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.
- The depth chart on Wednesday was very similar to Monday's workout.
- Offensively, the first team offensive line consisted of Matt Hugenberg (center), Stephen Shumaker (left guard), Stefan Moreau (right guard), Ryan Powis (left tackle) and Justin Gilbert (right tackle).
- Xavier Moss and Kelvin White were the first two wideouts. Edgar Poe, Justin Newman and Deandre Bell were also in the rotation at receiver.
- A.J. Schurr ran the first team. Head coach Jeff Monken confirmed after practice that Schurr is currently No. 1 on the depth chart.
- Larry Dixon, Tony Giovannelli and Stephen Fraser started in the backfield. Joe Walker, Jared Rogers, and Jeffrey Malm-Annan also received plenty of repetitions.
- Hugenberg and Todd McDonald remain the only two centers. Both stayed after practice to work with the quarterbacks on both traditional and shotgun exchanges.
- Defensivley, the front line consisted of Mike Ugenyi and Joe Drummond at tackle along with Richard Glover at nosetackle.
- James Kelly and Stephen Ricciardi were the outside linebackers. Andrew King and Jeremy Timpf occupied the middle linebacker positions.
- The secondary included Josh Jenkins and Lamar Johnson-Harris at corner and Geoffery Bacon and Hayden Pierce at safety.
- Elijah St. Hilaire made first-down run during the first 11-on-11 period.
- Steven Johnson made a big hit along the sideline.
- White made an impressive play on a deep pass, coming back to the pass and outfighting Jenkins for the ball.
- The ball was placed at the 25-yard line for the final 11-on-11 periods. Both the first and second-team offense ran alternate plays against the first or second team defense.
- The first unit did not allow a touchdown, forcing four field goal tries.
- The offense scored three touchdowns, runs by Matt Giachinta, Larry Dixon and Elijah St. Hilaire.
- Daniel Grochowski and Cale Brewer both went 1-for-2 on field goal tries.
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."