April 2, 2014
WEST POINT, N.Y. - The fifth Army practice of the spring featured a high-intensity two and a half hour session utilizing Howze Field and Michie Stadium.
The second week of practice continued to focus on fundamentals and installation of new offensive, defensive and special teams systems.
First-year head coach Jeff Monken led his team through an intense workout that included plenty of hitting and tackling.
Army will hold its sixth practice Friday at 5 p.m. at Michie Stadium and Howze Field and is scheduled to scrimmage Saturday at 10 a.m. at Michie Stadium
The Black-Gold Game will be held Saturday, April 19 at noon at Michie Stadium.
Army stretched as a team on Howze Field.
The punt team was the first activity of the day before punt return.
Xavier Moss and Edgar Poe handled the punt return duties.
The team then broke down for position drills. The emphasis for offensive lineman was footwork The defensive linemen focused on getting off of blocks.
The group of running backs utilized medicine balls to emphasize being low on blocks.
Tight ends Jacob Owens and Eddy Ruzga got plenty of work with coach Bob Bodine.
During team portions of practice, several players stood out.
Quarterback Angel Santiago broke off several long runs.
Quarterback A.J. Schurr also had his share of big gains.
Running back Stephen Fraser rushing for a large pick up.
Safety Geoffrey Bacon with a great play to break up a pass.
Elijiah St. Hilaire with a long scoring run.
Ralph Friebert kicking a 23-yard field goal.
Bacon with a punishing tackle.
Defensive tackle Evan Finnane made a pair of tackles on consecutive plays.
Defensive backs Steven Johnson and Isaac Winters breaking up passes.
Schurr finding Mike Parros as his third option on a pass play.
Tony Giovannelli making a diving catch of a tipped pass.
Head Coach Jeff Monken
"They are all working hard and trying. The terminology is different and some of our reads are different. Angel (Santiago), A.J. (Schurr) and Kelvin (White) are the most experienced of that group."
(Ref: progress of team)
"We're making improvements. Baby steps. We'll improve each day we practice I hope."
(Ref: culture of team)
"If you are going to do it, do it right. Having accountability as part of your culture. Everyone needs to feel accountable. My actions affect other people. I think every coach tries to do that. I think it's important that every guy feel like he can be counted on to do his job and do it right and it's down to every last detail."
Defensive back Steven Johnson
(Ref: impressions of spring practice so far)
"It's a different defense and everyone is learning it together. The coaches are doing a great job teaching us. I'm still learning every day and trying to get better."
Running back Stephen Fraser
(Ref.: attitude of the team)
"The team is really excited right now and we're all pushing pretty hard. It's really exciting now. Everything is a competition and everyone is pushing each other."
Running back Matt Giachinta
(Ref.: progress of team)
"We're progressing every day. It's a little bit of a different atmosphere around here. We're pushing a lot harder and we're coming together."
Defensive back Stephen Ricciardi
(Ref.: spring practice)
"Obviously over the past few days we have been getting a lot better. We have a lot to improve on. Each day as long as we make improvements that's the key right now."