Black and Gold game blog

The following players were among a group, which didn’t play in the game: QB Angel Santiago (click here for more ); RB Terry Baggett; RB Trenton Turrentine; LB Julian Holloway; LB Sean McBryde; LB Chasen Brown; LB Kyle Ricciardi.

Banged up: Junior running back Stephen Fraser left the game late in the first quarter after suffering an apparent right leg injury after his only career. Fraser did not return and was on crutches in the second half. Freshman wide receiver Xavier Moss suffered a left arm injury after he took a hit from Nick Brickous on a kick return. Moss did not return and his arm was in a sling after the game.

Just visiting: Several 2014 Army commits and 2015 recruits attended the game. Among the 2014 commits were TE Zach Saum; QB Seth Gonzales; FB Teran Barnitz; DE Austin Weaver; WR Jalen Parson and LB Zach Maxwell.


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Five players who shined at Black and Gold game

When Jeff Monken and his staff look at the video from Army’s Black and Gold game, they will see some players, who stepped up on both sides of the ball.

Here’s my take on five players, who shined during the spring game:

1. Freshman quarterback Matt Kaufmann. Some Army fans were ready to annoint Kaufmann as the Black Knights’ 2014 starting quarterback after his performance. Kaufmann completed 13 of his 17 passes for 206 yards and a touchdown. All but one of throws were on target. He threw a perfect ball to tight end Jacob Owens streaking down the middle of the field for a 41-yard gain. Kaufmann placed a pass in the perfect spot for Mike Parros to go up and win the ball for a 36-yard touchdown. He keeps Army’s offense moving. Kaufmann doesn’t make many mistakes and the offense seems to play with a spark with he’s at the helm.
2. Freshman cornerback Josh Jenkins. In my opinion, Jenkins was Army’s best and most consistent defensive player in his first season. It looks like Jenkins will have more of an impact in 2014. Defensive coordinator Jay Bateman is taking advantage of Jenkins’ speed by blitzing him off the edge. Jenkins sacked quarterback A.J. Schurr, forcing a fumble, which he recovered with 1:49 left to seal the Gold team’s 20-14 win. He also had a 25-yard punt return.
3. Junior running back Tony Giovannelli. Giovannelli might have been Army’s most consistent offensive player this spring. He showed his versatility Saturday. Giovannelli has nine touches for 151 yards including six catches and 112 receiving yards. Coaches have love Giovannelli’s fire and leadership this spring. When running backs Terry Baggett and Raymond Maples returned from injuries in August, they may not automatically jump to the front of line due to Giovannelli’s play.
4. Sophomore fullback Matt Giachinta. Giachinta recorded five first downs on his game-high 14 carries. He broke up the middle and untouched on a 17-yard touchdown run and had a game-high 68 rushing yards. Giachinta’s emergence this spring gives Army a strong 1-2 punch at fullback needed when running the triple option.
5. Sophomore linebacker Justin Fahn. Fahn’s not at the top of the depth chart but his play was on point Saturday. He led the Black team with eight tackles including a fourth-down stuff of running back Elijah St. Hilaire at the Black 5.

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Black and Gold spring game: Why Angel Santiago did not play

Junior quarterback Angel Santiago, who started 11 games in 2013, sat out of Army’s Black and Gold game Saturday due to disciplinary reasons, coach Jeff Monken said.

Monken said Santiago and two other unnamed football players were involved in a situation within his first few weeks as head coach in January. The situation was not academic-related, Monken said.

“There was a deal earlier in the semester that we had talked to him about,” Monken said. “There was some criteria that we set forth that he had to do to earn a spot in the spring game and he didn’t get all of those things done so we sat him out today. Nothing major that we need to talk about.”

Monken said Santiago’s absence from the spring game doesn’t change his place on the depth chart. Santiago was running second string behind sophomore A.J. Schurr. He was expected to be the starting quarterback for the Gold team Saturday. Freshman Matt Kaufmann took Santiago’s place and led the Gold team to a 20-14 win over the Black.

“It doesn’t change the way we feel about him,” Monken said. “He’s a great kid, who is extremely coachable. I expect him to be right in thick of a starting position (in the preseason).”


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Spring depth chart: Defense

Here’s Army’s depth chart on defense prior to the Black & Gold game on Saturday:

DE: Mike Ugenyi, Jr.; Ryan Alexander, Soph.; Evan Finnane, Fr.
DT: Richard Glover, Jr.; T.J. Atimalala, Soph.; Ammon Tuimaunei, Fr.
DE: Joe Drummond, Jr.; Jordan Smith, Fr.; Bobby Kough, Jr.
OLB: Steve Ricciardi, Jr.; Addison Holstein, Jr.
OLB: Derek Sanchez, Jr.; James Kelly, Jr.; Malcolm Hudson, Fr.
MLB: Andrew King, Fr.; Sean McBryde, Fr.; Jim Forgrave, Jr.
WLB: Jeremy Timpf, Fr.; Seth Combs, Fr.; Justin Fahn, Soph.
CB: Josh Jenkins, Fr.; Lamar Johnson-Harris, Jr.; Mike McFadden, Soph.
CB: Chris Carnegie, Soph.; Jared Vallner, Fr.; Nick Brickous, Fr.
FS: Geoff Bacon, Jr.; Steven Johnson, Fr.; Gino DeBartolo, Jr.
S: Hayden Pierce, Jr.; Gervon Simon, Fr.; Luke Proulx, Soph.

Not listed on depth chart: LB Julian Holloway, Jr. (injured); LB Chasen Brown, Fr. (injured), LB Marcus Poling, Soph. (injured); S Alex Waugh, Soph. (injured); DE Wyatt Wilkerson, Soph.; LB Dalton Mendenhall, Soph.; CB Marques Avery, Jr.; CB Issac Winters, Jr. (injured); S Joey Giovannelli, Fr.; LB Shawn Lemoto, Fr.; LB Adam Bungum, Fr.; LB Caleb Newman, Fr.; LB Luke Fetla, Fr.; LB Rob Jenkins, Fr.; CB Caleb McNeill (walk-on); DB Curtis Gardner, Soph.; S Akintunde Akinniyi, Soph.; DB John Barnett, Fr.

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Spring depth chart: Offense

Here’s a look at depth chart on offense before Army’s Black & Gold game Saturday:

QB: A.J. Schurr, Soph.; Angel Santiago, Jr.; Matt Kaufmann, Fr.
FB: Larry Dixon, Jr.; Matt Giachinta, Soph.; Aaron Kemper, Fr.; PaulAndrew Rhoden, Fr.
RB: Stephen Fraser, Jr.; Elijah St. Hilaire, Fr.; Jared Rogers, Soph.; Trenton Turrentine, Jr.
RB: Tony Giovannelli, Jr.; Joe Walker, Fr.; Jeff Malm-Annan, Fr.
WR: Xavier Moss, Fr.; Justin Newman, Jr.; Deandre Bell, Soph.; Chevaughn Lawrence, Jr.
WR: Kelvin White, Soph.; Edgar Poe, Fr.; Lane Holmes, Fr.; Mike Parros, Soph.
TE: Eddy Ruzga, Fr.; Jacob Owens, Soph.
LT: Drew Hennessy, Soph.; Ryan Powis, Jr.; Adam Szott, Fr.
LG: Steve Shumaker, Jr.; O.J. Hall, Fr.
C: Matt Hugenberg, Soph.; Todd McDonald, Jr.
RG: Stefan Moreau, Fr.; Colby Enegren, Fr.; Parker Bates, Soph.
RT: Justin Gilbert, Soph.; Corey Hobbs, Soph.

Not listed on depth chart: RB Terry Baggett (injured); RB Lawrence Scott (injured); C Lofi Tamasese (injured); T Alex Cauley (injured); G Will Butler (injured); G Jack Plunkett (injured); QB Cody Jackson; QB Tevin Long; FB Richie Smith; FB Tirone Young; RB Acha Ndando (injured); RB Grant Escobar; G Chris Smythe; T Niko Schillaci

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2014 schedule update

CBS Sports Network released kickoff times for four 2014 Army home games at Michie Stadium and the Black Knights’ Nov. 8 game against UConn at Yankee Stadium.

Games against Buffalo (Sept. 6), Ball State (Oct. 4), Rice (Oct. 11) and Fordham (Nov. 29) will start at noon at West Point. The UConn game is slated for a 3:30 p.m. start in the Bronx.

Kickoff time for Army’s Nov. 1 game against Air Force at Michie Stadium has yet to be determined. The game could be picked up by CBS.

2014 schedule
Sept. 6 BUFFALO, noon
Sept. 13 at Stanford, TBA
Sept. 20 at Wake Forest, TBA
Sept. 27 at Yale, TBA
Oct. 4 BALL STATE, noon
Oct. 11 RICE, noon
Oct. 18 at Kent State, TBA
Nov. 8 UConn at Yankee Stadium, 3:30 p.m.
Nov. 15 at Western Kentucky, TBA
Nov. 29 FORDHAM, noon
Dec. 13 Navy at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore


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Black and Gold Game rosters

Here are the rosters and coaching staffs for the Black & Gold Game, which will be held at noon Saturday at Michie Stadium.

Note- * – injured, likely won’t play

Black (first-team offense, second-team defense)
QB: 11 A.J. Schurr, 5 Cody Jackson
FB: 26 Larry Dixon, 25 Aaron Kemper, 33 Richie Smith
RB: 27 Stephen Fraser, 19 Tony Giovannelli, 18 Jared Rogers, 44 Grant Escobar, *37 Acha Ndando
WR: 86 Xavier Moss, 2 Kelvin White, 21 Chevaughn Lawrence, 15 Deandre Bell
TE: 45 Eddy Ruzga
C: 53 Matt Hugenberg, *74 Lofi Tamasese
OT: 73 Drew Hennessy, 60 Justin Gilbert, 52 Ryan Powis, 77 Adam Szott
OG: 70 Steve Shumaker, 75 Stefan Moreau, 69 Chris Smythe, 64 Jack Plunkett.
DE: 50 Ryan Alexander, 53 Jordan Smith; 97 Wyatt Wilkerson
DT: 93 T.J. Atimalala, 75 Evan Finnane
OLB: 43 James Kelly, 7 Dalton Mendenhall, 48 Shawn Lemoto, 27 Adam Bungum, 51 Caleb Newman
ILB: 28 Sean McBryde, 91 Justin Fahn, 66 Luke Fetla, 34 Jim Forgrave, *42 Julian Holloway; *49 Chasen Brown
CB: 19 Michael McFadden, 8 Jared Vallner, 31 Caleb McNeill.
S: 2 Steven Johnson, 10 Gervon Simon, 17 Gino DeBartolo, 37 Curtis Gardner, 38 Alex Waugh, 22 Luke Proulx
Special teams: 95 K-P Dan Grochowski; 17 K Mitchell Howard, 1 K Michael McDonald; 88 LS Connor Farley.
Coaches: Superintendent Robert Caslen (honorary head coach); Brent Davis (offensive coordinator); Lamont Seward (running backs); Sean Saturnio (fullbacks); K.C. Corless (linebackers); John Loose (safeties); Ray McCartney (defensive line); Jaybo Shaw (offensive quality control).
Student coaches: Momo Kime, Zach Williams, Zach Marciano, A.J. Armstrong, Kyle Maxwell.
Honorary captains: Garry Steele, Rollie Stichweh, Tom Morgan, Seth Nieman.
Staff: Danilo Robinson; Chris Clyde, Will Greenberg, Chad Davis, Jen Guzman, Kassi Lee.

Gold (first-team defense, second-team offense with mixed of remaining roster)
QB: 3 Angel Santiago, 4 Matt Kaufmann, 8 Tevin Long
FB: 40 Matt Giachinta, 23 PaulAndrew Rhoden, 38 Tirone Young
RB: 22 Joe Walker, 29 Elijah St. Hilaire; 32 Jeff Malm-Annan, *31Terry Baggett; *10 Trenton Turrentine
WR: 82 Edgar Poe, 85 Justin Newman, 88 Mike Parros, 83 Lane Holmes
TE: 6 Jacob Owens
C: 51 Todd McDonald
OT: 59 Corey Hobbs, 68 Niko Schillaci; *78 Alex Cauley
OG: 72 Colby Enegren; 71 O.J. Hall; 63 Parker Bates, *56 Will Butler
DE: 54 Joe Drummond, 92 Mike Ugenyi, 99 Bobby Kough
DT: 98 Richard Glover, 96 Ammon Tuimaunei
OLB: 32 Steven Ricciardi, 94 Derek Sanchez, 47 Addison Holstein; 90 Malcolm Hudson, 56 Rob Jenkins
ILB: 11 Andrew King, 39 Jeremy Timpf, 13 Seth Combs, 44 Kyle Ricciardi, *25 Marcus Poling
CB: 3 Josh Jenkins, 16 Lamar Johnson-Harris, 14 Chris Carnegie, 4 Marques Avery, 15 Issac Winters, 36 Nick Brickous
S: 6 Geoff Bacon, 9 Hayden Pierce; 29 Joey Giovannelli, 20 Akintunde Akinnyi
Special teams: 19 K Cale Brewer; 80 P Alex Tardieu, 21 K-P Ralph Freibert, 89 LS Alex Clamp
Coaches: Commandant Richard Clarke (honorary head coach), Jay Bateman (defensive coordinator), Mitch Ware (quarterbacks), Todd Spencer (offensive line), Tucker Waugh (wide receivers), Bob Bodine (tight ends), Jovan Dewitt (linebackers), Orlando Mitjans, Jr. (cornerbacks)
Student coaches: Patrick Laird, Colby Miller, Colin Linkul, Reggie Nesbit, Ross McDonald.
Honorary captains: Jodie Glore, Greg Gadson, Jim Ward, Carlton Jones.
Staff: Andy Wolfrum (defensive quality control); Troy Everhart, Scott Swanson, Darren Mustin, Gaylord Greene, Michelle Kohus, Liz Sramek.

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April 16 practice blog

Fullback Matt Giachinta picked up a burst of steam through the line of scrimmage.

Safety Geoff Bacon zeroed in on Giachinta, looking to make the big hit. Giachinta and Bacon collided. Giachinta won knocking Bacon sideways.

“That was a good one,” Giachinta said. “We’ve been hitting out here and going pretty hard. Low man wins. That’s what coach has been preaching. That’s one thing I’ve been trying to work on because I’m a little taller (6-foot-1) than the other B-backs. That’s one thing I’ve been trying to work on a lot and that’s a product of it right there.

Giachinta’s physical style has been one of the constant’s of spring practice. He looks bigger (he put on 10 pounds in the offseason). Giachinta played in 12 games last season, backing up junior Larry Dixon, a three-year starter. He made his first career start against Hawaii. Giachinta rushed 27 times for 112 yards and two touchdowns in 2013. First-year coach Jeff Monken is looking for more production out of Giachinta in his fullback-based triple-option offense in 2014.

“He’s had a good spring,” Monken said of Giachinta. “I think there’s been some healthy competition between he and Larry Dixon. I think both he and Larry are the right body types and the right runners for that positions. Both of those are guys we can play with.”

Giachinta credited the coaches and his fellow fullbacks for his improvement.

“I think I’ve definitely gotten better every day,” said Giachinta, who now weighs 220 pounds. “I feel like the progress all of us (fullbacks) have made has been tremendous. We are running lower, more physical, making better blocks as a group. We definitely got a lot better.”

Quarterback competition: Though Angel Santiago finished practice with the top offense, coach Monken said sophomore A.J. Schurr is at the top of the depth chart. If the depth chart doesn’t change on Friday, Schurr will be quarterbacking the Black team vs. Santiago and the Gold team as Army’s spring game Saturday at Michie Stadium.

Sitting out: CB Chris Carnegie, LB Julian Holloway, RB Terry Baggett and RB Lawrence Scott were among the players, who did not participate in practice.

Practice highlights/recap: Schurr connected on a deep pass to WR Edgar Poe…LB Dalton Mendenhall strung out a pitch to RB Stephen Fraser for no gain…Freshman CB Jared Vallner was running with the second team…WR Kelvin White made a nice adjustment and a catch in front of CB Josh Jenkins…S Steven Johnson laid a big hit on RB Elijah St. Hilaire near the sideline…QB Tevin Long took some reps catching passes…K Dan Grochowski made a 37-yard field goal…FB Matt Giachinta bounced off Vallner’s tackle and gained a few extra yards…Giachinta scored on a 5-yard TD run…The ball slipped out of Schurr’s hands a few times while attempting a pass…Schurr delivered a pass on the money in the flat to RB Stephen Fraser…FB Larry Dixon scored on a 4-yard TD run…RB Jared Rogers showed some good speed, turning a short pass upfield…St. Hilaire scored a 7-yard TD off a pitch…S Gervon Simon went low on Santiago, which drew some grunts from coaches because quarterbacks were wearing non-contact jerseys…LB Andrew King broke through the line and would have laid out the quarterback on the final play of practice.

Sights and sounds: Tom Monken, brother of coach Jeff Monken, was in attendance. Tom Monken is the offensive coordinator for Casey-Westfield (Ill.) High. Nicco Stepina, his senior quarterback, will be playing for Army in the fall…2014 Army commits William Truong, a defensive lineman, and Garrett Sweetser, a linebacker, both of Esperanza (Calif.) High, watched practice……Clear fields at Michie Stadium and Howze Field. The fields were covered with snow Wednesday morning…According to weather app, temperature was 43 degrees when practice ended. It felt like 33 degrees.

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2014 recruiting class (Updated)

Army picked up a late commit in Cleveland (Tenn.) WR Tyler Davis this past weekend.

Bonita (Calif.) RB Jake Payton and Roswell (Ga.) P Daniel DiRoberto are off the commit list.

Eighty-seven commits and counting.

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Here’s a list of Army’s 2014 recruiting class:

# – will attend West Point in fall
* – will attend Army Prep in fall

DE Matt Allgor 6-2, 220, Mason (Ohio) HS
DE Emmanuel Aka, 6-3, 215, Norcross (Ga.) HS
#S Alex Aukerman, 6-2, 205, Center Grove, Ind.: Aukerman was Indiana Class 6A all-state (first team) safety as a senior.
#C Sage Baltrusaitis, 6-1, 255, Brother Rice, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
*FB Teran Barnitz, 6-foot, 215, Cabell Midland (W. Va.) HS
LS Clay Barton, 5-11, 210, North Forsyth (Ga.) HS
DE Lloyd Beal, 6-3, 210, Seneca HS, Louisville, Ky.
RB Nicholas Black, 5-9, 189, College Park HS, Woodlands, Texas
#G-NG Josh Boylan, 6-2, 255 Hebron Academy, Maine.
#LB Justin Byers, 6-1, 205, Panther Creek HS, Cary, N.C.
QB Chris Carter, 5-11, 165, Imperial (Calif.) HS: Set Imperial school career records in passing yards (3,510) and touchdown passes (45). Played in same backfield as Oregon RB commit Royce Freeman. Led Imperial to 11-1 record in 2013.
*RB Malik Crossdale, 5-11, 205, Fordham Prep
DE Cordarrell Davis, 6-foot, 238, Summer Creek (Texas) HS
#RB/LB Danny Davis, 6-foot, 220 pounds, Hebron Academy, Maine.
LB Nika Davis. 6-1, 205 Waco (Texas) HS
WR Tyler Davis, 6-3, 180, Cleveland (Tenn.) HS
* S Casey Dionne, 6-1, 180, Madison Southern, Ky.
RB Christian Drake 5-10, 178, Pelham (Ga.) HS
#WR Jeff Ejekam, 6-3, 200 Bellaire (Texas) HS
WR Rhyan England, 5-11, 180, Collins Hills (Ga.) HS: Atlanta Journal Constitution Class 6A first-team defensive back. Intercepted nine passes as a senior.
DT Morgan Faughnan, 6-2, 235, Binghamton (N.Y.) HS
*LS Scott Flanick, 6-2, 215, Pine Bush (N.Y.) HS
LB Jaquan Frazier, 6-foot, 194, Norcross (Ga.) HS
OL Tim Gant, 6-3, 270, Christian Brothers College High, St. Louis, Mo.: Gant was a Missouri 220-pound state wrestling champion as a junior.
LB Blake Goddard, 5-11, 216, Kirkwood (Mo.) HS
DE Juwan Griffith-James, 6-2, 201, Bergenfield (N.J.) HS
QB Jake Gnacinski 6-2, 225, Fossil Ridge HS, Keller, Texas
QB Seth Gonzales, 6-1, 196, Chapin HS, El Paso, Texas: Three-year starter. Associated Press 4A all-state honorable mention selection as a senior.
DB Jalen Hemphill 6-foot, 184, Hales Franciscan HS, Chicago
DB Kadeem Hemphill 6-foot, 180, Hales Franciscan HS, Chicago
LB Max Hernandez, 6-3, 215 Warren Central (Ind.) HS
# C Bryce Holland, 6-2, 260, Hamilton High, Chandler, Ariz.: Three-star recruit named state’s top center by Arizona Football Coaches Association. Member of Arizona all-star team, which played California in Canyon Coast Classic last month.
OL Isaiah Holland, 6-4, 320, Valor Christian HS, Highlands Ranch, Colo.: Father, Darius, played in NFL for 10 seasons and won a Super Bowl with the Green Bay Packers.
*LB Calen Holt, 6-1, 205, Kamehameha, Hawaii: First-team, all-Hawaii pick.
WR-CB-KR Brandon Jackson, 6-foot, 175, Holy Cross (N.Y.) HS
*LB Sam Johnson, 6-2, 220, Riverview HS, Sarasota, Fla.
*T Sheldon Johnson, 6-3, 260, Gilman School (Md.): Chose Army over Navy. Comes from athletic family. Father, Sheldon, competes in 50-and-over hammer throw and still owns VMI outdoor hammer record (199 feet, 8 inches) set in 1986.
LB Jarrod Jones, 5-10, 205, Prattville (Ala.) HS
CB DaQuan Joy 6-2, 180, Brookville (Ga.) HS
OL Grant Kramer 6-3, 255, Duxbury (Mass.) HS
*G Rick Kurz, 6-2, 265, St. Xavier, Cincinnati, Ohio
#QB Luke Langdon, 5-11, 185, Lutheran HS, Orange, Calif.
*DT Britt Lee, 6-3, 295, Greater Atlanta (Ga.) Christian
*LB Cole Macek, 5-11, 216, Montour (Pa.) HS
*LB Zach Maxwell 6-1, 205, Southington (Conn.) HS: 2013 Hartford Courant defensive player of the year had 17 sacks for Southington as a senior.
*CB Isa Muhammad, 5-11, 175, Riverdale (Ga.) HS
LB James Nachtigal, 6-2, 205, Fort Atkinson (Wisc.) HS: Caught 45 passes for 840 yards and eight touchdowns and made 48 tackles as a senior. Also punted for Fort Atkinson.
*DL Angelo Natter, 6-3, 250, Central Catholic HS, Pittsburgh
G Victor Nieves, 6-4, 331, Northview (Ala.)  HS: Nieves was previously committed to Jacksonville State.
*WR Jalen Parson, 6-3, 185, Heritage (Wake Forest, N.C.) HS: Teammate of Army commit Trey Ratliff
WR Luke Peterman, 6-4, 190, Vandegrift HS, Austin, Texas
WR-LB Christian Poe 6-4, 190, Cienega HS, Vail, Ariz.: Brother of Army freshman receiver Edgar Poe.
LB Chandler Ramirez, 6-foot, 210, Archbishop Mitty (Calif) HS*
OL Josh Rea, 6-foot, 280, Northwest Mississippi CC
S Max Regan, 6-3, 188, Vandegrift HS, Austin, Texas
*CB Michael Reynolds, 6-foot, 175, Northview (Ala.) HS
#T Trey Ratliff, 6-5, 275, Heritage HS, Wake Forest, N.C.: Ratliff received late interest from UConn but stick with his commitment to West Point.
WR-CB Malik St. Hilaire, 6-foot, 175, Palisades Park/Leonia, N.J.: Brother of Army freshman cornerback Elijah St. Hilaire.
WR Malik Sanders, 6-5, 193, Harlan HS, Chicago
#LB Matt Sannella, 6-1, 215,  Kings HS, Cincinnati, Ohio
*TE Zach Saum, 6-4, 215, Cathedral, Ind.: Originally committed to Ball State. Saum’s high school, Cathedral, has won four straight state championships.
*OT Austin Schuffert, 6-3, 250. Prattville (Ala.) HS
*WR Jalen Sharp, 6-1, 175, Greenhill HS, Addison, Texas
#RB Nick Sliver, 5-11, 200, Bishop England HS, Mt. Pleasant S.C.: Versatile athlete could play slotback or fullback. Had 28 rushing touchdowns as senior.
* LB Demetro Stephens, 6-1, 220, Arabia Mountain HS, Lithonia, Ga.
#QB Nicco Stepina, 6-foot, 175, Casey-Westfield HS, Casey, Ill.: Stepina’s offensive coordinator at Casey-Westfield was Tom Monken, brother of Army coach Jeff Monken.
*WR Shafer Swann, 6-2, 195, Central Catholic HS, Pittsburgh: Son of Steeler wide receiver, four-time Super Bowl champion and Pro Football Hall of Famer Lynn Swann.
LB Garrett Sweetser, 6-foot, 201, Esperanza HS, Anaheim, Calif.
*OL Jericho Tamasese, 6-2, 280, Archbishop Riordan HS, San Francisco
RB-LB Aaron Thompson, 6-2, 205, Mobile Christian (Ala.) HS
WR-S Jamal Tookes, 6-4, 195, Eagle’s Landing Christian (Ga.) HS
#OL Brett Toth, 6-7, 260, West Ashley HS, Charleston, S.C.
DE William Truong, 6-1, 250, Esperanza HS, Anaheim, Calif.
#RB-KR Alex Turner, 5-8, 170, Sabino (Ariz.) HS
RB E.J. Turner, 5-10, 170, Grissom HS, Huntsville, Ala.
*G Kaveinga Tuitahi, 6-3, 300, Lutheran (Calif.) HS
FB Kendall Tu’ua, 5-11, 215, Timpview (Utah) HS: Tu’ua ran for more than 1,400 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior.
#LB Dennis Washington, 6-foot, 205, James Island HS, Charleston, S.C.
*LB Sam Walker, 6-4, 230, South Forsyth HS, Ga.: Recruited by Army coach Jeff Monken and offensive coordinator Brent Davis to play at Georgia Southern. Offered by Air Force. Could develop into defensive end.
DE Jack Ward, 6-3, 230, Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass.
*DE Austin Weaver, 6-2, 250, Salpointe (Ariz.) HS: Captain of 14-0 state champion team.
*RB Isaiah Williams, 6-foot, 195, South Forsyth HS, Ga.
FB Morgan Willcox, 5-11, 225 LaSalle HS, Cincinnati, Ohio
K Blake Wilson, 5-9, 140 Boca Raton (Fla.) HS
#RB-LB Bayle Wolf, 6-1, 200, Clinton-Massie (Ohio) HS: Ohio’s Division IV player of the year rushed for 5,473 yards and 102 touchdowns in his career. Led Clinton-Massie to state titles in 2012 and 2013.
FB Darnell Woolfork, 5-10, 220, Maine Endwell (N.Y.) HS
#DB Chris Zook, 6-foot, 185, St. Thomas HS, Houston, Texas: Played quarterback, running back, wide receiver and defensive back at St. Thomas. Named in Houston Chronicle’s top 100 football recruits.

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April 14 practice blog

To say Army’s coaching staff is putting a lot of time into special teams is an understatement.

Coach Jeff Monken and his staff devoted five of the 20 5-minute periods at Monday’s practice to special teams.

At one point, six assistant coaches worked with the kickoff return team.

Monken stopped a punting drill to remind one of the lineman that there’s an 18-inch split between blockers. He halted a coverage team in their tracks downfield and pointed, “Tell me how are you going to keep the ball in front of you?”

Sophomore Alex Tardieu had a solid day punting. Tardieu has a few kicks, which drove punt returns back about five yards.

First-team offense: Former quarterback Kelvin White was working as a first-team wide receiver in just his third practice/scrimmage at the position. Left tackle Ryan Powis and left guard Steve Shumaker returned to action after missing Saturday’s scrimmage due to injuries. Sophomore Matt Hugenberg switch to snapping the ball with natural (left) hand seems to be working better. Hugenberg was moved to center last week and is playing the position for the first time in his life. RB Elijah St. Hilaire and Jared Rogers rotated in at one running back spot. FB Larry Dixon, RB Tony Giovannelli; WR Xavier Moss, RG Stefan Moreau and RT Justin Gilbert also ran with the first team.

First-team defense: Only major change that I spotted was senior CB Lamar Johnson-Harris working with the first team. Sophomore Chris Carnegie, a tw0-year starting cornerback, was limited. DE Joe Drummond, NG Richard Glover, DE Mike Ugenyi, LB James Kelly, LB Steve Ricciardi, LB Andrew King, LB Jeremy Timpf, CB Josh Jenkins, S Geoff Bacon and S Hayden Pierce rounded out the first-team defense.

Sitting out: RB Trenton Turrentine, LB Marcus Poling and LB Chasen Brown were among the players who did not participate in practice.

Practice highlights: Tony Giovannelli broke off a long touchdown run (85 yards) with some tough inside running…Nose guard Richard Glover stopped quarterback Angel Santiago for no gain…linebacker James Kelly knocked the ball away from quarterback A.J. Schurr and defensive end Ryan Alexander recovered the ball…Alexander sacked Santiago…Jared Rogers had a strong run up the middle…Santiago forced a pass into tight coverage which cornerback Josh Jenkins picked off.

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