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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.

Bowl update: Texas bound?

A report by ESPN.com’s Brett McMurphy paints two scenarios where Army would play its bowl game in the state of Texas. Both scenarios are directly related to whether Navy or Western Michigan receives the Cotton Bowl bid as the highest-ranked team outside the Power Five conferences. McMurphy reports if Navy plays in the Cotton Bowl, [...]

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Army-Navy game versus bowl game

Jeff Monken coached in five straight bowl games as a Navy assistant. Navy received a bowl bid on each occasion before the Army-Navy game. “Nobody thought about the bowl games,” Monken said. “They were thinking about one thing…We knew where we were going but we were concentrating solely on that game. This team will too.” [...]

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Notebook: Trick plays, special teams update

Army fans rest easy. Coach Jeff Monken said the Black Knights won’t dive deep into its offensive playbook against Navy on Dec. 10. Army called a wide receiver pass from Navy’s 39-yard line trailing 21-17 late in the fourth quarter last season. The play didn’t fool Navy. DeAndre Bell’s pass was picked off at Navy’s [...]

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Notebook: Bowl waiting game continues, Navy focus

Army is heading to its first bowl game since 2010. Players and coaches can’t wait to find out their bowl and opponent Sunday, right? Coach Jeff Monken said Sunday’s announcement will be, “a little anticlimactic.” “We know we’re in,” Monken said. “That’s no secret. That’s out there. The matter of where we are going, that [...]

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Bowl update: Projection – Black Knights bowl bound

Army is projected to play in its first bowl game since 2010 and the Black Knights have Navy partly to thank for it. Three teams – SMU, Ole Miss and North Texas – seeking their sixth win and bowl eligibility Saturday – lost, leaving only five candidates for the eight remaining bowl slots and creating [...]

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Defense breakdown: Notre Dame

Senior linebacker Andrew King, senior safety Xavier Moss, sophomore linebacker Kenneth Brinson and freshmen cornerbacks Jaylon McClinton and Elijah Riley played all 72 snaps on defense in a 44-6 loss to Notre Dame on Nov. 12. Army gave up touchdowns on Notre Dame’s first three drives and didn’t force the Irish to punt once. Junior [...]

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Offense breakdown: Notre Dame

Freshman guard Jaxson Deaton, making his first career start, played all 50 offensive snaps in a 44-6 loss to Notre Dame on Nov. 12. Center Bryce Holland and tackles Rich Kurz and Brett Toth also took every snap for Army. Junior quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw (knee) missed his first start of the season and was limited [...]

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Bateman up for Broyles Award

The architect of Army’s No. 6-ranked defense has been recognized as one of college football’s top assistant coach. Defensive coordinator Jay Bateman was among list of 40 nominees for the Broyles Award released Wednesday. Bateman’s defense has been ranked as high as second in the country this season. Army finished the 2015 season ranked 45th [...]

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Recruiting: Johnson, Wilmore join 2017 class

Hooks (Texas) quarterback Jordan Johnson, who decommitted from Air Force earlier this week, announced his commitment to Army on Twitter Wednesday. Johnson posted on Twitter, “After a long, hard journey of tearing my ACL early in the season, I became very lucky for the coaching staff at West Point to see past that. I would [...]

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Daily bowl update: APR is determining factor

Army’s postseason chances will indeed be determined by its Academic Progress Rate as originally reported. A CBS Sports bowl projection column said Army would be at the first of the line if there are not enough bowl-eligible teams. That’s partially correct. Army can be first in line if three things happen Saturday: Duke falls to [...]

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