Walker’s absence means more snaps for Hobbs and junior Malik Hancock.

Kelvin Hopkins needs 44 yards to become the first Army quarterback to throw for 1,000 yards in a season since Carson Williams in 2007.

Senior cornerback Mike Reynolds is questionable. Sophomore Javhari Bourdeau could start in Reynolds’ place. Senior Jalen Sharp, a 2017 starter, could also see playing time.

Safeties coach John Loose takes over calling plays as Army’s interim defensive coordinator.

Senior slotback Jordan Asberry, senior linebacker Kenneth Brinson and senior punter Nick Schrage joined Cole Christiansen, Bryce Holland and Darnell Woolfolk as game captains.

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