August 2 practice blog

Kelvin Hopkins said he checked his watch three or four times Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

Lights out was 10:30 p.m. on the eve of Army preseason practice. Most players were fast asleep hoping the minutes would count down as quick as possible to 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

“I was making sure I didn’t miss anything, making sure I wasn’t late to any meeting,” said Hopkins, a junior quarterback. “You are real antsy and trying to get to bed early. You are trying to get some good sleep in.”

Army’s first preseason practice was in the books. Coach Jeff Monken was coming to the end of his media session when he brought up the name of one player, who didn’t participate in the Black Knights’ two-hour session.

Junior Amadeo West is with the team in camp rehabbing an Achilles injury suffered this spring while coming back from an ACL tear that cost the defensive end the 2017 season.

Monken talked about the respect that players have for West. He was voted to the team’s leadership council in the spring of 2017 and again in 2018.

“It tells you a lot about Amadeo West and tells you a lot about our football team,” Monken said. “It wasn’t a mercy vote (Monken said of West’s 2018 leadership council apppointment). They really trust him and believe in his leadership abilities. He had an unbelievable attitude. He just never made anybody feel like he’s down in the dumps or, ‘feel sorry for me’ because of this. I love a guy like that. I’m pulling for him.”

West was a projected 2017 starter before the ACL injury in preseason camp. Monken had not ruled West out for this season.

“I don’t know when he’s going to be healthy,” Monken said. “It’s going to be later on into the season, the late weeks of the season if he gets healthy. He may not be able to play this fall. But, I think he would have an opportunity to really impact our football team and season if he were healthy right now. In the future and down the road, I fully expect that to be the case.”

Army broke practice down into two sessions with the freshman first on the field followed by the upperclassmen. Freshmen worked in with the veterans for a few periods before most of their first college practice was completed.

Freshman cornerback Julian McDuffie remained for the full upperclassmen practice. McDuffie impressed, making a nice adjustment on a pass near the sideline for an interception.

Monken said, “Nobody has a red carpet rolled out for them to be the starter at any position.” With that in mind, the first-team offensive line appeared to be LT Alex Herndon, LG Jack Sides, C Bryce Holland, RG Mike Johnson, RT Austin Schuffert. Guards Jaxson Deaton and Jake Baumert was also in the mix.

Johnson missed the 2017 season with an ACL injury. Monken said Johnson has worked “tirelessly” throughout the offseason to return to the field.

Couple of number changes: Sophomore defensive lineman Edriece Patterson is wearing No. 55. Sophomore defensive end Ted Wages has switched from 65 to 42.

Some freshman position updates per online roster: JC Watson quarterback (listed as running back), Jonathan Andrews cornerback (listed as running back).

Caught up with senior James Nachtigal after practice. Talked about anticipation for first practice and 2018 expectations.

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