Notebook: Hopkins banged up, ready to play Saturday

Jeff Monken revealed on This Week in Army Football show Thursday night that starting quarterback Kelvin Hopkins was banged up in the Black Knights’ 38-14 win over Liberty last week.

Hopkins went to the sidelines and was replaced by senior Luke Langdon for two plays in the second quarter. Langdon also relieved Hopkins for a play in the third quarter. Monken expects Hopkins to make his third straight start Saturday against Hawaii.

“We pulled him (Hopkins) out and he was feeling good enough to play,” said Monken, who did not say the nature of Hopkins’ injury. “Sometimes when you hold them out too long, those injuries really start to tighten up and you can’t go back in. We kept him lose and kept him going. He’s had a good week of practice. We limited him a bit early in the week. He’s really been fine the last couple of days so we don’t anticipate any issues with that going into Saturday.”

Langdon was the fourth quarterback that Army has used in its first two games. Sophomore Cam Thomas, who missed the Liberty game, and junior slotback Kell Walker played in season opener  at Duke. Monken said Army had a plan to use Langdon some against Liberty because, “he’s really is a good option quarterback.”

Here are some stats to keep on eye on Saturday: Hopkins has thrown for 258 yards this season. He needs 104 yards to pass Army’s total of 361 last season. The junior’s two touchdown passes equal the Black Knights’ 2017 total.

Senior fullback Calen Holt was one of 23 players to earn Ranger jerseys for their effort in the Liberty win. Holt, Army’s lone player from Hawaii, will see a lot of familiar faces on the opposite sideline included former Kamehameha high school teammate Kaiwi Chung Saturday.  Army’s leading rusher through two games nearly returned to Hawaii one week into his time at Army Prep. Check out Holt’s story in Saturday’s preview.

Ranger Jerseys (Liberty)
Offense: Kelvin Hopkins, Calen Holt, Connor Slomka, *Darnell Woolfolk, Fred Cooper, Artice Hobbs, Kell Walker, Kjetil Cline, Cam Harrison, Quinten Parker, Bryce Holland, Austin Schuffert
Defense: Jacob Covington, Ray Wright, Kenneth Brinson, Cole Christiansen, James Nachtigal, James Gibson, *Jaylon McClinton, Max Regan, Elijah Riley.
Special teams: *Zach Potter, Landon Salyers.
* – players of the week

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