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Army football 2012

Vice President Joe Biden greets Army's Jay Tully

Vice President Joe Biden greets Army's Jay Tully before an NCAA college football game against Navy Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. (Dec. 8, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

The Army Black Knights entered the 2012 football season trying to bounce back from a disappointing 3-9 campaign a year earlier. Army's run-centric offense is led by senior quarterback Trent Steelman and running backs Raymond Maples and Larry Dixon. Ends Zach Watts and Jarrett Mackey are the Black Knights' leaders on defense.

Army quarterback Trent Steelman (8) gestures as he
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Army quarterback Trent Steelman (8) gestures as he scores a touchdown in front of Temple linebacker Gary Onuekwusi (36) during the first half of an NCAA college football game at Michie Stadium in West Point. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Army quarterback Trent Steelman (8) pitches the ball
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Army quarterback Trent Steelman (8) pitches the ball to running back Raymond Maples during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Temple at Michie Stadium in West Point. (Nov. 17, 2012)

Army coach Rich Ellerson talks to defensive player
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Army coach Rich Ellerson talks to defensive player Chris Carnegie during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Temple at Michie Stadium in West Point. Temple won, 63-32. (Nov. 17, 2012)

Army wide receiver Anthony Stephens (2) can't hold
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Army wide receiver Anthony Stephens (2) can't hold on for the pass reception in front of Temple defensive back Anthony Robey (47) during the first half of an NCAA college football game at Michie Stadium in West Point. (Nov. 17, 2012)

Cadets hold an American flag in honor of
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Cadets hold an American flag in honor of Military Appreciation Day during halftime of an NCAA college football game between Army and Temple at Michie Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, in West Point, N.Y. (Nov. 17, 2012)

Army running back Larry Dixon (26) stiff-arms Rutgers
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Army running back Larry Dixon (26) stiff-arms Rutgers Duron Harmon (32) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Piscataway, N.J. Rutgers defeated Army 28-7. (Nov. 10, 2012)

Army quarterback Trent Steelman (8) dives into the
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Army quarterback Trent Steelman (8) dives into the end zone for a touchdown against Rutgers during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Piscataway, N.J. Rutgers defeated Army 28-7. (Nov. 10, 2012)

Army running back Malcolm Brown (23) is tackled
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Army running back Malcolm Brown (23) is tackled by Rutgers' Duron Harmon (32) after making a catch for a first down during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Piscataway, N.J. (Nov. 10, 2012)

Justin Trimble #5 of the Army Black Knights
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Justin Trimble #5 of the Army Black Knights intercepts a pass in the second half against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Nov. 10, 2012 at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey.The Rutgers Scarlet Knights defeated the Army Black Knights 28-7. (Nov. 10, 2012)

Army running back Trenton Turrentine (6) gets past
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Army running back Trenton Turrentine (6) gets past Air Force linebacker Austin Niklas (42) during the first half of an NCAA college football game at Michie Stadium in West Point. (Nov. 3, 2012)

Army players celebrate after their 41-21 win over
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Army players celebrate after their 41-21 win over Air Force at Michie Stadium in West Point. (Nov. 3, 2012)

Army quarterback Trent Steelman (8) celebrates his two-point
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Army quarterback Trent Steelman (8) celebrates his two-point conversion with teammate Josh Jackson during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Air Force at Michie Stadium in West Point. Army won, 41-21. (Nov. 3, 2012)

Army defensive back Kyler Martin stands during the
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Army defensive back Kyler Martin stands during the singing of the alma mater after Army's 41-21 win over Air Force at Michie Stadium in West Point. (Nov. 3, 2012)

Air Force huddles in front of the Corps
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Air Force huddles in front of the Corps of Cadets during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Army at Michie Stadium in West Point. (Nov. 3, 2012)

Cadets do push-ups after an Army touchdown against
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Cadets do push-ups after an Army touchdown against Air Force in an NCAA college football game at Michie Stadium in West Point. (Nov. 3, 2012)

Cadets cheer on Army during the second half
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Cadets cheer on Army during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Air Force at Michie Stadium in West Point. Army won, 41-21. (Nov. 3, 2012)

Cadets celebrate on the field after an NCAA
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Cadets celebrate on the field after an NCAA college football game against Air Force at Michie Stadium in West Point. Army won, 41-21. (Nov. 3, 2012)

Army kicker Dan Grochowski kicks a field goal
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Army kicker Dan Grochowski kicks a field goal against Ball State at Michie Stadium in West Point. Ball State won, 30-22. (Oct. 27, 2012)

Army quarterback Trent Steelman jumps over Ball State
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Army quarterback Trent Steelman jumps over Ball State linebacker Travis Freeman during the first half of an NCAA football game at Michie Stadium in West Point. (Oct. 27, 2012)

Army running back Raymond Maples hits the ground
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Army running back Raymond Maples hits the ground after being hit by a Ball State defender during the second half of an NCAA football game at Michie Stadium in West Point. Ball State won, 30-22. (Oct. 27, 2012)

Army quarterback Trent Steelman pitches the ball to
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Army quarterback Trent Steelman pitches the ball to running back Raymond Maples during the second half of an NCAA football game against Ball State at Michie Stadium in West Point. Ball State won, 30-22. (Oct. 27, 2012)

Cadets hold a photograph of Army head coach
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Cadets hold a photograph of Army head coach Rich Ellerson during the Black Knights' game against Ball State at Michie Stadium in West Point. (Oct. 27, 2012)

Army quarterback Trent Steelman (8) runs from Kent
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Army quarterback Trent Steelman (8) runs from Kent State cornerback Sidney Saulter (21) during the first half of an NCAA college football game at Michie Stadium in West Point. Kent State won, 31-17. (Oct. 13, 2012)

Army players to the field for warmups before
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Army players to the field for warmups before an NCAA college football game against Kent State at Michie Stadium in West Point. (Oct. 13, 2012)

Cadet Ben Garlick of Manassas, Va., parachutes into
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Cadet Ben Garlick of Manassas, Va., parachutes into Michie Stadium in West Point with the game ball before an NCAA college football game between Army and Kent State. Kent State won, 31-17. (Oct. 13, 2012)

Army quarterback Trent Steelman (8) runs the ball
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Army quarterback Trent Steelman (8) runs the ball against Kent State during the second half of an NCAA college football game in West Point, N.Y. Kent State won, 31-17. (Oct. 13, 2012)

Army running back Malcolm Brown (23) runs past
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Army running back Malcolm Brown (23) runs past Kent State safety Luke Wollet (39) for a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game at Michie Stadium in West Point. Kent State won, 31-17. (Oct. 13, 2012)

Army wide receiver Chevaughn Lawrence (21) can't hold
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Army wide receiver Chevaughn Lawrence (21) can't hold on to the ball as Kent State cornerback Dylan Farrington (14) defends during the second half of an NCAA college football game at Michie Stadium in West Point. Kent State won, 31-17. (Oct. 13, 202)

Army wide receiver Patrick Laird (81) catches a
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Army wide receiver Patrick Laird (81) catches a touchdown pass as Kent State cornerback Sidney Saulter (21) defends during the second half of an NCAA college football game at Michie Stadium in West Point. Kent State won, 31-17. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Army players celebrate after their 34-31 win over
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Army players celebrate after their 34-31 win over Boston College at Michie Stadium in West Point. (Oct. 6, 2012)

Army quarterback Trent Steelman (8) scores the game-winning
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Army quarterback Trent Steelman (8) scores the game-winning touchdown past Boston College defensive lineman Dominic Appiah (95) at Michie Stadium in West Point. Army won, 34-31. (Oct. 6, 2012)

Army running back Larry Dixon (26) celebrates a
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Army running back Larry Dixon (26) celebrates a touchdown with teammate Stephen Shumaker during the second half against Boston College at Michie Stadium in West Point. Army won, 34-31. (Oct. 6, 2012)

Army quarterback Trent Steelman (8) celebrates with teammates
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Army quarterback Trent Steelman (8) celebrates with teammates after scoring the game-winning touchdown against Boston College at Michie Stadium in West Point. Army won, 34-31. (Oct. 6, 2012)

Army quarterback Trent Steelman (8) scrambles away from
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Army quarterback Trent Steelman (8) scrambles away from Stony Brook defensive lineman Victor Ochi (91), rear right, during the second half of an NCAA college football game in West Point. Stony Brook won 23-3. (Sept. 29, 2012)

A sea of white during the game at
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A sea of white during the game at Michie Stadium in West Point, where Stony Brook defeated Army 23-3. (Sept. 29, 2012)

Army linebacker Nate Combs (22) hits Stony Brook
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Army linebacker Nate Combs (22) hits Stony Brook quarterback Kyle Essington (15), forcing a fumble during the first half of an NCAA college football game at Michie Stadium in West Point. Stony Brook defeated Army 23-3. (Sept. 29, 2012)

Army fullback Larry Dixon (26) breaks a tackle
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Army fullback Larry Dixon (26) breaks a tackle from Wake Forest cornerback Kevin Johnson (9) on his way to a touchdown during the first half of a game at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem, N.C. Wake Forest won, 49-37. (Sept. 22, 2012)

Army quarterback Trent Steelman drops back to pass
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Army quarterback Trent Steelman drops back to pass against Wake Forest at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem, N.C. Wake Forest won, 49-37. (Sept. 22, 2012)

Wake Forest wide receiver Michael Campanaro looks for
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Wake Forest wide receiver Michael Campanaro looks for running room as Army linebackers Malcolm Brown (23) and Brandon Fusilier-Jeffiers (30) pursue him at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem, N.C. Wake Forest won, 49-37. (Sept. 22, 2012)

Army running back Raymond Maples makes a touchdown
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Army running back Raymond Maples makes a touchdown reception against Wake Forest at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem, N.C. Wake Forest won, 49-37. (Sept. 22, 2012)

Army's Stephen Fraser runs for a first down
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Army's Stephen Fraser runs for a first down as he is wrapped up by Northern Illinois' Jimmie Ward, right, at Michie Stadium in West Point. Northern Illinois won, 41-40. (Sept. 15, 2012)

Army's Larry Dixon dives past opponents from Northern
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Army's Larry Dixon dives past opponents from Northern Illinois for a touchdown late in the first half at Michie Stadium in West Point. Northern Illinois won, 41-40. (Sept. 15, 2012)

Army coach Rich Ellerson yells directions from the
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Army coach Rich Ellerson yells directions from the sideline late during the second half against Northern Illinois at Michie Stadium in West Point. Northern Illinois won, 41-40. (Sept. 15, 2012)

Northern Illinois' Perez Ashford is taken down by
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Northern Illinois' Perez Ashford is taken down by Army defenders at Michie Stadium in West Point. Northern Illinois won, 41-40. (Sept. 15, 2012)

Members of the Army football team and other
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Members of the Army football team and other team supporters take the field as Army prepares to play Northern Illinois at Michie Stadium in West Point. Northern Illinois won, 41-40. (Sept. 15, 2012)

Army's Raymond Maples takes a handoff from quarterback
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Army's Raymond Maples takes a handoff from quarterback Trent Steelman against San Diego State in San Diego. The Aztecs defeated Army, 42-7. (Sept. 8, 2012)

Army cheerleaders salute during the national anthem before
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Army cheerleaders salute during the national anthem before the Black Knights' game against San Diego State in San Diego. San Diego State won, 42-7. (Sept. 8, 2012)

San Diego State's Adam Muema rushes against Army
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San Diego State's Adam Muema rushes against Army in San Diego. San Diego State won, 42-7. (Sept. 8, 2012)

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