Junior quarterback Angel Santiago have moved slightly ahead of sophomore A.J. Schurr after Army’s first practice in pads.
Coach Rich Ellerson said Santiago made a jump in the five non-pads practices before Tuesday.
Santiago and Schurr both worked with the first team. If I had to guess, I would say Santiago took 60 percent of the snaps.
“We have that depth chart and it’s in dry eraser and magnets,” Ellerson said. “I would say out of the shorts and shells practices Angel was ready to go. Some of that may have been Angel had a little different summer than A.J. had. A.J. is out there, his leg is bruised up from dragging a Howitzer around the mountain. But, we are going to believe what we see and what we’ve seen early on is Angel is having a great training camp. The first couple of days Angel has been better than A.J.”
Injury report: Senior starting rover Thomas Holloway watched from the sidelines with his left arm in a sling. Junior wide receiver Chevaughn Lawrence (hamstring), a starter, did not participate in practice but stayed involved talking to young receivers. Junior running back Terry Baggett, senior wide receiver Ejay Tucker, cornerback Marques Avery, sophomore safety Luke Proulx, senior linebacker Derek Sanchez, senior defensive end Clayton Keller were all in red (no contact) jersey. Baggett, Lawrence, Tucker, Holloway and Avery were listed as starters on the preseason depth chart. Freshman cornerback Jalen Noble was limited.
Position change: Freshman Elijah St. Hilaire has moved from running back to cornerback.
Arrow up: Even if Marques Avery was healthy, freshman cornerback Josh Jenkins could be making a run as starter. Jenkins is playing and practicing like a starter and he continues to makes plays. Jenkins picked off consecutive passes against the scout team. Jenkins’ first interception came off a tipped pass. Freshman wide receivers Xavier Moss and Edgar Poe took advantage of more varsity reps due to the injuries to Lawrence and Tucker. Moss, who is working in with the first team, ran a short crisp route, catching senior receiver Ejay Tucker’s attention. “That was smooth,” Tucker said. Poe was also pretty smooth running 10-12-yard routes.
One-on-one pass-rushing drills: C Ryan Powis beat NG T.J. Atimalala; C Todd McDonald beat NG Richard Glover; DE Jonas Niusulu slipped past Powis; LB Holt Zalneraitis spun past freshman T Stefan Moreau.
Sights and sounds: West Point superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen and Greg Gadson, a former West Point linebacker, current commander of Ft. Belvoir (Va.) and motivational speaker, chatted at practice…Junior free safety Geoff Bacon led a group of Army defenders in stack up running back Trenton Turrentine for no gain on an edge. Bacon tapped Turrentine on the helmet and said, “C’mon boy,” after the whistle. Bacon and Turrentine both wear No. 6 and engage in daily personal competitions in practice…Offensive coordinator Ian Shields joined the team for 40-yard sprints at the end of practice. Shields gave himself a 4-yard start on one of the final runs…Paterson Eastside (N.J.) coaching staff observed practice.