Aug. 11, 2014
WEST POINT, N.Y. - The second week of Army football's preseason camp got underway Monday with the second of three double-session work outs.
Army was on Howze Field and Michie Stadium in full pads Monday morning and returned at 4:30 p.m. for a session in shells.
The Black Knights are in their second and final week of camp before classes begin on August 18.
Army practiced in full pads Friday afternoon, held its first double session Saturday with a morning in full pads and did not work out on Sunday.
Now, with the season-opener against Buffalo on the horizon on Sept. 6, first-year head coach Jeff Monken continues to install more and more of the offensive and defensive playbooks.
Army will return to the field for a Tuesday practice at 2:15 p.m., followed by Wednesday's final double session.
SIGHTS & SOUNDS
Army began practice with special teams as Alex Tardieu and Blake Wilson punted ... Parts of the period focused on fake punts ... Mitchell Howard and Wilson handled kickoffs ... Army then broke off into individual group work with the quarterbacks throwing to running backs against the defensive backs ... Caleb McNeil broke up a pass and Joey Giovannelli picked off another ... Angel Santiago connected with Jake Taylor on a long completion later in the period ... During 11-on-11 drills, Army's first offensive line was comprised of tackles Adam Szott and Todd McDonald, guards Stephen Shumaker and Stefan Moreau and center Matt Hugenberg ... Joe Drummond made a big stop during that team portion ... Santiago broke off a long run down the sidelines ... Daniel Grochowski connected on a 28-yard field goal ... Ahmad Bradshaw hit Elijah St. Hilaire for a completion ... Terry Baggett and Kado Brown also ran for big gains ... Chasen Brown registered a sack ... Stephen Ricciardi made a tackle on a running back to win the 11-on-11 portion of practice for the defense, forcing the offense into 25 pushups ... Army went back to individual work and then returned for offense vs. defense to conclude practice ...The offense won the second team portion of practice as the defense did pushups ... Bradshaw found Mike Parros for a long gain ... Joey Giovannelli made a few more big plays, separating the intended receiver from the ball on one and breaking up a pass on another ... Matt Giachinta sprinted his way to a long touchdown.
Head Coach Jeff Monken
(Ref.: team sessions during practice)
"The defense has won every single of those until the second session today. We weren't getting the competitive spirit out there that I hoped would be there. The competition at the end, the loser does pushups and no one wants to do pushups after you are tired. Now, even without that, guys are into competitive part and we need that."
(Ref.: being competitive)
"I watch every detail if I can and our coaches do too. I don't think there is any small detail that isn't important. We want everything to be done the proper way and for those to be competitive in everything they do."
Senior DT Robert Kough
(Ref.: role of veterans)
"I've had quite a bit of experience here so I have some knowledge. Right now, I am taking the role of an observer. When a young guy needs help, I go help him. Our veteran players are great. "
Freshman QB Kado Brown
(Ref.: fellow quarterbacks)
"My fellow quarterbacks have made it very easy on me and are always there to work with me. It has been a pretty smooth process because they have been very supportive. "
(Ref.: his season goals)
"I am just trying to give my best effort. Coach (Jeff) Monken always talks about giving your best effort and I have tried to do that. Any time I get the chance, I try to make the best of the opportunity."