West Point to take on Columbus Thursday

Collin Brister
Sports Writer

West Point offense vs. Columbus Defense
The Green Wave will have a new nucleus of players that’ll be on display on the offensive side of the football when Columbus comes to town Thursday night.
West Point will start Marcus Murphy at quarterback on Thursday. Murphy takes over the role for departing senior Clayton Knight.
Murphy has experience at the position, as he played it in 2015 before Knight transferred in from Saltillo, but he split time with Demarrio Edwards at the position.
This year will be the first year that Murphy has full reign over the quarterback position, and that’ll provide a different element to the Green Wave offense as he can not only throw it, but can pull the ball down and run it extremely well.
At running back the Green Wave will count on senior Chris Calvert a lot this season. Calvert, who missed 10 games last year with a concussion, was dynamic when he was able to get on the field last year.
The Green Wave will have extremely athletic wide receives this year. Jason Brownlee has shown over time that he has the ability to high point the football and make plays in traffic.
Columbus will provide some size among the defensive line, and will be athletic enough in the secondary to cause problems for the Green Wave, but West Point’s offensive line has shown over time that they’re skilled enough to create running lanes.
Columbus offense vs. West Point defense
Columbus lost, arguably, their best player in school history off of the 2016 team in running back Kylin Hill.
The former Falcon, now at Mississippi State, was extremely fast and was tough to contain for opposing defenses, but he graduated after the 2016 season.
The Green Wave did a solid job last season keeping Columbus in check and not letting them get the ball into the end zone.
Columbus had success last season moving the ball from 20-yard line to 20-yard line ,but they weren’t able to punch the ball in consistently on the Green Wave.
West Point dominated last year’s contest in the red zone. The Falcons were tuned away from points three times after reaching West Point’s 20-yard line, and that was the reason that the West Point offense had time to get it together and come up with a game-winning driv.e
With Columbus loinsg Hill, and them having to revamp their offense after the 2016 season, West Point could find success in shutting them down over the course of next Friday’s contest.