Army-Navy Media Day quotes: Jeff Monken, Ahmad Bradshaw, John Voit

Here are some quotes from Army coach Jeff Monken and captains Ahmad Bradshaw and John Voit from Army-Navy Media Day in Philadelphia earlier today as transcribed by Capital Gazette Navy beat writer Bill Wagner.

Jeff Monken

“Though the 2016 team didn’t have anything to do with those 14 years, it wasn’t their responsibility. You can’t help but feel the weight of those 14 games on you, that we’ve got to break this streak.”

“That was definitely a big part of our confidence going into this season. Guys feeling like we’ve got a program now, that we believe we can win.”

“It was a pain in the rear end to have to apologize for a streak that most of these coaches and players had nothing to do with.”

“Each year’s team is responsible for their game. This year’s Army team is responsible for 2017.”

“Each team has got to take control of what they can in a particular year.”

“I don’t know how you don’t favor a Kenny Niumatalolo team. This is Kenny’s 10th game and he’s won eight of them. Kenny has a veteran staff that has been with him a long time and a confident football team that plays a tough, disciplined brand of football. It’s going to be very hard to beat Navy.”

“For the rivalry itself, we needed to win. It’s not much of a rivalry if one side wins all the time.”

“It boosted the confidence of a our whole program. As it happens over and over again, there becomes this opinion that your program is inferior, that you can’t beat your rival.”

“Beating Navy last year gives our players confidence that we are good enough to win this game if we execute our fundamentals and assignments. So it was important from a confidence-standpoint more than anything.”

“What we did last year is not going to have anything to do with what happens two Saturdays from now. We’ll have to play great football and really execute in order to have a chance to win.”

Ahmad Bradshaw

“Yes sir, I guess I am glad to not have to answer that question anymore. Obviously, when you lose year after year that can wear on you. Finally getting over that hump and beating Navy gives us the confidence to know that we can do it. It’s not a hope thing anymore because now we know we can get it done.”

John Voit

“After the (last year’s) game was absolutely unreal. Being able to accomplish that goal and celebrate with your teammates meant everything. Being on the other side is not a good feeling. Knowing the difference between how it feels to win and lose this game is definitely motivation.”

“We have two classes on this team that have lost to Navy and know what the feeling is like.”

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