Army Football Game Notes at Temple

Trenton Turrentine

Trenton Turrentine

Oct. 14, 2013

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WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army football team will make the trek to Philadelphia and play Temple, Saturday at 1:05 p.m. at Lincoln Financial Field. ESPN3.com will offer a video stream of the contest while the Army Sports Network will have the call as well.

The Black Knights are coming off a record-setting performance in a 50-25 victory over Eastern Michigan.

Army (3-4) is seeking its first win at Lincoln Financial Field, the home of the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles, and its first two-game winning streak of the season.

Temple is 0-6 and 0-3 in the American Athletic Conference. The Owls, under first-year head coach Matt Rhule, opened the season with losses to Notre Dame (28-6), Houston (22-13), Fordham (30-29), Idaho (26-24), Louisville (30-7) and Cincinnati (38-20).

Army will also play on the grass surface of Lincoln Financial Field for the Army-Navy Game presented by USAA set for Dec. 14.

EASTERN MICHIGAN LEFTOVER

  • Army collected a season-high 516 rushing yards and 551 yards of total offense.
  • Terry Baggett ran for an Academy-record 304 yards on 18 carries and scored four touchdowns.
  • Baggett established the Academy record for rushing yards in a game, scored on the second-longest rush in Academy history and tied for second in rushing touchdowns in a game.
  • Baggett moved into the top-10 nationally in rushing yards with 744.
  • Baggett's 304 rushing yards are the most by a running back in the Football Bowl Subdivision this season.
  • Army now leads the country in rushing offense with 352.3 yards per game.
  • Army's 50 points were the most scored this season and most since a 55-0 victory over Fordham on Oct. 29, 2011.
  • The 50 points scored by Army are the most against a Football Bowl Subdivision team since a 59-52 double-overtime win against Louisville on Oct. 7, 1999.
  • The 50 points by Army are the most scored against a FBS squad in regulation since a 56-21 win at Temple on Oct. 9, 1993.
  • The 50 points by Army are the most scored against a FBS school at Michie Stadium since a 57-17 win over Eastern Michigan on Oct. 31, 1992.
  • Justin Trimble intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble.
  • Army held Eastern Michigan to 194 rushing yards and just 3-of-11 on third downs.
  • Four players accounted for seven Army rushing touchdowns.
  • Colby Miller, Josh Jenkins, Julian Holloway, Justin Trimble and Hayden Pierce each made six tackles to pace the defense.

ABOUT THE OWLS
While Temple is seeking its first win, the Owls are averaging 348 yards per contest while scoring 16.5 points per game. Temple is giving up 29 points per game and 510 yards of total offense per game.

Kenneth Harper is the Owls' leading rushing with 322 yards on 66 carries and six touchdowns. He averages 4.9 yards per carry and 53.7 yards per game. Zaire Williams has 260 yards on 50 carries with a touchdown.

Quarterback Connor Reilly has played in six games and is 76-for-148 for 771 yards and two touchdowns and two interceptions. P.J. Walker played the bulk of snaps in Temple's loss to Cincinnati last week and was 12-for-22 for 200 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

Ryan Alderman has hauled in 20 passes for 305 yards while Jalen Fitzpatrick has two scores and 18 receptions.

Linebacker Tyler Matakevich paces the defense with 82 tackles and 7.0 tackles for loss while defensive back Abdul Smith has 42 tackles and a pair of tackles for loss.

LAST TIME VS. TEMPLE
(11/17/13) WEST POINT, N.Y.  -
 Temple running back Montel Harris ran for 351 yards and seven touchdowns to overshadow a record-setting day for Army quarterback Trent Steelman as the Owls posted a 63-32 win at Michie Stadium.

Steelman, a senior captain, carried 20 times for 139 yards and three touchdowns for the Black Knights. He now has 1,152 yards rushing this season, eclipsing the mark of 1,078 set by Tory Crawford in 1986. Steelman also vaulted his career touchdown total to 44, passing Heisman Trophy winner Glenn Davis for the Academy record.

ACADEMIC HONORS
Army football player Holt Zalneraitis is among the candidates for the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Awards and a semifinalist for the 2013 William V. Campbell Trophy, it was recently announced.

Zalneraitis, a senior defensive lineman from Round Rock, Texas, is one of 170 players who were nominated nationally with at least a 3.2 grade-point average, make a significant contribution to the football team and demonstrate strong leadership and citizenship.

The 2013 NFF National Scholar-athletes Awards are presented by Fidelity Investments while the prestigious Campbell Trophy is endowed by HealthSouth and recognizes an individual as the absolute best scholar-athlete in the nation. Army's Andrew Rodriguez won the award in 2011.

Zalneraitis boasts a 4.02 GPA as a Life Science major. In addition to playing in five games this season with eight tackles and a sack, he is participating in medical school interviews. He is one of 39 nominees with a 3.8 GPA or better.

The NFF Awards Committee will select up to 16 recipients, and the results will be announced via a national press release on Thursday, Oct. 31. Each recipient will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship, and they will vie as finalists for the 2013 William V. Campbell Trophy. Each member of the 2013 National Scholar-Athlete Class will also travel to New York City to be honored Dec. 10 during the 56th NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria where their accomplishments will be highlighted. One member of the class will also be announced live at the event as the winner of the William V. Campbell Trophy.

Named in honor of Bill Campbell, the chairman of Intuit, former player and head coach at Columbia University and the 2004 recipient of the NFF's Gold Medal, the award comes with a 25-pound bronze trophy and increases the amount of the recipient's grant by $7,000 for a total post-graduate scholarship of $25,000. A total distribution of $300,000 in scholarships will be awarded at the NFF Annual Awards Dinner, pushing the program's all-time distributions to more than $10.4 million.

CAPTAINS
Michael Kime, Thomas Holloway and Jarrett Mackey will serve as team captains for the season, head coach Rich Ellerson announced to the squad before breaking camp.

Mackey, a linebacker from Snellville, Ga., was named the team's "legacy captain" by the 2011 seniors. He will continue in that role and also add special teams captain responsibilities.

Holloway, a linebacker and defensive back from Birmingham, Ala., was chosen as the defensive captain.

Kime, a versatile offensive lineman from Zionsville, Ind., will serve as the offensive captain.

The team captains were chosen in a vote by the players.

TOPPING 4K
Last season, Army rushed for a school-record 4,438 yards, just the second time in school history the Black Knights have topped the 4,000-yard mark. The 2011 squad rushed for 4,158 yards. Through seven games, Army has rushed 418 times for 2,491 yards.

STAFF CONTINUITY
Army is just one of seven schools that have coordinators who have been with the team for five years or more.

Offensive coordinator Ian Shields and co-defensive coordinators Chris Smeland and Payam Saadat are all beginning their fifth seasons at Army.

Oregon State has the longest tenured coordinators. Defensive coordinator Mark Banker is in his 11th season with the Beavers while offensive coordinator Danny Langsforf is in his ninth.

Navy, Wake Forest, Northwestern, Southern Methodist and Texas Christian also have coordinators with at least five years at their institutions.

EXTRA TIME
Army has played seven overtime games since 2006 and holds a 5-2 mark in those games. Only East Carolina (6-4), Navy (6-3) and Buffalo (5-3) have played more.

NIGHT VISION
Following a 28-12 victory over Morgan State n August 30, Army improved to 5-5 in games played under the lights of Michie Stadium.

SPECIAL TEAMS
The last time Army scored a special teams touchdown was against Temple on Sept. 29, 2007. Corey Anderson returned the opening kickoff 88 yards for a score and Jeremy Trimble returned a punt for an 85-yard touchdown opposite the Owls.

Army has gone 415 kickoffs and 311 returns and 307 punts and 108 punt returns without a score.

SUMMER TRAINING
Typical summers for cadets at the U.S. Military Academy include three blocks. Your major, branch plans, academic schedule, health and much more determine how that time is spent.

The Army football team had players scattered all over the world during the summer months. A sampling of some of the summer training they participated in:

Hayden Tippett spent three weeks in Ghana, Africa, as part of Cross Cultural Solutions. In the morning, he spent his days teaching fourth grade students math and information technology. In the afternoons, he utilized his information technology major to help a local college with network administration.

After his time in Africa, Tippett returned to the United States and flew directly to Fort Bragg, N.C., where he spent three weeks with the Military Police.

Holt Zalneraitis and Daniel Whitaker spent the first part of their summers preparing for the Medical College Admission Test, one of many steps in getting accepted to medical school.

After taking the MCATs, Zalneraitis was the Regimental S3 as Commander of Operations for Cadet Basic Training, guiding the new class of plebes, or freshmen.

Raymond Maples took two classes at West Point before traveling to Fort Bragg for Cadet Troop Leader Training. Maples spent half of his six weeks with a Transportation unit and half with an Air Defense Artillery unit.

Michael Kime had a similar path with a class and training at Fort Bragg, through his time was spent with a Field Artillery unit.

In all, 32 players were at Fort Bragg for Cadet Troop Leader Training where they had the opportunity to learn about the branches of the military and help them decide what branch is best for them.

Patrick Laird served as a Platoon Leader at Cadet Leadership Development Training at Camp Buckner at West Point. Laird was in one of six companies that, over the course of 19 days, engaged in three simulated training modules designed to test what they have learned from the West Point experience.

Laird was one of 23 football players to partake in the three week training done under scorching temperatures. Leadership roles are rotated to give each cadet an opportunity.

Following the training, Laird participated in the Summer Garrison Regiment, along with seven of his teammates. They learned how West Point operates in all facets while assisting staff.

Geoffery Bacon served as squad leader during Cadet Field Training, helping to shape the sophomore class. Chevaughn Lawrence also had that responsibility, after taking a physics class.

Anthony Stephens was part of Cadet Leadership Development Training and then worked with an Engineering company while at Fort Bragg.

AMERICA'S GAME IN PHILLY
Army and Navy will meet for the 114th time when the Army-Navy Game presented by USAA takes place Dec. 14 in Philadelphia.

The service academy matchup will be played in Philadelphia for the 83rd time and will be shown live on CBS. Kick-off is set for 3 p.m.

RUSHING SUCCESS
Since 2009, Army has been among the top-18 teams in the country in rushing yards.

Army led the nation in rushing each of the past two seasons with its total yards per game increasing 166 yards per game.

Army leads the country in rushing offense with 352.3 yards per game.

CLASS MOTTO
One of the many duties new cadets are tasked with during Cadet Basic Training is choosing a class motto. The Class of 2017 chose So Others May Dream and unveiled it on a large banner during the March Back on August 15.

The other classes chose:
2016 With Honor We Lead
2015 For Those We Lead
2014 Forever One Team

NEW FACES
Army head coach Rich Ellerson added four new members to the coaching staff. Mayur Chaudhari, Tom Simi, Todd Spencer and Wayne Moses round out the 2013 staff.

Chaudhari came to West Point after two seasons at the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School (USMAPS) and works with the safeties and co-defensive coordinators Chris Smeland and Payam Saadat.

Simi was the head coach at USMAPS last season, his fourth season at the prep school. He and Spencer, a veteran option mentor, have offensive line responsibilities.

Moses works with the A-Backs and C-Backs at West Point. Moses has been on the staff of 13 bowl teams and has worked with head coaches including Terry Donahue, Steve Mariucci, Jim Lambright, Walt Harris and Rick Neuheisel.

Army's coaching staff, responsibilities and alma maters as well as game day locations can be found on page 2.

THE CLASS OF 2017
A total of 1,193 cadets began Cadet Basic Training and the class now stands at 1,182 following summer training.  Medical disqualifications and those who didn't successfully complete the training shrunk the number.

The Class of 2017 includes 337 minorities, 17 international cadets and 31 combat veterans. The class was chosen from a pool of 15,407 applicants.

The Class of 2017 includes cadets from every state in the nation and 17 international cadets entering the class under the sponsorship of their respective countries. The countries represented include Afghanistan, Botswana, Cambodia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Malaysia, Moldova, Mongolia, Nigeria, the Philippines, Rwanda, United Arab Emirates, South Korea and Thailand. Upon graduation, these cadets will return to their respective countries as officers in their armed forces.

Among those accepted as part of the Class of 2017 are 91 valedictorians, 232 class presidents and 777 team captains.

NO ONE IN 12
While Army has retired four numbers, Army does not issue the number 12 to any of its players. Rather, the number is reserved for the Corps of Cadets, the 12th man of Army football. Most shirts that feature a number, use 12. Numbers 24, 35, 41 and 61 have been retired.

OFFICER PLAQUE
As the Army football team enters the field, one of the long traditions is to touch the Officer plaque. A team member holds the plaque aloft and the players reach up as they are passing by.

The plaque states: "I want an officer for a secret and dangerous mission. I want a West Point football player." Gen. George Marshall, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army during World War II, made the statement at the Pentagon when he needed an officer to train and lead a ranger-type battalion on a secret mission.

ARMY/CBS SPORTS NETWORK
Army and CBS Sports Network are in the fourth year of an exclusive television partnership that guarantees all Black Knights home games are shown live on national television.

The agreement was originally set to begin with the 2010 season but began a season early with the live telecast of three games in 2009.

CBS Sports Network Army broadcast team features Ben Holden on play-by-play, former coach Tom Bradley as the color commentary, Kristine Leahy as the sideline reporter and John Feinstein as essayist.

To find CBS Sports Network, please visit www.cbssportsnetwork.com and click on the channel finder.

CADET ASSISTANCE
During each home game, CBS Sports Network sideline reporter Kristine Leahy will be joined by a cadet to aid in the broadcast.

The following cadets are scheduled to appear during the 2013 season.

Morgan State: Craig Curry
Stanford: Kevin Carlin
Wake Forest: Emily Clemons
Eastern Michigan: Alex Jensen
Western Kentucky: Daniel Sauter

PATCHES
The Black Knights will wear only one uniform patch this year, the patch of the U.S. Army.

In past years, the uniforms have featured a different patch each week. Instead, the team will carry out a flag of a unique unit each week.

The Army jersey patch will remain for the season and helmet stickers to reflect the flag will be utilized.

Army will carry these unit flags for the upcoming season.
Morgan State - 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.
Ball State - 2nd Infantry Division, Uijongbu, South Korea
Stanford - 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga.
Wake Forest - 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.
Louisiana Tech - 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas
Boston College - 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.
Eastern Michigan - 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.
Temple - 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas
Air Force - 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.
Western Kentucky - 101st Air Assault, Fort Campbell, Ky.
Hawai'i - 25th Infantry Division, Wahiawa, Hawai'i

FOOTBALL LEADERSHIP
Lieutenant General Robert L. Caslen, Jr. became the 59th Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point on July 17, 2013.

Lt. Gen. Caslen graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1975. He earned master's degrees from Long Island University and Kansas State University.

Caslen earned varsity letters as a member of the football team in 1973 and 1974.

Previous to this assignment, Lt. Gen. Caslen served as the Chief of the Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq. His prior deployments and assignments include serving as the commander of the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., the command that oversees the Command and General Staff College and 17 other schools, centers, and training programs located throughout the United States; commanding general of the 25th Infantry Division (Light) and commanding general of the Multi-National Division-North during Operation Iraqi Freedom; Commandant of Cadets for the U.S. Military Academy; Deputy Director for the War on Terrorism, J-5, The Joint Staff; Assistant Division Commander (maneuver), 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized); Chief of Staff, 10th Mountain Division (Light); Chief of Staff, Combined Joint Task Force Mountain during Operation Enduring Freedom; Commander, 2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault); Chief of Staff, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault); Senior Brigade C2 Observer/Controller, Operations Group, Joint Readiness Training Center; Commander, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division (Light); Executive Officer to the Deputy Commander in Haiti during Operation Uphold Democracy; J-3 in Honduras for Joint Task Force Bravo; Brigade Operations Officer, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault); Executive Officer, 2nd Battalion, 187th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) during Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

Lieutenant General Caslen's awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Legion of Merit with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Bronze Star Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters. He has earned the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge, and is Airborne, Air Assault, and Ranger qualified.

FOLLOWING IN FOOTSTEPS
While Army boasts five sets of brothers, there are four players with brothers who were recently commissioned by the U.S. Military Academy.

Freshman Seth Combs is the younger brother of Nate, last year's co-captain. Sophomore Jake Peterson's brother, Zach, was a 2011 graduate while senior Justin Trimble is the third in his family to play for the Black Knights following Jeremy (2008) and Jordan (2010). Junior Mike Ugenyi's brother, Victor, is a 2009 graduate.

POSTSEASON BOWLING
If Army is bowl eligible during the 2013 season, the Black Knights will participate in the San Diego Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl on Dec. 26 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif. Kickoff on ESPN is set for 9:30 p.m.

Army needs to have six wins prior to its game against Navy to qualify for the bowl game. It will oppose a team from the Mountain West Conference.

Army has never played a bowl game in California and is looking to earn a bid to its sixth bowl game. The last time Army played in a bowl game was a 16-14 victory over Southern Methodist University in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 30, 2012, in Dallas.

LEADING FROM WITHIN
Thomas Holloway, a senior member of the defensive secondary, is a part of the leadership of the Corps of Cadets.

A native of Birmingham, Ala., Holloway will serve as the Brigade Student Athletic Advisor Council, a group made up of team captains from each sport.

Holloway is one of five cadet-athletes on the Chain of Command. Lindsey Danilack serves as First Captain and leads the 4,400 Corps of Cadets. Fellow track and field athletes Alexandra Sutherland (Brigade S4) and Ian MacPherson (Fourth Regiment Commander) are also among the group. Jon Crucitti, a former football player who is injured and a star on the baseball team, has responsibilities as the Third Reigment Command Sergeant Major.

OH BROTHER
Army has five sets of brothers on the roster, including twins Julian and Jordan Crockett, Shane and Evan Finnane and Joey and Tony Giovannelli. Freshmen Lance Baggett and Adam Szott joined their brothers, Terry and John, respectively, on the team.

Army, Navy and Wisconsin each have five sets of brothers on their respective rosters.

GENERAL HONOR
General Raymond T. Odierno, the 38th Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army and a 1976 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy will be presented with the National Football Foundation Distinguished American Award. Odierno will be presented with the honor during the 56th NFF Awards Dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City on Dec. 10.

One of the most prestigious honors presented by the NFF, the award recognizes an outstanding  person who has maintained a lifetime of interest in the game and who, over a long period of time, has exhibited enviable leadership qualities and made a significant contribution to the betterment of amateur football in the United States.

Odierno became the 38th Chief of Staff of the United States Army on Sept. 7, 2011. He boasts more than 37 years of military experience since graduating from West Point, including service in Albania, Germany, Kuwait and Iraq.

An executive officer in operations for Desert Shield and Desert Storm in the 1990s, Odierno returned to the Middle East in 2003 as the commander of the 4th Infantry Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and his troops captured Saddam Hussein outside of Tikrit in December 2003. "It was ironic that he was in a hole in the ground across the river from the great palaces he built using all the money he robbed from the Iraqi people ... caught like a rat," Odierno legendarily said at the time.

Born on Sept. 8, 1954, Odierno grew up in Rockaway, N.J., playing tight end on a championship football team at Morris Hills High School.  At an imposing 6-feet-5 inches, he was recruited by West Point to play football and baseball, but Odierno suffered a knee injury his freshman year, which forced him to forgo football. He shifted his focus to baseball, earning three varsity letters as a pitcher for the Black Knights.

RADIO STRENGTH
The Army Athletic Association, in conjunction with Army Sports Properties, continues to grow its radio network and this football season will offer affiliates all over the country.

For the eighth consecutive year and ninth overall, WABC (770-AM) in New York City will serve as the flagship station.

WABC is a 50,000-watt clear-channel signal covers the tri-State area of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, and can be heard in 38 states and Canada. WABC is also the number one streamed radio station.

In addition to WABC, fans all over the country will be able to follow along with Army football games with the announcement of 13 new affiliates. Twenty stations, many at or near military posts, will offer the Army Sports Network.

For a complete list of affiliates, please see page 1.

The Army Sports Network will offer comprehensive coverage of Black Knights football this fall. The Army Football Tailgate Show airs two hours before kickoff with Black Knights Game Day starting 30 minutes prior to the start of the game.

The Army Sports Network has one of the most tenured broadcast crews in the nation. Color commentator Dean Darling is now in his 34th season, program host Joe Beckerle is in his 15th year, play-by-play announcer Rich DeMarco begins his 10th season and sideline reporter Tony Morino is in his fourth year. John Minko, the host of the home tailgate show, has been with Army football for 14 years.

THIS WEEK IN ARMY FOOTBALL
The popular "This Week in Army Football" radio show will return for the 2013 season, with an added twist.

Assistant Athletic Director for Multimedia Rich DeMarco will serve as host along with head coach Rich Ellerson. Last year, the show featured a segment that spoke about the particular patch the team was wearing. This year, with the squad utilizing an Army patch, an Officer Representative will speak regarding the flag the team is carrying out. Once again, an assistant coach will join the show each week.

All shows will be held at the First Class Club at West Point and will begin at 7 p.m. Shows will be streamed at goARMYsports.com on Knight Vision, allowing those with a subscription to watch. The Army Sports Network will also carry the show.

Free appetizers, giveaways, prizes and contests are offered each week.

2013 Schedule
Thursday, October 17th
Thursday, October 31st
Thursday, November 7th
Tuesday, November 26th
Wednesday, December 11th

ARMY IN CANTON
Bill Parcells, who spent three years as an assistant coach at Army, was among the seven people inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this August.

Parcells was a member of Tom Cahill's football staff for three seasons and also assisted Bobby Knight on the basketball court from 1967-1969.

He was enshrined into professional football's hall of fame along with Larry Allen, Cris Carter, Curley Chip, Jonathan Ogden, Dave Robinson and Warren Sapp. The Class of 2013 was elected in February and enshrined during an emotional afternoon in Canton, Ohio.

Wearing the traditional mustard yellow blazer, Parcells became the 22nd coach inducted after leading four teams to the playoffs - the Giants, Patriots, Jets and Cowboys - the only coach to ever do so.

At Army, Parcells coached the linebackers and helped the Black Knights win 19 games over that span, including two stars victories over Navy, 21-14 in 1968 and 27-0 in 1969.

He was also a member of Bobby Knight's basketball staff, though in a recent interview he said his role was limited.

Parcells spent 19 years coaching in the National Football League, amassing a 183-138-1 record, including an 11-8 mark in the playoffs. He was named the NFL Coach of the Year in 1986 and 1994.

COACHING CONCENTRATION
Members of the Army football team made the trek to Freehold Township, N.J., to participate in a unique workshop held by Mark R. McLaughlin, MD, at CentraState Healthcare System over the summer.

Dr. McLaughlin guided the coaches as they performed mock surgery on spine and brain models to learn concentration, precision and execution under stress in an operating room.

Dr. McLaughlin's workshop showed how to improve concentration, execution and overall performance as it relates to what a surgeon does in the OR and what a football coach and team does on the field.

Dr. McLaughlin, medical director of Princeton Brain & Spine Care, developed the concept that performance is non-specific; whether you're a surgeon, football coach, a military officer or parent, every task has to be done with focus and commitment.

"I'm not sure what I was expecting but the day blew us away," said Army coach Rich Ellerson. "Dr. McLaughlin apparently believes that if it's worth doing, it's worth over-doing. We were exposed to a remarkably talented and committed team of medical professionals. They combined the right amount of `theater' with a state-of-the-art medical environment and sobering realities. We were briefed, prepped, and guided through simulations that gave us a glimpse of the demanding and life-changing challenges they face routinely. Mark, his colleagues, and the good people at CentraState Medical Center provided us with a once-in-a-lifetime experience that made a profound impression. We are exceedingly grateful and humbled by the effort they made on our behalf. It will make a difference."

SPIRIT LUNCHEONS
Army Spirit Luncheons, presented by USAA, will return in 2013 with gatherings scheduled to coincide with home football games and service academy match-ups.

All lunches will be held at the West Point Club at the U.S. Military Academy and begin promptly at noon with food service beginning at 11:15 a.m. Head coach Rich Ellerson and other special guests will speak each week.

Tickets are just $8 if purchased in advance and $10 at the door. For more information, please contact the West Point Club at 845-938-5120.

Army Spirit Luncheons, presented by USAA, will be held on the following dates:

Thursday, Oct. 31
Thursday, Nov. 7
Thursday, Dec. 12

NEW VOICE
Gordon Deal, who has served as the New York Giants public address announcer since 2011, will add Army football duties.

Deal will serve as the public address announcer for all home Army football games. Deal, the host of the Wall Street Journal Radio Morning Show, will be behind the microphone for all five Army home games this season. A veteran radio reporter, Deal has been with the Wall Street Journal since 2005 after serving stints at WINS-AM and WCBS-AM. In addition to his writing and reporting at the nationally know news stations, Deal also served as New York City bureau chief for Metro Networks which aired on WOR-AM and WABC-AM.

FOX SPORTS 1
Army appeared on FOX Sports 1 against Louisiana Tech, one of at least seven national television appearances for the Black Knights. In addition to all home games being carried by CBS Sports Network, CBS will offer the Army vs. Navy Game presented by USAA on Dec. 14.

Justin Kutcher handled play-by play for FOX Sports 1 while James Bates as color analyst and Brady Poppinga on the sidelines.

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