YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — Army coach Rich Ellerson is still searching for answers for his struggling team, and finding them on the road won’t be so easy with some key players ailing.
Army (1-5) travels to meet Mid-American Conference foe Eastern Michigan (0-6) on Saturday, and senior linebacker and captain Nate Combs won’t play. Combs, who leads Army in sacks and forced fumbles, suffered a shoulder injury in the fourth quarter of a 31-17 loss to Kent State last Saturday and bruising fullback Larry Dixon has a sore hamstring.
Although the Eagles are winless, they have to be encouraged after last week’s performance in a 52-47 setback to Toledo. Their 624 yards of total offense was the most in four seasons under coach Ron English.
The Black Knights still are the top running team in the nation at 385 yards per game, but they’ll have to contend with EMU’s Bronson Hill. In his first college start, the sophomore ran for 283 yards on 28 carries and matched the school record with four touchdown runs.