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Sal Interdonato

Award-winning writer Sal Interdonato has been on the Army football beat since 2007. He’ll take you inside the huddle and into the lives of the Black Knights.

Postgame Tulane: Aukerman, Davidson, Slomka

Fullbacks Andy Davidson and Connor Slomka said Army’s offense should shoulder the blame for not producing enough points in the Black Knights’ 21-17 loss at Tulane. Senior linebacker Alex Aukerman pointed the finger at himself for Tulane quarterback Jonathan Banks’ scrambles that kept the Green Wave’s game-winning drive alive. Senior linebacker Alex Aukerman  On Tulane [...]

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Postgame Tulane: Jeff Monken

Spoke with Army coach Jeff Monken following 21-17 loss at Tulane. Here are his thoughts: On if he looks at this game as one that slipped away: “Oh no. They beat us. In the first half, we kick off and it’s a one-play drive for a touchdown and they are up 7-0 and 12 seconds have [...]

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Pregame blog: Tulane

Junior fullback Darnell Woolfolk will miss today’s game with a knee injury. CBS Sports Network reported that Woolfolk suffered the injury on his first carry against Ohio State last week and played through the injury. Woolfolk is Army’s second leading rusher and tied for the team lead with four rushing touchdowns. Lots of questions on [...]

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Prediction time: Tulane

Army is a 3-point road underdog at Tulane Saturday. The Black Knights are 4-11 in true road games during the Jeff Monken era. Three of those wins came last season. Tulane narrowly leads the series 10-9-1. Army is 3-5-1 in games played in New Orleans. The Green Wave return six defensive starters from their last [...]

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Defense breakdown: Ohio State

Junior linebacker Kenneth Brinson, sophomore linebacker Cole Christiansen, sophomore cornerback Cam Jones, sophomore safety Jaylon McClinton and sophomore cornerback Mike Reynolds played all 69 defensive snaps in a 38-7 loss at Ohio State last Saturday. Five reserves saw action with junior linebacker James Nachtigal playing the most snaps (36). The Black Knights were credited with [...]

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Offense breakdown: Ohio State

Army crossed midfield on six of its nine possessions but the Black Knights could only manage one touchdown in a 38-7 loss to Ohio State Saturday. Junior left tackle Rick Kurz played a team-high 63 snaps. Kurz left the game in the third quarter with a shoulder injury and returned to play the rest of [...]

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Jeff Monken on contract extension

Who is the longest-tenured Army football coach since the legendary Earl “Red” Blaik? Bob Sutton, now Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator, currently holds that distinction serving nine seasons (1991-99). Jeff Monken could catch or pass Sutton with the news of his contract extension last week. Still no confirmation on the length of the contract, but [...]

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Press conference takeaways: Tulane

Jeff Monken opened his weekly press conference by saying his team, “got beat up pretty good by outstanding football team” in a 38-7 loss to Ohio State Saturday. Senior safety Rhyan England, junior tackle Rick Kurz and junior tight end Zach Saum were among the players that were injured in the game. “We played a [...]

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Injury report: Rhyan England update

Army coach Jeff Monken said he isn’t sure when starting safety Rhyan England will return to the field but it appears the knee injury that the senior suffered in the third quarter against Ohio State isn’t going to be season-ending. Monken said an MRI was being taken on England’s knee Tuesday and there’s a chance, [...]

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Quick thoughts: Ohio State

Always asked what is the secret to Army’s revival under Jeff Monken. A play late in the Black Knights’ 38-7 loss at No. 8 Ohio State exemplifies the program’s culture change. With the game decided, Monken sent junior Luke Langdon in for starting quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw with 6:55 left in the fourth quarter. On 1st-and-18 [...]

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