Competition Reaches New Level in First Double Session

Aug. 9, 2014

WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army football team opened day six of preseason camp with a morning practice session that featured full pads for the second straight day, an increase in the level of competition from Friday afternoon's workout and another strong defensive performance.

Temperatures in the morning workout reached 80 degrees and the highlights came during two separate 11 on 11 drills. Like Friday, the defensive unit won both scored competitions, but today the offense was victorious in the seven on seven phase of practice.

After wanting to see a greater sense of urgency from the team on both sides of the ball following Friday's practice, head coach Jeff Monken's team raised its level of competition during Saturday's drills. The offense and defense each brought energy to the field as they finished off blocks and tackles, respectively, and played through the whistle.  

Saturday's second practice began at 4:30 p.m. on Howze Field with the team wearing shells. Shells include helmets, shoulder pads and thigh pads, which are covered by shorts. Sunday is a scheduled off-day for the team before the second of three double-session practice days on Monday.

Saturday's practice opened with the team's normal stretching routine ... special teams work followed as Alex Tardieu, Ralph Freibert and Tim Garner each took turns punting to  Josh Jenkins, John Trainor, Chris Carnegie and Alex Turner ... Cale Brewer, Blake Wilson and Jonathan Kim kicked off to Trainor, Justin Newman, Jeff Ejekam and Rhyan England ... Addison Holstein spent time working with the tight ends ... Quarterbacks Angel Santiago and A.J. Schurr both were limited in their activity and wore red bibs over their jerseys ... Santiago wore full pads and Schurr watched the QB group in his jersey and shorts ... their absence increased the reps for Ahmad Bradshaw, Kado Brown, Blake Goddard, Seth Gonzales and Matthew Kaufmann ... the signal callers threw to the receivers in one-on-one coverage with the defensive backs, who excelled, led by two Tevin Long interceptions, a strip by Jenkins and a couple nice breakups by Jared Rogers ... after a brief split of the offense and defense, the first 11 on 11 portion of practice began ... the offense tried a majority of running plays where Terry Baggett was impressive on two separate runs, a pitch off the right side and a handoff up the gut ... Bradshaw also connected with tight end Kelvin White on a passing play down the right seam ... on another pass intended for White, pass interference was called when he was knocked down and signaled by coach Monken sprinting to the area and tossing his hat on the turf ... Kado Brown held onto the ball on an option play and went around the left side for a huge gain before getting a nice block in space from Elijah St. Hilaire ... Brennan Richmond had a fumble recovery to help lead the defense to a win in the 15-minute competition ... during the seven on sevens in Michie Stadium, Bradshaw connected with Joe Walker and Baggett on two passing plays that helped the offense come out on top ... in the second 11 on 11 drill, Andrew King collected a Bradshaw fumble, and Seth Combs had one of his own ... Hayden Pierce made a nice play to stop a reverse attempt by Deandre Bell ... Baggett took a handoff up the middle to the house after bouncing left once he reached the second level of the defense ... Trenton Turrentine had an impressive carry that saw him break multiple tackles before being brought down after a tough gain of 25 yards ... practice ended as the defense won the session and the offensive unit did 25 pushups.

Head Coach Jeff Monken

(ref.: how has the team improved over the course of the week)
"The competition and the spirit. When the offense goes against the defense, there's some fire and some guys out there trying to compete and win and that's a positive step. I challenged those guys to make the competition something special and I thought they really got into it today."

Freshman QB Ahmad Bradshaw

(ref.: how do you feel about today's practice)
"It's just an honor to be here and play for my team. The guys are out here working hard every day and it feels good to get some snaps in. Angel (Santiago) and A.J. (Schurr) are helping me a lot and it's exciting to be out there."

(ref.: how has your throwing improved)
"I've been working with Coach Ware and he has helped me with my throwing. Things like pointing my shoulder, getting my feet set and not throwing off my back foot. It has improved a lot since high school."

Sophomore DB Tevin Long
(ref.: transitioning from quarterback to defensive back)
"It's a tough transition, it would be for anybody. I'm getting a lot of help from my teammates and the coaching staff and I'm grateful I can come out here and practice with them every day and continue to get better. I'm learning from guys like Josh Jenkins, Chris Carnegie, coach O (Mitjans) and the rest of the defensive coaching staff and just doing what they teach me."

Junior DB Joey Giovannelli

(ref.: defense coming together as a unit)
"I think so. We still have a ways to go before the first game, but we are coming together as a team. We're making big plays and feeding off of each other. When one person makes a big play we're congratulating them and when someone makes a mistake we let them know about it."

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