Scrimmage blog: Plenty to work on

Army’s second preseason scrimmage didn’t go well as coach Jeff Monken had hoped.

Following a post-game talk with his players, Monken met with the media expressing his displeasure with the performance from players to coaches. Monken pointed the blame at himself multiple times.

“I know we are going to have to play a whole lot better if we are going to have even a hope to win in Durham,” Monken said. “I told the guys, ‘You just have to play a lot better.’ We have to execute the fundamentals better and hopefully Monday we will get started and do that better. We practiced better at times during camp. I don’t know what happened. I did a poor job of having them prepared to maybe go play the scouts and maybe they just took it for granted that we were just going to run the ball down the field with ease and have three-and-outs all afternoon and it wasn’t even close to what happened.”

What spurred Monken’s frustration? He pointed out a long completion by Clay Czyzynski on the scout team’s first drive that set up a touchdown, quarterback’s Luke Langdon’s 61-yard run in a one-minute drill scenario, missed tackles by Army’s top defensive units, holding penalties and pass protection.

“People want to know why we can’t throw it,” Monken said. “Our quarterback is running for his life. When we do, we had holding calls and illegal blocks. Just things that sent us back. We would fortunate to get out of that hole on our own end but we had a bunch of scouts that are running off of cards and they are probably not going to get home on all those blitzes where we turn them free because they don’t understand as much as a guy that’s an ACC defensive end. Duke has some great players that if we put ourselves in that situation it’s not going to turn out the best for us.”

Coming off a 10-win season, the strive for perfection continues for the Black Knights.

A scout-team kickoff return past the 30-yard line and confusion on blocking for a punt return didn’t make Monken happy. Monken also said coaches were not communicating well on headsets.

“That’s my fault,” Monken said. “I have to take care of it and I’m going to.

There were positives. Good runs, blocks and tackles, Monken said. But, negatives outweighed the positives.

“If you take all of the negative things that happened for us with the guys that are the so-called travel squad, there were enough things there that it would keep us from winning just about every game that we play,” Monken said.

When asked about a particular player’s performance, Monken said, “We didn’t notice and single out players. I’m probably guilty of not finding the single players to say, Hey, this guy had a really good scrimmage and this guy had a really good scrimmage.’ The bottom line to me is how we play as a team and I don’t think the team performed well enough for us to win a football game against somebody else. We are going to have to figure out that so we can give us a chance to win.”

Monken was asked what he was most happy about from the scrimmage. His answer: “The effort of the scouts. I was most pleased with their enthusiasm. We hit some pass plays. We protected the quarterback. We had some good runs. They were some guys that stood out when you watched them. There were some good things.”

Scrimmage highlights/observations: Junior quarterback Kelvin Hopkins completed a quick pass to Cam Harrison on the scrimmage’s second play. Sophomore running back Fred Cooper capped the first drive with a 7-yard touchdown run up the middle…Landon Salyers’ extra-point was blocked but was still successful. Freshman quarterback Clay Czyzynski completed a 40-yard pass to sophomore wide receiver Jordan Blackman on the scout team’s opening drive. Freshman Kevin Hamilton finished the scout drive with a 3-yard touchdown. Bailey Schroeder’s extra point was no good…Sophomore linebacker Aaron Jones sacked Luke Langdon and stripped the ball loose for a scout-team takeaway…Junior fullback Connor Slomka had two short-touchdown runs…Junior Alex Herndon took some snaps at center. Scout-team punter Brooks Hosea had a 35-yard punt down at the 4-yard line…Hopkins completed a 17-yard pass to Kell Walker during a two-minute drill…Senior safety Max Regan picked off Hopkins during the drill…Freshman quarterback Mike Mbony broke a tackle by a linebacker and beat a cornerback to edge for extra yards.

WR Kjetil Cline, G Jaxson Deaton, DE Wunmi Oyetuga, CB Mike Reynolds, P Nick Schrage, NT Rod Stoddard were among the players that were held out of the scrimmage.

First-team offense (from my observations): QB Kelvin Hopkins; FB Darnell Woolfolk, RB Kell Walker; RB Fred Cooper; WR Cam Harrison; WR Christian Hayes; T Austin Schuffert; G Noah Utley, C Bryce Holland, G Mike Johnson, T JB Hunter

First-team defense (from my observations): DE Jacob Covington; NT Cordarrell Davis; DE Edriece Patterson; LB Kenneth Brinson; LB Chandler Ramirez; LB Cole Christiansen; LB James Nachtigal; CB Elijah Riley; CB Javhari Bourdeau; S James Gibson; S Max Regan.

CB Julian McDuffie, CB Akyah Miranda, WR Mike Roberts, LB Arik Smith, S Michael Williams and LB Kemonte Yow were among the freshman playing with the travel squad.

VIDEO: Jeff Monken’s complete post-scrimmage interview

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Media Day blog

Complacency has been one of the buzzwords around Army preseason practice.

Coach Jeff Monken has stressed to his team coming off a 10-win season that “complacency is the biggest threat to success.”

The message is for players to put everything that Army has accomplished over the last two years (18 wins, 2 bowl victories, 2017 Commander in Chief trophy champions) in the past and focus on the goals of the 2018 team.

“It’s wearing your own arm out and patting yourself on the back,” said Monken when speaking of complacency during Media Day. “You think, ‘you have arrived and we’re pretty good and we will just roll the gold helmets out there and people will run for cover.’ It’s not the case here. It will never be the case here. We have to earn everything we’ve got.”

Among the goals this season: Reach a third straight bowl game. A feat that has never been done at the academy.

“The opportunity (for a third straight bowl) is out there but it’s going to take a tremendous effort for us to do that,” Monken said. …”I know it would be a great source of pride for that (senior) class.”

Monken said the challenge for the players, “is to improve as a team and get better. The records are a result of what we do in terms of preparation, our effort, just the execution of the plan every week. That’s where I challenge our guys to do that. Whatever the result is, that’s a byproduct of what we have done in terms of executing the plan. We really coach our guys to follow what we are asking them to do and what they know and believe in as a plan for victory and to work hard and play hard and take great pride in the little things.

After a 10-win season, what’s the next step for the program? When asked if the word, “undefeated” has been mentioned during preseason camp, Monken replied, “Once a week. That’s all we want to do is go undefeated once a week. It’s silly to talk about that (going undefeated for the season). Some of those games are months away. We got one game that we are concerned with and that’s the Duke game (August 31) and we are going to try our best to win that game. When that one is done, we will get prepared to try to win the next one. That’s all we do. I think our guys realize and are bought into that philosophy. It’s how we have been able to have some success over the last two years. It’s not looking a long way into the future. It’s concentrating on the next game.”

Would Monken like to see Army remain an independent or join a conference in the near future? “I hope we can stay independent. We are a national university. I like the idea of playing a national schedule and being able to travel and play different teams from year to year. We give our academy and football program exposure to cities and states and prospects and fans around the country. I think it’s a real positive for us and hopefully we are going to be able to manage to do that.”

Can an independent team survive in the current college football world and its four-team playoff? “The playoff system as is doesn’t include anyone outside of the Power 5 conference any way. Central Florida went undefeated last year,” Monken said. “You can’t do any better than that and they didn’t get into the playoffs. I don’t anticipate if it remains a four-team playoff that anyone outside of the Power 5 schools are going to get in. That’s not something I consider or even worry about.

“What I’m hoping we can do is to continue to have sustained success here. That’s not something that even really needs to be discussed. A playoff and getting into those things. That’s for other people to consider. What we need to consider is trying to go 1-0 every week, beating our academy rivals so we can win the Commander in Chief’s trophy. That’s the championship we are after. If the playoff system even expands, my feeling is if you win enough games and you think you are good enough, they are going to invite you into the playoff. If they don’t, they won’t.”

Junior quarterback Kelvin Hopkins received a passing grade from offensive coordinator Brent Davis in his preseason progress report. When asked what signs Davis was looking to see Hopkins in the preseason, he said, “Just manage the game and manage the team, manage different situations. Take care of the football. He’s done an outstanding job with that so far. We hope he’ll continue to do that. We wanted to see if he wanted to get the tough yards like Ahmad (Bradshaw) did so many times for us and keep the chains moving. We feel like he’s done that. I think he’s a physical guy, certainly Ahmad was very physical. He’s different than Ahmad but we feel like he absolutely likes to run the football and he can do some other things really well as well.”

Passing is also one of Hopkins’ strengths. Will Army complete more than its total of 20 passes in 2017 this season? Davis said he’s concerned with one number.

“We want to be No. 1 in passing efficiency in the country,” Davis said. “We have been many different times and different places over the years. That’s what is most important. It’s not how many times you throw it. But how efficient you throw it because our offense should lend itself to having big plays in the passing game and we feel like Kelvin is a good enough passer that he can make it count when we throw the football. Whether we throw it 10 times or maybe it’s five times and he completes two long touchdown passes, all that adds up. We don’t have a set number. We’re not here to say we are going in trying to throw the ball this many times. But, we feel really good about his ability to execute the passing games. Really good.”

Senior linebacker Chandler Ramirez said he sacrificed his Spring Break body for the better of the team in the offseason. Ramirez added 20-25 pounds and is now up to 255. Army coaches say trying to move Ramirez at the point of attack is going to like blocking a fire hydrant. Ramirez is expected to play the outside linebacker/hybrid role of Alex Aukerman. Ironically, coaches sat down Ramirez going into his junior year and told him, “This is what we want you to do. We want you to look like Auk.” Aukerman, a 210-pound safety in high school, played at 260 pounds his senior season in 2018.


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August 4 practice blog

Temperatures remained in the 90s during Army’s fourth practice of preseason camp.

Coach Jeff Monken called for water breaks and additionally set a five-minute period for the team to hydrate.

The hot weather could be prelude to Army’s first four games at Duke, home against Hawaii and Liberty and at Oklahoma.

“It’s going to be warm when we go to Durham (on August 31),” Monken said. “It’s going to be warm here on Sept. 8 and 15 at noon. It will likely be warm at Oklahoma. We got some early games where we need to be prepared for the heat.”

Had an engaging chat with defensive line coach Chad Wilt after practice for an upcoming feature on sophomore defensive end Edriece Patterson and life without three-year starter John Voit. Wilt said Patterson has the ability to play multiple positions like Voit did. Voit never came off the field for the Black Knights.

The depth on Army’s defensive line is improving. Monken mentioned Patterson and sophomore defensive ends Jack Hough and Ted Wages as players who have taken the next step physically.  As the unit broke practice Sunday, Wilt said he told his players, “I really see how we are going to play defensive line this year. I think it’s going to be by committee and getting multiple guys in there. Go play three, four or five plays really, really hard and then get some new guys in there and go play three, four or five plays really, really hard and after that, three more guys go out there and play really, really hard.”

One of the questions heading into camp was who was going to take over four-year starting safety Rhyan England’s role of lining up the defense. Senior safety James Gibson watched and learned under England.

“All safeties, that’s our job,” Gibson said. “We’ve been here studying that since we got here. We are not worrying about signal calling. We know what to do. Rhyan did a great job. He showed us how to do it and now we are showing the freshman how to do it.”

Sunday was the last day that Army held freshman and veterans practices. The team will start working together fully Monday.

Two freshmen – cornerback Akyah Miranda and wide receiver Mike Roberts – were bumped up to veterans practice. Monken said Miranda and freshman cornerback Caleb John practiced with the veterans Saturday. Freshman cornerback Julian McDuffie impressed during drills with the veterans on the first day of preseason camp. Coaches like what they’ve seen physically from Roberts, who is 6-3 and close to 220 pounds.

“Some guys that we saw that were standing out a little bit,” Monken said. “All those guys are prep school guys. They’ve had a year in the program. …I think it’s worth putting them in with some of the older guys just to see how they will respond and from a competitive standpoint how they are natured, if they are going to play like a veteran does and and they should because they were at the prep school.”

Practice observations: Army’s first-team offensive line seems to be settling in with center Bryce Holland, Alex Herndon and Austin Schuffert at tackle and Jaxson Deaton, Mike Johnson and Jack Sides getting snaps at guard. The second-team offensive line was Will Huff at center, JB Hunter and Nick Stokes at tackle and Noah Utley and Jake Baumert at guard. …Safeties Luke Cameron and Mike Williams picked off passes during freshman practice.

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August 2 practice blog

Kelvin Hopkins said he checked his watch three or four times Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

Lights out was 10:30 p.m. on the eve of Army preseason practice. Most players were fast asleep hoping the minutes would count down as quick as possible to 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

“I was making sure I didn’t miss anything, making sure I wasn’t late to any meeting,” said Hopkins, a junior quarterback. “You are real antsy and trying to get to bed early. You are trying to get some good sleep in.”

Army’s first preseason practice was in the books. Coach Jeff Monken was coming to the end of his media session when he brought up the name of one player, who didn’t participate in the Black Knights’ two-hour session.

Junior Amadeo West is with the team in camp rehabbing an Achilles injury suffered this spring while coming back from an ACL tear that cost the defensive end the 2017 season.

Monken talked about the respect that players have for West. He was voted to the team’s leadership council in the spring of 2017 and again in 2018.

“It tells you a lot about Amadeo West and tells you a lot about our football team,” Monken said. “It wasn’t a mercy vote (Monken said of West’s 2018 leadership council apppointment). They really trust him and believe in his leadership abilities. He had an unbelievable attitude. He just never made anybody feel like he’s down in the dumps or, ‘feel sorry for me’ because of this. I love a guy like that. I’m pulling for him.”

West was a projected 2017 starter before the ACL injury in preseason camp. Monken had not ruled West out for this season.

“I don’t know when he’s going to be healthy,” Monken said. “It’s going to be later on into the season, the late weeks of the season if he gets healthy. He may not be able to play this fall. But, I think he would have an opportunity to really impact our football team and season if he were healthy right now. In the future and down the road, I fully expect that to be the case.”

Army broke practice down into two sessions with the freshman first on the field followed by the upperclassmen. Freshmen worked in with the veterans for a few periods before most of their first college practice was completed.

Freshman cornerback Julian McDuffie remained for the full upperclassmen practice. McDuffie impressed, making a nice adjustment on a pass near the sideline for an interception.

Monken said, “Nobody has a red carpet rolled out for them to be the starter at any position.” With that in mind, the first-team offensive line appeared to be LT Alex Herndon, LG Jack Sides, C Bryce Holland, RG Mike Johnson, RT Austin Schuffert. Guards Jaxson Deaton and Jake Baumert was also in the mix.

Johnson missed the 2017 season with an ACL injury. Monken said Johnson has worked “tirelessly” throughout the offseason to return to the field.

Couple of number changes: Sophomore defensive lineman Edriece Patterson is wearing No. 55. Sophomore defensive end Ted Wages has switched from 65 to 42.

Some freshman position updates per online roster: JC Watson quarterback (listed as running back), Jonathan Andrews cornerback (listed as running back).

Caught up with senior James Nachtigal after practice. Talked about anticipation for first practice and 2018 expectations.

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Recruiting: Indiana TE Simon Dellinger picks Army over Navy, Air Force

Simon Dellinger may know Army’s football program better than most recruits.

Dellinger has made four trips to West Point during his recruiting process and each time, all of his questions about the academy were answered.

The 6-foot-6 Snider (Ind.) tight end will be a committed Army football player on his next West Point trip. Dellinger announced Wednesday that he’s joining the Black Knights’ 2019 class. Dellinger’s Final Four was Army, Navy, Air Force and Eastern Michigan.

“There wasn’t much to it,” Dellinger said. “I knew probably a couple months back that Army was going to be the one. Last Saturday, I called the coaches to tell them in advance.”

What separated Army from its service-academy rivals?

“I think honestly it was just me visiting them so much,” Dellinger said. “They offered me my sophomore year. Getting to know them and making relationships really was a big part…Definitelty seeing what coach (Jeff) Monken has been able to do (with the program) is a big part and being able to play underneath his command.”

Dellinger remembers talking about his future in Snider football coach Kurt Tippmann’s office in the spring of 2017. He mentioned wanting to join the military after high school.

“He said, “What do you think about the academies,’” Dellinger said. “I was like, ‘I never really thought much about them’…The next day, he called up one of the coaches, (Tucker) Waugh. Within a week coach Waugh was at the school and talked to me. That next day, he told me to give him a call and he offered me.”

Army was Dellinger’s first offer in May 2017. Dellinger also received offers from Navy, Air Force, Eastern Michigan, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Kent State, Miami (Ohio) and Ohio as well as Ivy League schools Yale, Penn, Harvard, Columbia and Dartmouth.

Among Dellinger’s visits to West Point were Army’s prospect camp in June 2017 where he was named the overall underclassman MVP and tight end MVP and the Army-Eastern Michigan game last October when safety James Gibson saved a one-point win with a tackle at the one-inch line on a two-point conversion.

Dellinger says Snider operates a run-heavy offense with play-action passes to the tight end. He’s studied Army’s triple-option offense and is looking forward to his role.

“I actually love the way Army uses the tight ends,” Dellinger said. “You don’t really recognize it but there’s always a tight end on the field.”

2019 Army commits (40)

LB Tanner Addams, 6-3, 210, Monacan HS, Richmond, Va.: First offer – Army. Attended 2018 Black & Gold Game.
QB Cade Ballard, 5-10, 195, Greeneville (Tenn.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Georgia Southern, Tulane, Middle Tennessee State.
QB Maurice Bellan, 5-10, 178, Peddie School, Hightstown, N.J.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force. Hudl profile – 4.46 40-yard dash (COMMITTED, June 28)
OL Connor Bishop, 6-3, 270, Archbishop Wood HS, Warminster, Pa.
LB Jalen Brooks, 6-foot, 220, Cardinal Gibbons HS, Raleigh, N.C.: Other offers – Navy
S Jimmy Ciarlo, 6-3, 190, St. Joseph Regional HS, Montvale, N.J.: Other offers – Syracuse, Old Dominion. (COMMITTED, April 13)
DE Reed Chandler, 6-4, 240, Conley HS, Greenville, N.C.: Other offers – Coastal Carolina (COMMITTED, July 27)
CB Keyvaun Cobb, 5-11, 182, Christ School, Arden, N.C.: Member of record-breaking, state-champion 1,600 relay team (COMMITTED, July 29)
RB Shacori Collier, 5-10, 200, Many (La.) HS.
RB Clayton Cribb, 5-10, 210, North Lincoln HS, Denver, N.C.: Other offers – (COMMITTED, May 22)
QB Alijah Curtis, 5-9, 180, McKinley HS, Canton, Ohio: First offer – Army (COMMITTED, July 29)
TE Simon Dellinger, 6-6, 225, Snider HS, Fort Wayne, Ind.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Eastern Michigan, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Kent State, Miami (Ohio), Ohio (COMMITTED, July 28)
TE Trace Dorminy, 6-4, 220, Camden County HS, Kingsland, Ga.: Tight end MVP at Army prospect camp. First offer – Army (COMMITTED, July 28)
S Kane Everson, 5-10, 170, Harrisburg (Pa.) HS: Scored 11 touchdowns, threw for three scores and made 50 tackles as a junior.
C Blake Feigenspan, 6-4, 264 Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii: Other offers – Hawaii
RB Bruno Forestieri, 5-11, 225, St. Pius X HS, Houston, Texas: Other offers – Air Force (COMMITTED, July 15)
QB Dillon Gabriel, 6-1, 180, Mililani (Hawaii) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Hawaii (COMMITTED, June 17)
RB Keiran Grant, 5-11, 175, Cuero (Texas) HS: Other offers – Texas State (COMMITTED, July 27)
LB Peyton Hampton, 6-2, 227, Davie HS, Mocksville, N.C.
T Lachlan Holt, 6-3, 270, Richmond Hill (Ga.) HS: Attended Knight On The Hudson, July 27 (COMMITTED, July 28)
DT Gerald Irons, 6-2, 260, Klein Oak HS, Spring, Texas: Other offers – Air Force, Oklahoma State, Indiana, Boston College, Kansas, North Texas, UTEP, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe (COMMITTED, June 28)
LB Spencer Jones, 6-1, 215, Vandegrift HS, Austin, Texas: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED, July 27)
TE Ben Koch, 6-6, 240, Austin (Texas) HS: 2017 stats – 28 catches, 363 yards, 4 TD (COMMITTED, August 1)
DE Tyler Komorowski, 6-4, 240, Weir HS, Weirton, W.Va.: First-team all-state defensive end and pitcher. Also plays quarterback. Other offers – Michigan (preferred walk-on), Kent State. (COMMITTED, July 29)
LB-S Cole Mabry, 6-2, 190, Iowa City West HS, Iowa City, Iowa: Other offers – Iowa State (COMMITTED, July 29)
DB Michael Mack, 6-2, 180, Bullis HS, Potomac, Md.: Other offers – Air Force, Rice
S Deryan McDonald, 6-foot, 210, Choate Rosemary Hall HS, Wallingford, Conn.: First offer – Army (COMMITTED, July 29)
QB Alex Meredith, 6-foot, 185, A.L. Hanna HS, Anderson, S.C.: Other offers – Navy, Coastal Carolina (COMMITTED, June 6)
OL Justin Kopko, 6-4, 315, Hanover Area (Pa.) HS: (COMMITTED, April 13)
FB Nick Mell, 6-foot, 212, Stone Bridge HS, Ashburn, Va.: Other offers – Navy (COMMITTED, May 21)
CB Boris Nicolas-Paul, 5-10, 175, Hillside (N.J.) HS: Other offers – Buffalo (COMMITTED, June 27)
QB Christian Parrish, 5-10, 200, Prince Avenue Christian HS, Bogart, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force, Georgia Southern (COMMITTED, June 28)
WR Ridge Polk, 5-10, 170, Cambridge HS, Milton, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED, July 12)
OL Carson Shaffer, 6-3, 280, Prosper (Texas) HS: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED, July 28)
DB D’Andre Tobias, 5-10, 170, Benedictine Prep, Richmond, Va.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force
OL Pearson Toomey, 6-3, 260, The Bolles School, Jacksonville, Fla.: First offer – Army. Second offer – Air Force. Third offer – Navy (COMMITTED, July 7)
FB Cole Truex, 6-2, 226, Marin Catholic HS, Kentfield, Calif.: Other offers -  Navy, Air Force (COMMITTED, June 7)
QB Dedrick Wilson, 6-1, 195, Kenedy (Texas) HS: (COMMITTED, March 28)
LB Davis Wofford, 6-foot, 225, Robinson HS, Little Rock, Ark.: (COMMITTED, August 1)
TE Garrett Woodall, 6-5, 210, West Forsyth HS, Cumming, Ga.: Other offers -  (COMMITTED, July 11)

2019 commits by state: Texas (7), Georgia (5); North Carolina (5), New Jersey (3), Pennsylvania (3), Virginia (3), Hawaii (2), Arkansas (1), California (1), Connecticut (1), Florida (1), Indiana (1) Iowa (1) Louisiana (1), Maryland (1), Ohio (1), South Carolina (1); Tennessee (1), West Virginia (1)

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Recruiting: 11-commit weekend for Black Knights

It’s 11:59 p.m. Sunday and the Army commitment tracker has finally slowed down.

What a three-day recruiting weekend for the Black Knights. From Friday through Sunday night, Army received 11 commitments by our count.

Tyler Komorowski, the 11th commit, may have been the most notable. K0morowski, a first-team, all-state defensive end and pitcher out of Weir, W.Va., had a preferred walk-on option to Michigan. Nineteen of Komorowski’s 52 tackles were for a loss his junior season.

Canton McKinley quarterback Alijah Curtis announced his commitment to Army Sunday. Curtis threw for 1,704 yards and 15 touchdowns and added four rushing touchdowns as a junior.

Iowa City West (Iowa) linebacker-safety Cole Mabry chose Army over in-state Iowa State. Mabry, who posted his commitment Sunday, wrote, “I believed I have lived the American Dream and this nation and our underlying principles are something that I am willing to defend.”

Army’s weekend commitments included Christ School (N.C.) cornerback Keyvaun Cobb, Camden County (Ga.) tight end Trace Dorminy, Richmond Hill (Ga.) tackle Lachlan Holt, Choate Rosemary Hall (Conn.) safety Daryan McDonald and Prosper (Texas) guard Carson Shaffer.

Cobb said of his commitment, “It’s a big-time school with a big-time football program and I know I want to be a part of something bigger than myself and make a difference.”

Dorminy, who was named the top senior tight end Saturday at Army prospect camp, gave the coaching staff his commitment before he left West Point.

“The biggest factor for me was a guaranteed job straight out of college and after service,” Dorminy said.

When asked about the state of Army’s program, which has won 18 games over the last two seasons, Dorminy wrote, “I’ve been talking to other commits and we all believe we are on the uphill…with the guys we have and will get, I think we will be one of the best recruiting classes and best teams in the nation.”

Conley (N.C.) defensive end Reed Chandler, who earned the senior defensive and defensive end MVP camp awards Saturday, Cuero running back Keiran Grant and Vandegrift (Texas) linebacker Spencer Jones announced their commitments Friday night after Army’s recruiting event Knight On The Hudson. Holt and Shaffer also attended Knight On The Hudson

2019 commits by state: Texas (6), Georgia (5); North Carolina (5), New Jersey (3), Pennsylvania (3), Virginia (3), Hawaii (2), California (1), Connecticut (1), Florida (1), Iowa (1) Louisiana (1), Maryland (1), Ohio (1), South Carolina (1); Tennessee (1), West Virginia (1)

2019 Army commits (37)

LB Tanner Addams, 6-3, 210, Monacan HS, Richmond, Va.: First offer – Army. Attended 2018 Black & Gold Game.
QB Cade Ballard, 5-10, 195, Greeneville (Tenn.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Georgia Southern, Tulane, Middle Tennessee State.
QB Maurice Bellan, 5-10, 178, Peddie School, Hightstown, N.J.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force. Hudl profile – 4.46 40-yard dash (COMMITTED, June 28)
OL Connor Bishop, 6-3, 270, Archbishop Wood HS, Warminster, Pa.
LB Jalen Brooks, 6-foot, 220, Cardinal Gibbons HS, Raleigh, N.C.: Other offers – Navy
S Jimmy Ciarlo, 6-3, 190, St. Joseph Regional HS, Montvale, N.J.: Other offers – Syracuse, Old Dominion. (COMMITTED, April 13)
DE Reed Chandler, 6-4, 240, Conley HS, Greenville, N.C.: Other offers – Coastal Carolina (COMMITTED, July 27)
CB Keyvaun Cobb, 5-11, 182, Christ School, Arden, N.C.: Member of record-breaking, state-champion 1,600 relay team (COMMITTED, July 29)
RB Shacori Collier, 5-10, 200, Many (La.) HS.
RB Clayton Cribb, 5-10, 210, North Lincoln HS, Denver, N.C.: Other offers – (COMMITTED, May 22)
QB Alijah Curtis, 5-9, 180, McKinley HS, Canton, Ohio: First offer – Army (COMMITTED, July 29)
TE Trace Dorminy, 6-4, 220, Camden County HS, Kingsland, Ga.: Tight end MVP at Army prospect camp. First offer – Army (COMMITTED, July 28)
S Kane Everson, 5-10, 170, Harrisburg (Pa.) HS: Scored 11 touchdowns, threw for three scores and made 50 tackles as a junior.
C Blake Feigenspan, 6-4, 264 Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii: Other offers – Hawaii
RB Bruno Forestieri, 5-11, 225, St. Pius X HS, Houston, Texas: Other offers – Air Force (COMMITTED, July 15)
QB Dillon Gabriel, 6-1, 180, Mililani (Hawaii) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Hawaii (COMMITTED, June 17)
RB Keiran Grant, 5-11, 175, Cuero (Texas) HS: Other offers – Texas State (COMMITTED, July 27)
LB Peyton Hampton, 6-2, 227, Davie HS, Mocksville, N.C.
T Lachlan Holt, 6-3, 270, Richmond Hill (Ga.) HS: Attended Knight On The Hudson, July 27 (COMMITTED, July 28)
DT Gerald Irons, 6-2, 260, Klein Oak HS, Spring, Texas: Other offers – Air Force, Oklahoma State, Indiana, Boston College, Kansas, North Texas, UTEP, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe (COMMITTED, June 28)
LB Spencer Jones, 6-1, 215, Vandegrift HS, Austin, Texas: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED, July 27)
DE Tyler Komorowski, 6-4, 240, Weir HS, Weirton, W.Va.: First-team all-state defensive end and pitcher. Also plays quarterback. Other offers – Michigan (preferred walk-on), Kent State. (COMMITTED, July 29)
LB-S Cole Mabry, 6-2, 190, Iowa City West HS, Iowa City, Iowa: Other offers – Iowa State (COMMITTED, July 29)
DB Michael Mack, 6-2, 180, Bullis HS, Potomac, Md.: Other offers – Air Force, Rice
S Deryan McDonald, 6-foot, 210, Choate Rosemary Hall HS, Wallingford, Conn.: First offer – Army (COMMITTED, July 29)
QB Alex Meredith, 6-foot, 185, A.L. Hanna HS, Anderson, S.C.: Other offers – Navy, Coastal Carolina (COMMITTED, June 6)
OL Justin Kopko, 6-4, 315, Hanover Area (Pa.) HS: (COMMITTED, April 13)
FB Nick Mell, 6-foot, 212, Stone Bridge HS, Ashburn, Va.: Other offers – Navy (COMMITTED, May 21)
CB Boris Nicolas-Paul, 5-10, 175, Hillside (N.J.) HS: Other offers – Buffalo (COMMITTED, June 27)
QB Christian Parrish, 5-10, 200, Prince Avenue Christian HS, Bogart, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force, Georgia Southern (COMMITTED, June 28)
WR Ridge Polk, 5-10, 170, Cambridge HS, Milton, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED, July 12)
OL Carson Shaffer, 6-3, 280, Prosper (Texas) HS: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED, July 28)
DB D’Andre Tobias, 5-10, 170, Benedictine Prep, Richmond, Va.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force
OL Pearson Toomey, 6-3, 260, The Bolles School, Jacksonville, Fla.: First offer – Army. Second offer – Air Force. Third offer – Navy (COMMITTED, July 7)
FB Cole Truex, 6-2, 226, Marin Catholic HS, Kentfield, Calif.: Other offers -  Navy, Air Force (COMMITTED, June 7)
QB Dedrick Wilson, 6-1, 195, Kenedy (Texas) HS: (COMMITTED, March 28)
TE Garrett Woodall, 6-5, 210, West Forsyth HS, Cumming, Ga.: Other offers -  (COMMITTED, July 11)

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Roster update: LB Gullatt transfers, freshman numbers

Freshman linebacker John Bailey Gullatt has left the academy before the start of preseason camp and returned home to Louisiana to play for Louisiana-Monroe, per Aaron Dietrich of KNOE-TV in Monroe, La.

Gullatt, a two-time Louisiana 5A defensive player of the year at West Monroe High, told Dietrich in a television interview, “I’m as motivated as ever. I’ve got a lot of people doubting me coming back home from Army and (people saying) ‘You didn’t make it there. You are not going to make it here.’ I’m definitely ready to get started.”

Gullatt was a four-year starter at West Monroe and made more than 500 tackles in his high school career. Here’s my story on Gullatt’s commitment to Army

Army recently updated its roster with numbers for its freshman class.

Quarterbacks received the following numbers: Tyhier Matt Armstrong (7), Jabari Laws (11), Clay Czyzynski (17) and Mike Mbony (18).

Defensive back Zion Davis-Thompson and linebacker Morgan Ernst are missing from the original freshman list.

Numbers and positions are subject to change.

17 DB Kwantay Anderson, 6-foot, 160, Green Run HS, Virginia Beach, Va.
32 DB Jonathan Andrews, 6-1, 176, Dutchtown HS, Hampton, Ga.
7 QB Matt Armstrong, 6-foot, 192, Oak Hill HS, Gainesville, Fla.
52 OL Sam Backenstoe, 6-2, 265, Davidson HS, Hillard, Ohio
26 FB Cade Barnard, 6-3, 220, Seminole (Texas) HS
56 OL Aaron Baudoux, 6-5, 280, Pendleton Heights HS, Anderson, Ind. (Army Prep)
39 TE Bryton Belvin, 6-7, 230, Lake Highland Prep, Orlando, Fla.
45 LB Hayden Bollinger, 6-foot, 205, Lafayette HS, Wildwood, Mo.
97 DE Kwabena Bonsu, 6-4, 260, South Cobb HS, Austell, Ga.
60 DE Hunter Brabham, 6-2, 220, Hughes Springs (Texas) HS
48 RB Kaelin Byrd, 5-11, 205, Cambridge HS, Milton, Ga. (Army Prep)
46 TE Chris Cameron, 6-4, 205, Catholic HS, Baton Rogue, La. (Army Prep)
36 S Luke Cameron, 6-foot, 205, Kokomo (Ind.) HS
48 LB Wilson Catoe, 6-2, 225, Peachtree Ridge HS, Suwanee, Ga.
26 DB Cameron Clarke, 5-9, 165, St. Peter’s Prep, Jersey City, N.J. (Army Prep)
64 DE Nolan Cockrill, 6-3, 230, Westfield HS, Chantilly, Va.
92 DE Eddie Crutchfield, 6-3, 225, Charlotte (N.C.) Latin School (Army Prep)
33 DB Cedrick Cunningham, 6-foot, 190, North Central HS, Kershaw, S.C. (Army Prep)
17 QB Clay Czyzynski, 6-foot, 200, New Trier HS, Winnetka, Ill. (Army Prep)
66 DE Ryan Duran, 6-5, 220, Pine-Richland HS, Gibsonia, Pa. (Army Prep)
37 WR Sean Eckert, 6-3, 180, Westfield HS, Chantilly, Va. (Army Prep)
38 RB Ton Evans, 5-8, 185, Northgate HS, Newnan, Ga. (Army Prep)
40 LB Ray Gonzalez, 6-3, 210, Grafton HS, Yorktown, Va.  (Army Prep)
79 OL Holton Greenfield, 6-3, 260, Vandegrift HS, Austin, Texas (Army Prep)
84 WR Kevin Hamilton, 6-1. 175, Lee HS, Springfield, Va. (Army Prep)
87 WR Kraig Hamilton, 6-1, 175, Lee HS, Springfield, Va. (Army Prep)
46 P Zach Harding, 6-5, 200, Christian HS, O’Fallon, Mo.
967 P Will Hetzinger, 6-4, 200, St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Hammond, La.
72 OL Kamaron Holloway, 6-3, 250, Duncanville (Texas) HS (Army Prep)
43 K Brooks Hosea, 6-foot, 175, Blessed Trinity HS, Roswell, Ga. (Army Prep)
29 RB AJ Howard, 5-10, 185, Stephens County HS, Toccoa, Ga. (Army Prep)
3 S Jordan Jackson, 5-11, 180, Park Vista HS, Lake Worth, Fla. (Army Prep)
25 CB Caleb John, 5-10, 174, St. Frances Academy, Baltimore, Md. (Army Prep)
30 WR Cameron Johnson, 6-4, 215, Wilson HS, Long Beach, Calif.
36 LB Nate Jones, 6-2, 215, Vance HS, Charlotte, N.C. (Army Prep)
49 LB Jake Killian, 6-2, 210, Grayson HS, Loganville, Ga. (Army Prep)
66 OL Noah Knapp, 6-foot, 260, Bishop Sullivan HS, Virginia Beach, Va. (Army Prep)
45 LS Brendan Knoespel, 6-foot, 210, Antonian Prep HS, San Antonio, Texas
54 OL Mason Kolinchak, 6-2, 250, Mater Dei HS, Santa Ana, Calif.
52 OL Nick Kotok, 6-2, 260, Moon Area HS, Moon, Pa.
57 OL Drew Kraatz, 6-6, 235, Standish-Sterling HS, Standish, Mich.
44 K Miller Kronk, 6-1, 195, London (Ohio) HS
37 CB Krys Kyle, 6-foot, 200, Memorial HS, Houston, Texas (Army Prep)
36 RB Tyler Lavine, 5-11, 210, Cedar Park (Texas) HS (Army Prep)
11 QB Jabari Laws, 5-9, 165, Wise HS, Upper Marlboro, Md. (Army Prep)
69 DL Dan Lord,6-5, 220, St. Anthony’s HS, Melville, N.Y. (Army Prep)
78 DE Ryan Matz, 6-4, 230, East Lincoln HS, Denver, N.C.
18 QB Michael Mbony, 5-10, 190, Sherwood HS, Sandy Spring, Md.
22 DB Julian McDuffie, 5-11, 175, Shiloh HS, Snellville, Ga. (Army Prep)
6 CB Akyah Miranda, 5-9, 160, Belton-Honea Path HS, Honea Path, S.C. (Army Prep)
21 DB Malkelm Morrison, 5-10, 180, Iona Prep, New Rochelle, N.Y.
89 WR Jalen Moy, 6-4, 190, Lamar HS, Houston, Texas (Army Prep)
68 DL Scott Murphy, Billerica, 6-3, 240, Billerica (Mass.) HS (Army Prep)
16 CB Tavores Pearson, 5-9, 185, Westside HS, Macon, Ga.
51 OL Kyle Perry, 6-4, 305, Centennial HS, Burleson, Texas
43 FB Markens Pierre, 5-11, 210, Glades Day School, Belle Glade, Fla. (Army Prep)
67 OL Dean Powell, 6-1, 285, Buford (Ga.) HS (Army Prep)
62 DL Hunter Richard, 6-3, 265, Edmond (Okla.) North HS
14 WR Michael Roberts, 6-3, 185, Vance HS, Charlotte, N.C. (Army Prep)
50 LB/S Chido Rwakonda, 6-2, 190, Delaware Valley HS, Westfall, Pa. (Army Prep)
64 OL Harmon Saint Germain, 6-foot-4, 265, Westfield HS, Chantilly, Va.
99 K Bailey Schroeder, 6-foot, 165, Valley Christian HS, San Jose, Calif. (Army Prep)
53 LB Arik Smith, 6-foot, 230, St. John’s HS, Washington, D.C. (Army Prep)
42 FB Landry Songer, 6-1, 205, Midlothian (Texas) HS
58 LB Paul Stanley, 6-2, 230, Marist School, Atlanta, Ga.
59 DE Ke’Shawn Sullivan, 6-5, 225, Zachary (La.) HS
67 OL Jack Topping, 6-3, 258, Allen (Texas) HS
2 QB Tyhier Tyler, 5-8, 153, Woodside HS, Newport News, Va. (Army Prep)
39 LB Duncan Van Kouteren, 6-2, 215, Ponte Vedra (Fla.) HS
27 DB Brandon Walters, 5-11, 175, Bolingbrook (Ill.) HS
70 T Zack Ward, 6-6, 250, Byrd HS, Shreveport, La. (Army Prep)
15 QB J.C. Watson, 5-11, 176, Basehor-Linwood HS, Basehor, Kansas
38 S Mike Williams, 6-3, 180, Watson Chapel HS, Pine Bluff, Ark. (Army Prep)
20 RB David Woodward, 5-11, 180, Mount Pisgah Christian School, Alpharetta, Ga.
51 LB Kemonte Yow, 6-1, 225, DeSoto (Texas) HS (Army Prep)
45 WR Daniel Zuloaga, 6-4, 205, Community School of Naples, Naples, Fla.

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2018 Prospect Camp MVPs

Conley (N.C.) defensive end Reed Chandler, who committed to the Black Knights Friday, took home two MVP football at Army prospect camp Saturday.

Chandler was named the top defensive player and defensive end of the 2019 class.

Camden County (Ga.) tight end Trace Dorminy gave his commitment to Army following the camp Saturday. Dorminy, who is 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, was named to the camp’s top 2019 tight end.

Mountain View junior Mark Shelton was named the top underclassman and running back of the camp.

Wyoming Area (Pa.) junior Dominic DeLuca was awarded the offensive and quarterback MVP for underclassmen.

James I. O’Neill senior kicker Andrew Bagley was the lone local player to earn MVP honors. Read Bagley’s story here.

Missing some MVPs from upperclassmen and underclassmen, please DM me on Twitter @salinterdonato or email me (sinterdonat0@th-record.com) if you were selected as the top player at your position. Send your photos with the MVP ball and I will post on Twitter.

Most Valuable Player awards
Upperclassmen (Class of 2019) 

Overall MVP: CB Kolubah Pewee, Tottenville HS, Staten Island, N.Y.
Offensive MVP:
OL Nick Zikuski, Binghamton, N.Y.
Defensive MVP:
DE Reed Chandler, Conley HS, Greenville, N.C.
RB: Zach Rankin, Coventry HS, Akron, Ohio
TE: Trace Dorminy, Camden County HS, Kingsland, Ga.
OL: Nick Zikuski, Binghamton, N.Y.
DL:
Reed Chandler, Conley HS, Greenville, N.C.
LB: Lawrence Richardson, Bishop McDevitt HS, Harrisburg, Pa.
CB: Kolubah Pewee, Tottenville HS, Staten Island, N.Y.
S: CJ Grimes, Bolles School, Jacksonville, Fla.
Specialists: K Andrew Bagley, James I. O’Neill HS, Highland Falls, N.Y.
Underclassmen
MVP:
RB Mark Shelton, Mountain View HS, Stafford, Va.
Offensive MVP:
 Dominic DeLuca, Wyoming Area HS, Exeter, Pa.
Defensive MVP: Joseph Groves, Briar Woods HS, Ashburn, Va.
QB: Dominic DeLuca, Wyoming Area HS, Exeter, Pa.
RB: Mark Shelton, Mountain View HS, Stafford, Va.
WR: Joseph Groves, Briar Woods HS, Ashburn, Va.
DL: Samuel Petersen, Lakeside HS, Seattle, Wash.
CB: Jon Luke Peaker, Bishop McDevitt HS, Harrisburg, Pa.
S: Ubayd Steen, Northeast HS, Philadelphia, Pa.

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Recruiting: Knight On The Hudson attendees Reed Chandler, Keiran Grant, Spencer Jones commit

Conley (N.C.) defensive lineman Reed Chandler, Cuero (Texas) running back Keiran Grant and Vandegrift (Texas) linebacker Spencer Jones announced their commitments to Army after attending Knight On The Hudson Friday.

Chandler, 6-foot-4 and 240 pounds, made 66 tackles, 13 for a loss as a junior. He was offered by Coastal Carolina.

Grant, who rushed for 1,432 yards and 29 touchdowns in 2017, posted on social media, “Today, I made the best decision of my life…I can’t wait to see what God has in store for me.”

The Texas Class 4 A honorable-mention back was offered by Texas State and Princeton.

Jones may be the most highly regarded of the three commits. 247 sports.com ranks Jones (6-1, 215) to 101st-best inside linebacker in the 2019 class. Jones was offered by Air Force.

Army running back commits Shacori Collier (Many. La.), Bruno Forestieri (St. Pius X, Houston, Texas) and Nick Mell (Stone Bridge, Va.) and quarterback commit Christian Parrish (Prince Avenue Christian, Ga.) also attended Knight On The Hudson.

Marcus (Texas) defensive end John Brand, Thomas Dale (Va.) defensive end Rick D’Abreu, Buchholz (Fla.) wide receiver-defensive back Victor Nelson, Palo Verde (Nev.) safety Karsonne Winters and Robinson (Ark.) linebacker Davis Wofford were among the 2019 offered recruits, who made the unofficial visit Friday.

The recruiting weekend continued Saturday with Army’s first and only prospect camp of the summer.

2019 commits by state: Texas (5), North Carolina (4), Georgia (3), New Jersey (3), Pennsylvania (3), Virginia (3), Hawaii (2), California (1), Florida (1), Louisiana (1), Maryland (1), South Carolina (1); Tennessee (1)

2019 Army commits (29)

LB Tanner Addams, 6-3, 210, Monacan HS, Richmond, Va.: First offer – Army. Attended 2018 Black & Gold Game.
QB Cade Ballard, 5-10, 195, Greeneville (Tenn.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Georgia Southern, Tulane, Middle Tennessee State.
QB Maurice Bellan, 5-10, 178, Peddie School, Hightstown, N.J.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force. Hudl profile – 4.46 40-yard dash (COMMITTED, June 28)
OL Connor Bishop, 6-3, 270, Archbishop Wood HS, Warminster, Pa.
LB Jalen Brooks, 6-foot, 220, Cardinal Gibbons HS, Raleigh, N.C.: Other offers – Navy
S Jimmy Ciarlo, 6-3, 190, St. Joseph Regional HS, Montvale, N.J.: Other offers – Syracuse, Old Dominion. (COMMITTED, April 13)
DE Reed Chandler, 6-4, 240, Conley HS, Greenville, N.C.: Other offers – Coastal Carolina (COMMITTED, July 27)
RB Shacori Collier, 5-10, 200, Many (La.) HS
RB Clayton Cribb, 5-10, 210, North Lincoln HS, Denver, N.C.: Other offers – (COMMITTED, May 22)
S Kane Everson, 5-10, 170, Harrisburg (Pa.) HS: Scored 11 touchdowns, threw for three scores and made 50 tackles as a junior.
C Blake Feigenspan, 6-4, 264 Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii: Other offers – Hawaii
RB Bruno Forestieri, 5-11, 225, St. Pius X HS, Houston, Texas: Other offers – Air Force (COMMITTED, July 15)
QB Dillon Gabriel, 6-1, 180, Mililani (Hawaii) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Hawaii (COMMITTED, June 17)
RB Keiran Grant, 5-11, 175, Cuero (Texas) HS: Other offers – Texas State (COMMITTED, July 27)
LB Peyton Hampton, 6-2, 227, Davie HS, Mocksville, N.C.
DT Gerald Irons, 6-2, 260, Klein Oak HS, Spring, Texas: Other offers – Air Force, Oklahoma State, Indiana, Boston College, Kansas, North Texas, UTEP, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe (COMMITTED, June 28)
LB Spencer Jones, 6-1, 215, Vandegrift HS, Austin, Texas: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED, July 27)
DB Michael Mack, 6-2, 180, Bullis HS, Potomac, Md.: Other offers – Air Force, Rice
QB Alex Meredith, 6-foot, 185, A.L. Hanna HS, Anderson, S.C.: Other offers – Navy, Coastal Carolina (COMMITTED, June 6)
OL Justin Kopko, 6-4, 315, Hanover Area (Pa.) HS: (COMMITTED, April 13)
FB Nick Mell, 6-foot, 212, Stone Bridge HS, Ashburn, Va.: Other offers – Navy (COMMITTED, May 21)
CB Boris Nicolas-Paul, 5-10, 175, Hillside (N.J.) HS: Other offers – Buffalo (COMMITTED, June 27)
QB Christian Parrish, 5-10, 200, Prince Avenue Christian HS, Bogart, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force, Georgia Southern (COMMITTED, June 28)
WR Ridge Polk, 5-10, 170, Cambridge HS, Milton, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED, July 12)
DB D’Andre Tobias, 5-10, 170, Benedictine Prep, Richmond, Va.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force
OL Pearson Toomey, 6-3, 260, The Bolles School, Jacksonville, Fla.: First offer – Army. Second offer – Air Force. Third offer – Navy (COMMITTED, July 7)
FB Cole Truex, 6-2, 226, Marin Catholic HS, Kentfield, Calif.: Other offers -  Navy, Air Force (COMMITTED, June 7)
QB Dedrick Wilson, 6-1, 195, Kenedy (Texas) HS: (COMMITTED, March 28)
TE Garrett Woodall, 6-5, 210, West Forsyth HS, Cumming, Ga.: Other offers -  (COMMITTED, July 11)

 

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Watch lists: Darnell Woolfolk (Walter Camp), James Nachtigal (Nagurski), Kell Walker (Hornung)

Darnell Woolfolk received national recognition for the second time this month when the senior fullback was named to the Walter Camp Football Foundation player of the year watch list Friday.

Woolfolk, who is also on the Maxwell Award watch list, rushed for 812 yards and scored touchdowns in nine of his 10 games in 2017. Army’s co-captain was one of 50 players to make the Walter Camp list, which included Navy quarterback junior quarterback Malcolm Perry.

Senior linebacker James Nachtigal was named to Bronko Nagurski Trophy list Tuesday. Nachtigal broke into the starting lineup in the fourth game of 2017 and led the team with 103 tackles. He was second on the team with eight tackles for loss and third on the team with five sacks.

Junior running back Kell Walker was one of 43 players on the Paul Hornung Award watch list Thursday. The award is given to college football’s most versatile player. Walker rushed for 629 yards and six touchdowns and was Army’s leading receiver in 2017. He is expected to see snaps at quarterback this fall.

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