Pads On At Football Practice

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Addition Holstein

March 28, 2014

WEST POINT, N.Y.  – Another practice. Another step forward. Army football’s third spring practice featured full pads and the hitting was intense.

Friday’s wet weather didn’t hamper the enthusiasm or intensity as the Black Knights went through a two and a half hour workout on Howze Field and Michie Stadium.

After practicing in helmets and shorts for the first two sessions, Army was able to conduct full conduct drills.

Head coach Jeff Monken took his charges through an up-tempo workout that marked the end of the first week of spring practice.

Monken also told the team he would be making the trip to Tennessee for the funeral of Navy football player Will McKamey. Running back Terry Baggett and linebacker Justin Fahn, from nearby Bristol, Tenn., will accompany Monken.

Army will alter its practice schedule and now return to the field Tuesday at 5 p.m. for its fourth workout.

The Black-Gold Game will be held Saturday, April 19 at noon at Michie Stadium.

Army stretched as a team on Howze Field.

While Friday’s workout was full pads, tackling was limited and players who were not supposed to drive each other to the ground.

Following the opening stretch, Army worked on punt and kickoffs, utilizing Howze Field.

Then the hitting started, with lineman competing and running backs trying to elude tackles.

The next period included fundamental work.

The defense and offense matched up to work on open-field blocking and tackling.

During team offensive drills, Army worked out of two huddles.

Army concluded the session with offense vs. defense team work.

Head coach Jeff Monken
(Ref: opening week of practice)
“We have a long way to go but I was pleased with the guys. They are working hard and gave a good effort.  We have a lot of work to do and fortunately we have 12 more practices.”

(Ref: practicing with pads)
“While we didn’t tackles guys to the ground, we did work on getting off blocks and running through tackles. Guys were hitting and there was a little difference to practice today.”

Defensive lineman Joe Drummond
(Ref: first day in pads)
“There was a lot hard work out there today. It was a nice change to be out there hitting.”

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