April 9, 2014
WEST POINT, N.Y. – The Army football team held its ninth workout of the spring season on Wednesday night. The nearly three-hour session was conducted in shells on both Howze Field and inside Michie Stadium.
One of the most notable changes to come out practice this week is an adjustment on the offensive line. Ryan Powis, who has started the last three seasons at center has been shifted to tackle with Matt Hugenberg moving from guard to center.
“We just felt that out of the five offensive linemen, (Hugenberg) was playing the best, and that’s a position that’s really important,” head coach Jeff Monken said after Wednesday’s workout. “We felt like we’d get more out of our offensive line with a guy like him at center. We moved him there and shifted Ryan to tackle. We just kind of shuffled the guys around a little bit.’
Army will hold its 10th practice on Friday before conducting its second scrimmage on Saturday at the U.S. Military Academy Prep School.
- Monken worked very closely with the slotbacks on blocking technique for two full periods. Not happy with the number of knockdowns during Saturday’s scrimmage, the Army head coach thought his presence in the drill would possibly, “increase the sense of urgency.”
- Monken was working closely with Trenton Turrentine who returned to action on Monday. After practice, he lauded Turrentine for his play despite missing the first seven workouts.
- Players that sat out Wednesday’s practice in red jerseys were not limited to standing and watching. The strength & conditioning staff put players through several drills that would not aggravate their injuries. The workout included medicine ball drills, squats, stationary bikes and core work.
- Freshman wide receiver Edgar Poe made several nice catches in passing drills, including one on his knees during one-on-one work versus the defensive backs.
- Deandre Bell also made a notable catch, hauling in a deflected throw during 7-on-7 drills.
- Angel Santiago and Xavier Moss connected for the longest play of the day during an 11-on-11 period. Moss used his size and leaping ability to haul in a deep pass down the right sideline over the defender.
- Josh Jenkins had a pick-six later in the 11-on-11 portion of the workout.
- Aaron Kemper had one of the best runs of the day during 11-on-11. Kemper took a handoff up the middle and went untouched until he reached the secondary.
Head Coach Jeff Monken
(Ref: the number of fumbled center-quarterback exchanges Wednesday)
“(Matt) Hugenberg never snapped a ball before Monday. This was only his second day so we had some balls on the ground. It’s going to take some time. It’s not the easiest thing to do. He’ll get a feel for it and get better.
Linebacker Jeremy Timpf
(Ref: adjusting to playing middle linebacker in the new defense)
“We spend a ton of time in the meeting rooms, and we even get film back in our rooms in the barracks. Every night we’re watching film and reviewing our books. As a whole linebacker corps we are constantly asking questions. We’re all working together and bouncing things off each other. We’re making each other better out there.”
Defensive Coordinator Jay Bateman
(Ref.: playing a 3-4 scheme)
“We’re going to do a little bit of everything. Against, the option, we’ve historically been more of a 3-4 look. The rush positions, what (Derek) Sanchez, (James) Kelly and (Shawn) Lemoto are playing right now, are going to more hybrids. They’ll be down in three-point stances some to give us a four-down front. Our sam linebackers are hybrid safeties so they’ll be able to do some things in coverage. We just haven’t done it much. It’s hard to do it against the double-slot stuff. That’s kind of the basis of it. It’ll all go from there.”
(Ref.: the defense’s progress)
“I think they’re doing well. I’m pleased with their progression. I think we need to increase our level of physicality. We put a lot in for them today. It was the last really big install for the defense. We’ll put a handful of things in the rest of the way, but that is always a part of it. I would have liked to see a little bit more emotion out them today. I think I’m pretty happy right now. There is a ton of room for improvement, and I think we’re on that way.”