Pregame leftovers: Navy

Here are some notes and quotes that didn’t make print or online editions this week

The game will pit best friends against one another. Army sophomore wide receiver Edgar Poe and Navy sophomore linebacker Danny Gonzalez were teammates at Cienega High in Vail, Ariz.

Poe and Gonzalez talked outside their locker room before pregame warmups. Gonzalez joked around earlier this week that the two would trash-talk to each other before the game.

“During the game, I don’t know how much I will be seeing him,” said Gonzalez, Navy’s second-leading tackler. He’ll be lined up on the outside. I’ll be focused in on the option. I’m sure I’ll run into him a couple of times and we’ll probably just laugh.”

Gonzalez said he talks to Poe during the season about academy life and how football is going. He said there’s pressure for Navy player to keep its 12-game winning streak going against Army.

“We have alumni all around us constantly reminding us about the streak and about how importance it is to beat Army,” Gonzalez said.

Jeff Monken is coaching in his first Army-Navy game as a head coach. Who is the last Army coach to beat Navy in his first Army-Navy? Tom Cahill, 1966. Army defeated Navy 20-7 at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia.

Army sophomore linebacker Jeremy Timpf on Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds: Reynolds: “He’s a good running quarterback. We are going to have to be careful and not miss any of our assignments. We got to be very fundamentally sound this week and play with our eyes. We are prepared for him. He’s just like any good Division I running quarterback.”

Army senior defensive end Joe Drummond on Navy’s 12-game winning streak: “The 12 straight (wins) for them is in everyone’s mind. But what we remember is the past is the past. The future has yet to be seen and right now what matters is Saturday. Both teams in 2014 are 0-0 against each other. It doesn’t matter what the past record is or what the future record is going to be. The 2014 Army team and the 2014 Navy team, we are both 0-0. Both of the programs’ goals is to come out 1-0 Saturday and we are extremely excited to play such an esteemed program as Navy.”

Monken in the game being played in close proximity to Annapolis, home of Navy: “These games aren’t in anybody’s backyard. We are playing in an NFL stadium. Every year, it’s played in an NFL stadium and it’s not a home game for either team. In my first year at Navy in 2002, we played in the Meadowlands. So I guess you call that Army’s backyard and that didn’t make any difference. (Navy won 58-12).”

More Monken on the game: “It doesn’t matter where you play this game. It really makes no difference. It’s a game all to itself. It’s very much like a bowl game. Just the atmosphere and the attention that is paid to it…We could play this thing in the Walmart parking lot or on the face of the moon. It wouldn’t matter. These teams are going to battle and it’s going to be a big deal.”

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