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Offense breakdown (UMass): Tyson Riley’s versatility

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Tyson Riley was originally recruited by Army as a quarterback out of Springfield (Mo.) Catholic High School.

Riley’s first college snaps came as a tight end his freshman year. Riley was moved to fullback and started the season opener of his sophomore year there. He’s been one of team’s top fullbacks ever since until Army’s game against UMass.

Riley received his first start at slotback in a 44-7 win. Army was without top slotbacks Tyrell Robinson, Ay’Jaun Marshal and Miles Stewart due to injury. Riley took the most snaps (47) out of any skilled position player and lined up as slotback for all but one play.

Definitely, Riley gave up personal statistics for the team success. Riley, who is second on team in carries, did not run the ball.

Senior center Connor Bishop, junior guard Connor Finucane and junior tackle Boobie Law played the most snaps (53).

Quarterback Tyhier Tyler and fullback Jakobi Buchanan are now tied for 10th in academy history with 24 career rushing t5ouchdowns. Tyler’s 1,665 career rushing yards are 25th all time, 1 yard behind Heisman Trophy winner Felix “Doc” Blanchard.

After rushing for 174 yards against UConn, Army slotbacks had three carries for 2 yards.

Freshmen Sabastian Shannon and Zach Mundell made their offensive college debut. Mundell, a quarterback, is expected to be in the mix behind Bryson Daily next season.

Here’s a breakdown of the 61 snaps (as charted off DVR, * starter)

*C Connor Bishop (53 snaps): 30th career start
*RG Connor Finucane (53 snaps): 25th career start
*LT Boobie Law (53 snaps): 19th career start
*SB Tyson Riley (47 snaps): First start at slotback
*LG Jackson Filipowicz (36 snaps): 10th career start
SB Maurice Bellan (35 snaps): 1 carry, 7 yards
*RT Shayne Buckingham (33 snaps): 6th career start
*WR Cole Caterbone (30 snaps): 20th career start
TE Josh Lingenfelter (29 snaps): 1 catch, 44 yards
*QB Tyhier Tyler (27 snaps): 11 carries, 101 yards, 3 TDs (24 career, T3 Army’s all-time QBs), 2-for-2, 67 yards, 17th career start
*FB Jakobi Buchanan (27 snaps): 10 carries, 46 yards, 2 TDs (24 career), 9th career start
*WR Isaiah Alston (26 snaps): 1 catch, 23 yards
QB Jemel Jones (23 snaps): 9 carries, 19 yards, 0-2 passing
G Sam Barczak (22 snaps)
WR Veshe Daniyan (21 snaps)
*SB Braheam Murphy (19 snaps): 2 carries, – 5 yards
T Simon Dellinger (18 snaps)
FB Markel Johnson (18 snaps): 11 carries, 67 yards
SB Lucky Brooks (13 snaps)
T David Hayward (10 snaps)
TE David Crossan (8 snaps)
QB Bryson Daily (8 snaps): 6 carries, 79 yards, TD (2nd career)
FB Jarel Dickson (8 snaps): 2 carries, 3 yards
G Will Jeffcoat (8 snaps)
T Beau Lombardi (8 snaps)
C Davis Wulf (8 snaps)
FB Hayden Reed (6 snaps): 3 carries, 11 yards
SB Zach Mundell (5 snaps)
WR Casey Reynolds (5 snaps)
SB Sabastian Shannon (5 snaps): College debut on offense
QB Cade Ballard (3 snaps): 1 carry, 1 yards, 0-1 passing
WR Liam Fortner (3 snaps):
G Lucas Scott (3 snaps):

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