FORT WORTH, Texas - The Army football team began to wrap up their preparations for the 2010 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl with an hour-long workout at Kennedale High School on Tuesday morning. It was the Black Knights' final practice at the facility, which has hosted the team since its arrival on Sunday.
Tuesday's session mirrored Army's normal "Thursday" practice. The team took the field in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts or sweatpants and worked through a variety of individual drills. The offense and defense then split up and worked roughly three-quarter speed against the scout team for roughly 30 minutes.
“It’s been a great week," senior co-captain Stephen Anderson said. "The biggest thing is that we wanted to make sure to have fun and take in the experience. It’s something that us seniors haven’t experienced. We’ve been joking around with the younger guys saying hopefully they get four years of this. Thursday will be the final chapter of a lot of our college careers."
Following practice, the team returned to the hotel in Fort Worth for some film work and lunch. Most of the Black Knights have the remainder of the day off, but some players will visit the Cook's Children's Hospital.
Wednesday's events include a press conference with head coaches Rich Ellerson and June Jones along with selected players at 10 a.m., followed by the Team Kickoff Luncheon. Former Dallas Cowboys' wide receiver Drew Pearson will be the featured speaker. After the luncheon, the team will hold a brief walk-thru at Gerald J. Ford Stadium before moving into their new hotel in Dallas.
Army and SMU kickoff at 12:05 p.m. ET on Thursday. The game will be televised live on ESPN.