Pre-Spring Practice notebook: Fullback depth, Johnson-West recoveries, Monken on new WR coach

Fullback will remain Army’s deepest position this spring.

Coach Jeff Monken said there’s no plans of moving any of the team’s top four fullbacks – Darnell Woolfolk, Andy Davidson, Connor Slomka and Calen Holt – to another position. The quartet combined for 1,869 yards and 24 touchdowns in 2017. Monken also said freshman fullback Sandon McCoy, who rushed for 58 yards on 12 carries last season, is also a player to watch.

“It’s a good problem to have if you consider it a problem,” Monken said of the fullback depth. “The problem is you want to get them all a bunch of reps but you can’t. They are all worthy of getting some time.”

Sophomore offensive lineman Mike Johnson and sophomore defensive end Amadeo West are potential starters in 2018 after both are coming off 2017 preseason ACL injuries. Army is taking a cautious approach with Johnson and West. Monken said they would be limited to running in the spring.

“We just don’t want to throw them right into the wolves right now,” Monken said. “They are going to get nursed back to health and be ready to go for summer workouts.”

Johnson started two games at right guard his freshman year in 2016. West had four tackles and a sack in five games as a freshman.

“I really though Mike Johnson may have been a starter this past year had he been healthy and not gotten injured,” Monken said. “It will be good to have him back…I think Amadeo West has a chance to be a tremendous player for us.”

Monken said sophomore tackle Alex Herndon is on medical leave this semester and could factor into the 2018 starting offensive line when he returns.

Army added wide receivers coach Marcus Edwards and special teams coordinator Mike Krysl to its staff in the offseason. Monken said Edwards, who held the same position at Stony Brook, came highly recommended.

“We were really excited to get him,” Monken said of Edwards. “We brought several guys in. We were able to talk to some outstanding candidates. I thought the group of guys that we brought in to interview for that job were great. It was really a difficult decision. Ultimately, we just loved his energy and his passion for teaching…Everybody had great things to say about him. He worked really hard since he’s gotten here and he’s working hard in recruiting and that’s important. I’m sure he’s going to do a great job.”

Krysl’s hiring shifts Sean Saturnio back to tight ends coach and gives him additional time to focus on his West Coast recruiting area.

“That’s such a vast recruiting area for him (Saturnio),” Monken said. “For him to do that and do that well, you could do that full time and nothing else and it wouldn’t be enough time. He’s able to concentrate on his recruiting area which is very large and coach the tight ends.

“He will still be involved with the special teams like Mike Viti and Daryl Dixon were in their respective teams. We will still have one coach on the staff in addition to coach Krysl to be a lead coach to help Mike because the special teams is a lot in itself with coaching the kickers, punters and snappers and doing all the breakdowns and scouting reports. We’ll continue to have Saturnio and other guys on the staff assisting Mike.”

 

 

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