April 12, 2014
WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army football team held its 11th practice of the spring Saturday morning, running its second offense versus defense scrimmage of the season at the United States Military Academy Prep School. The session featured 13 possessions and was played under game-like conditions, with special teams also participating.
The offense scored three times, including a 34-yard hookup and an eight-yard completion from quarterback Angel Santiago to wide receiver Kelvin White. Kicker Mitchell Howard added a 46-yard field goal late in the scrimmage. The defense recovered a pair of fumbles, notched two sacks and blocked an extra point.
The Black Knights will practice three times next week before wrapping up spring practice with the spring game on Saturday, April 19 at noon. The spring game will be contested at Michie Stadium.
• Daniel Grochowski was with the first kickoff unit. He kicked to return men Stephen Fraser and Josh Jenkins
• Quarterback A.J. Schurr led the opening offensive unit, generating a pair of first downs after two rushes of 10 yards
• Alex Tardieu handled all punting duties
• Defensive linemen limited runs up the middle early
• Quarterback Angel Santiago was under center for the second possession, rushing for 12 yards before the drive ended with a punt
• Quarterback Matthew Kaufmann completed a 10-yard pass to Kelvin White on the next possession
• Santiago and running back Elijah St. Hilaire had carries of seven and nine yards, respectively, on the fifth possession before Santiago and White hooked up for an eight-yard touchdown pass
• Outside linebacker Justin Fahn stopped a run for a loss of one yard on the drive • Grochowski added the PAT
• Cale Brewer kicked off to Trenton Turrentine following the score; Turrentine returned the kick for 15 yards
• Quarterback Tevin Long was under center for the sixth drive
• Long completed a 12-yard pass to wide receiver Lane Holmes before defensive back Joey Giovannelli forced a fumble later in the possession
• On the seventh possession, wide receiver Xavier Moss picked up 11 yards on a reverse hand-off before Santiago and White connected for a 34-yard score
• Outside linebacker Andrew King blocked Brewer's PAT attempt following the touchdown
• Schurr led the offense to a pair of first downs before the defense forced a punt on the ensuing drive
• Kaufmann led a drive that picked up three first downs, including a 12-yard completion to Holmes, before Tardieu punted the ball 31 yards
• Running back Larry Dixon notched the longest rush of the day with a 24-yard carry on the next drive
• Schurr ran for 11 yards later in the series before Howard booted a 46-yard field goal
• Defensive lineman T.J. Atimalala posted sacks on back-to-back snaps, with each netting a loss of four yards
• King forced Santiago to the ground, causing a turnover on downs later in the possession
• Defensive lineman Wyatt Wilkersonforced a fumble on the ensuing possession before making a stop on the only play of the 13th drive
Head Coach Jeff Monken
(Re.: differences between where you wanted to be at this point and where you are)
"My expectations are high. We're still not where I'd like for us to be, but we've made improvements. We have three more practices and then the spring game, and fortunately we've got some practices before the season on September 6. We'll have to improve between now and then, but I've been impressed with how these guys have worked."
(Re.: quarterback play)
"They have to manage our offense, take care of the ball, get us in the right play and lead the team. The guy that does that the best will pull himself out of the pack and be the starter."
(Re.: Kelvin White's switch to wide receiver)
"We had talked about that possibility before we started spring practice. Kelvin's a good athlete and I don't know if there's anyone else I've been as impressed with this spring with his preparation, his attention to detail and his caring about the team. It's clear every time you're around him that he's all in, he wants this team to succeed and do what he can to help the team."
Running Back Elijah St. Hilaire
(Re.: getting more reps at running back)
"I've been learning from the other backs, they've been coaching me up and trying to get me prepared. I played B squad last year, but I'm learning and watching and doing what I have to do to get the defense ready and getting in a little with the offense."
(Re.: how practices are going)
"The offense is getting a little better and the defense has been playing really well."
(Re.: what you need to work on)
"My blocking has to get a lot better. Especially my blocking outside on the perimeter is something I'm really going to need to work on to get into the offense and hopefully get a top spot."
Wide Receiver Kelvin White
(Re.: converting from quarterback to receiver)
"I'm just trying to help the team win. Whatever I can do to compete and make everyone else better is what I want to do."
(Re.: on showing comfort at the receiver position)
"I played a little wide receiver in high school, but I was always a quarterback. I'm brand new and I'm still struggling, but I'm doing my best. As long as I keep competing and keep pushing the guys is what I want."
(Re.: intensity of the scrimmage)
"People were flying around. The defense was hitting us. We put the ball on the ground a few times, but the intensity is high. Coach Monken and the staff expect so much from us and we have to give them what they want."