Armed Forces Bowl Preview: Army vs. San Diego State

Army quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw runs for a touchdown against Air Force on Nov. 4 at Air Force Academy, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Army quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw runs for a touchdown against Air Force on Nov. 4 at Air Force Academy, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

One of the prominent questions surrounding Army's football team before it takes the field Saturday in the Armed Forces Bowl is whether quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw is playing his final game as a Black Knight.

The academy's Public Affairs Office released a statement two weeks ago that stated Bradshaw would spend an additional year at West Point, starting next fall. Bradshaw's athletic eligibility has not been addressed by West Point's public affairs or athletic department.

Bradshaw missed his freshman season in 2014 due to what the school called an "academy matter." That matter, according to a Daily Beast website report two weeks ago, was Bradshaw being investigated for the rape of a fellow cadet, charges that were dismissed following investigations by the school and the U.S. Army.

When asked if he's preparing as if this is his final game as a Black Knight, Bradshaw said, "Honestly, every game, I play like it's my last. You never know. One of the big things that I always think about is tomorrow not being promised."

Bradshaw added, "You got to approach every game like it's your last and I never know if I'll ever get a chance to put the cleats on again. I'm definitely approaching this one that way."

Bradshaw's historic season has one more chapter Saturday. Bradshaw looks to add to his academy single-season record of 1,566 rushing yards. He is the first Army quarterback since Ronnie McAda in 1995-96 to lead the Black Knights to back-to-back wins against Navy. Now, Bradshaw attempts to become the only Army quarterback to win back-to-back bowl games.

"Last year, we won a close game (38-31 over North Texas in the Heart of Dallas Bowl) and we don't want to be the team that won one last year and lost one this year," Bradshaw said. "We beat Navy and that was a big event for us (last year). Being able to win in a bowl kind of put the cherry on top of the cake. This year, we are trying to do the same thing."

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ARMED FORCES BOWL

When: 3:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas

How to watch, listen: ESPN, WBNR (1260-AM), WLNA (1420-AM), WMCA (570-AM); TuneIn

Line: San Diego State by 6 1/2 points

Last time out: Army defeated Navy, 14-13, on Dec. 9 to win the Commander in Chief's Trophy for the first time since 1996. San Diego State last played Nov. 24 when it defeated New Mexico, 35-10, for its fourth consecutive victory.

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This article is written by Sal Interdonato from The Times Herald-Record, Middletown, N.Y. and was legally licensed via the Tribune Content Agency through the NewsCred publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@newscred.com.

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