Press conference takeaways: Tulane

Jeff Monken opened his weekly press conference by saying his team, “got beat up pretty good by outstanding football team” in a 38-7 loss to Ohio State Saturday.

Senior safety Rhyan England, junior tackle Rick Kurz and junior tight end Zach Saum were among the players that were injured in the game.

“We played a very physical football team and I felt our guys played a very physical brand of football Saturday,” Monken said. “When you are running into guys that are big, powerful and explosive like they are, sometimes, a toll is taken and it was for us. But we’ll recover. Whoever is ready to go on Saturday I think will have a great attitude and I think they will give a great effort.”

Read my story here on the aftermath of the Ohio State game.

Army’s passing game was one of the most discussed topics during the press conference. When Monken was asked about the Black Knights’ 2-for-8 passing against the Buckeyes, he jokingly said, “2-for-8, that’s pretty good stats for us, 25 percent of the time. We don’t throw 25 percent in practice so if we complete two out of eight, we are probably doing pretty good.”

When the passing topic came up later in the press conference, Monken said, Army’s completion percentage (22 percent), is, “not really a good number.”

“I want our quarterback (Ahmad Bradshaw) to hit every single one of those but he’s a pretty good inside runner. When he’s running the midline and pulls it down, when we are running the zone option and he turns it up, he’s a pretty tough strong runner.

“We could probably go and find a guy with better arm that throws it better but that’s not who we are. Until we get a guy that runs tough and runs hard like that and can throw it, maybe we won’t be able to complete as many and maybe we won’t throw as many because of it.

“There’s going to be times when we have to do that. I think Ahmad has shown all through last year, he hit some big pass plays for us and put the ball on the money and he’ll do that for us. He’ll get those completed. But we have to do better than 2-for-8 or 2-for-10 or whatever our stats are. I haven’t even looked at them. I don’t care. We are 2-1 and two is good and one is not good enough. We need to be 3-0.”

The rash of injuries in the secondary has caused Monken to move quarterback Cam Thomas and wide receiver Glen Coates to defense early in the week.

“I don’t know if it’s something that is going to last but we are at least going to look at it and try,” Monken said.

Tulane defensive coordinator Jack Curtis held the same title at Georgia Southern for three years when Monken coached at the school. Curtis’ familiarity with Army’s triple option offense will be a challenge Saturday, Monken said.

VIDEO (Tulane week): Jeff Monken’s full weekly press conference 

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