CB Delente Brewer

2002 Statistics

Coach: Todd Berry
5-29, 3 years
2002 Record: 1-11
at Rutgers LOST 0-44
at East Carolina LOST 24-59
TCU LOST 27-46
at Houston LOST 42-56
UAB LOST 26-29
at Tulane WON 14-10
at Memphis LOST 10-38
vs. Navy LOST 12-58

2002 Final Rankings
AP-UR, Coaches-UR, BCS-UR

2003 Outlook

Coach Todd Berry earned a reputation as a turnaround specialist during coaching stops at Tennessee-Martin, East Carolina, and Illinois State. His 5-29 record so far at Army indicates he has yet to work his magic at West Point. Don't expect it to happen this season, either.

The Black Knights could not stop any 2002 opponents, and their small defense (two linebackers under 220 pounds, two linemen under 245 pounds) will insure that they will be run over by any team with a decent ground game. But, if the defense does progress somewhat, it will make fall life fun at the academy.

Berry likes to employ a wide open passing game, but that is a dubious choice for a military academy. Air Force has become a consistent winner with an option-based running offense, and Navy has also enjoyed some success with that approach. It is highly unlikely any of the academies will attract the level of skill personnel to successfully employ a passing oriented offense. But, that said, something, anything, new may work for this I-A floor mat.

This year's 13-game schedule (including a trip to Hawaii) could make it a long, long season for the Army players and their fans, especially with another loss to Navy. More than two wins would be a surprise.

Projected 2003 record: 1-12
WR William White
QB - 1.5 DL - 2
RB - 2 LB - 2
WR - 2.5 DB - 2.5
OL - 1 ..

Passing: Zac Dahman, 184-89-9, 1039 yds., 5 TD

Rushing: Carlton Jones, 161 att., 611 yds., 4 TD

Receiving: William White, 30 rec., 384 yds., 0 TD

Scoring: Carlton Jones, 4 TD, 24 pts.

Punting: none

Kicking: Joe Riley, 4-5 FG, 6-7 PAT, 18 pts.

Tackles: Ryan Kent, 92 tot., 54 solo

Sacks: Keenan Beasley, 4.5 sacks

Interceptions: Ryan Kent, 2 for 12 yds.

Kickoff returns: William White, 55 ret., 22.5 avg.

Punt returns: Ryan Kent, 5 ret., 4.4 avg.


OFFENSE: Aaron Burger-OG, Aris Comeaux-WR, Craig Cunningham-OT, Mike Hastings-C, Reggie Nevels-QB, Steve Schmidt-C, Warren Stewart-TE, Josh Holden-RB
DEFENSE: Jason Frazier-ILB, Clarence Holmes-DL, Maurio Smith-DB, Michael Lennox-ILB, Joe Martinez-ILB, Chris Castelli-P

written by James Johnson

The success of an offense usually starts with its quarterback, and Army has two talented young signal callers.

The returning starter is junior Reggie Nevels. Nevels, who was troubled by an injured hamstring most of 2002, is a mobile quarterback with a strong arm. He was the Black Knights' third leading rusher despite his limited playing time and threw only five interceptions, but in 102 passes. Head coach Todd Berry likes his field vision and his overall knowledge of the game. After leaving the Army football program in February due to personal reasons, Nevels has re-joined the club.

Backing up Nevels is sophomore Zac Dahman. When Nevels was injured, Dahman became the first freshman ("plebe" in military terms) to start at quarterback for Army since 1987. Dahman's 353 yards passing against Houston was the second highest single-game total in school history. His completion rate was only 48.4%, but the coaching staff feels he has the accuracy to become a strong pocket passer - this ripple would surely give the Cadets a few more wins annually.

Returning as the featured running back this season is sophomore Carlton Jones. He moved his way up from third string to earn the starting role midway through 2002 and led the team in rushing with 657 yards. Jones' average was only 3.8 yards per carry, but he did show the ability to burst through the line with authority. Jones also developed into a receiving threat late in the season. He will need to stay healthy and be able to handle 15-20 carries per game. The Black Knights don't have much depth behind him.

Army has two experienced wide receivers, juniors William White and Aaron Alexander. White is by far the best breakaway threat on the roster, and he led the team with a 17.5-yard average per catch. Alexander is a tough possession receiver, utilizing his height to effectively make catches in traffic. He is also a tenacious blocker.

The offensive line could be a problem. Army has only one returning starter from last year, junior tackle Joel Glover. Even with their experience last season, the line could only lead the running game to a poor 3.4-yard average per carry. They were a good pass-blocking group, but that is in question at least until the new starters show if they can jell as a unit.


QB Reggie Nevels


Returning Starters in bold
QB Reggie Nevels-Jr (6-0, 188) Zac Dahman-So (6-0, 167)
RB Carlton Jones-So (5-10, 196) D.J. Blackledge-Jr (6-0, 207)
WR Aaron Alexander-Jr (6-6, 203) Bruce Brown-So (5-11, 176)
WR Clint Woody-Sr (6-6, 230) Blaine Cooper-So (6-1, 196)
WR Jacob Murphy-So (6-2, 198) William White-Jr (5-11, 197)
TE Doug Horaist-Jr (6-4, 235) Christian Montagliani-Jr (6-4, 240)
OT Joel Glover-Jr (6-5, 276) Regan Tatford-Jr (6-5, 297)
OG Andy Dytrych-Jr (6-3, 286) Adam Wojcik-Jr (6-4, 267)
C David Evetts-Jr (6-2, 283) Justin Troy-So (6-1, 286)
OG Jake Holly-Jr (6-3, 285) Pete Bier-So (6-3, 270)
OT Brad Waudby-Sr (6-5, 326) Seth Nieman-Jr (6-5, 294)
K Joe Riley-So (5-10, 207) Anthony Zurisko-Sr (5-11, 199)



written by James Johnson

Army has eight of 2002's starters back. Coming from a unit that allowed 41 points and almost 400 yards per game, that is at best a mixed blessing.

Last season's top performer, senior linebacker Ryan Kent, returns as the unit's leader. He led the team in tackles last season and is the closest thing the Black Knights have to a big-play defender. He plays the "bandit" spot in Army's blitzing 4-4 defensive scheme, and his six passes defended led the team, too.

Another impact player for Army's stop unit is junior safety Lucius Weaver. The second leading returning tackler, Weaver is the DBs' biggest hitter. He plays the run very well - his five TFLs are a very high number for a defensive back.

The Black Knights return two key starters on the defensive line, junior end Keenan Beasley and junior tackle Will Sullivan. Beasley was second on the team with 4.5 sacks. He has tremendous speed and quickness coming off the edge of the line, and pressures opposing quarterbacks amply. The coaches are expecting him to improve his run stopping. Sullivan is also a strong pass-rusher and a solid run stopper who has a good nose for the football but is a little undersized. This is typical with many of the men in military football service. Sullivan also has good pursuit skills for a defensive lineman.

This is a defense that needs to make the play(s) when needed, both big and small. They allowed opponents an alarming 4.4 yards per rushing attempt, and only intercepted six passes in 12 games.


LB Ryan Kent


Returning Starters in bold
DE Keenan Beasley-Jr (6-3, 246) Mike Clark-Jr (6-1, 234)
DT Will Sullivan-Jr (6-3, 254) Tommy Ryan-So (6-3, 271)
DT Trey Landry-Jr (6-3, 279) Seth Lotts-So (6-3, 243)
DE Odene Brathwaite-Jr (6-4, 260) Ryan Johnson-Jr (6-2, 221)
OLB Ryan Kent-Sr (6-0, 215) Taylor Justice-So (6-0, 195)
ILB Brian Hill-Sr (6-3, 233) Matt Maimone-Jr (6-2, 228)
ILB Greg Washington-Jr (6-0, 225) Mikel Resnick-Jr (6-0, 217)
OLB Curt Daniels-Jr (6-0, 197) Seth Gulsby-So (6-2, 209)
CB Delente Brewer-Jr (6-0, 189) Ray Stith-So (5-9, 169)
CB Jonathan Lewis-Jr (6-0, 192) Mario Price-So (5-11, 192)
FS Lucius Weaver-Jr (6-3, 229) Dhyan Tarver-So (5-11, 176)
P Alex Bradford-Jr (6-1, 195) Tom Dyrenforth-So (5-9, 181)




Junior William White was one of the more prolific kickoff returners in the nation, gaining over 1,200 yards on runbacks and averaging a strong 22.5 per attempt. Again, good numbers that really reveal how many times the Cadets were scored on. The punt return job will be up for grabs when practice opens.

Sophomore Joe Riley won the placekicking job late and performed well. He connected on 4-of-5 FGAs and consistently put his kickoffs inside the five-yard line. New special teams coordinator Denny Creehan hopes Riley can add some leg strength and force some touchbacks to take some pressure off his beleaguered coverage teams.

Sophomore Alex Bradford will inherit the punting chores and will likely improve Army's 36.7 punting average from last season.