Nov. 18 practice blog

Chris Carnegie will be one of 24 Army players honored on Senior Day Saturday at Michie Stadium.

Carnegie, who has started a team-high 41 games in his career, may not be on the field with the first-team defense against Rutgers.

As of Wednesday’s practice, Army coach Jeff Monken said freshman Marcus Hyatt is his starter over Carnegie.

Monken pulled Carnegie after he gave up a 90-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter of a 34-31 loss to Tulane last week.

“It was not just that game,” Monken said. “There’s been some other times during the season where he’s really struggled. He hasn’t played great. He’s a guy that played enough and understands fundamentals and technique and should play that stuff better. He’s not blessed with unbelievable speed to where he can play with poor technique and fundamentals and make up for it.

“That was the case that long pass over his head, he just played it very poorly fundamentally, from how much leverage he was giving the guy to not staying on top and peaking into the backfield. Just lots of things that he shouldn’t have been doing. I think he understands. He’s been told. We said, “Chris, it’s got to improve and if it doesn’t somebody else has to go in there.”

Army’s secondary is expected to be tested by Rutgers wide receiver Leonte Carroo. Nine of Carroo’s 28 receptions have gone for touchdowns this season. Army could be starting two freshmen cornerbacks. Brandon Jackson has started seven games this season and leads the team with three interceptions. Hyatt made his first career start against Bucknell on Oct. 17 but only played the opening series.

Monken isn’t sure who will start at quarterback Saturday.

Freshmen Chris Carter and Luke Langdon took first and second-team snaps respectively Wednesday. While, sophomore starting quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw didn’t practice and senior A.J. Schurr was limited.

“I hope (Bradshaw) and A.J. both may be able to recover,” Monken said. “It’s kind of how it was last week. He (Bradshaw) didn’t practice very much. We’ll see.”

Bradshaw and Schurr don’t have much time to heal. Carter’s first college snap could come Saturday.

When asked how his young quarterback were performing in practice, Monken said, “Carter has dropped about every eighth or 10th snap. Other than that, they are doing good. We have to limit what they do and not to give them too much. They’ve never played in a college football game.”

Carter played in the same backfield as Oregon running back Royce Freeman at Imperial (Calif.) High.

Freshman slotback Jordan Asberry, who missed last week’s game with an ankle injury, practiced Wednesday as did senior lineman Justin Gilbert.

Sophomore linebacker Alex Aukerman did not participate in practice.

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