Spring practice has flown by for linebacker James Nachtigal.
Nachitgal switched from the outside to the inside Will linebacker position, where Jeremy Timpf started the last three seasons, this spring.
Nachtigal said the start of spring was, “a little tough at first, because they throw everything at you kind of fast.”
“It’s a little bit of everything,” said the sophomore of his new position after Army’s 14th spring practice and last before the Black & Gold Game Saturday. “You got to think a little more than you do normally.”
“It’s condensed (in the spring) so you are learning a lot more plays than you normally would. It’s more of a hit-the-ground-running type of thing.”
Nachtigal played outside linebacker his senior season at Fort Atkinson (Wisc.) High in 2013. He was an inside linebacker at Army Prep in 2014 and went back to the outside for his freshman and sophomore seasons at West Point. Nachtigal recorded 3.5 sacks, primarily as a situational rusher in 2016.
“It helped playing outside backer first just because I got to know the plays and how everything works conceptually,” Nachitgal said. “Now that I have the concepts down, it’s easier to learn the details.”
Nachtigal’s attention to detail will be tested Saturday in the spring game.
“It’s another day to get better,” Nachtigal said. “It’s another opportunity. It will be a fun day, hopefully I’ll make some plays and do some big things.”
Position change: Army coach Jeff Monken said freshman Jaylon McClinton is back to playing safety. McClinton, a nickelback and safety early in 2016, was moved to cornerback after starter Marcus Hyatt suffered a season-ending knee injury in the eighth game. He started the final five games at cornerback. “We just think athletically he’s a better fit there (at safety),” Monken said.
In attendance: Many of Army’s honorary captains for Saturday’s spring game took in Friday’s practice. The eight captains are Adrian Calame, Steve Chaloult, Rob Dickerson, Mike Gann, Hise Gibson, Rob Healy, Frank Scappaticci and Don Smith. Healy and Smith were members of Army’s 1985 Peach Bowl champion team. Healy, a quarterback was named the bowl’s most valuable player. Smith was an all-American guard.
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