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Cauley, Plunkett part of incoming class at West Point

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army head football coach Rich Ellerson welcomed the newest members of the Army football program on Monday as the Academy’s Class of 2017 reported to West Point for Reception Day.

Of the 48 new Black Knights that began their West Point experience on Monday, 15 are directly from the high school ranks while 33 played football at the U.S. Military Academy Prep School (USMAPS) in 2012.

Nearly half of the states are represented by the Class of 2017. Army’s 48 plebes hail from a total of 23 states, including one each from Alaska and Hawai’i. California is the most represented state among the group with seven newcomers, followed by New York and Texas with six each. Arizona (2), Connecticut (2), Illinois (2), Ohio (3), Oregon (2), Pennsylvania (3) and Wisconsin (2) all have multiple members of the Class of 2017, while Minnesota, Oklahoma, Indiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Louisiana, Florida, Washington, Michigan, New Jersey and Georgia each boast one player from within its borders.

The incoming players are split almost equally between offense and defense. Twenty-four players are slated for the defensive side of the ball, 22 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. On offense, this year’s class also includes three quarterbacks, four running backs, two fullbacks and three wide receivers. In addition to the linemen, the defense has six outside linebackers (Army’s whips and quicks), four linebackers (mikes and rovers) and nine defensive backs.

The Black Knights begin their 124th season at Michie Stadium on Friday, 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 endzone or upper level at a discounted rate.

In addition to a discount for purchasing 20-or-more tickets, Army also offers a sales representative for the seamless organization of group outings. With plenty of tailgating opportunities and a full day of events unlike any other sporting event in the country, a visit to West Point is about more than just the game. Contact your Army group sales representative at 845-446-2375 or odiamktg@usma.edu to book your day on the banks of the Hudson and experience the West Point tradition.

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 Academy 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.

2013 Army Plebe Roster

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown/High School

Tyler Anderson DB 6-1 205 Magnolia, Texas/Magnolia West

Lance Baggett OL 6-0 245 Chicago, Ill./Chicago Academy (USMAPS)

Chasen Brown OLB 5-10 195 Milwaukee, Wis./Germantown (USMAPS)

Adam Bungum DB 6-2 218 Sargeant, Minn./Triton (USMAPS)

Brandon Carletti-Silva QB 5-11 210 Duncan, Okla./Duncan (USMAPS)

Alex Cauley OL 6-6 245 West Seneca, N.Y./St. Francis (USMAPS)

Seth Combs LB 6-0 210 New Albany, Ind./St. Xavier (Ky.)

Colby Enegren OL 6-3 265 Franklin, Mass./Xavierian Brothers (USMAPS)

Luke Fetla OLB 6-1 230 West End, N.C./Pinecrest

Ralph Freibert P 5-11 185 New Orleans, La./Jesuit (USMAPS)

O.J. Hall OL 6-4 260 Eagle River, Alaska/Eagle River (USMAPS)

Mitchell Howard K 6-1 175 Walnut Creek, Calif./Los Lomas

Malcolm Hudson DL 5-10 230 Brooksville, Fla./Hernando (USMAPS)

Josh Jenkins DB 6-0 175 Pittsburg, Calif./De La Salle (USMAPS)

Robert Jenkins DL 5-11 205 Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola (USMAPS)

Steven Johnson DB 6-0 190 Newburgh, N.Y./Newburgh Free Academy (USMAPS)

Matthew Kaufmann QB 5-10 195 McAllen, Texas/McAllen Memorial (USMAPS)

Aaron Kemper FB 5-6 205 Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods (USMAPS)

Andrew King OLB 6-0 225 Queens Village, N.Y./Flushing (USMAPS)

Dylan Leeming OLB 6-4 212 New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan (USMAPS)

Shawn Lemoto DL 6-2 240 Northridge, Calif./Crespi Caramelite (USMAPS)

Tevin Long QB 5-10 170 Richmond, Texas/Royal (USMAPS)

Steven Makowicki OL 6-3 240 Norwich, Conn./Norwich Free Academy

Sean McBryde LB 6-2 200 Salado, Texas/C.E. Ellison (USMAPS)

Stefan Moreau OL 6-3 270 Homer City, Pa./United (USMAPS)

Xavier Moss WR 6-2 175 Houston, Texas/Westside (USMAPS)

Jack Mueller DB 6-2 215 Upper Arlington, Ohio/Upper Arlington

Caleb Newman OLB 6-3 230 Lynden, Wash./Lynden

Jalen Noble DB 5-11 195 Columbus, Ohio/St. Francis De Sales

Jack Plunkett OL 6-4 285 Hamburg, N.Y./Canisius (USMAPS)

Edgar Poe WR 6-3 185 Tucson, Ariz./Cienega (USMAPS)

PaulAndrew Rhoden RB 6-0 212 Ewa Beach, Hawai’i/Campbell

Jay Roberson WR 6-2 195 Belleville, Mich./Belleville

Eddy Ruzga OLB 6-2 220 Lake Geneva, Wis./Badger (USMAPS)

John Sanford RB 5-11 175 Piedmont, N.Y./St. Joseph Regional (USMAPS)

Gervon Simon DB 5-10 200 Johnstown, Pa./Greater Johnstown (USMAPS)

Jordan Smith DL 6-3 235 Oceanside, Calif./Oceanside (USMAPS)

Richie Smith FB 6-0 210 Summit Hill, Pa./Panther Valley

Elijah St. Hilaire RB 5-10 185 Fort Lee, N.J./Palisades Park (USMAPS)

Blair Swanner LB 6-2 215 Frisco, Texas/Centennial

Adam Szott OL 6-1 265 Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley (USMAPS)

Lofi Tamasese OL 6-2 280 Daly City, Calif./Jefferson (USMAPS)

Jeremy Timpf LB 6-3 210 Tucson, Ariz./Sabino (USMAPS)

Ammon Tuimaunei DL 6-1 275 Wilsonville, Ore./Wilsonville (USMAPS)

Jared Vallner DB 6-1 190 Los Altos Hills, Calif./Bellarmine Prep

Joe Walker RB 5-10 181 Fayetteville, Ga./Eagles Landing Christian Academy (USMAPS)

Matt Whitcomb OL 6-6 280 Massena, N.Y./Phillips Exeter Academy

Jeff Williams DB 6-2 200 Sherwood, Ore./Tualatin



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