March 26 practice blog

Army’s spring practice resembled a live game for two five-minute periods Thursday.

Army’s backs were finding some running room inside and outside in the team’s first full-pads session of the spring.

Sophomore fullback Aaron Kemper broke off a big run. Freshman quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw seemed to find an extra gear five yards into his run and sprinted past the defense.

Fullbacks Matt Giachinta and Chasen Brown had some nice bursts up the middle. Freshman slot back Christian Reed turned on the jets around the corner.

Army’s defense was up to the task, making a few plays of its own. Sophomore linebacker Seth Combs dropped a quarterback in the backfield, stripped the football out and recovered it. Freshman linebacker Scott Washle recovered a fumble on a bad quarterback-center exchange.

Other practice sightings: Freshman linebacker Bayle Wolf returning a blocked field goal for a would-be touchdown to end practice. It looked like freshman defensive end John Voit blocked the 34-yard attempt…Freshman wide receiver Jeff Ejekam made a nice leaping catch on 20-yard bullet pass from Bradshaw. Ejekam hit the turf hard after the catch and was shaken upĀ  but he returned shortly to practice…Sophomore cornerback Steven Johnson, a Newburgh Free Academy graduate, knocking away a pass intended for DeAndre Bell…Sophomore safety Xavier Moss, a wide receiver his first two seasons, showing his range, picking off a pass near the sideline…Another long run by fullback Aaron Kemper…Freshman slot back John Trainor, a wide receiver last season, receiving some extra coaching from head coach Jeff Monken after practice.

Back in action: Sophomore defensive end Jordan Smith, freshman running back Egbezien Obiomon and sophomore running back Elijah St. Hilaire practiced and not fully participating in the team’s first two practices. Cornerbacks Chris Carnegie and Jared Rogers did not participate in practice.

Quotable: “I think what’s making us different is our speed. You can’t beat speed. I think the fact that we are working more as team rather than individuals is what is going to propel us forward in the future.” – sophomore wide receiver Edgar Poe.

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