Preseason Camp Continues With First Scrimmage

A.J. Schurr

A.J. Schurr

Aug. 11, 2013

Coach Ellerson Post Scrimmage

Geoffery Bacon and Trenton Turrentine after Sunday's Scrimmage

Sights and Sounds from Sunday's Scrimmage

WEST POINT, N.Y.  - The Army football team scrimmaged for the first time during preseason camp, utilizing Foley Athletic Center for the two-hour session.

Friday's practice was cancelled, Saturday the team practiced in shoulder pads and shorts and on Sunday the team had a chance to compete in live situations as preparations for the 2013 season continued.

Army began Sunday's workout with its stretching routine, then focused on fundamental drills and individual positions before getting into the scrimmage portion of practice.

After the scrimmage, the freshman members of the team were transported out to Camp Buckner to participate in tomorrow's March Back, the 12-mile hike that ends Cadet Basic Training. Head coach Rich Ellerson, safeties coach Mayur Chaudhari and quarterbacks, fullbacks and recruiting coordinator Andy Guyader will also participate in the early-morning hike.

The scrimmage began with Army's projected starting offense against the projected starting defense. The offensive line consisted of tackles Michael Kime and Nick Bennett, guards Zach Reichert and Matt Hugenberg and center Ryan Powis. Angel Santiago was at quarterback with Raymond Maples, Larry Dixon and Trenton Turrentine in the backfield. Anthony Stephens and Patrick Laird were at wide out.

On the defensive side, James Kelly, Jarrett Macker, Dalton Mendenhall, Justin Trimble and Alex Meier were playing linebacker, Joe Drummond, Robert Kough and T.J. Atgimalala were on the line and Chris Carnegie, Josh Jenkins and Geoffrey Bacon were in the secondary.

Six different possessions were utilized matching up Army's first and second offense against the first and second defense.

Turrentine picked up a few yards on two carries before Santiago scrambled for a first down with a 15-yard run. Stephen Frazier bolted up the middle for a gain. Kelvin White then came in at quarterback and connected with Scott Williams for a five-yard gain. White ran for a short gain and Fraser bulled his way forward for a few yards.

A.J. Schurr took snaps with the second-team offense and found Xavier Moss for an eight-yard gain. Carnegie broke up a pass intended for Laird before Turrentine broke off a 70-yard scoring run.

White then went back under Center and connected with Williams for a 15-yard pick up. Mike Ugenyi then caused a fumble that Mackey recovered.

Fraser scooted for an 18-yard touchdown run on the next possession. Andrew Ellerson snapped to Schurr and Daniel Grochowski kicked the successful point after touchdown.

Santiago hit Moss for a 16-yard gain, Tippett ran for 10 yards and Santiago picked up three yards. Cale Brewer followed with a 19-yard field goal.

Grochowski later kicked a 42-yard field goal but was wide right on a 42-yard attempt further along in practice.

Army continued to rotate players in with both the first and second offense and defenses. Among the highlights were a short scoring run by Schurr, a 36-yard field goal by Brewer, a 43-yard scoring toss from Santiago to Moss and a tackle for loss by Carngeie.

Army then spent the remainder of practice working against scout teams both offensively and defensively.

Army is off on Monday due to the 12-mile March Back and will return to practice Tuesday at 7:20 a.m. in full pads.

Head coach Rich Ellerson
(Ref.: Play of the offense)
"We saw that we have some playmakers. We're throwing the ball and catching the ball and doing some good things. Obviously you have a lot of backs out there who have played a lot of football for us and it looks like it. We're excited about how most of the guys were with the football and the level of precision. There are a couple of concerns out there. Clearly, the bar is high considering we are a week and a half into camp. We'll turn on the video tape and there will be 10,000 mistakes. In general, we've got assignment fidelity is really high when you consider how much we are doing against as many looks as we are doing."

(Ref.: Play of the defense)
"We're also doing some things differently. It's a mixed bag. Today was an important evaluation day. Some of the things we are looking at in drills and looking out at in practice. Now, we stepped back to let them play and see who can really see the game that will be a great diagnostic for us in regards to personnel. It will be interesting to look at it on tape. Like I told the guys, we will see some things we really like and we will see some things we don't like."

(Ref.: Quarterback situation)
"I thought Angel (Santiago) looked good too. He has had a good training camp. He came back well prepared physically and emotionally. As we said, there is a difference between a sophomore at West Point and a junior. Certainly, Angel is a great example of that. He has been doing this for a while and has a lot of turns under his belt. He is a talented guy and had a great summer. I think A.J. (Schurr) will be fine. He will be competitive. As we have said, our yearling summer can be challenging and I think his legs have not been quite as light as they were in the spring. But he will come around."

QB Angel Santiago
(Ref.: Mentality heading into summer)
"I went into the summer thinking I needed to get bigger, faster and stronger. I wanted to be more intelligent with the offense in the game in general. I worked out hard and came into camp ready to compete."

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