Army Incoming: Special Teams

Army Incoming: Special Teams

Special teams is an area that new Army head football coach Jeff Monken must improve. The Black Knights had the worse return game in the FBS in 2013 as they ranked dead last in kick returns. The punt return game was just as miserable. ArmySports.com will discuss special teams in our final installment on this year’s incoming football freshman class by position

The Black Knights have a number of incoming players that may help the return teams.

Jonathan Kim (5-11, 170) was the kicker at the United States Military Academy Prep School in 2013. Kim was a four year starter as the kicker and punter at Bishop Montgomery high school in California. He is the only player in school history to be named all-league all four years. Kim was half-jokingly referred to as "The Weapon" by a Bishop Montgomery assistant coach due to his reliability in kicking field goals. He connected on more than 78 percent of his field goals attempts during his high school career. His career long is 52-yards off the grass. What was impressive about Kim's performance is that he declined to use the one-inch block that high school kickers can use since the 2011 season. Kim opted to kick off the grass since his junior year because college kickers are not allowed to use kicking blocks. Kim has a smooth delivery and follow through. He is a reliable kicker and did a solid job on kickoffs but lacks a big leg, He is usually automatic in close but consistent range is just past forty yards. Kim's brothers Michael and Justin play soccer for Army. Jonathan Kim also excelled on the soccer field and earned several all-league honors for his play.

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Jermaine Adams (6-1, 195) was the punter last fall at the United States Military Academy Prep School. The left footed punter averaged over forty yards per punt.. He helped USMAPS win the field position battle in a 14-12 close win over Globe JC with his punting. In the Milford Academy game he averaged over 39 yards on five punts. He had great hang time on a 46-yard punt that wasn't returned. Adams is a versatile all round athlete who was also the starting wide receiver at USMAPS. He has a strong leg and can generate nice hang time on his punts. I believe he is a better punter than wide receiver.

Adams Highlights

Clay Barton, (5-10, 190) is a direct admit long snap specialist from North Forsyth high school in Georgia. Barton was named to the All-Region team after both his junior and senior years. At Chris Rubio’s renowned long snapping camp he finished first out of 52 players from the Southeast. "Clay has what it takes to play in college," said Rubio, who snapped for UCLA during his college career. "He’s accurate, consistent and smooth. “

Barton Highlights

Blake Wilson (5-9, 140) is a direct admit kicker from Boca Raton, Florida who was landed by the new staff. He was regarded as one of the better high school kickers and punters in the state of Florida. He was very consistent. Blake was the top kicker at the Spring 2013 Kornblue Kicking Challenge after making his first eight field goals off the ground and also earned second place for punting.

Wilson Highlights

Tim Garner is a 6-3, 220 pound direct admit punter from George C. Marshall high school in Virginia. Garner was a punter, kicker, tight end and defensive lineman for George C. Marshall. He was named first team all-conference as both a punter and tight end. Garner is big player with a short compact approach to the ball. He showed the ability to both boom punts deep and directional punt.

Garner Highlights

Jeff Monken spent a lot of time this spring focusing on special teams. Army should be better with Josh Jenkins and Tony Giovanelli expected to handle the kickoff returns. Jenkins left spring as the new punt returner. This new incoming plebe class has a number of proven returners who could help improve the anemic return game if needed.

John Trainor (5-10, 175) was the main kick and punt returner last year at the United States Military Academy Prep School. Trainor was a play maker last year at USMAPS. John has excellent quickness, great hands and good speed. As a kick and punt returner he is decisive, quick and was very productive.

Trainor Highlights

Nehemiah Brown (5-9, 180) was a starting running back and kick returner at the United States Military Academy Prep School last season. Brown scored four touchdowns on kickoff returns and one on a punt return his senior year in high school. He has good speed and excellent acceleration. He can make people miss in the open field. Brown has legit speed. He ran a10.8 100-meters at USMAPS and has a personal best 10.68 time.

Brown Highlights

Kado Brown (5-11, 180) was a co-starter at quarterback for the United States Military Academy Prep School last fall. If the new staff decides to move him from quarterback he could help returning kicks. Kado has excellent feet and good speed. Brown is very quick and elusive with a 4.67 time in the forty yard dash. Among the direct admits is

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Chris Zook Jr. (6-0, 180) who has good speed and nice acceleration. He's been timed at 4.53 in the forty yard dash and was a dynamic runner and returner with the ball in his hands in high school. The improved speed in this class should also eventually help the kick coverage units.

Zook Highlights

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