Freshmen roll into 2013 football season
July 17, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y., (July 17, 2013) -- Army head football coach Rich Ellerson welcomed the newest members of the Army football program July 1 as the Academy's Class of 2017 reported to West Point for Reception Day.
Of the 47 new Black Knights that began their West Point experience Monday, 14 are directly from the high school ranks, while 33 played football at the U.S. Military Academy Prep School in 2012.
Nearly half of the states are represented by the Class of 2017. Army's 47 plebes hail from a total of 23 states, including one each from Alaska and Hawaii. California is the most represented state among the group with seven newcomers, followed by Texas (six) and New York (five). Arizona (two), Connecticut (two), Illinois (two), Ohio (thre), Oregon (two), Pennsylvania (three) and Wisconsin (two).
The incoming players are split almost equally between offense and defense. Twenty-four players are slated for the defensive side of the ball, 21 are currently assigned to the offense and two players are listed as specialists. The offensive and defensive lines were the most recruited areas with 10 players currently listed as members of the offensive front and nine among the defensive down linemen.
The Black Knights begin their 124th season at Michie Stadium Aug. 30 versus Morgan State. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Army also hosts games versus Stanford (Sept. 14), Wake Forest (Sept. 21), Eastern Michigan (Oct. 12) and Western Kentucky (Nov. 9).
Season, mini-plan, group and individual tickets are on sale now. Fans can purchase tickets online at goarmysports.com/tickets, by calling 1-877-TIX-ARMY or by visiting the Army Athletic Ticket Office located near Gate 3 of Michie Stadium.
Season ticket packages start as low as $105 for the "Spirit Zone" section, located in the northwest and southwest corners of Michie Stadium, while sideline season tickets are priced at $170 and West Point faculty and staff tickets are $145. Flexible three-game mini-plans range from $80-$100, depending on the games selected. Groups of 20 or more may purchase single game tickets in the end zone or upper level at a discounted rate. Individual game tickets for the Morgan State game are priced at $30, while the contests versus Wake Forest and Western Kentucky are $35 each. Admission to the Stanford and Eastern Michigan games is $39 per ticket.
The Black Knights return seven starters from last season's offense that led the nation in rushing. Army set school records for rushing yards (4,438), rushing yards per game (369.8), total offense (5,235) and first downs (283). Senior RB Raymond Maples is back and will attempt to become Army's first three-time 1,000-yard rusher since Mike Mayweather (1988-90). Defensively, Army returns seven starters, including leading tackler Geoffery Bacon (136). Juniors Robert Kough and Richard Glover are back in uniform after combining for 17 tackles for loss in 2012.