April 4, 2014
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Chilly temperatures returned to West Point on Friday, as the Army football team went through its sixth spring practice at Howze Field and Michie Stadium.
A wind chill in the mid-30s and a steady rain falling for most of the two and a half hour session left the playing surface a bit slick, but there was no shortage of hard hitting and fast-paced action in the Black Knights' third practice of the week.
Army will return to Michie Stadium tomorrow for a scrimmage at 10 a.m. before continuing its normal practice schedule next week.
The Black-Gold Game will be held Saturday, April 19 at noon at Michie Stadium.
Army stretched as a team on Howze Field.
Both the punt team and return squad got their share of duty in the first drills of the day.
Running backs were tested in backfield drills that included pitch-catching and running against different coverages.
Defensive backs went one-on-one with receivers in single-man coverage training.
Coach Ray McCartney led defensive linemen in a walkthrough of ways to get past offensive linemen and into the backfield.
Quarterback Angel Santiago had a handful on long rushes.
Defensive back Geoffrey Bacon intercepted a short pass in the backfield.
Defensive lineman Richard Glover batted down a pass late in the practice.
Head Coach Jeff Monken
(Ref: Friday's positives)
"I thought the competition was a little bit better. Both sides of the ball were making plays. Guys are doing better on their assignments and we're getting a chance to see guys compete."
(Ref: what are you looking for in tomorrow's scrimmage)
"I'd like to see our guys play hard and play their assignments correctly, and see who the best guy is in one-on-one battles. We're looking for those situations where we get to see guys compete one-on-one and do their job."
Defensive lineman Joe Drummond
(Ref: Friday's practice)
"It was a great day today. We're getting ready for tomorrow. Scrimmage is a chance for us to get out there and get after it and I think we did a good job today getting ready for it."
(Ref: defensive chemistry)
"We're holding each other accountable. Through that, we're able to maintain our brotherhood and maintain our work ethic."
Running back PaulAndrew Rhoden
(Ref: Friday's practice)
"Today's practice went really well. We're making strides and getting better by working really hard."
(Ref: offensive changes)
"The offensive schemes are great. Coaches do a great job of explaining what to do, so we always know what we have to do on each play."