Recruiting: Top Tennessee QB commits day after Army-Navy game

Army didn’t pick up a win against Navy on Saturday.

But one day after the loss, Army may have picked up a victory on the recruiting trail.

Malik McGue, a senior quarterback at Science Hill High in Johnson City, Tenn., tweeted Sunday he’s verbally committed to play at West Point. McGue, who is 5-foot-8 and 170 pounds, brings much-needed speed to the program. According to McGue’s hudl page, he has ran a 4.47 40-yard dash.

Trey Williams of the Johnson City Press reported McGue, who was a finalist for Tennessee’s Division I Class AAA Mr. Football, is being recruited as a slot back, slot receiver and quarterback.

McGue attended the Army-Navy game and came away impressed enough to make his pledge t0 Army.

“It was already my No. 1 school…and it was a pretty amazing experience,” McGue told the Johnson City Press. “It was pretty surreal just to be there and knowing I’d have an opportunity to be a part of that in a few years….Actually, I didn’t think I was gonna be making a commitment this early. Just being at that game kind of gave me a feel for what they’re all about.”

McGue rushed for 1,171 yards and 21 touchdowns and threw for 2,320 and 25 touchdowns this season, according to the Johnson City Press.

UPDATE: Landmark Christian (Ga.) DE Will Yancey tweeted Monday he will be attending West Point. Yancey was also attended the Army-Navy game.

Spoke with two Army commits – LB Harrison Rooney (Bentonville, Ark.) and DL Tanner Sheffield (North Paulding, Ga.) – during pregame of Army-Navy. Both were excited to be watching Army live. Rooney said the gameday atmosphere, “sealed the deal,” on ed his decision to play for Army. He committed last week.

A host of other Army commits were in attendance for the Army-Navy game including S Rashaad Bolton (Veterans High, Ga.); S James Gibson (Hayfield, Va.); CB Richard Hanson (Prince George, Va.); QB Kelvin Hopkins (Independence, N.C.); DE-LB Julian Meares (John Carroll, Md.); CB Jaylon McClinton (Charlotte Christian, N.C.); K Zach Potter (Terre Haute North, Ind.).

Among the Army recruits in attendance were RB Dominick Bragalone (South Williamsport, Pa.); WR Tyler Campbell (Peachtree Ridge, Ga.); OL Nick Carnesale (Hammonton, N.J.); RB Andrew Davidson (Emmaus, Pa.); QB Aaron Farmer (Cleveland, N.C.); TE-LB Jeff Gemmell (Heritage, N.C.); RB Evan Gray (Hayfield, Va.); WR-CB Corey Joyner (Lake Norman, N.C.); DE Rod Stoddard (Hillcrest, S.C.); OL Nathan Thacker (Lord Botetourt, Va.); QB Khalil Trotman (Timber Creek (N.J.); DE Will Yancey (Landmark Christian, Ga.).

Army 2015 verbal commitments

OL Jake Baumert, 6-3, 300, Lovejoy HS, Lucas, Texas
S Rashaad Bolton, 5-11, 205, Veterans HS, Kathleen, Ga.
LB Jacob Covington, 6-2, 215, Liberty Hill (Texas) HS
DE T.J. Jackson, 5-11, 245, Trinity Christian HS, Jacksonville, Fla.
S James Gibson, 6-1, 200 Westfield HS, Chantilly, Va.: Three-star recruit by Rivals. Voted top safety at Army’s second prospect camp in June.
CB Richard Hanson, 5-10, 170, Prince George (Va.) HS: Voted top cornerback at Army’s second prospect camp in June.
QB Kelvin Hopkins, 5-10, 194, Independence HS, Charlote, N.C.
CB Jaylon McClinton, 5-10, 185, Charlotte (N.C.) Christian HS
QB Malik McGue, 5-8, 170, Science Hill HS, Johnson City, Tenn.: Could be a slot back once he steps on post.
DE Julian Meares, 6-3, 219, John Carroll School, Bel Air, Md. Made unofficial visit to West Point and committed on July 17. Voted top defensive lineman at Army’s first prospect camp in June.
CB Markale Moses, 5-10, 164, Broken Arrow (Okla.) HS
K-P Zach Pottter, 5-10, 180, Terre Haute (Ind.) North HS
LB Harrison Rooney, 6-1, 212, Bentonville (Ark.) HS
LB Corey Sanders, 6-4, 215, The Woodlands (Texas): Verbally committed to Army at first prospect camp in June. Earned best linebacker at camp.
DT Tanner Sheffield, 6-3, 245, North Paulding HS, Dallas, Ga.: Verbally committed to Army on July 10.
RB Connor Slomka, 6-foot, 205, Pine-Richland HS, Gibsonia, Pa.
QB Troy Smith, 6-0, 185, Harker Heights (Texas) HS
RB Calen Taylor, 5-7, 160, Christian Brothers Collegiate, St. Louis, Mo.
DT Raymond Wright, 6-3, 265, Ardrey Kell HS, Charlotte, N.C.
DE Will Yancey, 6-4, 240, Landmark Christian HS, Fairburn, Ga.
DT Khahil Yelding, 6-1, 290, Daphne (Ala.) HS

Here’s a list of the high school players from the class of 2015, who have received an offer to play Army football.

Might be missing a few but a pretty solid list.

2015 Offers
CB Roland Adams, 5-10, 202, Florence (Ala.) HS
S D’Angelo Amos, 6-1, 175, Meadowbrook HS, Richmond, Va.
TE Brion Anduze, 6-4, 225, Central Kitsap HS, Silverdale, Wash.: (COMMITTED to Arizona)
CB Aaquil Annoor, 5-11, 170, Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy: (COMMITTED to Furman)
WR Chad Artist, 6-3, 180, Logan (Utah) HS: Artist’s Hudl profile says he runs a 4.39-second, 40-yard dash. (COMMITTED to Utah State)
RB Jordan Asberry, 5-9, 165, Colerain HS, Cincinnati, Ohio: Navy and Air Force have also offered Asberry.
S Boomer Bakich, 6-1, 203, Highland Park HS, Dallas, Texas
CB-QB Zach Banks, 6-2, 180, Lakeside HS, Evans, Ga.
LB Colton Beebe, 6-3, 253, Piper HS, Kansas City, Kansas: Beebe has been offered by Air Force, Minnesota and Kansas. Made 159 tackles his junior season. 
DT Luc Bequette, 6-2, 290, Little Rock (Ark.) Catholic: Played junior season at Centennial High in Champaign, Ill. Also a center. (COMMITTED to California)
QB Tymere Berry, 6-1, 180, Toms River (N.J.) South HS
K Rod Blankenship, 6-1, 192, Sprayberry HS, Marietta, Ga.: (COMMITTED to Georgia)
OL-DL Grant Branch, 6-3, 272, Montini HS, Lombard, Ill.
RB Dominick Bragalone, 5-11, 205, South Williamsport (Pa.) HS
RB-WR-CB Malik Braxton, 5-11, 185, Meadowdale HS, Lynnwood, Wash.
S Jaxon Brown, 6-1, 181, Regis HS, Eau Claire, Wisc.: Brown has verbally committed to North Dakota State but Army still offered the safety.
C Blake Browning, 6-1, 285, Hendrickson HS, Pflugerville, Texas: Browning verbally committed to Tulsa before head coach Bill Blankenship was fired on Dec. 1.
RB T.J. Brumfield, 5-8, 165, Crespi HS, Encino, Calif.
T-DE Nick Buchanan, 6-4, 275, Dunwoody (Ga.) HS: (COMMITTED to California)
RB Jaylen Burgess, 6-foot, 210, Maryville (Tenn.) HS: (COMMITTED to Air Force)
T Christian Castleberry, 6-4, 270, Mesquite (Texas) HS: (COMMITTED to Arkansas State)
T-DE Nick Carmen, 6-4, 255, Mountain Pointe HS, Phoenix, Ariz.: (COMMITTED to Utah)
T-DT Nick Carnesale, 6-2, 260, Hammonton (N.J.) HS
T Tyler Carr, 6-6, 322, Southside (Ala.) HS: Carr is ranked the fourth-best offensive tackle nationally and the 30th-best player overall by Rivals. Has offers from Alabama, Auburn, Texas, Georgia and Nebraska among others. (COMMITTED to Auburn).
K-P Luke Carter, 6-1, 225, Wilson HS, Florence, S.C.
QB Tre’von Cherry, 6-foot, 180, East Central HS, Tulsa, Okla.
LB Dyson Chmura, 6-3, 212, Waukesha West (Wisc.) HS: The son of former Packers tight end Mark Chmura has potential to play on the offensive side of the ball.
OL Steven Clark, 6-2, 300, Brindlee Mountain HS, Guntersville, Ala.: (COMMITTED to Syracuse)
WR Glen Coates, 5-11, 172, Davidson (N.C.) Day HS: Also offered by Navy.
QB Austin Conway, 5-11, 165, Overland HS, Aurora, Colo.: Conway, a three-star football recruit by Rivals, has offers from Nebraska and Colorado among others. He’s also a highly-recruited basketball player. Indiana has offered Conway for hoops. COMMITTED to Wyoming (basketball).
K Jon Coppens, 6-foot, 185, Nolan Catholic HS, Fort Worth, Texas: (COMMITTED to Wyoming)
LB Austin Corbett, 6-4, 215, Plano (Texas) East HS: Corbett has offers from Navy and Air Force, among others.
DE Shawn Curtis, 6-3, 247, Ronald Reagan-Doral (Fla.) HS: Curtis also had offers from Illinois and Mississippi State among others.
DE Nick Czar, 6-3, 269, Highland (Ill.) HS: Former Army commit. (COMMITTED to Navy)
QB-CB Nate Dalton, 6-3, 195, Cypress Falls HS, Houston, Texas: Dalton has offer from Oklahoma.
LB Trevor Darby 6-3, 210 Davidson (N.C.) Day HS: Navy has also offered Darby.
DL Jack Darnell, 6-3, 260, Champlin Park HS, Champlin, Minn.: (COMMITTED to North Dakota State)
RB Andrew Davidson, 6-2, 210, Emmaus (Pa.) HS
RB Charlie Davidson, 5-10, 200, Blackman HS, Munfreesboro, Tenn.
S Chuck Davis, 5-8, 160, Broad Run HS, Ashburn, Va.: Davis has received a scholarship offer from Wisconsin among others.
RB Taye Davis, 6-2, 225, Lebanon (Tenn.) HS
C-DT Tyler Davis, 6-2, 295, Waccamaw HS, Pawleys Island, S.C.
CB Kameron Dennis, 5-11 185, Servite HS, Anaheim, Calif.: Navy has also offered Dennis.
OG Pat DiCarlo, 6-3, 280, Foothill HS, Santa Ana, Calif.
DL Jordan Dollerson, 5-11, 262, Florence (Ala.) HS
CB Daivon Ellison, 5-9, 180, Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J.: Second-team, all-state cornerback is the No. 27 prospect in New Jersey, according to Ellison top four schools are Boston College, Penn State, Rutgers and Syracuse. (COMMITTED to Syracuse)
C Josh Fannin, 6-3, 290, Mill Creek HS, Hoschton, Ga.: Fannin is ranked the nation’s 10th best center and Georgia’s 70th-best player by Rivals. (COMMITTED to Middle Tennessee State)
QB Aaron Farmer, 6-foot, 178, Cleveland HS, Clayton, N.C.
FB-LB Pena Fitisemanu, 6-foot,255, Kahuku (Hawaii) HS: Navy offered Fitisemanu before Army.
S Kyle Floyd, 6-3, 205, Humble (Texas) HS
DE Marques Ford, 6-4, 217, East Bay HS, Gibsonton, Fla.: Ranked the 14th-best defensive end and 48th-best player in Florida by Ford has offers from Clemson, Wisconsin, Miami (Fla.), Virginia Tech, Nebraska, Duke, N.C. State and among others. (COMMITTED to Tennessee)
RB Jonathan Forrest 5-11, 202, New Rochelle (N.Y.) HS: Forrest is ranked the second-best overall player in New York and the 50th-best running back in the country by Rivals.
RB Coleman Fox, 5-11, 190, Salem (Va.) HS: COMMITTED to Virginia Tech.
S Clay French, 6-2, 200, Northview HS, Duluth, Ga.: French has an unofficial visit to West Point planned for July 21.
LB Eric Gallon, 6-2, 220, Jenkins HS, Lakeland, Fla.: Buffalo, Bowling Green and Eastern Michigan are among the schools that have offered Gallon.
CB George Gbesee, 5-9, 170, Oakland HS, Murfreesboro, Tenn.: (COMMITTED to Wofford)
TE Jeff Gemmell, 6-3, 215, Heritage HS, Wake Forest, N.C.: (COMMITTED to UNC Charlotte)
TE Riley Gessner, 6-4, 225, Dunwoody (Ga.) HS: (COMMITTED to Furman)
C Michael Gomez, 6-foot, 270, Cary-Grove HS, Cary, Ill.
RB Evan Gray, 5-10, 228, Westfield HS, Chantilly, Va.: Voted best running back at Army’s second prospect camp in June.
P Cory Griffith, 6,-2, 210, St. Ignatius HS, Cleveland, Ohio
T-DE Devin Hannan, 6-4, 270, Belle Vernon (Pa.) HS: (COMMITTED to Towson)
WR KiAnte Hardin, 5-10, 160, Webb City (Mo.) HS: (COMMITTED to Minnesota)
WR Jaylen Harris, 5-7, 150, Steele HS, Cibolo, Texas
G R.J. Harris, 6-3, 260, North Florida Christian HS, Tallahassee, Fla.
CB Montre Hartage, 6-foot, 180, Crisp County HS, Cordele, Ga.
LB Hayden Haupt, 6-2, 210, Clovis North HS, Fresno, Calif.
S Miles Hayes, 6-3, 195, Archbishop Moeller HS, Cincinnati, Ohio.: Navy offered Hayes after Army did.
TE Charles Hays, 6-4, 250, La Quinta (Calif.) HS
RB Robert Heyward, 6-foot, 195, Calvary Day School, Savannah, Ga.: Heyward was named Georgia’s 3-A East player of the year.
WR Tabari Hines, 5-10, 165, South Florence HS, Florence, S.C.: (COMMITTED to Wake Forest)
QB Jordan Hoy, 6-1, 187, Rockwell-Heath HS, Rockwell, Texas
LB Kendrick Jackson, 6-1, 235, Haynesville (La.) HS: (COMMITTED to Arizona)
QB Issac James, 5-11, 183 Carmel (Ind.) HS: (COMMITTED to Indiana)
QB William James, 6-2, 206, Morgan Park HS, Chicago, Ill.
OL Radson Jang, 6-2, 250, Kamehameha HS, Honolulu, Hawaii
WR-CB Brenndan Johnson, 5-11, 170, Midway HS, Waco, Texas: (COMMITTED to Navy)
RB Jalen Johnson, 5-9, 167, Westview HS, Avondale, Ariz.
QB London Johnson, 6-foot, 185, Marlboro HS, Bennetsville, S.C.: (COMMITTED to Charleston Southern)
C Andrew Jones, 6-foot, 280 Unionville HS, Kennett Square, Pa.
DL Blake Jones, 6-1, 263, Harris County HS, Hamilton, Ga.
LB Cole Jones, 6-foot, 210, St Xavier HS, Cincinnati
CB James Jones, 6-1, 180, Mullen HS, Denver, Colo.
CB Dominieke Jones, 6-1, 170, Bingham HS, South Jordan, Utah
DE Milord Juste, 6-1, 242, Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) HS: (COMMITTED to Florida International)
WR-CB A.J. Keene, 5-9, 165, Calvary Day HS, Savannah, Ga.: Keene was named the Georgia’s 3-A East first team as a defensive back.
TE Christian Kelley, 6-2, 230, Mount Carmel (Pa.) HS: Kelley went on an unofficial visit to Army on June 17. (COMMITTED to Cornell)
CB Lyrics Klugh, 5-11, 180, Byrnes HS, Duncan, S.C.
T Griffin Landrum, 6-3, 285, South Forsyth HS, Cumming, Ga.
DL Simeon Lane, 6-1, 300, St. Xavier’s HS, Cincinnati: (COMMITTED to Princeton)
LB-RB Noah Lazaro, 6-2, 215, Southwest HS, Lincoln, Neb.
DB Trey Lee, 5-10, 185, Thomas Stone HS, Waldorf, Md.
LB Gus Little 6-3, 224, Massaponax HS, Fredricksburg, Va.: (COMMITTED to Maryland)
DE Kirk Livingstone, 6-4, 235, Stranahan HS, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.: (COMMITTED to Alabama-Birmingham)
DE Dante Lonardo, 6-2, 248, Bethlehem Catholic (Pa.) HS: (COMMITTED to Lafayette)
K-P Davis Luster, 6-2, 180, Montgomery Bell HS, Nashville, Tenn.
TE Tyler Mabry, 6-4, 245, IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla.
RB DeAngelo Malone, 5-11, 185, Cathedral HS, Erie, Pa.
DT Thad Mangum, 6-1, 270, Christ Church Episcopal HS, Greenville, S.C.
RB Marcus Marshall, 5-10, 200, Millbrook HS, Raleigh, N.C.
S Andrew Martel, 6-1, 195, Foster HS, Richmond, Texas: (COMMITTED to Texas-San Antonio)
OL Mitch Mathes, 6-3, 280, Troup County HS, LaGrange, Ga.: (COMMITTED to Mercer)
C-NG Jamarion McBride, 6-2, 290, Hillcrest HS, Simpsonville, S.C.
C Eric McAllister, 6-1, 270, Central Catholic, Pittsburgh
WR Maxwell McCormick, 6-3, 193, St. John’s Jesuit HS, Toledo, Ohio
G Kyle-Malik Mitchell, 6-2, 295, Alcoa (Tenn.) HS
G Trenton Mooney, 6-5, 255, Lamar (Mo.) HS
CB Sammy Morrison, 5-11, 160 Gonzaga HS, Washington, D.C. (COMMITTED to Arizona)
NG Army Motuapuaka, 5-11, 285, Salem HS, Virginia Beach, Va.: Army is Motuapuaka’s first FBS offer. Father is first sergeant in Army. Brother is linebacker for Virginia Tech. Made unofficial visit to West Point on July 16.
DE Twazanga Mugala, 6-3, 215, Ardrey Kell HS, Charlotte, N.C.: (COMMITTED to Purdue)
DT Kevin Murphy, 6-3, 275, West Chester (Pa.) East HS (COMMITTED to UConn)
LB-FB Robert Muschamp, Darlington School, Rome, Ga.: A three-star recruit by Rivals, Muschamp is ranked as the 38th-best outside linebacker in the nation and the 41st-best player in Georgia.
DE Jalen Nash, 6-3, 235, SouthLake Christian HS, Huntersville, N.C.
WR Devin Nixon, 6-foot, 181, Viera (Fla.) HS: (COMMITTED to Western Kentucky)
LB-S Jett Nye, 6-foot, 210, Granville (Ohio) HS: Nye also has an offer from Air Force.
OL-DL Michael Owens, 6-4, 270, Nazareth Academy, LaGrange Park, Ill.
RB Devine Ozigbo, 5-11, 230, Sachse (Texas) HS: Rivals ranks Ozigbo the 42nd-best running back in the class of 2015. Texas back has 23 FBS offers (COMMITTED to Iowa State)
G Ethan Palelei, 6-foot, 290 Bishop Gorman HS, Las Vegas: Brother, Evan, was a senior defensive end at Navy last season. Father, Lonnie, played for Steelers, Eagles, Giants and Jets.
LB Charlie Patrick, 6-1, 208, Mays HS, Atlanta: Patrick has named his top three schools. In no particular order, Western Kentucky, Appalachian State and Georgia State. (COMMITTED to Georgia State).
DE Michael Peoples, 6-3, 265, Agua Fria HS, Avondale, Ariz.
K Matt Philichi, 5-9, 175, Bellarmine Prep, Tacoma, Wash.
WR Christian Philpott, 6-4, 203, North Florida Christian HS, Tallahassee, Fla.: Georgia state 1A 200 and 400-meter champion also has offers from Wisconsin, Miami (Fla.), Iowa State, Maryland, Central Florida and Louisville among others. (COMMITTED to Georgia Tech)
QB Elijah Robinson, 6-1, 174, Montclair HS, N.J. (COMMITTED to Boston College)
QB Rashad Robinson, 6-foot, 180, Hermitage HS, Richmond, Va.
WR Donovan Rooks, 6-2, 185, Yuma (Ariz.) Catholic HS
LB-S Mykhael Sanford, 5-11, 190, Daphne (Ala.) HS: (COMMITTED to Austin Peay)
OL Nelson Santiago, 6-4, 266, Oakleaf HS, Orange Park, Fla.: Also has offers from Cincinnati, Western Kentucky and Florida International. (COMMITTED to South Alabama)
LB Ben Schrider, 6-4, 225, St. Mary’s College HS, Albany, Calif.: COMMITTED to Richmond)
DB Tank Scott, 6-foot, 185, Highland Springs (Va.) HS
LB Gabriel Sewell, 6-foot, 215, Desert Hills HS, St. George, Utah
DT Lausii “Boogie” Sewell, 6-foot, 305, Desert Hills HS, St. George, Utah: (COMMITTED to Colorado)
QB Jeff Smith, 6-1, 170, Clearwater (Fla.) Central Catholic HS: (COMMITTED to Boston College)
LB-S Aron Spann, 6-2, 195, Dorman HS, Roebuck, S.C.
WR Tre Spann, 6-1, 185, DeSoto HS, Southaven, Miss.
LB Jacquese Steen, 6-foot, 230, Skyline HS, Oakland, Calif.
DE Nick Steinhaus, 6-1, 235, Milton HS, Alpharetta, Ga.
WR Brad Stewart, 6-1, 190, Benedictine Military School, Savannah, Ga.
DL Roderick Stoddard, 6-foot, 250, Hillcrest HS, Simpsonville, S.C.
WR Bryce Sutherland, 6-1, 186, De La Salle HS, Chicago, Ill.
OL Nathan Thacker, 6-2, 250, Lord Botetourt HS, Daleville, Va.
RB Alex Trotter, 5-8, 170, McCallie HS, Chattanooga, Tenn.
DT Tyree Turner, 6-2, 258, Stockbridge (Ga.) HS: (COMMITTED to South Alabama)
DL Josh Uluocha, 6-3, 267, Stafford (Texas) HS: Uluocha received his first offer from Army. Texas State followed up with an offer on same day. (COMMITTED to Texas State)
RB-CB Josh Walker, 5-6, 160, Jacobs HS, Algonquin, Ill.
RB Quaide Weimerskirch, 6-foot, 200 pounds, Pace HS, Milton, Fla. (COMMITTED to Georgia Tech)
RB-S Luke West, 5-11, 200, San Angelo Central (Texas) HS
LB-FB Jake Whalen, 6-2, 220, Wausau (Wisc.) West HS
QB McKinley Whitfield, 6-4, 195, Spiro (Okla.) HS: Army is recruiting Whitfield, who was named the top basketball player in his area, as an quarterback and an athlete. Rivals ranks Whitfield as the 13th-best player in the state of Oklahoma. (COMMITTED to Tulsa)
WR Kielan Whitner, 6-1, 178, Mountain View HS, Lawrenceville, Ga.: (COMMITTED to Appalachian State)
CB D.J. Williams, 5-10, 168, Smyrna (Tenn.) HS: Toledo has also offered Williams.
QB Greg Williams, 5-10, 193, Steele HS, Cibolo, Texas: (COMMITTED to Texas State)
QB Arion Worthman, 6-foot, 200 University HS, Normal, Ill.
C Kendel Wright, 6-3, 280, Mountain View HS, Lawrenceville, Ga.: (COMMITTED to Navy)
DE Will Yancey, 6-4, 240, Landmark Christian HS, Fairburn, Ga.
LB Christian Young, 6-2, 215. Hough HS, Cornelius, N.C.

2016 offers
K Alex Barbir, 5-9, 185, South Forsyth HS, Cumming, Ga.
WR Tre Nixon, 6-foot, 155, Viera (Fla.) HS: Notre Dame is the latest high profile FBS school to offer Nixon was offered by Notre Dame this week.

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Postgame Navy: Coach Monken

Army coach Jeff Monken met the media after a 17-10 loss to Navy and spoke of how proud he was of the team and how it, “honor and privilege” for him to represent West Point.

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Postgame: Drummond, Dixon, Jenkins, Timpf

Army senior defensive end Joe Drummond, senior fullback Larry Dixon, sophomore cornerback Josh Jenkins and sophomore linebacker Jeremy Timpf speak to the media after a 17-10 loss, Army’s 13th straight, to Navy.

Bonus video of Army alma mater.

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Pregame Army-Navy blog: Bacon to start

After missing the last seven games with leg injury, Army senior safety Geoff Bacon will return to the field as a starter.

Earlier in the week, Army coach Jeff Monken said he was unsure of Bacon’s status.

Bacon, a co-captain, has started the previous three Army-Navy games. He should provide a boost to Army’s safeties, who have struggled since his absence.

Senior Angel Santiago will make his 22nd start and his first in an Army-Navy game.

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VIDEO: Army March On

Army remained undefeated in the March On at the Army-Navy game.

Here are some videos of Army cadets marching onto the field at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore during pregame festivities.


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Pregame leftovers: Navy

Here are some notes and quotes that didn’t make print or online editions this week

The game will pit best friends against one another. Army sophomore wide receiver Edgar Poe and Navy sophomore linebacker Danny Gonzalez were teammates at Cienega High in Vail, Ariz.

Poe and Gonzalez talked outside their locker room before pregame warmups. Gonzalez joked around earlier this week that the two would trash-talk to each other before the game.

“During the game, I don’t know how much I will be seeing him,” said Gonzalez, Navy’s second-leading tackler. He’ll be lined up on the outside. I’ll be focused in on the option. I’m sure I’ll run into him a couple of times and we’ll probably just laugh.”

Gonzalez said he talks to Poe during the season about academy life and how football is going. He said there’s pressure for Navy player to keep its 12-game winning streak going against Army.

“We have alumni all around us constantly reminding us about the streak and about how importance it is to beat Army,” Gonzalez said.

Jeff Monken is coaching in his first Army-Navy game as a head coach. Who is the last Army coach to beat Navy in his first Army-Navy? Tom Cahill, 1966. Army defeated Navy 20-7 at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia.

Army sophomore linebacker Jeremy Timpf on Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds: Reynolds: “He’s a good running quarterback. We are going to have to be careful and not miss any of our assignments. We got to be very fundamentally sound this week and play with our eyes. We are prepared for him. He’s just like any good Division I running quarterback.”

Army senior defensive end Joe Drummond on Navy’s 12-game winning streak: “The 12 straight (wins) for them is in everyone’s mind. But what we remember is the past is the past. The future has yet to be seen and right now what matters is Saturday. Both teams in 2014 are 0-0 against each other. It doesn’t matter what the past record is or what the future record is going to be. The 2014 Army team and the 2014 Navy team, we are both 0-0. Both of the programs’ goals is to come out 1-0 Saturday and we are extremely excited to play such an esteemed program as Navy.”

Monken in the game being played in close proximity to Annapolis, home of Navy: “These games aren’t in anybody’s backyard. We are playing in an NFL stadium. Every year, it’s played in an NFL stadium and it’s not a home game for either team. In my first year at Navy in 2002, we played in the Meadowlands. So I guess you call that Army’s backyard and that didn’t make any difference. (Navy won 58-12).”

More Monken on the game: “It doesn’t matter where you play this game. It really makes no difference. It’s a game all to itself. It’s very much like a bowl game. Just the atmosphere and the attention that is paid to it…We could play this thing in the Walmart parking lot or on the face of the moon. It wouldn’t matter. These teams are going to battle and it’s going to be a big deal.”

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Prediction time: Navy

Army is a 15-point underdog against Navy in the 115th meeting of the service academies Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

The line is at its highest in the past five years of Navy’s 12-game winning streak.

Does Army have any chance to break the streak this time? Ask Army coach Jeff Monken, who is in his first season at the academy, and players and they will tell you that they must play a perfect game to beat Navy because in most cases Navy doesn’t beat itself in these games.

The game features two of the country’s top rushing offenses. Navy leads the nation, averaging 357.8 yards per game. The Midshipmen gained a season-high 487 yards in a31-24 victory at Temple on Sept. 6.

Army ranks fifth with an average of 305.5 yards per game. The Black Knights rushed for a season-high 425 yards in a 33-24 win over Ball State on Oct. 4.

Both defenses have allowed their share of points. Army and Navy have each allowed 30 points or more in seven of their 11 games.

Sal Interdonato (Times Herald-Record Army football beat writer): Navy 34, Army 21. Like most recent years, the talent is much difference on either side of the ball except for the most important player on the field – Navy junior quarterback Keenan Reynolds. I said it last year and I have to stick to my word, Army will snap the streak after Reynolds graduates. He’s just that dynamic of a player, who has the knack for big plays in this game. Fullbacks Noah Copeland and Chris Swain complement Reynolds well.
Kevin Gleason (Times Herald-Record sports editor, Army football beat writer emeritus): Army 27, Navy 26. “Logic dictates a Navy blowout. Logic, for the first time since a series of wacky Army-Navy games in the 1990s, disappears into the heavens of the greatest rivalry in sports.”
Will Montgomery (Times Herald-Record Army football columnist): Navy 35, Army 14. “Reynolds won’t be stopped and Army’s two QB system prevents the Black Knights from building any momentum offensively.”

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Notebook: Braving the elements

Rain was falling. The winds were whipping.

Army practiced through a nor’easter Tuesday, preparing for its game against Navy Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

“It was the crappiest weather that you can think of,” sophomore linebacker Jeremy Timpf said.

Last year’s Army-Navy game was played in the snow at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

“It can snow,” said Timpf, Army’s leading tackler (102) this season. “It can hail. It can sleet. It can be like last year. We are going to be ready for anything.”

First-year coach Jeff Monken believes in practicing in the elements. When he took the job, Monken said barring a lightning storm Army would practice outside and not inside the Foley Athletic Center.

Asked Monken at his press conference if Tuesday’s practice would be inside, Monken said, “Not today.”

Senior safety Geoff Bacon’s status remains up in the air. Bacon is taking limited live reps in practice, Monken said.

“If he’s healthy, we’d certainly like to use him,” Monken said. “We don’t have the luxury of having a lot of guys, who have played a lot of football, have a lot of experience and have the confidence that comes with playing…Certainly, he’d be value to us if he were playing. But, I don’t know at this time.”

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Tuesday presser: Navy

Army coach Jeff Monken met the media for his Tuesday press conference before Saturday’s game against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

Here’s Monken’s opening statement and a clip of the coach talking about senior Larry Dixon and the status of senior safety Geoff Bacon:

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Patches for Army-Navy game

Army football players have worn the same unit patches on their helmets for each game this season.

The team changes things up for the Army-Navy game Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

Players can request special patches for a family member or friend, who has served or is currently serving in the Army.

Senior safety Hayden Pierce and senior linebacker Jim Forgrave will be wearing the 173rd Airborne Brigade patch in honor of former Army quarterback/safety Chase Prasnicki, who was killed in action in Afghanistan on June 27, 2012.

Senior running back Raymond Maples, who will graduate from the academy later this month, will have the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment patch on his helmet. Maples will report to the 11th Armored Cavalry in January.

Here’ s some other individual patches that players will wear:
Senior safety Geoff Bacon: 82nd Airborne Division, uncle’s unit.
Junior linebacker Justin Fahn: 3rd Ranger Battalion, father, Greg’s unit.
Junior Drew Hennessy: 101 Airborne Division, sister’s unit.
Junior linebacker Dalton Mendenhall: 1st Special Forces, great-great uncle’s unit during World War II.
Freshman defensive lineman Andrew McLean: 2nd Infantry Division, his brother, Matthew’s unit.
Junior safety Michael McFadden: 82nd Airborne, father, Brian’s unit.
Freshman offensive lineman Trey Ratliff: 1st Cavalry Division, his father, William’s unit.
Junior quarterback: A.J. Schurr: 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, family friend’s unit
Senior guard Steve Shumaker: 28th National Guard, grandfather’s unit.
Junior punter Alex Tardieu: 8th Army Air Corps, grandfather, John Tardieu’s unit during World War II
Junior tight end Kelvin White: 1st Special Forces, teacher’s unit.
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In addition, positions will be wearing different patches:
Quarterbacks: 10th Mountain Division
Running backs: 3rd Infantry Division
Wide receivers: 101st Airborne Division
Tight ends: 7th Infantry Division
Offensive line: 1st Cavalry Division
Defensive linemen: 1st Armored Division
Inside linebackers: 2nd Infantry Division
Outside linebacker: 25th Infantry Division
Cornerbacks: 82nd Airborne Division
Safeties: 4th Infantry Division
Kickers, punters, long snappers: 75th Ranger Regiment.

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