Senior Jordan Trimble is competing for a starting job at safety, where the one time starter at cornerback is physical and versatile enough to step into either the Sam or free safety role. His brother Justin Trimble plays the same position, but one year removed from USMAPS where he was primarily used at wide receiver
he'll be happy just to be in the rotation.
Their younger brother Josh is a senior at Bishop O'Connell High School in Arlington, Va., and has already received offers from a couple of Division I schools. He will likely be offered a spot by Ellerson and staff as well.
And then there is Jeremy Trimble, a 2007 West Point grad who holds Army records for all-time receptions, receiving yards and touchdown receptions.
Talk about a Long Gray Line!
Not only that, their father Steve, who was on hand for Media Day and yesterday's opening practice, coached the three younger brothers in high school. And if you know this football family tree, you know it took roots in the National Football League where Steve Trimble played defensive back for three years with the Denver Broncos and one with the Chicago Bears.
"He's just my dad,'' Jordan said yesterday prior to the first afternoon of workouts. "I see him as a man just doing what he needs to go, giving his all. He's a very humble guy. He didn't talk about his accomplishments, so I learned a lot from that.''
I've learned from Jordan that you have to work hard for everything. It may take a while, but just keep working, keep surviving, and you'll get there.
- DB, Justin Trimble
The lesson has been passed down to Justin. "I've learned from Jordan that you have to work hard for everything. It may take a while,'' the freshman said, "but just keep working, keep surviving, and you'll get there.''
That could be the theme for this year's Army team, and these two are a part of a defensive backfield that should be among the best in the East.
The senior was a reserve last year at strong safety and has appeared in 29 games despite missing the final half of the 2008 season when he tore his ACL during a practice.
He's better than ever and will team with seniors Donovan Travis, Richard King and Donnie Dixon, junior Antuan Aaron, and a reserve group that includes senior L.B. Brown, and sophomores Josh Jackson and Ty Shrader. "We have a lot of play-makers,'' Jordan said.
And of course a younger Trimble that could help. "I hope he can learn from me. We all have a little competitive nature in us,'' he said about his brothers. "We're all athletes.''
Asked if he's going to push his older brother, Justin smiled quickly and said, "I'm trying to. He's really good on his technique, and he's pretty fast. He's always right there.''
That's sort of how Justin views himself. Asked what a scouting report might say about him, he offered, 'He's tough. Technique-wise he's good. He's in the right place at the right time. He's a ball hog. He just loves to go get the ball.'
"I've always loved football,'' he added. "I love getting ready with the team, the hitting
since I was a kid my brothers played. It's always been my sport. No matter what other sports I played they never interfered with football.''
Nor did the commitment to the military interfere with his decision to attend West Point. Noting that his grandfather was a tech sergeant in the Air Force, Justin said that while he pondered the responsibility of being in the service after graduation, ultimately he knew West Point was the best place for him. "That didn't really scare me off,'' he said.
"I've always tried to be a leader and always want to be a leader. And you can lead in the Army, so it works for me. I just want to improve, work on next season and the years after and keep building.''
With this being the final go-around for his brother, the building will be complete by the end of the year.
"I pretty much want to just let it go,'' Jordan said. "I want to trust what I've learned, what the coaches are teaching me, and when I get on the field applying it all and just have fun.
"This is my last year, so I'm embracing every moment. I don't want to say, 'I wish I did this or I wish I did that.' I just want to play and not have any regrets.''
Unlike his younger brother, Jordan knows what's coming when classes begin this month, the impending juggling act of Duty, Honor and Country. A Systems Engineer, he'll be taking courses in Civil, Mechanical and Electrical engineering this year. "I'll also be working with space systems,'' the senior said, "How they help the Army defense program.''
For a Trimble, that applies to both off the field and on.
The Trimble brothers are not the only set of siblings on the rosters. There are the sophomores A.J. & Jarrett Mackey, the Watts (Zach & Corey) and the Crockett twins (Jordan & Julian).
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