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Quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw officially completes Army football career

2017 Army football co-captain Ahmad Bradshaw stands next to the Commander in Chief's Trophy, which the Black Knights won last season for the first time in 21 years, during a White House ceremony on May 1, 2018.

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By SAL INTERDONATO | The Times Herald-Record, Middletown, N.Y. | Published: August 9, 2018

WEST POINT, N.Y. (Tribune News Service) — Army will officially have a new starting quarterback under center this fall.

Ahmad Bradshaw, who set a service-academy record with 1,746 rushing yards last season, will graduate from West Point Friday, coach Jeff Monken said.

Bradshaw, a three-year starter who helped Army to 18 wins, two bowl victories and the return of the Commander in Chief's trophy in December over the past two seasons, was working to complete his requirements this summer. If Bradshaw's graduation was pushed to December, Army could have petitioned the NCAA for another season this fall.

"He's scheduled to graduate," Monken said. "He's been told he's going to graduate this summer. I don't think there's anything that is going to keep that from happening at this point. I'm excited for him."

Monken said Army will have a commissioning ceremony for Bradshaw in front of the team.

Bradshaw was responsible for 37 percent of Army's nation-leading 4,710 rushing yards. He scored 22 touchdowns over the last two seasons. Bradshaw led Army on game-winning, fourth-quarter drives in the last two Army-Navy games. He is the first quarterback to defeat Navy twice since Ronnie McAda (1995-96). Bradshaw finishes his career fifth on Army's all-time rushing list (3,038) and sixth in rushing touchdowns (27).

"We won't be the same (offensively)," Monken said. "He was such a strong powerful inside runner. We wanted to find ways for him to carry the ball and designed it where there really wasn't many options. There was one to have No. 17 carry the ball. This year, I anticipate that will be different. We're going to have to spread the ball around more and rely on those really good B-backs (fullbacks)."

As for Bradshaw's successor, junior Kelvin Hopkins, Army's No. 2 quarterback last season, has been running with the first team through the first four practices of the preseason. Senior Luke Langdon and sophomores Christian Anderson and Cam Thomas are also in the mix.

"We are evaluating how they lead the team and how they execute," Monken said. "When they get in there with 10 other guys, are they able to move the football down the field and do they take care of the ball? Keep errors to a minimum. They are the guys that have to make the offense go. We are just looking for the right guy."

sinterdonato@th-record.com

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Army quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw follows his blockers during the Black Knights' 21-17 win over Navy, Dec. 10, 2016 at Baltimore.
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