March 27, 2014
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
The Army football team went through its second of 15 official spring practices under the direction of head coach Jeff Monken on Thursday evening. The team practiced for two and a half hours in a workout session split between Howze Field and Michie Stadium.
For the second practice in a row, the team trained in helmets and shorts. The Black Knights will hold their first practice in full pads on Friday.
- The team started on Howze Field with a warm-up and stretch.
- Following the warm-up, the punt team went through coverage drills and the quarterbacks practiced throwing on the run and arm-strength drills.
- The offense split time practicing at Howze Field and Michie Stadium, while the defense practiced primarily at Michie Stadium.
- Receivers and defensive backs were tested in passing drills that featured quarterbacks throwing into single-man coverage.
- Angel Santiago, A.J. Schurr and Kelvin White took the majority of snaps during quarterback and wide receiver drills. *
*Despite the amount of individual participation, the team has not released a depth chart.
- The offense simulated rushing and passing plays out of various backfield formations.
- Defensive linemen were taught hand positioning techniques during one-on-one drills.
Defensive Lineman Richard Glover
(Ref.: thoughts on the mentality of the new coaching staff)
“We’re just out here to play football. We’re working with our teammates to try to get ready to win some more games. Whether it be a new coaching staff or an old coaching staff, they’re trying to get us better and we’re out here trying to improve every day.”
Wide Receiver Chevaughn Lawrence
(Ref.: on the new offense)
“We’re still learning the offense and we’re still just trying to run the right plays. I know I messed up a couple of times. I’m really just trying to figure out the offense and relax and catch the ball. I really like how, if one of us messes up, our teammates are there. Our group is really tight this year and our wide receiver group will hold each other accountable. If we make a mistake, we correct each other.”
Quarterback Kelvin White
(Ref.: on adapting to the new offense)
“There are differences, but fundamentally, we still have to be sound and control the ball. We just want to get first downs and win games.”
(Ref.: how the second day of spring practice went)
“It’s the second day of spring ball, we’ve still got a little bit of rust on us. As long as we keep working together as a team and keep holding each other accountable, we’ll keep making strides toward becoming a better team.”