Army Begins Final Week Of Spring Preparations

Mike Ugenyi

Mike Ugenyi

April 14, 2014

WEST POINT, N.Y.   – The Army football team began its final week of spring practice with a two and one-half hour workout at Michie Stadium and Howze Field. The Black Knights conducted the up-tempo, full-contact session in pads.

Army head coach Jeff Monken announced that Saturday’s spring game will be played as a regulation football game. There will be four 15-minute quarters with a 10-minute halftime. West Point Superintendent Robert Caslen and Commandant Richard Clarke will serve as the coaches. Caslen will lead the Black team and Clarke will guide the Gold team. One team will be made up of the first-team offense and second-team defense, while the other squad will have the first-team defense and second-team offense. The remaining players will be divided between the two teams to ensure each has enough players at each position.

The Black Knights will practice Wednesday and Friday before Saturday’s event, which kicks off at noon.

MONDAY’S NOTABLES


MONDAY’S QUOTEABLES
Head Coach Jeff Monken
(Re.: the spring game format)
“We’re going to try and make it just like a game. We’ll open it up with a kickoff. We’ll punt at appropriate times, and kick extra points and field goals. We haven’t always been able to do that based on the number of injuries. We feel like right now that we have enough healthy players that we can play a game. Hopefully, we’ll be healthy enough on Saturday to have a game.”

(Re.: the team’s toughness)
“I think we’re better, but we’re not where we need to be yet. I don’t know if we ever completely get there. I’ll always want them to be tougher. I’ll always want them to play harder. I’ll always want them to play better. I’ll always want us to execute better. You never play perfect, but you have to strive for that. I think there has been a lot of improvement.”

Safety Geoffery Bacon
 (Re.: his adjustment to the new coaches)
“The coaches take the time to work with you, and they’re open anytime you need anything. Every player wants a coach that cares about theme, and even though they’re hard on us, we can tell they care about us.”

(Re.: the team’s toughness)
“They’re putting us through things we haven’t done before. It pushes our limits. It’s going to be special to be part of this team, and Coach Monken has shown that not everyone can be a part of it. That’s what makes guys work so much harder. You can tell something special is about to happen.”

Running back Tony Giovannelli
(Re.: playing on special teams)
“Everything is new, and the coaches are doing a good job of getting everybody in the right positions. Last year, the defense played kickoff and punt and offense was kickoff return and punt return. This year, everyone is doing everything. It’s a lot different than last year. It’s very detailed, but that’s what going to help us win.”

(Re.: his role with the slotbacks)
“As a senior, I’ve been trying to take a leadership role, but it’s also my first year with the new coaches so I’m making mistakes. I try to lead by example. I want to help anyway I can. (Stephen) Fraser and I have gone in with Coach Seward to learn as much as we can so we can help the other guys.”

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