Football Prepares for Saturday's Scrimmage

Jeff Monken

Jeff Monken
Aug. 15, 2014

WEST POINT, N.Y. - After a day away from the practice field on Thursday, the Army football team returned to Howze field on Friday afternoon for its final full-pad practice in preparation for Saturday morning's scrimmage.

The team worked on one-minute drills for a portion of Friday's action and closed the session with live 11 on 11 work in end of half situations.

For Saturday's scrimmage, the team will begin the day with an individual warm up period by breaking up into different positions and their respective coaches. A short period of skelly with skill position players facing their counterparts will follow and then some quick goal line practice before the scrimmage kicks off.

Head coach Jeff Monken's plan is to execute 100 plays to get everyone involved in order to fully evaluate the roster. All aspects of the kicking game will be practiced; punting, kickoffs, field goals and PAT tries and the scrimmage will include officials. No official scoring will occur and the first, second and third team offenses will face the first, second and third team defenses, respectively, throughout the session.

Saturday's scrimmage is set for 11:30 a.m. at Michie Stadium and is open to the public. 

Practice started with kickoff coverage and returns ... no huddle work followed with the first and second team offenses going through plays without a defense ... the team then broke into positional groupings where the quarterbacks tossed passes to wide receivers ... at the same time the fullbacks worked on finding cutback lanes ... running backs worked on their pre-snap motion routines ... in the next session, the quarterbacks practiced handoffs to fullbacks ... wideouts and defensive backs went one on with coaches throwing passes down the sideline which resulted in three catches by Jeff Ejekam, three by Chevaughn Lawrence and a pair by John Trainor ... Chris Carnegie intercepted one pass during the drill ... later the quarterbacks entered the one-on-ones and Deandre Bell hauled in a one-handed catch from Angel Santiago along the far sideline ... in a short 11 on 11 session, Ahmad Bradshaw dropped a ball into Trenton Turrentine on a wheel route to help the offense win the period ... the scout team, clad in gold jerseys, practiced seven on seven on Howze Field while the offense and defense went into Michie Stadium ... Matthew Kaufmann connected with Trainor on a TD pass, but was later picked off by John Barnett ... later, one of the highlights of the offense against the scout team was a connection deep down the middle from Santiago to Kelvin White ... Santiago continued to wear the red non-contact bib over his jersey and was a full participant in practice ... late in the session the offense and defense worked on a full contact one-minute drill where Santiago picked up a first down on a draw and hit Xavier Moss for another before time ran out and the defense held the offense scoreless ... the defense held the offense without a first down in the next two periods ... a pass interference penalty on fourth down and a hookup between Bradshaw and Lawrence on kept the final drive alive before practice ended. 

Head Coach Jeff Monken
(ref.: thoughts on Friday's practice)
"I thought we were a little sluggish to start practice. We had a lot of meetings between our last practice Wednesday and today and I hoped we would be a little more into practice mentally and ready to go as we began. We improved and it got better as the competition phases of practice started, and that was good to see. I think we are improving, but we have so many things we need to work on, but we are better than we were when we started"

(ref.: first time practicing one-minute drills)
"We put the one-minute drills in during our meetings today and practiced it without the defense facing the offense in the first couple periods of practice, just so the guys could get the tempo of it before the defense came out. It's good to practice those situations and we will do that several times before we play and all throughout the season."

Tickets for the 2014 season can be purchased by clicking here, by calling the Army Ticket Office at 1-877-TIX-ARMY or in person at Gate 3 of Michie Stadium.

Single game tickets are available for just $32 for the Buffalo contest. The Rice game is priced at $35, while Ball State and Fordham tickets are $49. Air Force tickets start at $50. Tickets for the game at Yankee Stadium start at $30.

Season tickets are also available with prices beginning at $116 for the spirit zone. Sideline, end zone and upper level seats are available for just $187.

Three-game mini plans are also offered with prices ranging from $91-$113 depending on which games fans select.

Fans will also have the option to purchase parking in advance for $15. Parking is $20 on gameday.

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