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Tesalon Felicien | | December 10, 2014

Pillars of the program: Army

Pillars of the Program: Army football

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Although it lost its inaugural game to Navy in 1890, Army has been one of the most storied programs in all of college football. West Point has produced successes both on the gridiron and in the political arena -- from Presidents Dwight Eisenhower and Ulysess Grant to Heisman Award winners, Felix "Doc" Blanchard, Pete Dawkins and Glenn Davis.

At its height during World War II, the Academy won three consecutive national championships in 1944, '45 and '46. There is no denying the Black Knights' place in college football history.

Felix "Doc" Blanchard
Running Back | 1944-46
♦ 1945 Heisman Trophy
♦ Career: 1,670 rush yds., 35 TDs
Glenn Davis
Running Back | 1944-46
♦ 1946 Heisman Trophy
♦ Career: 2,309 rush yds., 48 TDs
Joe Steffy
Lineman | 1945-47
♦ 1947 Outland Trophy Winner
♦ First team All-American (1947)
DeWitt "Tex" Coulter 
Tackle | 1944-45
♦ Consensus All-American (1945)
♦ 1945 national champion
Pete Dawkins
Running back | 1956-58
♦ 1958 Heisman Trophy
♦ Career: 1,123 rush yds., 20 TDs
Carlton Jones
Running Back | 2002-05
♦ Career: 3,536 rush yds., 37 TDs
♦ Four-year starter
Michael Mayweather
Running Back | 1987-90
♦ First Team All-American (1991)
♦ Career: 4,299 rush yds., 37 TDs
Arnold Tucker
Quarterback | 1944-46
♦ First-team All-American (1946)
♦ Career: 939 passing yards, 12 TDs

DeWitt "Tex" Coulter

In 1944, after serving a year in the U.S. Army, DeWitt "Tex" Coulter headed to West Point where he would play on one of the greatest Army teams of all time. At 6-foot-4, 230 pounds, Coulter imposed his presence on foes, opening running lanes for running back duo Felix "Doc" Blanchard and Glenn Davis.

It was no wonder the team rushed for a combined 3,238 yards that season and went on to win the 1945 national championship. Coulter was drafted in the first round of the 1945 NFL Draft by the Chicago Cardinals (now Arizona Cardinals) and had stints with the New York Giants and Montreal in the Canadian Football League.

Pete Dawkins

Arguably the most accomplished Heisman Trophy winner ever, Pete Dawkins won the award in 1958 after leading Black Knights to their most recent undefeated season (8-0-1). Stricken with polio as a child, Dawkins overcame his illness, and in his final season with the Black Knights rushed for 428 yards and 12 touchdowns.

The definition of a scholar athlete, Dawkins won the Rhodes Scholarship in 1959 and went on to study at Oxford and served as the Brigadier General for a time. His number (24) was retired by the academy on Oct. 25, 2008.

Carlton Jones

Carlton Jones, a natural fit in former coach Bobby Ross’ two-back option emerged as a premier running back for the Black Knights, leading the team in rushing from 2002 to 2005. By the end of his collegiate career, he ranked near the top of every rushing statistic. Jones went from third string to starter and becoming the first freshman to lead the Black Knights in rushing since Michael Mayweather (762 yards in 1989).

In his junior season, Jones broke Glenn Davis’ 59-year-old single-season rushing touchdown record with 17 touchdowns. Jones rushed for a career high 225 yards and five touchdowns against South Florida in a 41-35 stunner in 2004. He left the academy second in all-time in career rushing yards (3,536) and tied for second in career 100-yard rushing games (11). But despite his many accomplishments as a running back, Jones won only seven games in his four-year career (7-40).

Michael Mayweather

With three of his predecessors rushing to Heisman seasons, its hard to understand why Michael Mayweather didn’t hoist the award himself, finishing 10th in Heisman voting in 1990. But in his four seasons at West Point, Mayweather completely rewrote the running back record books.

He is the only Army running back to rush for three 1,000-yard seasons. A gifted runner, he’d already surpassed Glenn Davis’ record career rushing mark of 2,959 by the end of his junior season and set the single-season rushing standard to 1,338 yards in his season year. Among his other accolades, Mayweather holds the Army mark in all-purpose yards (5,594) and 100-yard games (21).

Arnold Tucker

Army, known for producing prolific halfbacks found a gem in quarterback Arnold Tucker. A two-year starter, he led the Black Knights to two undefeated seasons and two consecutive national championships in 1945 and '46.

Tucker who also played defensive back, intercepted three passes in the scoreless tie against Notre Dame in 1946 at Yankee Stadium. In that season, he finished with eight interceptions, good for the Army single season record. Tucker finished fifth in Heisman voting that year, behind fellow teammates Blanchard and Davis.

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