The first official scrimmage of Army spring practice.
A defensive-dominated scrimmage. Army’s offense managed just one touchdown – a 5-yard run by freshman quarterback Matt Kaufmann. Freshman Mitchell Howard kicked a 24-yard field goal. Freshman Ralphie Freibert closed the scrimmage with a 28-yard field goal.
Coach Monken’s take: “(The defense) did a good job stopping the run. They allowed some big plays and that was some broken plays. We lost contain on the quarterback a couple of times and he was able to scramble and get outside. We didn’t run the ball inside effectively enough on offense. We’ve been doing that fairly decent at times this spring. I’m not happy yet with how physical we’re playing. There’s a lack of that. I’d like to see us play more physical, play harder, tougher. Everywhere. Every phase. Hopefully, we’ll get better on that and these next two weeks you’ll see an improvement.”
First-team defense: DE Joe Drummond, NG Richard Glover, DE Mike Ugenyi, LOLB Derek Sanchez; ILB Jeremy Timpf, ILB Andrew King, ROLB Steve Ricciardi, CB Josh Jenkins, CB Lamar Johnson-Harris, FS Geoff Bacon, SS Hayden Pierce.
Second-team defense: DE Bobby Kough, NG T.J. Atimalala; DE Jordan Smith; LOLB James Kelly, ILB Seth Combs; ILB Sean McBryde; OLB Addison Holstein; CB Nick Brickous; CB Joey Giovannelli; FS Steven Johnson; SS Gervon Simon.
First-team offense: QB Angel Santiago; FB Larry Dixon; SB Stephen Fraser; SB Joey Giovannelli; WR Xavier Moss; WR Justin Newman; LT Corey Hobbs (moved back to offensive line from tight end): LG Steve Shumaker; C Ryan Powis; RG Matt Hugenberg; RT Justin Gilbert.
Players who didn’t participate in the scrimmage were: RB Terry Baggett; RB Trenton Turrentine; RB Lawrence Scott; WR Chevaughn Lawrence; CB Chris Carnegie; C Lofi Tamasese; C Lance Baggett; C Todd McDonald; T Drew Hennesey; LB Gino DeBartolo; CB Issac Winters; QB Cody Jackson.
Quarterback update: The top three quarterbacks – Angel Santiago, A.J. Schurr and Kelvin White – didn’t really separate themselves. Much of that had to do with Army’s blocking. Santiago broke off a 25-yard run. Schurr scrambled for 10 and 11 for first downs on third downs. White couldn’t get much started against the defense. Freshman Matt Kaufmann was effective against the second or third-team defense. Kaufmann ran six times for 33 yards and completed two passes to Mike Parros for first downs. Parros made a nice move to get a few additional yards after the catch on one throw.
Other offensive notes: Schurr, under pressure, hooked up with RB Joe Walker on a 22-yard pass play. Running between the tackles were tough. Fullbacks Larry Dixon and Matt Giachinta didn’t break a run of more than 10 yards… Army centers struggled with the shotgun snap. One snap was rolled to the quarterback. Another nearly sailed over Schurr’s head. Schurr turned that potentially broken play into a 25-yard run… Army was hit with a delay of game penalty. Offensive coordinator Brent Davis told Schurr he needed the read the defense quicker…Everyone, offensive linemen, running backs, tight ends and wide receivers need to block better.
Defense rises: Army’s defense lived in the backfield. ILB Andrew King came unblocked and dropped Schurr for a 4-yard loss… DE Ryan Alexander, OLB Derek Sanchez and DE Mike Ugenyi also had tackles for loss… Sanchez recovered a fumbled forced by ILB Jeremy Timpf. King and DE Bobby Kough also recovered fumbles…OLB James Kelly had a big hit on QB Angel Santiago…Freshman S Steven Johnson came unblocked on an edge blitz and drilled A.J. Schurr just as he threw the ball.
Special teams report: Freshman CB Josh Jenkins returned the first kickoff about 30 yards. Jenkins made a tackle on wide receiver Xavier Moss, who was returning a punt. Freshman quarterback Tevin Long was back returning a kick. Punts by Alex Tardieu and Dan Grochowski were short of 30 yards. Grochowski was wide left on a 45-yard field goal.
Photos: Check out gallery shot by John Meore http://bit.ly/1jipuC1.
Here’s video of Matt Kaufmann’s touchdown: