Army news and notes: 10/21

Another Saturday, another sad day to be an Army fan. Here’s the story of Army’s third consecutive loss, this time at Georgia State. The following is a list of observations from the game, including Army head coach Jeff Monken’s full quotes from his latest postgame press conference.

JB Hunter got his second straight start at center. He is the third center to start at the position, following Peyton Reeder and Jack Sides.

Connor Slomka was the third fullback to receive a carry against Georgia State, following backup Sandon McCoy and seldom-used JaKobi Buchanan. It’s unclear at this point whether this was done to motivate Slomka or merely just switch things up.

It was looking like Kell Walker might not suit up the week leading up to Georgia State after being injured at Western Kentucky, but he managed to make it on the field in his home city, rushing a pedestrian three times for 10 yards.

Cole Talley, the freshman kicker, returned to the lineup after being injured in week two at Michigan. It had been believed that even once he got healthy, he was benched in favor of senior David Cooper. After Cooper shanked a 24-yarder in the fourth quarter at Western Kentucky last week, however, Talley was given the nod at Georgia State. While he didn’t have any field goal tries in the 28-21 loss to the Panthers, Talley drilled all three extra point opportunities.

Monken postgame

Opening statement:
                  “Well, Georgia State made more plays than us; it’s tough when you don’t make a punt all night. We had chances to get them off the field on third down; we missed tackles; and we didn’t make big plays. Offensively, we didn’t sustain enough drives. We had some fourth downs we didn’t make there—we had some long yardage. The last route, we had the crossing route that seemed a little bit short, and we came back (the route) in the other direction, and it wasn’t there—we didn’t read it right like we were supposed to. We shouldn’t have been in that situation; we need to get first downs…”

On Army’s last drive:
“We didn’t sustain blocks, and we ran the ball. And we didn’t gain enough yardage when we did run the ball. We just need to put ourselves in more manageable positions—that’s about it. I’m just disappointed.”

On Army’s offensive performance as a whole:
                  “Like I said, we got to keep them (GSU) locked, and we didn’t. We did (allow) some plays off the backside, and we weren’t getting the backside cut off like we needed to. And on the play-side, on the point-of-attack, we were leaving more bodies out of the way. And we needed to find some answers to how to move the ball better.”

On Army’s plan for GSU quarterback, Dan Ellington:
                  “Well, we tried to make him (Dan) get rid of it—not let him hold onto it for a long time—where they could pick us apart. We didn’t get enough pressure; we had them couple times, but. he had the one out on our sideline and flag on the third down situation; we had pressure coming; and credit to him, he got rid of it on fourth-and-one; and they converted—he’s a good player.”

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