April 11, 2014
WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army football team held its 10th spring practice on Friday evening under light rain. The team practiced in shells for about two hours and forty-five minutes on Howze Field and Michie Stadium.
The practice session began at 5 p.m. with steady rain that tapered off an hour into the workout. The rain fell on and off for most of the remainder of practice before becoming heavier in the final 10 minutes.
Army will hold its second scrimmage of the spring tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. at the U.S. Military Academy Prep School.
The Black-Gold Game will be held Saturday, April 19 at noon at Michie Stadium.
Army stretched as a team on Howze Field.
Special teams drills were among the first, with kickoff and punt units practicing on Howze Field.
Wide receivers practiced staying on their feet as teammates applied resistance to their shoulders.
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 getting past offensive linemen in leverage drills.
Army finished practice by running the offense out of two huddles at Michie Stadium.
Linebacker Sean McBryde broke up a deep pass.
Running back Larry Dixon carried the ball for long gains on a handful of occasions.
Quarterback Kelvin White lined up as a wide receiver to make a catch in traffic on a pass from quarterback Angel Santiago.
Head Coach Jeff Monken
(Ref: impressions of Friday's practice)
"The guys practiced much better in shells today than they did on Wednesday. I thought the competition was better and the guys were playing closer to full speed today, which is what you want. There were some good plays on both sides and I thought that was positive."
(Ref: hopes for Saturday's scrimmage)
"Each day I hope we're getting a little bit better. Tomorrow's an opportunity for some of these guys to move themselves in the depth chart or stay up at the top where they are."
Defensive Lineman Richard Glover
(Ref: Friday's practice)
"Practice was pretty good overall. We came out and we competed. The offense is doing some better things, but there was really good competition out there today. The defensive line has been doing really good as a whole. We've been staying healthy."
(Ref: goals for Saturday's scrimmage)
"We're just trying to have fun and make fewer mistakes. We want to let loose and make plays. As a defense, I thought we had a really good scrimmage the first time. Practice is tough. We come out here and do all the hard things, and on Saturday, we'll just let loose and have fun."
Quarterback Angel Santiago
(Ref.: adjusting to new offense)
"So far I think we're adjusting pretty well. There are a lot of formations, so we have to make sure we know where everybody is on the field. Some of the blocking schemes are different too, so we need to make sure we know what each position is doing on the field to effectively run the offense."