Army Working Toward Spring Finale

April 16, 2014

WEST POINT, N.Y.   - The Army football team completed its 13th practice of the spring season, leaving just one workout left before Saturday's Black-Gold Game. Wednesday's practice was the last full-padded practice before this weekend's finale.

The coaching staff continued to install their systems, including some work out of the shotgun formation on offense. The workout concluded with a series of 11-on-11 that started on the plus 25-yard line. In seven possession, the offense scored three touchdowns and attempted four field goals, hitting two.

Friday's practice will be a light workout in preparation for Saturday's spring game. Gates at Michie Stadium open at 11 a.m. prior to the noon kickoff.


Head Coach Jeff Monken
(Re.: the centers taking extra work after practice)
"Those kids want to be out here. Nobody asks them to stay out here. They come to us and tell us they want to stay out and get some snaps because they know it's an issue right now and they want to get it corrected."

(Re.: Matt Hugenberg's play at center)
"He's improved every day. There weren't as many on the ground. It's going to take some time. It's a process."

(Re.: the play of fullback Matt Giachinta)
"He's had a good spring. I think there has been some really healthy competition between he and Larry Dixon. I think both he and Larry have the right body types for that position. I think both of those guys are guys we can play with."

(Re.: who will quarterback the first team during the spring game)
"Right now it's A.J. He's on top of the depth chart, and if that doesn't change on Friday, then that's who it will be."

Fullback Matt Giachinta
 (Re.: his performance this spring)
"I think I've definitely gotten better every day. I give the credit to the coaches and the guys in my position group.  They really push every day. I feel the progress that all of us have made has been tremendous. I'm running lower, being more physical and making better blocks. As a group, we've definitely gotten a lot better."

(Re.: the physicality of practice)
"We're hitting out here. We go pretty hard. Low man wins, that what the coaches have been preaching. That's one thing I've been trying to work on because I'm a little taller than the other B-backs."

(Re.: the changes on offense)
"I like it a lot. There have been a lot of changes in terms of the B-back getting the ball a lot more. I like the shotgun stuff we put in. It takes me back to my high school days."

Center Matt Hugenberg
(Re.: switching to center)
"Coach Davis pulled me in on a Monday and told me I was going to play center. I looked at him like I was crazy because I had never snapped before. We've been just running with it ever since. I'm getting more comfortable with it, but it's been really hard. We've been going about a million miles an hour, but we'll be alright."

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