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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.

Captains Woolfolk & Holland on leading Black Knights, sustaining winning at West Point

Darnell Woolfolk captained one of New York’s most storied high school football programs as a Maine-Endwell senior but the fullback didn’t think much of being named one of Army’s leaders when he first arrived at West Point. Woolfolk received limited action his freshman season and was focused on making more of an impact. He’s made [...]

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Post-spring depth chart

Kelvin Hopkins finished the spring atop Army’s quarterback depth chart. Hopkins, who will be a junior in the fall, ran the first-team offense in the Black-Gold Game and the team’s only scrimmage of the spring. Cam Thomas, a sophomore in the fall, is Army’s No. 2 quarterback heading out spring. Kell Walker, who practiced at [...]

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Players remember Brandon Jackson on April 17 and every day

Brandon Jackson was in the thoughts and prayers of Darnell Woolfolk and his Army teammates and coaches Tuesday. Players shared stories and memories about Jackson, who would have turned 22 years old today. Jackson, Army’s two-year starting cornerback, passed away in a single-car accident on Sept. 11, 2016. Coach Jeff Monken has said Jackson’s locker [...]

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Recruiting: Hanover Area (Pa.) lineman Justin Kopko’s commitment, Black-Gold Game visitors

Justin Kopko’s connection to Army football started to grow the moment the Hanover Area (Pa.) junior received the underclassman offensive lineman MVP award at the Black Knights’ prospect camp last summer. Kopko made his eighth trip to West Point for the Black-Gold Game Friday. The 6-foot-4, 315-pound tackle gave his commitment to coach Jeff Monken [...]

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Black-Gold Game Recap

Kelvin Hopkins and Army’s offense were in mid-season form early in the Black-Gold Game. A steady diet of fullback dives, a couple keeper by Hopkins, Army’s sophomore quarterback, and a few fourth-and-short conversions highlighted a 17-play drive that ate up the majority of the first quarter. Fullback Connor Slomka finished the march with a 3-yard [...]

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April 6 practice blog

The quarterback competition heats up Saturday morning when Army holds its first scrimmage this spring. Coach Jeff Monken said hitting will be live on quarterbacks during the offense vs. defense scrimmage. In some past scrimmage, quarterback have worn non-contact jerseys. “We don’t have anybody out there that’s played in a (full) game at quarterback,” Monken [...]

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Offensive Line Spring To-Do List

Army football has built a belief among its offensive linemen over the past few seasons. The line’s nickname of “Malicious Offensive line Brotherhood” continues this spring following the loss of three senior starters and the departure of starting junior tackle Rick Kurz. When asked what he wanted to accomplish with Army’s offensive line this spring, [...]

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Early spring football observations

Army coach Jeff Monken is looking for leaders this spring to step and replace graduating seniors John Voit, Alex Aukerman and Rhyan England among others. Monken may have to look not further than the leader of the offensive line. Bryce Holland, a senior center, has been one of the most vocal players as Army enters [...]

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Black-Gold Game Update

Army’s Black-Gold spring game is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday April 13 at Michie Stadium. Honorary captains including Ronnie McAda, quarterback of the 1996 Independence Bowl team, were announced Friday. Other honorary captains are Tony Bianchi, Rashad Hodge, Landis Maddox, Ron Richardson, Jim Slomka, Eddie Stover, Gary Williams and Abel Young. Army will also honor [...]

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March 20 practice blog

Certainly didn’t feel like the first day of spring as Army opened its spring practice with temperatures in the mid-30s. Even coach Jeff Monken was wearing earmuffs. Indeed, sophomore Kell Walker, who has started at slotback his first two seasons, was working with the quarterbacks. Read my story on Walker’s spring tryout here. In accessing [...]

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