Aug. 13, 2014
WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army football team dealt with weather conditions for the first time this preseason during Wednesday's morning session.
There was a steady rain for the first portion of practice in the morning, but it let up as the work was winding down.
The rain provided a chance for the defense to work on strip and recovery drills during individuals. It also gave the quarterbacks and running backs a chance to work on their skills, like ball control in wet conditions.
Unlike some of the early practices, there were a lot of team drills, which was different than the normal amount of individuals. The scout teams held their own for some of the drills and didn't shy away from hitting on another day of full pads. The rain let up midway through practice and the offense and defense had a chance to see progress as the team installs more of the playbook on both sides of the ball in preparation for its season opener on Sept. 6 against Buffalo.
One of the big highlights of the morning was Rollie Stichweh '65 stopping by after practice to address the team. Stichweh is a member of the Army Hall of Fame and head coach Jeff Monken emphasized to his players that Stichweh came back to win the Army-Navy game back in 1964 after a heartbreaking loss in 1963 and how much impact that 1963 game had after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
The team returned to two-a-days after a single session on Tuesday. It is the third double of the preseason and the squad is back in uppers during its afternoon session.
SIGHTS & SOUNDS
This morning's practice began with special teams work as the coaches worked on punts and kickoffs as well as returns ... extra points were also part the of schedule during special teams with Daniel Grochowski and Cale Brewer getting some kicks up ... most of the special teams work was getting on and off the field ... Army then went into its individual position work ... the defense started out by working on footwork and breaking down into the right position prior to tackling ... forcing fumbles and recovery was worked on next with each unit concentrating on stripping the ball out of the quarterbacks hand and finding it ... that was followed by multiple team drills ... Angel Santiago connected with Joe Walker down the sidelines, splitting two defenders during the first team drill against the scout team ... the top defensive and offensive units then went at it for five minutes and Josh Jenkins intercepted a Ryan Alexander tipped ball at the line, which drew cheers from the sideline ... Geoffrey Bacon got more reps on the defensive side after returning to full practice yesterday ... defense controlled most of the play in the second round of team drills to close out practice ... Jenkins made a nice stop on the outside on the option pitch ... Andrew King forced a fumble with Malcolm Hudson jumping on the ball to get the recovery ... Monken then finished off practice by welcoming Stichweh to address the team ... centers and quarterbacks stayed behind to work more extensively on the exchange and shotgun snaps.
Defensive Coordinator Jay Bateman
(ref.: thoughts on the defense throughout camp)
"I think we are pleased with the improvement. The recall from spring has been really well. Today we did a lot of scout work and I thought our offensive scout teams came out and gave us a good 10-15 minutes of good work, so I was pleased with that."
(ref.: on the secondary and Bacon on his way back)
"Bacon has been back for the last two practices in full. I believe Jenkins, Bacon, Chris Carnegie and Hayden Pierce are four good players. I think Steven Johnson being on the sidelines the last couple of days hasn't helped us, but he will be back soon. With Bacon and Johnson out for a bit, it has allowed us to develop what we need to develop. Joey Giovannelli, Michael McFadden and Tunde Akinniyi have gotten good reps and we have moved over a few guys from offense in Tevin Long and Jared Rogers and they are getting in there too. I am excited about the secondary. I think it could be the strength of our team."
(ref.: what has been like for you and your family since spring)
"It's been awesome. My wife loves living here. I work for a phenomenal head coach, who is the best in the business I think. I love coaching these kids and I am humble that I get to coach them. I think this is the best job in the whole world."