August 30 practice blog: Aaron running with first team

Army coach Rich Ellerson’s move to give his players three days off their legs is looking genius.

Players returned to practice Monday and were flying around. The offense was in high gear with their repetitions.The offensive line was working together like it was playing on Saturday.

“That’s always difficult when you try to give the guys a couple of days off to try to get their legs back, you are worried when you come back out that you have cobwebs,” Ellerson said. “These guys have shown that they can come out here and work. This was not fun. It was hot. There was some rust on the gears, but man, they were dead-serious. Not only did we step in where we left off, we came and improved. That’s hard to do after a weekend off.”

Junior cornerback Antuan Aaron, who has started 18 straight games, returned to practice with the first team Monday. Aaron had been held out of practice with a leg injury in the preseason.

“He’s back into it,” Ellerson said. “We are going to have to make a call on that in the next day or two. But the good news is he’s back taking reps with the first team. That bodes well for him.”

Sophomore wide receiver George Jordan continues to impress. Jordan was locked up one-on-on with senior cornerback Richard King. He grabbed a 35-yard pass from Max Jenkins, which bounced in and out of his and King’s hands twice, with King all over him.

I’m probably repeating myself, but if sophomore slotback Brian Cobbs gets into the secondary look out. Scary thing is Cobbs is still learning how to keep his exceleration going.

Sophomore fullback Dan McGue saw some reps with the varsity team.

Junior Joe Bailey was mixing in at left and right guard with the first-team offensive line.

Sophomore Kyler Martin is getting a try at safety, Ellerson said. Martin was Army’s starting middle linebacker in two of the final three games in 2009.

“We are going to experiment with that a little bit,” Ellerson said. “He kind of got himself out of the routine at receiver. He’s got this great background on defense. As you know, we have a bunch of seniors in front of those safety lines. We are just going to look at that and get a read on it for a few days.”

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