April 7, 2014
WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army football team kicked off its third week of spring practice on Monday under rainy conditions throughout the two and a half hour session. The workout marks the team's eighth of the spring season.
Army utilized Howze Field and Michie Stadium during the practice, as first-year head coach Jeff Monken and his staff led the Black Knights through a variety of hard-hitting drills.
Army will return to practice at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9 at Howze Field and 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.
Specials teams drills were first, with punt and return units practicing on Howze Field.
Defensive linemen worked with rubber balls to simulate low blocking from the offensive linemen.
Defensive backs went one-on-one with receivers in single-man coverage training.
Defensive lineman practiced swarming the ball carrier in drills at Michie Stadium.
Running backs went through resistance training by crawling on their hands and feet while a teammates pushed against them.
Offensive and defensive linemen simulated a live snap, going head-to-head against one another.
Army finished practice by running the offense out of two huddles at Michie Stadium.
Quarterback Angel Santiago threw for good yardage to a number of different receivers.
Outside linebacker Chasen Brown blocked a field goal attempt.
Running back Larry Dixon and quarterback A.J. Schurr each broke off long runs toward the end of practice.
Defensive back Hayden Pierce intercepted a bobbled pass.
Head Coach Jeff Monken
(Ref: positives from Monday's practice)
"We had some good plays from both the offense and defense. We had a lot of corrections we wanted to make after the scrimmage on Saturday, and it was good to get some work in doing that. I thought the guys came out here with a good attitude and tried to fix some of those problems."
(Ref: anything from Saturday's scrimmage that needs working on)
"The biggest things that stood out were missed assignments and effort. There were far too many missed assignments: not blocking the right guy, not playing the right gap, not playing the correct coverage. There are things like that that we're going to have to do if we're going to have a chance to win."
Outside linebacker Andrew King
(Ref: Monday's practice)
"Practice was good, we're out here getting better one rep at a time. We listen to our coaches to try to get the right plays and the right calls."
(Ref: impressions of the defense)
"Progressively, we're getting better each day. We're eliminating the mistakes we made in the past and we're moving forward together as a team."
Wide receiver Mike Parros
(Ref: adapting to offensive changes)
"There are some changes. We're making mistakes, but we're working on it. It's nice to see us all working hard. In the scrimmage, the defense won a lot of plays, but we're seeing a lot of improvement on offense."