Spring Practice Recap: Prepping For Another Scrimmage

Geoffery Bacon continues to work at free safety.

Geoffery Bacon continues to work at free safety.

March 1, 2013

WEST POINT, N.Y.  – The Army football team completed its ninth practice of the spring on Friday morning. The workout was conducted almost exclusively inside the Foley Athletic Center. The Black Knights will hold their second scrimmage of the spring Saturday morning.

Friday’s Notables

  • Army ran through its normal routine of warm-up, position and team drills before finishing up with an Army vs. Army period.
  • The team was once again split into three groups – Black, Gold and Gray.
  • The Black squad remained nearly the same as in recent practices. The most notable exception was on offense where A.J. Schurr took the snaps.
  • Angel Santiago ran the Gold team, and Cody Jackson quarterbacked the Gray squad. Kelvin White was once again in a blue jersey that prohibited him from participating. White did take part in some throwing drills earlier in the workout. He has not had a full practice since taking a hit in last Saturday’s scrimmage.
  • Zach Reichert worked at left tackle on Friday. Reichert had been the Black team’s left guard. Matt Hugenberg lined up at that position on Friday with the rest of the line staying the same – Todd McDonald at center, Steve Shumaker at right guard and Justin Gilbert at right tackle. Ryan Powis did not participate again on Friday.
  • Stephen Fraser was in red on Friday and did not participate in any drills. Terry Baggett, Trenton Turrentine and Tony Giovanelli took the reps at slotback. Larry Dixon remained the No. 1 fullback.
  • The experiment of moving Hayden Tippett to linebacker appears to be over. Tippett was back in the offense’s black jersey and taking reps with the Gold squad.
  • Defensively, Justin Trimble was in a red jersey and did not participate.
  • The Black defense remained the same as it has all week. Gino DeBartolo was once again working at mike linebacker.
  • Friday’s Army vs. Army session was not full contact due to tomorrow’s scheduled scrimmage session. Most of the action was live, but the ballcarrier was not taken to the ground.
  • Larry Dixon continued his strong showing this spring, breaking another long run up the middle.


Friday’s Quotables
Offensive Line Coach Todd Spencer
(Ref.: his early impressions of the offensive line)
“I think at this point you want to make sure you’re getting better fundamentally every day. That’s going to be a work in progress. We’re going to grind on the details every day. Every day is going to be a job interview for the players and us as coaches. It’s about technique and detail. We need to play fast and operate low. The thing that stands out right now is there effort and their ability to want to be coached. Coach Simi and I just need to do a great job of teaching them.”

(Ref.: adjusting to Army’s option scheme)
“Coach Shields and I go back to Oregon State where I coached offensive line and he was an option quarterback. There is probably nobody in coaching that I’ve shared ideas with on a more consistent basis over the last 20 years than Ian. We’ve exchanged ideas over the phone, exchanged tape and visited with each other. I’m familiar, but there are some different things. There is some great things we’re doing here, and I’m really excited to be a part of it. I’ll just continue learning some of the intricacies of the system and the details of what we’re doing. It’s been good.”

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WEST POINT, N.Y.  – The Army football team completed its ninth practice of the spring on Friday morning. The workout was conducted almost exclusively inside the Foley Athletic Center. The Black Knights will hold their second scrimmage of the spring Saturday morning.

 

Friday’s Notables

·         Army ran through its normal routine of warm-up, position and team drills before finishing up with an Army vs. Army period.

·         The team was once again split into three groups – Black, Gold and Gray.

·         The Black squad remained nearly the same as in recent practices. The most notable exception was on offense where A.J. Schurr took the snaps.

·         Angel Santiago ran the Gold team, and Cody Jackson quarterbacked the Gray squad. Kelvin White was once again in a blue jersey that prohibited him from participating. White did take part in some throwing drills earlier in the workout. He has not had a full practice since taking a hit in last Saturday’s scrimmage.

·         Zach Reichert worked at left tackle on Friday. Reichert had been the Black team’s left guard. Matt Hugenberg lined up at that position on Friday with the rest of the line staying the same – Todd McDonald at center, Steve Shumaker at right guard and Justin Gilbert at right tackle. Ryan Powis did not participate again on Friday.

·         Stephen Fraser was in red on Friday and did not participate in any drills. Terry Baggett, Trenton Turrentine and Tony Giovanelli took the reps at slotback. Larry Dixon remained the No. 1 fullback.

·         The experiment of moving Hayden Tippett to linebacker appears to be over. Tippett was back in the offense’s black jersey and taking reps with the Gold squad.

·         Defensively, Justin Trimble was in a red jersey and did not participate.

·         The Black defense remained the same as it has all week. Gino DeBartolo was once again working at mike linebacker.

·         Friday’s Army vs. Army session was not full contact due to tomorrow’s scheduled scrimmage session. Most of the action was live, but the ballcarrier was not taken to the ground.

·         Larry Dixon continued his strong showing this spring, breaking another long run up the middle.

 

Friday’s Quotables

Offensive Line Coach Todd Spencer

(Ref.: his early impressions of the offensive line)

“I think at this point you want to make sure you’re getting better fundamentally every day. That’s going to be a work in progress. We’re going to grind on the details every day. Every day is going to be a job interview for the players and us as coaches. It’s about technique and detail. We need to play fast and operate low. The thing that stands out right now is there effort and their ability to want to be coached. Coach Simi and I just need to do a great job of teaching them.”

 

(Ref.: adjusting to Army’s option scheme)

“Coach Shields and I go back to Oregon State where I coached offensive line and he was an option quarterback. There is probably nobody in coaching that I’ve shared ideas with on a more consistent basis over the last 20 years than Ian. We’ve exchanged ideas over the phone, exchanged tape and visited with each other. I’m familiar, but there are some different things. There is some great things we’re doing here, and I’m really excited to be a part of it. I’ll just continue learning some of the intricacies of the system and the details of what we’re doing. It’s been good.”

 

www.goARMYsports.com

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