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Catoe continues strong spring, Bellan shines in scrimmage

Wilson Catoe’s play continues to be an positive and encouraging sign during Army spring football.

Catoe, who switched from inside linebacker to fullback this spring, scored two touchdowns and moved the chains for first downs during Army’s scrimmage Saturday.

Spring football quarterback talk has centered around the four returning 2020 starters Tyhier Tyler, Christian Anderson, Cade Ballard and Jemel Jones. Sophomore quarterback Maurice Bellan also returns with experience. Bellan played in seven games and finished wins over Middle Tennessee State, Louisiana-Monroe, The Citadel and Mercer.

Coach Jeff Monken singled out Bellan’s play in the scrimmage. Bellan threw a touchdown pass to slotback Ay’Jaun Marshall and completed a deep pass to Braheam Murphy Saturday.

“He ran the ball hard and really competed,” Monken said of Bellan. 

Ballard said the quarterbacks had no issues with the exchange from centers during the scrimmage. Center Connor Bishop was among the returning starters held out Saturday along with nose tackle Nolan Cockrill, linebackers Arik Smith and Spencer Jones and safeties Marquel Broughton and Cedrick Cunningham.

“We got a lot of guys that we are holding out of these scrimmages,” Monken said. “I don’t think it’s necessary for some of our guys, who have played season after season and started 12 games this past year that they necessarily need to get in there. We are trying to find out about the depth and it’s given us an opportunity to do that.”

Scrimmage highlights: Safety Leo Lowin forced a fumble. Linebackers Peyton Hampton and Bryce Mullenix recovered fumbles. Cornerback Jabari Moore made a tackle for loss. Christian Anderson connected with Sean Eckert on a short pass.

Watch Cade Ballard and Jeff Monken’s post-scrimmage interviews below:


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