April 15, 2014
WEST POINT, N.Y. – The Army football team’s first spring practice season under head coach Jeff Monken will come to a close on Saturday, April 19 at Michie Stadium. Fans can get their first glimpse of Black Knights under its new leadership beginning at noon.
The game format is schedule to be as game-like as possible, but are ultimately at the coaching staff’s discretion. Special teams will also be utilized at appropriate times.
“We’re going to try and make it just like a game,” Monken said after Army’s first practice this week. “We’ll open it up with a kickoff. We’ll punt at appropriate times, and kick extra points and field goals. We haven’t always been able to do that based on the number of injuries. We feel like right now that we have enough healthy players that we can play a game. Hopefully, we’ll be healthy enough on Saturday to have a game.”
Monken will not be the only coach roaming the Michie Stadium sideline on Saturday. Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen, the Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy, and Brig. Gen. Richard Clark, the Academy’s commandant, will serve as the head coaches. One team will be made up of the first-team offense and second-team defense, while the other squad will have the first-team defense and second-team offense. The remaining players will be divided between the two teams to ensure each has enough players at each position.
There is no admission to charge to gain access to Michie Stadium. Gate 3, which will open at 11 a.m., will be the only access point. There will be pregame activities for fans beginning at that time just inside the gate. Tickets for the 2014 season will also be available for purchase. Concessions will be on sale, and the team will remain on the field after the game to meet fans and sign autographs.
In addition to guest coaches, there will be eight former Black Knights who will serve as honorary captains – Greg Gadson, Jodie Glore, Carlton Jones, Tom Morgan, Seth Niemann, Gary Steele, Rollie Stichweh and Jim Ward.
The Black Knights begin the 2014 season on Sept. 6 when they host Buffalo.