August 25, 2010

2010 Breakout Player: LB, Nate Combs

Albeit that Andrew Rodriguez was the Black Knights' leading tackler in 2009 and clearly he has proven that his presence is like having a coach on the field. Not to mention that junior linebacker along always seemed to be in the right place at the right time and making the big time play.

So clearly it would be difficult to argue or downplay what A-Rod means to or has meant to Army's defensive success. However, while Rodriguez continues to remain inactive due to an injured back, but the games must go on and looking to fill the void is a sophomore linebacker … the same class when A-Rod took over the position in 2009. takes another look at the third of our six part series of potential 2010 Breakout Players, as we feature Nate Combs .

Why He'll Breakout:

King has all the physical tools that a coach would like to see in a cornerback. He's one of the better athletes on the team and one of the fastest as well. He is a tough aggressive football player and you need guys like that to step up for you.

The 5-foot-11, 190 pounder has been patiently awaiting the chance to get back out there after sitting out the 2009 season. This spring he was able to knock off the idle rust and when you speak to the junior corner, you can sense that he is a caged tiger just ready to be let out.

What He's Capable Of:

As the Army program continues to improve on the recruiting side, Combs represents exactly what the staff is hoping will exist at every position when a starter goes down. And that something would represent little to no drop off in the talent when back-up replaces the incumbent. Such is the case with Combs, who was recruited as a strong safety, but because he both athletic and physical, along with adding addition size, his Black Knights' resume has seen him move from safety to defensive end to Bandit and now at the Whip spot. He enters this 2010 with tremendous upside and the chance to be a very special player in Ellerson's swarm defense.

What Could Stand in His Way:

Physically, Combs, who has moved from his familiar Bandit spot to Whip appears to be ready to step in. But in addition to adjusting to his new position, the 6-foot-2, 220 pound backer is responsible for making all the calls for the line, which of course is just another task to take on in his new position.


Since Combs has stepped in this summer, he has be doing a great job and get the extra reps in has only enhanced his daily improvement … and there is no reason to believe that come opening game that the sophomore won't be ready to take his game to the next level.

Athletically Combs is just as good if not better than A-Rod. The native New Albany, Indiana continues to work out the find tuning of calling the defense and getting the "D" in the right spot.

The bottom-line is that there is not weak link when Combs is in the lineup, but the it is imperative that he plays up to his potential.

Stay tuned as features our next Breakout Player for 2010.

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