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Midseason Report: Army

Army Black Knights

Record: 4-2

Army came up just short of qualifying for a bowl game last season, finishing up 5-7. Players used that as motivation in the offseason and have the Black Knights off to their best start since 1996. It has been a long, losing road for Army, and coach Rich Ellerson has come in and worked wonders. His triple option offense is working really well right now. Army is averaging 32.3 points per game, something they haven’t done for a full season since 1985. Through six games, they have already scored more points than in all of 2008 (184 points) and 2009 (177 points). They should top the 203 scored in 2007, too. The losses have been brutal – a late fumble against Hawaii set up the game-winning field goal for the Warriors. They blew a 15-point third-quarter lead against Temple. But even still, Army needs just two more wins to become bowl eligible for the first time since making the Independence Bowl in 1996.

Offensive MVP, QB Trent Steelman – Steelman has accounted for 11 total touchdowns this season, and is second on the team in rushing with 355. His command of the offense has made a huge difference this season. After just one-plus season under center, Steelman, who has nine wins -- is already the winningest Army starting quarterback since the start of the 1997 season.

Defensive MVP, LB Josh McNary -- Through six games, McNary has seven sacks, which already is tied for second on the Army season list. He is on pace to break the single-season record he set last season (12.5). He ranks second on the team with 31 tackles, and leads with 9.5 for a loss.