August 13 practice blog

Biggest news of Wednesday’s morning practice came after the session when coach Jeff Monken said starting right tackle Justin Gilbert will miss the season. Gilbert hasn’t practiced since early in training camp. It is believed the 6-foot-7, 271-pound junior suffered a serious knee injury in practice last week. For more, read here.

Army practiced in a steady rain for the first time this preseason. Temperatures were in the low 70s.

“It’s either got to get warmer or we need to find a place to practice where it’s warmer,” Monken said. “These guys don’t know how easy that got it.”

Lost track of the amount of players in red (no-contact) jerseys at practice. The list included: first-team defensive players DE Mike Ugenyi, NG Richard Glover and S Hayden Pierce. RB Raymond Maples, DE Bobby Kough, S Steven Johnson, LB Julian Holloway, LB Marcus Poling, S Tunde Akinniyi and LB Derek Sanchez were also in red.

Good news on the injury front: Senior safety and co-captain Geoff Bacon practiced for the second straight day. Junior quarterback A.J. Schurr threw passes during 1-on-1s (wide receivers and defensive backs). Running back Lawrence Scott was wearing a blue (limited) jersey, but the senior looked pretty quick on a pitch play. Sophomore wide receivers Xavier Moss and Edgar Poe are back practicing at full strength. Sophomore guard Lofi Tamasese is practicing without any restrictions. Sophomore defensive tackle Ammon Tuimaunei was limited.

First-team offense: QB Angel Santiago; FB Larry Dixon; RB Tony Giovannelli, RB Terry Baggett; WR Xavier Moss, WR Edgar Poe, TE Kelvin White; LT Drew Hennessy; LG Steve Shumaker; C Matt Hugenberg; RG Stefan Moreau; RT Todd McDonald.

First-team defense: DE Joe Drummond; NG T.J. Atimalala; DE Ryan Alexander; LB Stephen Ricciardi; LB Andrew King; LB Jeremy Timpf; LB James Kelly; CB Josh Jenkins; CB Chris Carnegie; FS Geoff Bacon; SS Luke Proulx.

More practice observations: Former quarterback and Army Hall of Famer Rollie Stichweh attended practice. Coach Jeff Monken had Stichweh address to team after the session…Cornerback Josh Jenkins intercepted a pass by Angel Santiago that was tipped by defensive end Ryan Alexander…Alexander and senior defensive end Joe Drummond combined to sack freshman QB Kado Brown…Sophomore defensive end Malcolm Hudson recovered a fumble by running back Terry Baggett…Freshman John Voit getting second-team reps at outside linebacker…Freshman wide receiver John Trainor making a nice diving catch on a pass from Matt Kaufmann…Freshman safety Brandon Barnes knocking a pass down near the left sideline.

VIDEOS: 1. Cornerback Josh Jenkins interception. 2. Defensive ends Joe Drummond and Ryan Alexander combine for sack.

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