Tuesday Takeaways: Colgate Week

Bryce Holland’s 36-game starting streak will continue Saturday.

Jeff Monken said the senior center’s foot injury, which sidelined the captain for the second half of the Lafayette game last week, was a discomfort that Holland was playing through.

“It’s an injury that he’s had,” Monken said. “It kind of flared up. It’s not one of those things where it’s like, ‘Oh my gosh, what are we going to do or (he needs) immediate surgery.’ It’s not anything that will probably need a procedure of anything.”

Monken said Holland will be in a boot the rest of the season when he is not practicing to take pressure off his foot.

Holland will be one of 24 players honored during Senior Day ceremonies prior to kickoff against Colgate.

Monken said Army will honor late cornerback Brandon Jackson with his classmates. Morna Davis, Jackson’s mother, will be a part of the festivities.

Junior slotback Kell Walker is expected to return after missing the Lafayette game. CBS Sports Network reported that Walker didn’t play last week due to a concussion.

Asked Monken for an update on sophomore slotback Fred Cooper, who was suspended from the team last month for attitude and effort.

“I think probably in his mind he’s left the program,” Monken said. “I can’t speak for Fred. We have moved on to where we are at. Early on when we suspended him, it was a suspension. I don’t know if he has a desire to play college football and perhaps, he does. If he does, I’m open to talking to him. Obviously, that’s not something that has taken place.”

The Black Knights offense was “absolutely” trying to score a touchdown in the final moments against Lafayette, Monken said. Lafayette dropped fullback Connor Slomka for a two-yard loss on Army’s final two plays.

“We had two negative yardage plays to end the game,” Monken said. “That was really disappointing. Something we look at and something we really pay attention to is trying to eliminate negative yardage plays. It’s one of the goals that we have for our offense to have four or fewer negative yardage plays each game. I think they are five teams in America averaging four or fewer negative yardage plays. We are one of them. I think it makes a difference in the game.”

Army’s defense had three missed tackles against Lafayette, Monken said.

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