Bye Week Blog

How many Division I head coaches jump into a special teams rep during a bye week?

Jeff Monken.

When players weren’t performing a footwork drill like Army’s coach wanted them, Monken demonstrated the proper technique.

“I wanted to at least try my best and I’m not a great athlete,” Monken said. “I’m a D3 guy so they didn’t get a great look but just what we wanted in terms of angles, action and effort.”

Senior safety Max Regan says Monken wants the team to prepare as if they have a game Saturday.

“These practices count toward the season and us getting better,” Regan said. “We are still really practicing hard and trying to get better for the rest of the season.”

Monken said Army is using the bye week to concentrate on a game plan for the team’s next game at San Jose State on Oct. 13 and review some concepts and schemes from preseason camp that have not been worked on in detail. The offense is reviewing the different defensive schemes that it hasn’t seen this season including the Bear 46 defense. Monken said the defense has started working on a plan to defend the option again. Army had cut back on its CIC (Commander in Chief’s) practice periods with live cut-blocking and tackling to the ground. “It was so physical and so competitive that guys were getting nicked up.” Monken said.

Army has scheduled a bye week in late October before the Air Force game in four of the last five seasons. The Black Knights play at Eastern Michigan the week before it hosts Air Force on Nov. 3

“We don’t have two weeks to prepare for Air Force like we normally do,” Monken said of returning to defending-the-option reps.

Contrary to popular belief, Jordan Asberry said his 25-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter of Army’s 42-13 win at Buffalo Saturday was intended for him. Wide receiver Glen Coates was running stride for stride with Asberry on the play.

“If I would have bobbled it a little or anything, I know that my man Glen would have been right there to catch it next to me,” Asberry said.

Asberry said coming off a win during the bye week gives Army, “a lot of momentum.”

“We know that propels us forward,” Asberry said. “We look forward to each week and with this week being a bye, we aren’t going to take our foot off the gas. We come out here with a tenacious effort and intensity. We know we don’t have a game this week but we can’t take any days off, any plays off.

“We know that will translate into our next game. One of our goals is to be 1-0 every week. I think that starts with essentially being 1-0 at every practice and every play. You have to take it one play, one rep, one practice, one day, one week at a time. We are trying to focus on this week alone and getting better this week. We go back and look at what we can correct from today and we’ll have to improve on that tomorrow.”


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