Tuesday Takeaways: North Texas Week

Army sophomore linebacker Cole Christiansen was named to the Pro Football Focus College Football national team of the week Tuesday.

Christiansen, who tied his career high with 10 tackles in a 21-16 win over Duke Saturday, graded out as the third-best linebacker in Week 11. He received a grade of 91.5 behind only West Virginia’s David Long Jr. (92.7) and USC’s John Houston Jr. (92.2). Christiansen has 64 tackles, second on the team, this season.

It’s the second time this season that an Army linebacker has made PFF’s national team of the week. James Nachtigal, the team’s leading tackler (82), was selected for his performance in a 28-27 win over Eastern Michigan on Oct. 14.

Army finished its home schedule at 6-0 with the Duke victory last Saturday. North Texas, the Black Knights’ opponent this week, is looking to accomplish the same Saturday. The Mean Green are 5-0 at Apogee Stadium with wins over Lamar, UAB, Texas-San Antonio, Old Dominion and UTEP.

“Like our guys, I’m sure they take a lot of pride at winning at home, and they likely will be battling to defend their home turf,” Army coach Jeff Monken said. “It’s going to be difficult, as it always is, to go on the road and try to win, but hopefully our guys will prepare this week and be up to the challenge.”

Former Wallkill resident Jeff Koonz is the linebackers coach at North Texas. This is not the first time that Koonz, who left Ulster County when he was 10 years old, will coach against Army’s triple option. He was Louisiana Tech’s linebackers coach in 2013 when the Bulldogs played Army at the Cotton Bowl in Texas. Koonz was the co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Cincinnati last season.

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