Tuesday press conference/practice takeaways: Rice

Army could be getting starting fullback Darnell Woolfolk back soon.

Coach Jeff Monken said that Woolfolk, who has missed the last two games with a knee injury, could return Saturday at Rice but Army’s next game – against Eastern Michigan Oct. 14 at home – may be more realistic.

A realistic return for senior safety Rhyan England, who has been out with a knee injury for the last two games, is the Air Force game on Nov. 4. Monken said.

Monken said Army’s defense missed nine tackles as compared to 19 against Tulane in the previous week. A side note, UTEP’s Quardraiz Wadley was one of two running backs named to Pro Football Focus College Football’s national team of the week. The other – Stanford’s Bryce Love. Wadley graded 87.3 percent. UTEP guard Will Hernandez also made the national team, grading at 93.0.

Quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw was named Army’s offensive player of the week in a 35-21 win over UTEP. Fellow captain John Voit earned defensive player of the week honors. Senior linebacker Bayle Wolf was the special teams player of the week.

Asked if the coaching staff may have found an edge with getting Bradshaw out of the pocket passing, Monken said, “He does a decent job with that. That’s not Ahmad’s thing. If he was a great thrower and we felt like that could be a real effective part of our offense, we would do it more. Frankly, we feel like running the football is our thing and it’s what he does best. He’s a real strong inside runner.”

Sophomore punter Zach Potter said he spoke with special teams coach Sean Saturnio and suggested holding for kicker Blake Wilson during games. Potter, a former high school quarterback and holder, works with Wilson during practices. Army’s extra points and field goals have looked smoother with the combination of Wilson and Potter over the last few weeks.

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