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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.

Branching out

Army senior football players received their branch assignments Thursday night at Eisenhower Hall. Seven players including co-captain Larry Dixon will branch field artillery. Co-captain Geoff Bacon and four of his teammates will branch infantry. Defensive end Joe Drummond, a co-captain, and James Kelly are branching in military intelligence. Here’s a look at where the seniors [...]

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Quarterback talk

Starting quarterback was a hot topic earlier in the season. Not so much with two games left in the 2014 campaign. Senior Angel Santiago has taken over for good, starting the last five games over junior A.J. Schurr. Santiago’s protected the ball better than quarterbacks in the recent past. He’s been credited with five lost [...]

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Slotback debate continues

It’s become a weekly question. Why aren’t senior slotbacks Terry Baggett and Raymond Maples, both 1,000-yard rushers in their Army careers, more involved in the offense? Baggett has gone from 142 carries in former coach Rich Ellerson’s triple-option offense to 44 carries in first-year coach Jeff Monken’s triple-option system. Maples, currently the sixth-leading rusher in [...]

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Quick Nov. 18 practice blog

26 degrees during Army’s late afternoon into evening practice. Felt a little colder. Senior safety Hayden Pierce practiced fully after missing the Western Kentucky game due to injury. Army definitely could use Pierce’s experience against a Fordham team, which averages 327.3 yards per game. Senior wide receiver Chevaughn Lawrence made a nice catch, going up [...]

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Dixon to play in East-West Shrine game

Larry Dixon talked about making the most of his last two football games at West Point Monday. Dixon, a senior fullback and co-captain, will play his final game at Michie Stadium against Fordham Saturday before closing out his Army career against Navy on Dec. 13 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Dixon, currently ranked fifth [...]

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Lost in loss: Larry Dixon

Correction: A 16-yard carry by Aaron Kemper was incorrectly credit to Larry Dixon in Saturday’s game against Western Kentucky. Senior fullback Larry Dixon inched closer to becoming the West Point’s fourth career 3,000-yard rusher Saturday. Dixon ran for the 10th 100-yard (115) game of his career. Only seven Army players have done that. Army’s co-captain [...]

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Postgame Western Kentucky: Coach Monken

Here’s my interview with Army coach Jeff Monken following a 52-24 loss at Western Kentucky: Opening comment: “We didn’t play very well. We didn’t execute. We didn’t block them and we stayed blocked. They just lined up and mashed us. The way they were running the ball, I think they were smart to continue to [...]

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Pregame blog: Western Kentucky

Junior Cale Brewer will handle kickoffs for the second straight game. Brewer was told last Saturday morning that he would kick in Army’s 35-21 win over UConn later that day and performed well. He made two tackles on kickoffs. “To not know you are going to be the starter and step in on the day [...]

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Pregame nuggets: Western Kentucky

Coach Jeff Monken said earlier this week that the offense wasn’t changed for the UConn game, where Army was able to pitch the ball 14 times against the Huskies. “It’s the same calls,” Monken said. “When you run the triple (option), you got the dive, the quarterback and the pitch. It’s whatever they take. In [...]

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Prediction time: Western Kentucky

Army is a 10-point road underdog at 4-5 Western Kentucky. Western Kentucky isn’t the easiest team to figure out. The Hilltoppers have scored 47 or more points three times and allowed 42 or more in five games. Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty, the nation’s No. 3 passer, presents the biggest challenge for Army’s defense this season. [...]

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