It’s been a tough two decades for Army football, and the 2016 season is not off to a great start.
Quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw, who earned first-team reps in a scrimmage Saturday, has left the team and withdrawn from West Point.
“He has some administrative stuff for something on campus,” Army coach Jeff Monken told the Times Hearld-Record after Bradshaw missed practice on Tuesday. “There’s things, especially with the start of school, just stuff you can’t control.”
Bradshaw was by far the Black Knights’ most experienced signal caller. He finished second on the team in rushing with 468 yards and five scores while leading the club with 429 passing yards and another five touchdowns in 2015.
The plan entering the season was for Bradshaw to battle sophomore Chris Carter, who started the final two games of last season, for the starting role. But Bradshaw is gone and Carter has been sidelined all month after aggravating a hamstring injury in the club’s first practice.
Monken indicated Carter may still be another week away from returning to practice, meaning Army is left with four freshmen — Malik McGuire, Joey Benden, Kelvin Hopkins and Korey Frausto — to prepare the team for their Sept. 2 opener at Temple.