April 6 practice blog

The quarterback competition heats up Saturday morning when Army holds its first scrimmage this spring.

Coach Jeff Monken said hitting will be live on quarterbacks during the offense vs. defense scrimmage. In some past scrimmage, quarterback have worn non-contact jerseys.

“We don’t have anybody out there that’s played in a (full) game at quarterback,” Monken said.

Monken said he doesn’t, “have any idea where it’s going to shake out,” at quarterback for the 2018 season. He said both sophomore Kelvin Hopkins and sophomore Kell Walker, who played running back his first two seasons, “have done some good things.” Monken also mentioned he’s anxious to see what freshmen Christian Anderson and Cam Thomas can do under scrimmage-like conditions.

Hopkins and Walker, who are roommates, discuss on a nightly basis what quarterbacks coach Mitch Ware is looking for in Army’s starter. Hopkins said junior quarterback Luke Langdon has helped him with the mental side of the position.

“It’s a very healthy competition,” Hopkins said. “We all are supportive of each other and we all trust coach (Mitch) Ware that he’s getting to put the best guy on the field that’s going to help the team win and we all believe in that,” Hopkins said. “It’s all about the team and it’s all about winning and whatever guy is under center from that room is going to be the best guy for that.

Part of the thinking of Walker’s experiment at quarterback this spring was the thought of giving freshman slotback Fred Cooper an expanded role. Cooper played in 10 games in 2017, scoring two touchdowns among his 13 carries.

“I think he’s got a lot of ability and he’s going to play and I think he will help us,” Monken said of Cooper. “He’s got potential to be even much better than he’s shown so far…He’s got to be consistent and he’s got to grow. He’s still a freshman.”

Junior linebacker Kenneth Brinson could be pulling double duty Saturday. Brinson, one of Army’s top throwers on the track team, is expected to compete in the Army-Navy meet.

Sophomore cornerback Richard Hanson intercepted a pass on the final play of practice.

Freshman kicker Sean McNulty made a 43-yard field goal to close the session. Monken said freshman Landon Salyers, “is probably” at the top of kicking depth chart followed by McNulty.

Sophomore Will Huff has moved from tight end to offensive lineman.

 

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