NARRATED BY JIM NANTZ
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Trent Steelman
Position: QB
Class: Junior
Hometown: Bowling Green, Ky.
High School: Bowling Green (USMAPS)
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 204
Experience: 2VL
Two-time letterman ... has started every game since arriving at West Point ... became first Army freshman to start season opener at quarterback in modern era (since 1944) ... became 17th freshman in Army history to start a game at quarterback and first since Carson Williams in 2006 ... established Academy record for starts at quarterback with 13 in 2010 ... 25 consecutive starts entering season ranks as second longest in Academy history ... 12 wins as starting quarterback rank as most since Ronnie McAda (16; 1994-96) ... enters 2011 ranked 10th on Army's all-time total offense list (3,059 yards) ... first Army quarterback to rush for more than 1,000 yards in career since Johnny Goff (1996-98) ... named to Phil Steele All-Independent Second Team as a sophomore ... missed spring drills due to shoulder surgery.
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Malcolm Brown
Position: SB
Class: Junior
Hometown: Bay Shore, N.Y.
High School: Islip (USMAPS)
Height/Weight: 5-11 / 180
Experience: 2VL
Two-year letterman ... returning starter at slotback ... brings added level of explosiveness to passing game as well as running game ... multi-faceted player who could factor in the return game.
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Jared Hassin
Position: FB
Class: Junior
Hometown: Delafield, Wisc.
High School: Kettle Moraine
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 235
Experience: 1VL
Named to 2011 Maxwell Award Watch List ... award honors best player in college football ... one of only two Army sophomores to rush for 1,000 yards (1,013 in 2010) ... tied Academy record with four consecutive 100-yard rushing games during 2010 season ... sat out 2009 season due to NCAA transfer guidelines ... spent several weeks at U.S. Air Force Academy before deciding to transfer to West Point ... selected to the Phil Steele All-Independent First Team in 2010 and was a 2011 preseason first-team pick by same publication.
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Terry Baggett
Position: RB
Class: Freshman
Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
High School: Whitney Young
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 200
Earned six varsity letters, four in football and two in basketball, at Whitney Young Magnet High School ... three-time team captain on gridiron ... also captained basketball team twice ... played linebacker, running back, quarterback and tight end during scholastic career ... first-team all-state selection ... earned first-team All-Chicago Public League accolades ... three-time all-conference selection ... rushed for 1,933 yards and 32 touchdowns during scholastic career ... averaged 11.8 yards per carry ... voted school's best male athlete.
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Steven Erzinger
Position: LB
Class: Senior
Hometown: Houston, Texas
High School: Lamar
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 222
Experience: 3VL
Entering his third season as a starter at linebacker ... one of only two three-time lettermen on the Army roster ... named "legacy" captain during spring drills ... was chosen by the 2010 seniors to carry on the legacy and tradition they helped create ...has started 25 straight games ... team's leading returning tackler ... Army active career leader with 152 career stops ... named to Phil Steele Preseason All-Independent First Team ... selected to the Phil Steele Midseason and Postseason All-Independent Second Team during 2010.
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Andrew Rodriguez
Position: LB
Class: Senior
Hometown: Alexandria, Va.
High School: Bishop Ireton
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 217
Experience: 1VL
Starter at "whip" linebacker and team's leading tackler in 2009 ... missed 2010 season with back injury ... did not participate in spring practice ... will try to make return to field in 2011 ... selected to Academic All District 1 team for University Division as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) in 2009 .. registered grade of A-plus in all five academic courses in spring 2010 semester.
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Rich Ellerson
Head Coach
Ellerson brought winning football back to West Point in 2010 when he became just the second coach in Army history to win a postseason game. The Black Knights' 16-14 win over SMU in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl secured Army's first winning season since 1996.

One of the nation's true triple-option experts, Ellerson agreed to become Army's 36th head football coach on Dec. 26, 2008.

Ellerson is a veteran of nearly 30 years of coaching on the collegiate ranks, including eight as head coach at Cal Poly prior to his arrival at West Point. Not regarded as a traditional FCS power prior to Ellerson's arrival in 2001, Cal Poly finished each of his last four years ranked in the Top 25 of national FCS polls. The Mustangs won at least seven games during each of Ellerson's last six seasons at the helm and spent the majority of the 2008 season ranked in the top 10 of both the FCS Coaches Top 25 Poll and The Sports Network Division I-AA Poll. Cal Poly was ranked No. 3 in the FCS Coaches Poll for the final seven weeks of the regular season (and the last four weeks of The Sports Network Poll) before they were upset in the first round of the FCS playoffs by Weber State on Nov. 29. Before Ellerson's arrival, the Mustangs had not fashioned a winning season since 1997 and had enjoyed only three winning years since 1990.
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A Game of Honor docu-drama and web series will capture the personal stories of this unique group of men who are rivals on the football field and brothers in arms on the battlefield.

As the young men at Army and Navy endure a much different athletic experience than other Division I football players, A Game of Honor will capture the dedication, discipline and determination demanded of the cadets and midshipmen who are members of these storied football programs. A Game of Honor reveals their unique journey from summer training to the demands of an elite classroom education to the weekly preparations for the football field, all while training to serve their country in a time of war.

This rigorous passage culminates with the playing of the annual Army-Navy game this year from the nation's capital in Washington, D.C. Then on Wednesday, December 21 SHOWTIME will premiere the two-hour exclusive docu-drama revealing an unprecedented look at America's two oldest military academies.

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Date Team Webisode
October 18 Both In The Trenches
October 25 Army So You Want To Go To West Point?
November 1 Navy Not Your Average Classroom
November 8 Army The March To West Point
November 15 Navy Comic Relief: Navy Style
November 22 Navy Maritime Football - Pursuing A Goal
November 29 Navy Maritime Football - Call To Serve
December 6 Army Helping A Fallen Comrade (The Eric LeGrand Story)
December 14 Both Getting Ready For The Big Game
December 20 Both Game Day
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The Army-Navy rivalry will enjoy its 112th edition this season when the Black Knights and Midshipmen tussle on Dec. 10 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. Only 10 Division FBS rivalries have featured more games than the Army-Navy series.

This revered series began when Cadet Dennis Mahan Michie accepted a challenge from Naval Academy Midshipmen for a football game against the Cadets. That first contest was held on The Plain at West Point on Nov. 29, 1890. The more experienced Mids, who had been playing organized football since 1879, defeated the Cadets 24-0.

Historically played on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the game is now played on the second Saturday in December and is traditionally the last game of the season for both teams and, until the recent advent of conference championship games, it was the last regular-season game played in football.

The rivalry between Annapolis and West Point, while friendly, is intense. Even the mascots (the Navy Goat and Army Mule) have been known to play pranks on each other. The Cadets live and breathe the phrase "Beat Navy", while Midshipmen have the opposite dinned into them. Even the weight plates in the Navy weight room are stamped with the phrase "Beat Army".

In both 1944 and 1945, Army and Navy entered the game ranked No. 1 and No. 2. The 1945 game was labeled the "Game of the Century." Army defeated Navy team 32-13.

Eighty-three of the 111 Army-Navy games have been played within Philadelphia city limits. This year marks only the eighth time the Army-Navy Classic has been played outside Philadelphia annually since 1945. The 1983 game was played at the Rose Bowl, while the 1989, 1993, 1997 and 2001 confrontations took place at Giants Stadium. M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore played host to the classic in 2000 and 2007. This year's game is the first to be hosted by Washington, D.C.

Navy has dominated the series of late, winning 12 of the last 14 meetings, including nine in a row. Last season Navy won 31-17 behind Ricky Dobbs' two touchdown passes. Navy owns a 55-49-7 record all time against Army.

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