August 5 practice blog

Army coach Jeff Monken’s post-practice speech went a little longer than usual.

Saturday was the first time that Army’s upperclassmen and freshmen fully practiced together.

Monken wasn’t pleased with the sense of urgency at points in the practice.

“I’m not sure we did a great job of it today, showing those guys what it means to practice our best and maximize our reps,” Monken said. “I talked to our guys about it after practice. Hopefully, it will be better tomorrow. I think there’s times where we compete hard and we compete well. It’s just got to be all of the time, here especially.

“We can’t do any walk-through, tag football here. We got to tackle and block and it’s got to be very physical. There’s times where it’s good and times where it’s not what we need it to be.”

Attentive Anderson: It usually takes a while for most true freshmen quarterbacks to pick up any college offense, let alone Army’s triple-option attack.  Christian Anderson has proved to be a quick study. In just his fifth practice, Anderson was taking meaningful snaps.

Army is set at quarterback with senior Ahmad Bradshaw returning as the starter and junior Chris Carter and sophomore Kelvin Hopkins compete for the backup position. But, Anderson has impressed Monken and his staff.

“I think he’s going to be a good player,” Monken said of Anderson. “He’s got to develop physically. He’s got a lot of skills. He throws the ball really well. He’s fast. He’s a quick learner. He’s really done a great job with learning the offense. That’s been the most impressive thing in how he’s picked things up.

“To be the quarterback this year is going to be a struggle for him. I hope he doesn’t have to be. I hope we don’t have to play a freshman quarterback, but that doesn’t mean I don’t think he’s a good player or going to be a good player.”

Anderson threw for 3,653 yards, the second-highest total in New York state history, in his senior season at Cardinal Hayes. Anderson’s 37 touchdown passes in 2016, were the fifth-best total by a New York quarterback.

First-team offense (from my observations): QB Ahmad Bradshaw; FB Andy Davidson; SB Kell Walker; SB John Trainor; WR Jermaine Adams; WR Kjetil Cline; LT Alex Herndon; LG Josh Boylan; C Bryce Holland; RG Jaxson Deaton; RT Brett Toth.

Second-team offense: QB Kelvin Hopkins; FB Darnell Woolfolk; SB Jordan Asberry; SB Donovan Franklin; WR Christian Hayes; WR Chris Gregg; LT Jeff Panara; C Connor Simpson; RG Jack Sides; RT T Schuffert

First-team defense: DE John Voit; NT Andrew McLean; DE Ray Wright; LB Alex Aukerman; LB Kenneth Brinson; LB James Nachtigal; LB Scott Washle; CB Elijah Riley; CB Jalen Sharp; S Rhyan England; S Jaylon McClinton.

Second-team defense: DE Wunmi Oyetuga; NT Cordarrell Davis; DE Amadeo West; LB Bayle Wolf; LB Jake Ellington; LB Cole Christiansen; LB Ryan Parker; CB Mike Reynolds; CB Zach Scott; S Gibby Gibson; S Max Regan.

Special teams notes: Junior Nick Schrage, senior Blake Wilson and junior John Abercrombie alternated on kickoffs. Abercrombie, who was the kicker for Army’s sprint football team last fall, made a 35-yard field goal at end of scrimmage-like conditions.

Practice observations/highlights: Junior fullback Andy Davidson busted up the middle for a big gain during scrimmage-like conditions…Sophomore linebacker Ryan Grady showed great concentration, tipping a pass to himself for an interception…Sophomore safety Jaylon McClinton recovered a fumble…Freshman slotback Donnell Diego made a nice catch falling to the ground during 1-on-1s. (see below for video)

VIDEO: The goal of Army’s offensive line is to be the best in the country this season. Josh Boylan and Bryce Holland talk about the line’s progress and its bonding this summer, which included an annual rafting trip.

VIDEO: Army linebackers engage in a shuffling drill

VIDEO: Check out this catch by freshman slotback Donnell Diego

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