Video Conference Recap: Jeff Monken, Brent Davis, Nate Woody

Army spring football was lost to the COVID-19 outbreak.

How are coach Jeff Monken and coordinators Brent Davis and Nate Woody adapting to the virtual world of college football and being away from their players?

Monken spoke about how Army players can control two things – the attitude and effort – while they are away from West Point in my story here.

Army isn’t overloading its players with team meetings as they continue to adjust to online education. Position groups get together through video conferencing two to three times a week.

Monken also said how this time is, “great training” for all West Point cadets.

“When our Army officers train themselves and they train their units and soldiers, they don’t often know what the kickoff time is, what the date that kickoff is going to be, who the opponent will be,” Monken said. “We have that in sports. We can prepare for that. When our guys join the Army, they’re not going to know.”

Davis broke down Army’s returning offensive players and delivered this about rising sophomore fullback Anthony Adkins, “If you could see him right now, he’s probably 250 pounds. He was really having an unbelievable offseason. He’s just scratching the surface of what he can do physically. He’s a specimen.”

The returning offensive linemen have a lot to prove after the Black Knights’ disappointing 5-8 2019 season, Davis said. Two-year starters JB Hunter (knee) and Peyton Reeder (shoulder) played through injuries last season, had offseason surgeries and will be ready to go. Davis said Hunter is going to work in at center.

Woody, in his first season as defensive coordinator, talked about Zoom meeting with assistants to discuss his 3-4 scheme. He said that Army has a staff that has experience coaching multiple position in his defense.

“Our defensive staff meetings allow us to go over concepts that may give us problems in certain fronts and coverage and to do a great job of covering that with every position involved and as far as understanding what we are willing to give up on defense and what we want to take away with each one of these calls,” Woody said. “Getting everybody on the same page with these meetings has been great.”

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