August 30, 2011

RB, Raymond Maples is back in rhythm

Last year this time, Raymond Maples was a bright eyed freshmen, who had an impressive resume prior to stepping into his first Army Black Knights game.

But on his very first carry of his inaugural college football career, Maples was injured and never played the 2010 at a 100% level.

Fast forward to the present, and as sophomore back confirmed, "Yes, it's showtime."

"I'm ready," he shared with regarding his health status. "I'm actually feeling great."

"I put on a couple of pounds during the off season so I feel wonderful coming into the game, says the sophomore from Philadelphia (PA), who now tips the scales at 212 pounds.

On his speed

"I was working out with Coach Gerch during the offseason and they did a good job in helping maintain my speed to go along with my weight."

On the potential of the 2011 offense

"Honestly the first thing is our depth. We have a lot more guys who can play a different position. If one goes down the next guy can step in and you not losing too much."

"Secondly, we have experience too. With me coming back, Malcolm, Cobbs, Trent, Hassin ... we have a lot of experience back there."

"I also think that we have a lot of speed; everybody can blaze."

On Frosh Larry Dixon, Trenton Turrentine and Terrance Baggett

"They are looking pretty good. They are making the rookie mistakes. After awhile they should be polished and ready to go."

On what he is looking for in 2011

"I'm just looking to contribute; anything I can do, if it's blocking, scoring touchdowns or catching passes ... anything I can do. Honestly, my personal goal is score as often as I can. I don't want to take anything for granted."

On what is the Maples' style of running

"I'm kind of a hard nose type of dude. If I'm in the open field, well most dudes try to go for the juke, I prefer running someone over. I'm downhill style runner - I hit the hole and get down hill. Got speed and more power than last year and I'm now more explosive."

On clicking as a unit

"Our chemistry is much better than it was in the beginning (camp). I feel that is really going well."

"I'm thrilled about the upcoming game and can't wait to see Northern Illinois."

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