Captains Woolfolk & Holland on leading Black Knights, sustaining winning at West Point

Darnell Woolfolk captained one of New York’s most storied high school football programs as a Maine-Endwell senior but the fullback didn’t think much of being named one of Army’s leaders when he first arrived at West Point.

Woolfolk received limited action his freshman season and was focused on making more of an impact. He’s made his presence known the last two seasons, rushing for 23 touchdowns as the Black Knights have won 18 of its last 26 games.

Teammates noticed Woolfolk’s continued drive and dedication, selecting him one of three captains for the 2018 season joining linebacker Cole Christiansen and center Bryce Holland.

“It’s a great honor being voted by everybody on the team,” Woolfolk said. “It just shows how hard work pays off in and as a senior to be that they trust me to lead this team means a lot.

“When I first got here I was at the bottom of the food chain I just want to play as hard as I could to get recognized by the coaches and to get playing time. So, I never really thought much about being named captain. I was just focused on working hard to make the team better honestly.”

Woolfolk said toughness will once again be Army’s key to success in 2018.

“I think coach Monken really preaches that and that works for us being the tougher team,” Woolfolk said. “Even if we are down, the mentality is we’re not going to quit. A lot of teams sometimes when they get up, they take their foot off the gas. If we are in the lead, we don’t take our feet off the gas. That mentality of being the tougher team and not quitting no matter what the circumstances are is key in our first game and throughout the season.”

Holland said the biggest thing that ran through his mind when Monken revealed the team vote at the end of the Black-Gold Game was, “now, it’s time to step up and lead the team and help us move forward to all the goals for the next season.’

“Last year was a great year but that’s behind us and now now it’s time to work toward the 2018 team’s goals and go forward from there,” Holland said.

Holland’s vocal presence was heard this spring as the lone returning starter on Army’s offensive line.

“It’s always been my personality and I always been the guy who has a lot of high-energy,” said Holland, a December graduate who will play in his fifth year after missing his sophomore season due to injury. “I try to bring that to practice every day. I’ve always been a vocal guy so for me it was a natural thing. With losing four guys that started on our offensive line, I was being more of that vocal leader especially on the offensive line and making sure energy levels are in check and making sure were holding each other accountable.”

Holland said the expectation level and standards aren’t going to change.

“It’s all about holding every person that is a part of the organization accountable for their actions,” Holland said. “That applies to the football field, that applies to classroom and that applies to our military training as well. That’s something our team is extremely focused on and we make sure that we hold everyone accountable regardless of rank on the team.

“It’s a new team. It’s a new season. Everyone is extremely happy about what we’ve been able to do these last two years but those are different teams. Now, we have to go out there and prove our success with a new group of guys and a new dynamic. It’s all about building on those past victories but also about creating a new success for this team.”

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Post-spring depth chart

Kelvin Hopkins finished the spring atop Army’s quarterback depth chart.

Hopkins, who will be a junior in the fall, ran the first-team offense in the Black-Gold Game and the team’s only scrimmage of the spring.

Cam Thomas, a sophomore in the fall, is Army’s No. 2 quarterback heading out spring.

Kell Walker, who practiced at quarterback in the spring, is listed as a top slotback, a position that he has started the last two seasons.

Army’s top offensive line consists of senior Bryce Holland, junior Mike Johnson and senior Austin Schuffert at the tackles and junior Jaxson Deaton and sophomore Peyton Reeder at the guards. Johnson was limited in spring practice, rehabbing from an ACL injury.

Wide receiver Cam Harrison and defensive lineman Edriece Patterson are other rising sophomore listed as first-teamers.

Other rising sophomores listed on the two-deep are slotbacks Fred Cooper and Artice Hobbs, guard Mike Gerber, tackle JB Hunter, defensive linemen Connor Smith and Ted Wages; linebacker Aaron Jones, cornerback Javhari Bourdeau, long snapper Kyle O’Connor and kicker Landon Salyers.

Offense (Class for 2018 season)
QB: Kelvin Hopkins, 5-foot-10, 205, Jr.; Cam Thomas, 5-10, 175, Soph.
FB: Darnell Woolfolk, 5-9, 235, Sr.; Andy Davidson, 6-2, 235, Sr.; Calen Holt, 6-foot, 230, Sr.
SB: Kell Walker, 5-9, 195, Jr., Fred Cooper, 5-11, 225, Soph.
SB: Jordan Asberry, 5-9, 195, Sr.; Artice Hobbs, 5-9, 175, Soph.
WR: Cam Harrison, 6-2, 195, Soph.; Christian Hayes, 6-foot, 200, Jr.
WR: Kjetil Cline, 6-foot, 205, Jr.; Chris Gregg, 6-foot, 190, Jr.
TE: Quinten Parker, 6-1, 250, Sr.; Zach Saum, 6-5, 250, Sr.
LT: Mike Johnson, 6-3, 280, Jr.; Alex Herndon, 6-2, 260, Jr.
LG: Jaxson Deaton, 6-4, 310, Jr.; Jack Sides, 6-2, 285, Jr.
C: Bryce Holland, 6-2, 295, Sr.; Will Huff, 6-2, 255, Jr.
RG: Peyton Reeder, 6-6, 290, Soph.; Mike Gerber, 6-4, 275, Soph.
RT: Austin Schuffert, 6-2, 285, Sr.; JB Hunter, 6-4, 265, Soph.

Defense (Class for 2018 season)
DE: Wunmi Oyetuga, 6-4, 275, Sr.; Connor Smith, 6-4, 275, Soph.
NT: Ray Wright, 6-3, 285, Sr.; Rod Stoddard, 5-11, 280, Jr.
DT: Edriece Patterson, 6-3, 245, Soph.; Ted Wages, 6-4, 240, Soph.
LB: Kenneth Brinson, 6-2, 245, Sr.; Jake Ellington, 6-3, 240, Jr.
LB: Cole Christiansen, 6-2, 225, Jr.; Ryan Parker, 6-foot, 230, Jr.
LB James Nachtigal, 6-foot, 235, Sr.; Aaron Jones, 6-1, 240, Soph.
LB Chandler Ramirez, 6-foot, 225, Sr.; Amadeo West, 6-2, 255, Jr.
CB Elijah Riley, 6-foot, 205, Jr.; Mike Reynolds, 5-10, 185, Sr.
CB Jalen Sharp, 6-1, 190, Sr.; Javhari Bourdeau, 5-8, 180, Soph.
S James Gibson, 6-1, 220, Sr.; Cameron Jones, 6-foot, 200, Jr.
S Jaylon McClinton, 5-10, 200, Jr.; Max Regan, 6-2, 200, Sr.

Specialists
K: Landon Salyers, 6-1, 190, Soph.; John Abercrombie, 6-foot, 170, Sr.
P Nick Schrage, 6-foot, 185, Sr.; JD Mote, 6-5, 225, Sr.
LS Scott Flanick, 6-2, 235, Sr.; Kyle O’Connor, 6-1, 245, Soph.

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Players remember Brandon Jackson on April 17 and every day

Brandon Jackson was in the thoughts and prayers of Darnell Woolfolk and his Army teammates and coaches Tuesday.

Players shared stories and memories about Jackson, who would have turned 22 years old today. Jackson, Army’s two-year starting cornerback, passed away in a single-car accident on Sept. 11, 2016.

Coach Jeff Monken has said Jackson’s locker would remain set with his uniform and practice gear at least until he would have graduated.

Woolfolk, who will be a senior fullback and was recently named a team captain, played with Jackson at Army Prep before their freshman season in 2015.

“We know that he’s still looking out for this team and he’s always part of the brotherhood,” Woolfolk said. “We want to let him know that we love. We always miss him and we talk about him every day.”

Hard to forget Army’s emotional entrance to the field before the 2016 Army-Navy game with players chanting one of Jackson’s favorite sayings, “Scared Money Don’t Make No Money.” The Black Knights went out and snapped Navy’s 14-game winning streak in the series with a 21-17 victory. Quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw scored the game-winning touchdown on a 2nd-and-8 from Navy’s 9. Jackson wore No. 28.

 

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Recruiting: Hanover Area (Pa.) lineman Justin Kopko’s commitment, Black-Gold Game visitors

Justin Kopko’s connection to Army football started to grow the moment the Hanover Area (Pa.) junior received the underclassman offensive lineman MVP award at the Black Knights’ prospect camp last summer.

Kopko made his eighth trip to West Point for the Black-Gold Game Friday. The 6-foot-4, 315-pound tackle gave his commitment to coach Jeff Monken at the spring game.

“It (the commitment) was coming,” Kopko said. “I’d rather be here than any other school in the country. It’s a top-notch place and the team is going places. I love it up here. Once I got the offensive MVP and started to get familiar with all of the coaches, I knew then that it was the right place.

Kopko, one of the top returning lineman in Pennsylvaniaa high honors student, visited Temple.

St. Joseph Regional (N.J.) junior safety Jimmy Ciarlo tweeted his commitment to Army Saturday. Ciarlo attended the Black-Gold Game. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Ciarlo had offers from Syracuse and Old Dominion.

Dutchtown (Ga.) running back Jonathan Andrews, Vance (N.C.) defensive end Damar Faison,  Mishawaka (Ind.) offensive lineman Alex Faulkner, Springfield (Ohio) linebacker Cameron Hoelscher, Utica Eisenhower (Mich.) defensive end Henry Janeway, East Lincoln (N.C.) defensive end Ryan Matz, Viera (Fla.) linebacker Brandon Mays, Centennial (Texas) OL Kyle Perry, Midlothian (Texas) fullback Landry Songer, Rockwall (Texas) kicker Cole Talley, Lake Ridge (Texas) running back Cartraven Walker and Montclair (N.J.) running back Danny Webb were among the 2018 commits attending the Black-Gold Game.

2019 commits (4)
S Jimmy Ciarlo, 6-3, 190, St. Joseph Regional HS, Montvale, N.J.: Other offers – Syracuse, Old Dominion. (COMMITTED, April 13)
LB Ryan Jewell, 6-1, 223, Pelham (Ala.) HS: (COMMITTED, April 4)
OL Justin Kopko, 6-4, 315, Hanover Area (Pa.) HS: (COMMITTED, April 13)
QB Dedrick Wilson, 6-1, 195, Kenedy (Texas) HS: (COMMITTED, March 28

 

 

 

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Black-Gold Game Recap

Kelvin Hopkins and Army’s offense were in mid-season form early in the Black-Gold Game.

A steady diet of fullback dives, a couple keeper by Hopkins, Army’s sophomore quarterback, and a few fourth-and-short conversions highlighted a 17-play drive that ate up the majority of the first quarter. Fullback Connor Slomka finished the march with a 3-yard touchdown run.

“That exactly how I pictured it,” Hopkins said of the drive. “That’s what we like. I think we got off the field with maybe four minutes left on the clock. It was a real grind-it-out drive. The offense was moving. We made two fourth-down conversions. That’s Army football right there.”

Army broke down the teams into Black (including the first-team offense) and Gold (including the first-team defense).

Hopkins, Kell Walker and Christian Anderson quarterbacked the Black team participating in that order. Cam Thomas and Luke Langdon were the Gold quarterbacks. Langdon led White on its only touchdown drive in the second quarter.

Here’s coach Jeff Monken’s assessment of the quarterbacks after spring football: “I would be difficult to make a decision on who are quarterback is going to be based on tonight. I thought all of those guys did some good things. Kelvin Hopkins has had a good spring and I think really earned the respect of his teammates. He was outstanding high school quarterback that won a lot of football games. He’s gotten so much better this spring running the football and running the offense.

“We used Kell Walker at the quarterback position all spring and that was an interesting project to be able to get the ball in his hands. With all of the different things that we did with the quarterback last fall, it makes sense to have a really good runner in that position. I don’t know if he’s going to stay there but he may play there some.

“With the two young guys, I was really encouraged to see Cam Thomas and Christian Anderson make some plays tonight. I think they still have some growing to do to be able to lead this offense and lead this team and then you have a veteran like Langdon that has been around the program. He makes good decisions. He’s tough and we have a lot of confident in him in his knowledge of the offense.

“It will be interesting to see how it (starting quarterback) plays out. We probably in our minds have an idea of what we think might happen but it’s a little bit early.”

Monken said he will continue to approaching the 2018 season as if Army will not have three-year starting quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw. Bradshaw’s graduation date is said to be still in question.

The game was stopped with 11:36 left in the fourth quarter with Black leading 21-7. Monken said he didn’t want to change for any more injuries to occur. The game was stopped a few times due to players being banged up.

The first-team offense: QB Kelvin Hopkins, FB Andy Davidson; SB Jordan Asberry; SB Fred Cooper; WR Cam Harrison; WR Kjetil Cline; LT Nick Stokes; LG Jaxson Deaton; C Bryce Holland; RG Peyton Reeder; RT Austin Schuffert.

Scoring plays: Black – Connor Slomka 3-yard run; Kelvin Hopkins 1-yard run; Rashaad Bolton 2-yard run. Gold – Calen Holt 3-yard run.

Play of game: Slotback Fred Cooper’s jump cut made linebacker Christian Gomez and Jack King miss in the backfield and the freshman was off on a 35-yard run, which set the final touchdown for Black. Read my story on Cooper here.

For a photo gallery of the game featuring Kell Walker, Calen Holt, Cam Thomas and Christian Anderson, click here.

2018 captains were announced by Monken when he met on the field with the team after the game. Players selected sophomore linebacker Cole Christiansen, senior center Bryce Holland and junior fullback Darnell Woolfolk as captains.

Monken revealed that sophomore defensive end/linebacker Amadeo West, a projected starter, sustained an injury while rehabbing from a torn anterior cruciate ligament that caused him to miss the 2017 season. It’s unlikely that West will play this season.

Woolfolk, junior linebacker James Nachtigal were among the players that didn’t participate in the game. Christiansen’s reps were limited.

Miscellaneous notes: Neither defense forced a turnover. Freshman cornerback Javhari Bourdeau tackled Kell Walker for a loss. Freshman defensive lineman Emmanuel Ukhueligbe knocked down a pass. Cam Thomas completed passes to Ke’Shaun Wells and Christian Hayes. Nick Schrage booted a 54-yard punt…Freshman Sean McNulty missed a 37-yard field goal to end the first half.

VIDEO: Rashaad Bolton leaps into the end zone for touchdown

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April 6 practice blog

The quarterback competition heats up Saturday morning when Army holds its first scrimmage this spring.

Coach Jeff Monken said hitting will be live on quarterbacks during the offense vs. defense scrimmage. In some past scrimmage, quarterback have worn non-contact jerseys.

“We don’t have anybody out there that’s played in a (full) game at quarterback,” Monken said.

Monken said he doesn’t, “have any idea where it’s going to shake out,” at quarterback for the 2018 season. He said both sophomore Kelvin Hopkins and sophomore Kell Walker, who played running back his first two seasons, “have done some good things.” Monken also mentioned he’s anxious to see what freshmen Christian Anderson and Cam Thomas can do under scrimmage-like conditions.

Hopkins and Walker, who are roommates, discuss on a nightly basis what quarterbacks coach Mitch Ware is looking for in Army’s starter. Hopkins said junior quarterback Luke Langdon has helped him with the mental side of the position.

“It’s a very healthy competition,” Hopkins said. “We all are supportive of each other and we all trust coach (Mitch) Ware that he’s getting to put the best guy on the field that’s going to help the team win and we all believe in that,” Hopkins said. “It’s all about the team and it’s all about winning and whatever guy is under center from that room is going to be the best guy for that.

Part of the thinking of Walker’s experiment at quarterback this spring was the thought of giving freshman slotback Fred Cooper an expanded role. Cooper played in 10 games in 2017, scoring two touchdowns among his 13 carries.

“I think he’s got a lot of ability and he’s going to play and I think he will help us,” Monken said of Cooper. “He’s got potential to be even much better than he’s shown so far…He’s got to be consistent and he’s got to grow. He’s still a freshman.”

Junior linebacker Kenneth Brinson could be pulling double duty Saturday. Brinson, one of Army’s top throwers on the track team, is expected to compete in the Army-Navy meet.

Sophomore cornerback Richard Hanson intercepted a pass on the final play of practice.

Freshman kicker Sean McNulty made a 43-yard field goal to close the session. Monken said freshman Landon Salyers, “is probably” at the top of kicking depth chart followed by McNulty.

Sophomore Will Huff has moved from tight end to offensive lineman.

 

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Offensive Line Spring To-Do List

Army football has built a belief among its offensive linemen over the past few seasons.

The line’s nickname of “Malicious Offensive line Brotherhood” continues this spring following the loss of three senior starters and the departure of starting junior tackle Rick Kurz.

When asked what he wanted to accomplish with Army’s offensive line this spring, offensive coordinator Brent Davis said, “I’d like to continue to build on the culture of toughness that those guys have embraced. I’d like to really to focus on the fundamentals and for the young guys, who haven’t played, to invest in the offense and take ownership of learning it. I think we need to increased our football IQ amongst the group as far as what we want to get accomplished and understanding the overall scheme.”

Then, Davis said maybe the most revealing comment on the interview.

“The tradition of our offensive line here and what we are trying to build should never graduate,” Davis said.

Senior center Bryce Holland is the lone returning starter but there’s no need to panic. Davis and assistant Todd Spencer are regarded as two of the best in teaching blocking schemes for Army’s triple-option offense. Both Davis and Spencer have been around the offense for more than 20 years.

Davis said junior tackle Austin Schuffert’s role will increased this fall. Schuffert started in a 21-0 win at Air Force and was used as a sixth offensive lineman late in the 2017 season.

“He’s played in big situations and he’s really worked hard over the last four years to develop himself,” Davis said of Schuffert. “He’s a self-made player. He’s got a ways to go but he’s really continued to improve and I’m really proud of him so far.”

Davis said sophomore Jaxson Deaton, who has started four games in his first two seasons, “can be just as productive as the guards IJosh Boylan and Mike Houghton) that we has last year if he will maximize what he has.”

“I think Deaton is a guy who has played at a high level at times and he just needs to continue to focus on the mental side of the game,” Davis said.

One offensive lineman to watch this spring is freshman Mike Gerber, who both Davis and coach Jeff Monken have mentioned as having an upside.

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Early spring football observations

Army coach Jeff Monken is looking for leaders this spring to step and replace graduating seniors John Voit, Alex Aukerman and Rhyan England among others.

Monken may have to look not further than the leader of the offensive line. Bryce Holland, a senior center, has been one of the most vocal players as Army enters its second week of spring practice. Holland expressed his displeasure with the loudness of the offensive line’s clapping when breaking the huddle during Friday’s practice. Army’s center returns for his third season as a starter this fall.

“Bryce Holland has been doing an unbelievable job in leading the group,” Army offensive coordinator Brent Davis said. “People feed off his energy. He’s a really good football player and an equal leader. He sets the tone of the group and he’s the right guy to have doing it.”

Junior quarterback Luke Langdon has looked smooth operating the triple-option offense and looks quicker when running. Sophomore Kelvin Hopkins, who has been limited, is throwing the ball well. Sophomore slotback Kell Walker’s reps continue at quarterback. Walker looks like he’s getting more comfortable with the offense. Can still see Walker getting some opportunities at quarterback this fall even if he doesn’t finish spring at the top of the depth chart.

Junior fullback Calen Holt’s blocking is near a pro level. Holt plays every snap the same way – all out. Defensive backs have been on the other end of Holt’s crushing blocks.

Freshman Cam Harrison, Army’s most experienced returning receiver, has had a strong start to his first spring practice. Harrison’s route running is sharp and he’s caught almost everything thrown his way.

“We are out here working trying to get better every day so we can prepare and hopefully perform better than we did last season and have an even better season,” said Harrison, who started the first two games of 2017 and caught Army’s only completion in its Armed Forces Bowl win over San Diego State…”Just as a group, we need to lead ourselves and push each other, In the end, we are leaders.”

Monken on Harrison’s spring, “He’s mature for his age. He’s not older. He’s just a guy that is a little more mature and he’s pretty focused. I think he does a good job. He’s made some pretty good catches. He’s an aggressive kid. When K.J. (Cline, who is banged up) comes back, he’ll be another guy that’s played some. He’s (Harrison) impressed so far.”

Harrison rubbed his fingers together after making a catch Friday. The Allen, Texas native said. “I’m wearing the Johnny Manziel Money Season t-shirt. He’s trying to make his comeback.”

Army is deep in returning secondary talent. So much that sophomores Cameron Jones and Jaylon McClinton, who started six games and five games respectively at cornerback in 2017, are taking reps with the safeties this spring.

“It’s better than it’s been,” Monken said of the secondary. “We are not super, super talented. The more they play the better they get.”

Sophomore Elijah Riley, a two-year starter, is the most experienced cornerback among a group that includes Mike Reynolds, who started seven games in 2017, freshman Javhari Bourdeau and sophomore Glen Coates. Junior Jalen Sharp is rehabbing from a season-ending knee injury.

“I definitely want to work on my leadership skills and getting the young guys going,” Riley said. “I’m always trying to perfect my craft and shine my sword every time I come out here.”

Monken said he’s waiting for a leader to emerge in the secondary to replace four-year starting safety Rhyan England.

“Maybe, it will be Gibby (Gibson, senior safety),” Monken said. “Maybe, it will be Max Regan (senior safety). Maybe, it will be McClinton or Riley. I don’t know, still waiting for a guy. Gibby naturally should be the guy. He’s got the most experience. He’s the older of those guys. We will see.”

Asked Monken, who will be Aukerman in 2018? Aukerman was one of Army’s most valuable players because of his versatility to line up as an outside linebacker and defensive lineman.

Monken said, “Amadeo West but he’s out right now. To do the things that we did with Alex, sometimes, Alex was down there playing 5-technique and sometimes he’s out there battling a tight end. Amadeo is athletic enough and has the body to be able to do all of those things. I don’t know if he’ll do it. Right now we are thinking he’s the guy that can do it. If not, Chandler Ramirez.”

West, a sophomore, is with the team this spring but is rehabbing a knee injury suffered in the preseason last September. Monken had said West will be ready for preseason practice.

Asked Monken, who will be Voit, a three-year starting defensive end, in 2018? Monken said Wunmi Oyetuga, who played opposite of Voit last season.

And, who will fill the void of nose tackle Andrew McLean, who has moved to a student coach after an ACL injury in 2017? “Ray Wright but he’s out (injured),” Monken said. Sophomore Rod Stoddard, freshman Joe King and junior Cordarrell Davis are getting turns at nose tackle.

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Black-Gold Game Update

Army’s Black-Gold spring game is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday April 13 at Michie Stadium.

Honorary captains including Ronnie McAda, quarterback of the 1996 Independence Bowl team, were announced Friday. Other honorary captains are Tony Bianchi, Rashad Hodge, Landis Maddox, Ron Richardson, Jim Slomka, Eddie Stover, Gary Williams and Abel Young.

Army will also honor James Chun and Chris Koshinski as posthumous captains.

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March 20 practice blog

Certainly didn’t feel like the first day of spring as Army opened its spring practice with temperatures in the mid-30s.

Even coach Jeff Monken was wearing earmuffs.

Indeed, sophomore Kell Walker, who has started at slotback his first two seasons, was working with the quarterbacks. Read my story on Walker’s spring tryout here.

In accessing the quarterback position, which includes sophomore Kelvin Hopkins, junior Luke Langdon, freshmen Christian Anderson and Cam Thomas, Monken said, “there’s some guys that have been around the program and some guys that are pretty new and have a lot to learn. There’s some guys that are talented enough. We’ll see if they play well enough for that position to be the guy.”

Monken said the biggest difference from last year’s start of spring to Tuesday’s first day was noticing that the players from Army’s 2017 senior class, which helped Army to 10 wins in 2017, weren’t practicing.

“Not that we didn’t the year before,” Monken said. “We had some great guys in that group with (Andrew) King and (Jeremy) Timpf and so on. This group of seniors that is graduating this coming spring, they played a lot of football for us and meant a lot to our team, helped us win a lot of football games the last two years and you notice them being gone. I saw Mike Houghton and Brett Toth watching the offensive line and just how much they played and how knowledgeable that were and on defense, John Voit, Alex Aukerman and Rhyan England and what they meant to our our program…It’s a new time every year that’s really college football.”

Junior fullback Darnell Woolfolk said the returning players, “have high expectations going into the season especially after last year. But, the past is the past. We have a new team so we have to keep getting better every day.”

Monken said managing the expectations will be among the priorities this spring.

“I think it’s easy when you have a couple of winning seasons in a row for guys that haven’t experience anything but those winning seasons to maybe think it’s a lot easier than it is,” Monken said. “It’s really tough. We have to keep our team from being complacent and really pushed to get better.”

VIDEO: Defensive line drill in slow motiuon

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