Offense Tops Defense to End Tuesday's Practice

Larry Dixon

Larry Dixon
Aug. 12, 2014

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Tuesday’s practice for the Army football team began just as the rain ended as the team worked out in full pads under overcast skies. The session lasted a little over two and a half hours and was sandwiched between Monday and Wednesday’s double sessions.

As has been the norm for head coach Jeff Monken’s full pad practices, Tuesday’s 11 on 11 sessions provided the top theater. In the opening 15-minute offense-versus-defense period, the Army defensive unit jumped out to an early lead and was ahead with two and a half minutes left before the offense stormed back to tie the score on the final play. A strong push from the offensive line and the drive of running back Aaron Kemper to keep his legs moving knotted the competition at 15. Monken declared that a 35-yard field goal attempt by Daniel Grochowski would be the difference between up-downs for the entire team, and the junior kicker delivered a successful kick with the help of holder Alex Tardieu.

With no clear winner in the first portion of 11 on 11, the ball was moved to the five yard line at the end of practice for a series of first and goal scenarios for the first, second and third team offenses and defenses to compete. Of the eight simulations, the offense scored six times, was stacked up at the goal line on fourth down once and turned the ball over with a fumble on first down. The highlight came on a run left side by running back Terry Baggett on first and goal when he took the ball to the left side, barreled over a would-be tackler and fought his way across the goal line for the score. Baggett’s offensive teammates erupted after the successful run and mobbed him in the end zone.  

The team returns to practice field tomorrow morning for its third and final double session workout of preseason camp.

After stretching the punt and kickoff teams worked on Howze Field … punters Alex Tardieu, Ralph Freibert and Tim Garner each took turns punting from their own end zone … at the same time the quarterbacks and centers practiced snapping with Angel Santiago and A.J. Schurr both wearing the red bibs over their jerseys … both wore full pads, but Schurr was limited to light work as Santiago practiced mainly with the first team offense … the running backs worked on catching passes thrown slightly behind them and over their shoulders after the defense moved to Michie Stadium … during the wide receivers versus defensive backs one-on-one drills, Kado Brown tossed a nice over the shoulder ball to Jermaine AdamsMatthew Kaufmann also connected with two different pass catchers, Kelvin White on a diving play near the sideline and Adams on a move where he faked inside and sprinted past his defender on the right sideline … Geoffery Bacon returned to the practice field at participated in some drills, but his reps were limited … senior linebacker James Kelly stood out during the first 11 on 11 session with a forced fumble of Ahmad Bradshaw and also combined to swarm Larry Dixon in the backfield on another play … Trenton Turrentine showed off his tough running ability up the middle with a strong run when he broke two tackles … Matt Giachinta also made his mark on the period with two successful rushes up the gut … Superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen spent time at the practice and spoke with coach Monken during a brief water break prior to seven on sevens inside Michie Stadium … Santiago hit Deandre Bell on a wheel route with a ball that he dropped right over his shoulder in tight coverage, but was later intercepted by Luke Proulx on an overthrow intended for Tony Giovannelli … Santiago, Dixon, Turrentine, Baggett and Giachinta each produced touchdown runs during the goal line 11 on 11 session … practice officially ended after Giachinta’s second touchdown burst and the defensive unit did 25 pushups … after coach Monken broke down the team, the quarterbacks and centers put in extra work on under center and shotgun snaps.

Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach Brent Davis
(ref.: thoughts on camp to this point)
“I think we’ve been a little inconsistent with our energy at practice on offense and we need to work on coming to work every day with the right mindset. We feel like we’ve gotten a lot more competitive in the interaction periods against the defense and played with a lot more intensity as camp has gone on. We need to continue to establish depth at every position and realize that the more guys that are capable of helping us win, the better offense and better team we will be.”

(ref.: how is the team responding to the coaching staff)
“The guys have been great as far as wanting to learn and get better. We have high expectations of them and we want them to work towards achieving those expectations. We’ve got a ways to go but there’s no doubt we are improving every day. We have to come to work every practice because we have the tools to be a good offense, but we have to maximize each player’s potential in order to reach that level. If we take care of the little things, the big plays will come.”

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