Spring football practice presents opportunities for the younger players on Army’s roster to step up and impress the coaching staff.
Tim Thurman continues to take advantage of those opportunities. The freshman strong safety stepped up and made plays for the second straight scrimmage Saturday.
Thurman picked off another pass (his third of the spring) and was strong in coverage.
When asked if he’s always had the knack for play-making, Thurman’s face lights up.
“Since the spring has started, I’ve been making a couple of big plays,” Thurman told Black Knight Nation’s Lynn Fern after Saturday’s scrimmage. “Hopefully, I just continue to do that and help my team and win games this games this year.”
A slight position change has led to Thurman thriving this spring. He moved from free safety to strong safety.
“I’m really, really comfortable (with the defense),” said Thurman, who had two interceptions in Army’s first scrimmage last week. “(There’s) a lot to learn (with the position change). Q (Quindrelin) Hammonds, former safety Marquel Broughton and Max DiDomenico have helped me understand the defense a lot and be prepared for the scrimmages and the season.”
Thurman also credited defensive coordinator Nate Woody and new safeties coach Danny Verpaele for putting him in a position to make an impact.
“Coach Woody has done a lot to prepare the defense for the scrimmages and the season,” Thurman said. “Coach Verpaele has done a lot, preaching effort, technique and fundamentals. I was in the right place to make the plays and fortunately I was able to make them.”