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Quick thoughts: Army losing Isaiah Alston to transfer portal

Isaiah Alston’s highlight video against Wake Forest could draw the attention of Power Five schools.

Alston caught six passes for 109 yards including an incredible touchdown on fourth down.

Army’s leading receiver announced that he’s entering the transfer portal Thursday. Can’t blame Alston, a sophomore, for wanting to go to a program that emphasizes throwing the football. Imagine Alston playing in a more pass-friendly offense. He has the potential to be an all-conference receiver in a Power Five conference.

Have no idea where Alston will land. But you’d think the Carteret, N.J. resident would have to be in Rutgers’ radar.

As far as replacing Army replacing Alston’s production, it’s not going to be easy. Alston, who is 6-foot-4 and listed at 200 pounds, was the most complete receiver that the Black Knights have had in the 15 years. He caught just about everything thrown his way. Alston’s a good route runner and can win most jump balls.

Alston’s value can’t be overstated to the Black Knights’ offense. Alston, along with slotback Tyrell Robinson, gave Army legitimate gamebreakers in the passing game. Alston’s 22 catches were 17 more than Cole Caterbone (5), Army’s next highest wide receiver’s total. Army wide receivers other than Alston combined for 11 catches this season.

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  1. Norm Remick

    January 7, 2022 at 11:11 AM

    An Isaiah Alston type of WR is a positive to have available, but isn’t all that important, if Army runs the type of short, quick passes to the TE’s, WR’s, and Backs that fit with an option offense. And, was he a good blocker? To me, it’s still MOST important to discourage o pposing defenses from loading the front with 9 or 10 guys and finding it necessary to keep only one or two defenders in pass protection, even those one or two reading our plays and coming up fast into run defense. I don’t believe Isaiah is fast enough to get into the pros, so what will he do with the rest of his life? Only my opinion.

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