August 20, 2010
2010 Breakout Player: OG, Frank Allen
Each fall, Army football produces a few new stars and in 2009 the Army fans saw players like All-American defensive end Josh McNary continue to get better, there was the emergence of then sophomore linebackers Andrew Rodriguez and Steven Erzinger, along with Ali Villanueva having a productive season at wide receiver as he made his final stand in the Black & Gold, to name a few.
However, 2010 it is a new season; with anticipation in the air, there is the talk of the offense showing signs of maturity, the defense with the potential to statistically be a Top-Twenty group, a bowl bid could be on the horizon and clearly the opportunity for new stars to shine.
The reality for the continued success of the Army program is that THEY ALL need breakout years to happen in order for the Black Knights to win and win consistently; which are the levels that Ellerson aspires to achieve.
Or as Offensive Coordinator Ian Shields stated to GBK and has stressed to his players, "Offensive football is not tennis or wrestling, they are each co-dependent upon one another."
So with that said and for GBK not to come across as evasive and staying on course, as we highlighted the six individual players we felt would have a breakout season, or more so, what players are needed to breakout in order for the Black Knights to have productive season?
GoBlackKnights.com takes another look at the first of our series of potential 2010 Breakout Players, as we feature sophomore offensive guard, Frank Allen.
Why He'll Breakout:
The New Jersey product is a strong explosive athlete that the staff hops will continue to develop and become a fixture for the next three years. Allen is a competitor and has been from the time he came into the program via the USMAPS.
What He's Capable Of:
The sophomore lineman is capable of adding a physical presence, along with Seth Reed, that is needed at guard in a triple-option offense. Over the next three years, he will be what other current and incoming linemen will be measured against, as he sets the pace for what Ellerson expects from his guys upfront.
The 6-foot-4, 278 pound Allen is an extremely physical player, who has a "nasty" disposition. He is freakishly strong and explosive as well.
What Could Stand in His Way:
Honestly speaking, the only thing that can stand in Allen's way is Allen himself.
There is no doubt that Allen will be a special player at Army for the next three years. If you were to ask Coach Ellerson or Offensive Coordinator Ian Shields what they are looking for from their offensive linemen, they would most likely point to Allen.
The Palmyra, New Jersey product will be a rock up front for awhile in the Black & Gold.
As a whole, the offensive line has improved a great deal from a year ago- they are playing lower, faster, and more physical. Coach Tripp and Coach McKeehan have over eighty years of coaching college football between the two of them and they have done a great job of bringing this group along. The offensive line realizes that as they go, so goes the production of our offense and the season.
Stay tuned as GoBlackKnights.com features our next Breakout Player for 2010.
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