April 5, 2014
WEST POINT, N.Y. – The Army football team held its seventh workout of the spring Saturday morning, holding the first offense versus defense scrimmage of the season. The 15-posssession scrimmage was contested under game-like conditions that also utilized special teams.
The Army offense mustered three scores, a five-yard touchdown run by quarterback Matthew Kaufmann, a 28-yard field goal by Ralph Freibert and a 24-yard field goal by Mitchell Howard. The Army defense forced five three-and-outs and recovered three fumbles.
“They (the defense) did a good job stopping the run,” head coach Jeff Monken said following the session. “They allowed some big plays on broken plays. We lost contain on the quarterback a couple of times and he was able to scramble. We didn’t run the ball inside effectively enough on offense. We’ve been doing that fairly decently at times this spring. I’m not happy with how physical we are playing with. There is a lack of that. I’d like to see us play more physical, play harder and tougher in every phase. Hopefully, we’ll get better at that and see an improvement in the next two weeks.”
- Daniel Grochowski was with the first kickoff unit. He kicked to return men Stephen Fraser and Josh Jenkins
- The first team defense included Richard Glover (NT), Joe Drummond (DE), Michael Ugenyi (DE), Derek Sanchez (OLB), Stephen Ricciardi (OLB), Andrew King (ILB), Jeremy Timpf (ILB), Jenkins (CB), Lamar Johnson-Harris (CB), Geoffery Bacon (SS), Hayden Pierce (FS).
- The first offensive unit was comprised of Corey Hobbs (LT), Stephen Shumaker (LG), Ryan Powis (C), Matt Hugenberg (RG), Justin Gilbert (RT), Xavier Moss (WR), Justin Newman (WR), Larry Dixon (FB), Fraser (RB), Tony Giovannelli (RB) and Angel Santiago (QB).
- Santiago and A.J. Schurr alternated with the first and second teams. Kelvin White, Tevin Long and Kaufmann also took turns under center.
- Long took reps as a kickoff returner.
- The offensive backfield was without the services of Terry Baggett, Trenton Turrentine and Lawrence Scott.
- Alex Tardieu punted with the first unit. Xavier Moss was the first man back deep for the punt return squad.
- Bobby Kough, Sanchez and King recovered fumbles for the defense.
- The first series of the day featured the first offense versus the first defense. Sanchez posted a tackle for loss to help the defense keep the offense from gaining a first down.
- On his first possession, Schurr guided the second team on a 54-yard drive to the 12-yard line before a fumble ended the march.
- While running with the first offense, Schurr accounted for the offense’s longest play of the day, scrambling 25 yards after a high shotgun snap. He also completed an 18-yard pass to Xavier Moss. Santiago also had a 25-yard scamper.
- Kaufmann produced the scrimmage’s only touchdown, guiding the offense on a 13-play, 67-yard drive. Kaufmann ran six times for 33 yards and completed two passes to Brandon Parros for total of 21 yards. Cale Brewer kicked the extra point.
- Jacob Owens and Eddy Ruzga played tight end in those formations that required the position.
- Schurr took the offense on a 14-play drive that resulted in Freibert’s field goal on the scrimmage’s final possession. Schurr ran seven times for 34 yards, including several scrambles, on the drive. He completed a pass to Joe Walker for a 20-yard gain.
- Steven Johnson thwarted the drive, forcing an incomplete pass by hitting Schurr as he threw on third down.
Head Coach Jeff Monken
(Ref: Derek Sanchez’s play)
“Everybody has made some good plays. I don’t know that I’m ready to call out one guy and say he’s where he needs to be. Derek is working hard. He’s a guy that plays hard and flies around, and I appreciate watching that, but I’m more concerned about how we play collectively as a team.”
(Ref: the adjustment to the new offense)
“There is a base of knowledge. The actions and angles are similar, but the terminology is different. Some of the fundamentals, and certainly the coaching points that we stress, are different from the past. It’s going to take some time, but that’s no excuse for not blocking the guy we’re supposed to or not doing a good job with the mesh. They should be able to handle that stuff.”
(Ref: what he wants to see improve)
“I want to see our guys play their assignments. Have the guy on offense go block the right person on defense. That way we see a one-on-one battle. We’ll see if a guy can beat a block and if a guy can sustain a block. Those are the things that need to happen. When we have 11 guys going where they’re supposed to we’ll really find out, man for man, who is the better guy and who is capable of making a play. When they know and have confidence in their assignments, they’ll be able to turn it loose and play more physical. That will really give us an idea of the guys who will rise to the top. It’s a little difficult to evaluate until we get to that point.
Junior OLB Derek Sanchez
(Ref: the defense’s progression)
“The defense is really coming together. The coaches talk about physicality and playing with great effort on every play. That’s what we try to bring to the field every single day.”
(Ref: the competition for starting spots)
“Every day as a team, we come out here and work every drill. Everyone is playing for a starting spot, everyone.”
(Ref: the energy level on defense)
“It’s incredible the energy these coaches bring to the defense every day. We feed off that. We love it.”
Quarterback A.J. Schurr
(Ref: getting on the field for the first scrimmage)
“You look forward to competing against your teammates. You don’t always look forward to the plays where you have to make something out of nothing, but you have to tip your cap to the defense. As an offense, we made a couple of mistakes today and they capitalized. When the defense makes mistakes, we need to capitalize. I think the defense did a little better job from that standpoint today. That’s not to say that is where we’re going to be as a team. That’s not where we are going to be as a team. We need to expect more of ourselves. We’ll get better.”
(Ref: the offense's performance)
“When you’re going against a defense every day, you have an idea of what they’re going to run and they have an idea what we’re going to run. Coach Monken wants to see the offense execute and the defense execute and see who comes out on top. If we make a mistake and the defense capitalizes, or the defense makes a mistake and we capitalize, that’s really not what they’re looking for. They want to see us all do what we’re supposed to do and see who comes out on top.”