Dixon could have hooped it up at West Point

Senior fullback Larry Dixon has left his mark as one of the academy’s top running backs.

Dixon ranks fourth in all-time rushing heading into his final game against Navy on Dec. 13 at M&T Bank Stadium.

One of Dixon’s high school coaches thinks he could have helped another team on post.

“If he truly wanted to devote himself to the game, he could have absolutely been a college basketball player and I really truly believe that he could have absolutely played basketball at West Point,” Olympic (Wash.) High coach Devin Huff said.

“I spoke to the previous (Army) coach (Jim Crews) and he asked me about (Dixon) and I said, “There’s no doubt in my mind that he could play in the Patriot League. He definitely had the ability.”

Dixon, who is listed on the football roster at 5-foot-11 and 239 pounds, played anywhere Huff needed him on the court for three years. He never came out of the game.

“One of things that frustrates me all of the time is that people tend to bypass what he was as a basketball player and just focus on football,” Huff said. “He was a beautiful, beautiful athlete to watch and he was so smart. He had all of the talent and all of the skill. I ask him, ‘LD if you were playing now how would you do?,’ He said, “I could more than hold my own with the West Point players. I bet he would have been a sixth through eighth man.”

Imagine Dixon in Army’s backcourt with Kyle Wilson, the Patriot League’s preseason player of the year, and/or Dylan Cox.

Ask Dixon about how good of a basketball player he was, the modest Dixon says, “That’s up for speculation. I was average to decent. I wasn’t anything special. I just had a lot of fun playing.”

Nothing is average about Dixon. Everything has does is first class. Read my Sunday piece on Army’s captain here.

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Dec. 4 practice blog

The whistle blew sounding the end of Army’s 65-minute practice.

Players sprinted the goal line ready for extra conditioning runs.

Army coach Jeff Monken blew his whistle again, announcing the conditioning was waved for the day.

Players erupted in cheer and gathered for Monken’s post-practice speech.

Senior safety Geoff Bacon, who hasn’t played since Sept. 27 at Yale due to leg injury, is practicing on a limited basis. Bacon was doing some agility work and running.

Senior guard Steve Shumaker, who missed Army’s last game against Fordham on Nov. 22, also practiced on a limited basis.

Senior linebacker Steve Ricciardi, who missed his first game of the season against Fordham due to injury, and junior tackle Ryan Alexander, who also missed the Fordham game, practiced without restriction.

Freshman linebackers Scott Washle, Alex Aukerman and Bayle Wolf were all part of the second-team defense.

The offense got the best of the defense during scrimmage-like conditions. Senior fullback Larry Dixon set the tone immediately busting out a long touchdown run. Sophomore Joe Walker had a nice run and sophomore Xavier Moss caught a pass downfield.

Sophomore cornerback Josh Jenkins had an interception during skelly.

The offense had to do 10 up-downs after a lost fumble against the scout team.

Monken complemented freshman scout-team offensive lineman Tim Shover for playing low during a drill against Army’s top defensive linemen.

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Fog Gate

Army is getting hammered nationally for its athletic director, coach and players not attending Army-Navy media day in Baltimore because its morning flight from Stewart Airport was fogged in.

Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk took a shot at Army during his speech at the annual media luncheon for the academies.

Gladchuk felt he needed to apologize for Army not getting to Baltimore, thought Army should have found a way down I-95 and then added, “We’ve got a saying at Navy, ‘No excuses, nobody cares.’ That’s how I feel about it.”

Spoke with Boo Corrigan Wednesday afternoon. He said an airplane flight was Army’s only option to Baltimore.

For more on a little war of worlds between the athletic directors, click here.

Nothing confirmed but it’s likely Army was taking a private flight out of Stewart. Checked departures on Stewart’s website and there were no commercial flights bound for Baltimore.

Were the conditions at the airport checked early Wednesday? Should Army have had a Plan B?

Army had an obligation to the media and city of Baltimore to be there.

What would have been Army’s best option? Probably leaving the academy around 6 a.m. by van or car. Google Maps says it’s 238 miles from West Point to M&T Bank Stadium, site of the media luncheon. That would have meant close to nine hours on the road and the likelihood of Monken and Army’s captains Larry Dixon and Joe Drummond missing practice Wednesday.

USA Today’s Gary Mihoces reported that Army executive athletic director Bob Beretta, who was present in Baltimore, said driving in on Tuesday night wasn’t an option because, “the weather up there last night was freezing rain and snow. So it wasn’t really a safe environment last night either.”

Missing media day leaves an impression that Army didn’t think it was important enough to be there.

First-year Army coach Jeff Monken said during a Wednesday morning teleconference from West Point, “that’s certainly not how we felt about it.”

An interesting side note. Corrigan use to work under Gladchuk at Navy. That relationship didn’t stop Gladchuk from voicing his opinion on the matter.

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Jack Ford on 60 Minutes Sports Army feature

Jack Ford watched from the sideline during the last five Army-Navy football games.

When momentum swung in Navy’s favor, Ford saw Army stay down and defeated.

Navy won all five games that Ford observed, adding more ammunition for a project that the veteran news journalist had in mind.

While conducting interviews for his documentary on the 1963 Army-Navy football game, which aired on CBS Sports last December, Ford found some former Navy players, who had a heart for Army, during its current 12-game losing streak to its academy rival.

“Some of the comments I got off the record and were, ‘Army has to beat us. We’ve gone 12 years in a row now in most cases it not  even being a really good game,’” Ford said. “They said, ‘I can’t say this publicly but the rivalry really needs Army to win here.’ I just fascinated that even Navy guys were saying that.”

A coaching change at Army provided Ford with the perfect opportunity to examine the program from the start of Jeff Monken’s tenure.

Ford and the Showtime’s 60 Minute Sports cameras will chronicle Monken’s first season from the start of offseason workouts to preparation for this year’s Navy game on Dec. 13 in a feature, which airs tonight (Dec. 2).

The feature takes a look at what Monken is doing to resurrect to program and its rivalry with Navy.

During his time at West Point, Ford was surprised to hear that Army was a decade behind its service-academy rival in moving cadets summer training to June so that football players could have July to attend summer school and prepared to the upcoming season.

Ford was also surprised to hear Monken talk about how little “Beat Navy” signs he saw on post when he first arrived.

“When I would go down to Annapolis, everywhere you looked was a ‘Beat Army’ sign,” Ford said. “Does that make a big difference? Probably not. But it’s symbolic.”

Monken impressed Ford from the start of the project.

“I could see immediately a change in attitude there where football was viewed as an important element of the West Point mission and things were being done to reflect that and I saw that they had the right leaders in place,” Ford said.

Ford was recruited by Army in 1968 out of Point Pleasant (N.J.) High School. He opted to attend Yale, who Ford said, “quite candidly had better football at the time.” Ford played four years of football at Yale.

“Somebody asked me about Jeff Monken and I said, ‘You know what I don’t think I have any eligibility left. I played all my four years at Yale. But if I did, I would play for this guy,’” Ford said.

Army has won four games heading into its season finale against Navy but Ford senses a culture change.

“It’s not been reflected a lot in wins this year but in the first year of a new coach it never is,” Ford said. “It is reflected in the difference in attitude… There’s just a completely different attitude there among the players themselves and under the leadership.”

Ford wanted one question answered in his reporting. Why is Army football important?

Ford got his answers from West Point superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen, the Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno and former Army quarterback Rollie Stichweh, who played against Roger Staubach and Navy in the 1963 game.

“These guys are all combat veterans and they said here’s the thing, ‘When the nation puts Army boots on the ground, they don’t expect the Army to look good or do their best. They expect it to win,’” Ford said. “The point that they all make is that attitude has to infuse in everything a cadet does including the football team.”

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Depth chart: Navy

Army released its official depth chart this morning for its season finale against Navy on Dec. 13 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

Senior Angel Santiago is listed as the starting quarterback.

Junior A.J. Schurr, who left Army’s 42-31 win over Fordham on Nov. 22 with an ankle injury, is listed as Santiago’s backup. Schurr practiced last week.

Junior fullback Matt Giachinta, who injured his ankle on the opening kickoff of the second half against Fordham, is also listed on the depth chart.

Senior guard Steve Shumaker, who missed the Fordham game due to injury, is not listed on the depth chart.

Offense
QB: Angel Santiago, Sr.; A.J. Schurr, Jr.
FB: Larry Dixon, Sr.; Matt Giachinta, Jr.; Aaron Kemper, Soph.
RB: Terry Baggett, Sr.; Raymond Maples, Sr.; Trenton Turrentine, Sr.
RB: Tony Giovannelli, Sr.; Joe Walker, Soph.
WR: Edgar Poe, Soph.; Chevaughn Lawrence, Sr.
WR: Xavier Moss, Soph.; Justin Newman, Sr.
TE: Kelvin White, Jr.; Eddy Ruzga, Soph.
LT: Corey Hobbs, Jr.; Todd McDonald, Sr.
LG: Jaryn Villegas, Fr.; Trey Ratliff, Fr.
C: Matt Hugenberg, Jr.; Todd McDonald, Sr.
RG: Bryce Holland, Fr.; Lofi Tamasese, Soph.
RT: Drew Hennessy, Jr.; Mike Houghton, Fr.; Todd McDonald, Sr.

Defense
DE: Joe Drummond, Sr.; John Voit, Fr.
NT: Richard Glover, Sr.; T.J. Atimalala, Jr.
DT: Mike Ugenyi, Sr.; Jordan Smith, Soph.
OLB: Stephen Ricciardi, Sr.; Addison Holstein, Sr.; Alex Aukerman, Fr.
Rush End: James Kelly, Sr.; Dalton Mendenhall, Jr.; Seth Combs, Soph.
MLB: Andrew King, Soph.; Scott Washle, Fr.; Sean McBryde, Soph.
Will LB: Jeremy Timpf, Soph.; Tyler L’Hommedieu, Fr.
CB: Josh Jenkins, Soph.; Lamar Johnson-Harris, Sr.
CB: Chris Carnegie, Jr.; Jared Rogers, Jr.
FS: Rhyan England, Fr.; Tevin Long, Soph.
BS: Luke Proulx, Jr.; Hayden Pierce, Sr.; Michael McFadden, Jr.

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Quick thoughts: Fordham (Updated)

Army fans are going to miss senior fullback Larry Dixon.

Dixon’s performance against Fordham Saturday was a reminder.

Fordham started the game taking away the fullback dive and it worked. Dixon’s first carry for a 1-yard gain came with 2:29 left in the second quarter. Two plays later, Dixon rushed for two yards.

After halftime, Army’s offense came out to a faster pace and Dixon was the focal point. He carried the ball five straight times for 51 yards to start the second half. Dixon finished the drive with a 5-yard touchdown. He had 20 of Army’s 45 carries in the second half and totaled 155 yards.

Dixon’s numbers currently stand at 3,098 yards for his career and 1,012 for the season. He is the 14th player in Army history to eclipse 1,000 yards in a season. He needs 223 yards in Army’s season finale against Navy on Dec. 13 to pass Trent Steelman for third on Army’s all-time rushing list. Dixon has 159 rushing yards in three career games vs. Navy.

Where does Dixon rank among the academy’s all-time fullbacks? Dixon, who has the most rushing yards of any Army fullback, is in the conversation. That conversation begins with 1945 Heisman Trophy winner Felix “Doc” Blanchard.

Back to the halftime adjustments, Army scored a touchdown on its opening drive of the second half for just the second time in 11 games this season. Army opened the third quarter with a 12-play, 79-yard touchdown drive against UConn in a 35-21 win on Nov. 8.

Didn’t get the impression from talking to coach Jeff Monken earlier in the week that junior quarterback A.J. Schurr was in the game plan for Fordham. But with Army’s offense struggling to move the ball early, quarterbacks coach Mitch Ware suggested bringing in Schurr to Monken with 11:31 left in the second quarter.

Schurr sparked the offense with a career-high 54-yard run on his third play of the game. Unfortunately, Schurr dislocated his right collarbone when he landed on the turf on that play. His collarbone was popped back into place. Schurr started the second half  and helped Army to a touchdown on its opening drive. But, Schurr couldn’t complete Army’s next drive of 20 plays due to right ankle injury.

Army’s 20-play, 84-yard touchdown drive, which ate up 11:11 between the third and fourth quarters, wasn’t the longest possession that coach Monken has been involved in. Monken was a part of Navy’s 2004 staff, which watched its offense embark on a 26-play drive against New Mexico in the Emerald Bowl. The Midshipmen settled for a field goal on the drive, which lasted 14 minutes and 26 seconds.

Bryce Holland impressed in his first career start at right guard. Holland, a freshman who was recruited as a center, blew defenders  off the line of scrimmage. Larry Dixon ran the ball effectively behind Holland often Saturday. Expect Holland to be in the starting lineup for Navy and the future.

UPDATE: Junior fullback Matt Giachinta suffered an ankle injury on the opening kickoff of the second half. Giachinta might be able to play against  Navy.

Thought Army’s defense played well in the first half. The Black Knights held Fordham wide receiver Sam Ajala to four catches for 21 yards. Tebucky Jones, Jr. did not have a catch at halftime. Army played five defensive backs a lot with sophomore Tevin Long as the nickelback. The defense was leaving Fordham’s Brian Wetzel open or not covering him well in the first half. Could see Fordham quarterback Mike Nebrich was eyeing up Wetzel, who caught eight of Fordham’s 18 first-half completions, from the press box.

Army’s defensive line was the most active I can remember this season on plays beyond or down the line of scrimmage. Thought senior nose guard Richard Glover (4 tackles) played his best game of the season. Freshman John Voit recorded his first career interception. Voit is the first Army defensive lineman to pick off a pass since Brandon Thompson on Sept. 29, 2007 against Temple.

I’m not counting Fordham’s Hail Mary touchdown by punter Joseph Pavlik against the defense even though the starting secondary was in the game. Senior Hayden Pierce was in good position on the pass to Marc DeSisto but didn’t bat the ball down.

Now to Army’s decision to line up in its triple-option offense and throw the football with 13 seconds left in the game up 42-31. Apparently, the call by coach Monken goes back to the pregame. Army asked Fordham before the game if it could not be on the field when the academy had its Senior Day ceremony. Fordham remained on the field for its warmups during the ceremony, which lasted about four minutes.

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Recruiting: Yelding commits to Army after Fordham win

Daphne (Ala.) defensive tackle Khalil Yelding watched Army defeat Fordham 42-31 Saturday at Michie Stadium.

After the win, Yelding told Jeff Monken and his coaching staff that he wanted to be a part of Army’s future. Yelding, who is 6-foot-1 and 290 pounds, verbally committed to West Point.

Navy had also offered Yelding.

Westfield (Va.) senior safety James Gibson, a 2015 Army commit, was among the high school recruits in attendance Saturday.

Waccamaw (S.C) C-DT Tyler Davis, Bluefield (W.Va.) FB-MLB Corey Coppola, Wilson Central (Tenn.) CB L.J. Lytle; John S. Burke Catholic (N.Y.) OL Brandon Rawlins; New Milford (N.J.) LB Andrew McElroy, Burlington (N.J.) QB Aaron Rogers and Walkersville (Md.) T-DE Brendan Cassells also were in attendance.

Davis has been offered by Army.

Army 2015 verbal commitments

OL Jake Baumert, 6-3, 300, Lovejoy HS, Lucas, Texas
S Rashaad Bolton, 5-11, 205, Veterans HS, Kathleen, Ga.
LB Jacob Covington, 6-2, 215, Liberty Hill (Texas) HS
DE T.J. Jackson, 5-11, 245, Trinity Christian HS, Jacksonville, Fla.
S James Gibson, 6-1, 200 Westfield HS, Chantilly, Va.: Three-star recruit by Rivals. Voted top safety at Army’s second prospect camp in June.
CB Richard Hanson, 5-10, 170, Prince George (Va.) HS: Voted top cornerback at Army’s second prospect camp in June.
QB Kelvin Hopkins, 5-10, 194, Independence HS, Charlote, N.C.
CB Jaylon McClinton, 5-10, 185, Charlotte (N.C.) Christian HS
DE Julian Meares, 6-3, 219, John Carroll School, Bel Air, Md. Made unofficial visit to West Point and committed on July 17. Voted top defensive lineman at Army’s first prospect camp in June.
CB Markale Moses, 5-10, 164, Broken Arrow (Okla.) HS
K-P Zach Pottter, 5-10, 180, Terre Haute (Ind.) North HS
LB Corey Sanders, 6-4, 215, The Woodlands (Texas): Verbally committed to Army at first prospect camp in June. Earned best linebacker at camp.
DT Tanner Sheffield, 6-3, 245, North Paulding HS, Dallas, Ga.: Verbally committed to Army on July 10.
RB Connor Slomka, 6-foot, 205, Pine-Richland HS, Gibsonia, Pa.
QB Troy Smith, 6-0, 185, Harker Heights (Texas) HS
RB Calen Taylor, 5-7, 160, Christian Brothers Collegiate, St. Louis, Mo.
DT Raymond Wright, 6-3, 265, Ardrey Kell HS, Charlotte, N.C.
DT Khahil Yelding, 6-1, 290, Daphne (Ala.) HS

Here’s a list of the high school players from the class of 2015, who have received an offer to play Army football.

Might be missing a few but a pretty solid list.

2015 Offers
CB Roland Adams, 5-10, 202, Florence (Ala.) HS
S D’Angelo Amos, 6-1, 175, Meadowbrook HS, Richmond, Va.
TE Brion Anduze, 6-4, 225, Central Kitsap HS, Silverdale, Wash.: (COMMITTED to Arizona)
CB Aaquil Annoor, 5-11, 170, Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy: (COMMITTED to Furman)
WR Chad Artist, 6-3, 180, Logan (Utah) HS: Artist’s Hudl profile says he runs a 4.39-second, 40-yard dash. (COMMITTED to Utah State)
RB Jordan Asberry, 5-9, 165, Colerain HS, Cincinnati, Ohio: Navy and Air Force have also offered Asberry.
CB-QB Zach Banks, 6-2, 180, Lakeside HS, Evans, Ga.
LB Colton Beebe, 6-3, 253, Piper HS, Kansas City, Kansas: Beebe has been offered by Air Force, Minnesota and Kansas. Made 159 tackles his junior season. 
DT Luc Bequette, 6-2, 290, Little Rock (Ark.) Catholic: Played junior season at Centennial High in Champaign, Ill. Also a center. (COMMITTED to California)
OL-DL Grant Branch, 6-3, 272, Montini HS, Lombard, Ill.
RB Dominick Bragalone, 5-11, 205, South Williamsport (Pa.) HS
RB-WR-CB Malik Braxton, 5-11, 185, Meadowdale HS, Lynnwood, Wash.
S Jaxon Brown, 6-1, 181, Regis HS, Eau Claire, Wisc.: Brown has verbally committed to North Dakota State but Army still offered the safety.
RB T.J. Brumfield, 5-8, 165, Crespi HS, Encino, Calif.
T-DE Nick Buchanan, 6-4, 275, Dunwoody (Ga.) HS: Tulsa, Western Kentucky and Tulane are among the schools, which have offered Buchanan.
RB Jaylen Burgess, 6-foot, 210, Maryville (Tenn.) HS
T Christian Castleberry, 6-4, 270, Mesquite (Texas) HS: (COMMITTED to Arkansas State)
T-DE Nick Carmen, 6-4, 255, Mountain Pointe HS, Phoenix, Ariz.: (COMMITTED to Utah)
T-DT Nick Carnesale, 6-2, 260, Hammonton (N.J.) HS
T Tyler Carr, 6-6, 322, Southside (Ala.) HS: Carr is ranked the fourth-best offensive tackle nationally and the 30th-best player overall by Rivals. Has offers from Alabama, Auburn, Texas, Georgia and Nebraska among others. (COMMITTED to Auburn).
K-P Luke Carter, 6-1, 225, Wilson HS, Florence, S.C.
QB Tre’von Cherry, 6-foot, 180, East Central HS, Tulsa, Okla.
LB Dyson Chmura, 6-3, 212, Waukesha West (Wisc.) HS: The son of former Packers tight end Mark Chmura has potential to play on the offensive side of the ball.
OL Steven Clark, 6-2, 300, Brindlee Mountain HS, Guntersville, Ala.: (COMMITTED to South Alabama).
WR Glen Coates, 5-11, 172, Davidson (N.C.) Day HS: Also offered by Navy.
QB Austin Conway, 5-11, 165, Overland HS, Aurora, Colo.: Conway, a three-star football recruit by Rivals, has offers from Nebraska and Colorado among others. He’s also a highly-recruited basketball player. Indiana has offered Conway for hoops. COMMITTED to Wyoming (basketball).
K Jon Coppens, 6-foot, 185, Nolan Catholic HS, Fort Worth, Texas
LB Austin Corbett, 6-4, 215, Plano (Texas) East HS: Corbett has offers from Navy and Air Force, among others.
DE Shawn Curtis, 6-3, 247, Ronald Reagan-Doral (Fla.) HS: Curtis also had offers from Illinois and Mississippi State among others.
DE Nick Czar, 6-3, 269, Highland (Ill.) HS: Former Army commit. (COMMITTED to Navy)
QB-CB Nate Dalton, 6-3, 195, Cypress Falls HS, Houston, Texas
LB Trevor Darby 6-3, 210 Davidson (N.C.) Day HS: Navy has also offered Darby.
DL Jack Darnell, 6-3, 260, Champlin Park HS, Champlin, Minn.: (COMMITTED to North Dakota State)
RB Andrew Davidson, 6-2, 210, Emmaus (Pa.) HS
RB Charlie Davidson, 5-10, 200, Blackman HS, Munfreesboro, Tenn.
S Chuck Davis, 5-8, 160, Broad Run HS, Ashburn, Va.: Davis has received a scholarship offer from Wisconsin among others.
RB Taye Davis, 6-2, 225, Lebanon (Tenn.) HS
C-DT Tyler Davis, 6-2, 295, Waccamaw HS, Pawleys Island, S.C.
OG Pat DiCarlo, 6-3, 280, Foothill HS, Santa Ana, Calif.
DL Jordan Dollerson, 5-11, 262, Florence (Ala.) HS
CB Daivon Ellison, 5-9, 180, Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J.: Second-team, all-state cornerback is the No. 27 prospect in New Jersey, according to NJ.com. Ellison top four schools are Boston College, Penn State, Rutgers and Syracuse. (COMMITTED to Syracuse)
C Josh Fannin, 6-3, 290, Mill Creek HS, Hoschton, Ga.: Fannin is ranked the nation’s 10th best center and Georgia’s 70th-best player by Rivals. (COMMITTED to Middle Tennessee State)
QB Aaron Farmer, 6-foot, 178, Cleveland HS, Clayton, N.C.
FB-LB Pena Fitisemanu, 6-foot,255, Kahuku (Hawaii) HS: Navy offered Fitisemanu before Army.
S Kyle Floyd, 6-3, 205, Humble (Texas) HS
DE Marques Ford, 6-4, 217, East Bay HS, Gibsonton, Fla.: Ranked the 14th-best defensive end and 48th-best player in Florida by Rivals.com. Ford has offers from Clemson, Wisconsin, Miami (Fla.), Virginia Tech, Nebraska, Duke, N.C. State and among others. (COMMITTED to Tennessee)
RB Jonathan Forrest 5-11, 202, New Rochelle (N.Y.) HS: Forrest is ranked the second-best overall player in New York and the 50th-best running back in the country by Rivals.
RB Coleman Fox, 5-11, 190, Salem (Va.) HS: COMMITTED to Virginia Tech.
S Clay French, 6-2, 200, Northview HS, Duluth, Ga.: French has an unofficial visit to West Point planned for July 21.
LB Eric Gallon, 6-2, 220, Jenkins HS, Lakeland, Fla.: Buffalo, Bowling Green and Eastern Michigan are among the schools that have offered Gallon.
CB George Gbesee, 5-9, 170, Oakland HS, Murfreesboro, Tenn.: (COMMITTED to Wofford)
TE Jeff Gemmell, 6-3, 215, Heritage HS, Wake Forest, N.C.: (COMMITTED to UNC Charlotte)
TE Riley Gessner, 6-4, 225, Dunwoody (Ga.) HS: (COMMITTED to Furman)
C Michael Gomez, 6-foot, 270, Cary-Grove HS, Cary, Ill.
RB Evan Gray, 5-10, 228, Westfield HS, Chantilly, Va.: Voted best running back at Army’s second prospect camp in June.
P Cory Griffith, 6,-2, 210, St. Ignatius HS, Cleveland, Ohio
T-DE Devin Hannan, 6-4, 270, Belle Vernon (Pa.) HS: (COMMITTED to Towson)
WR KiAnte Hardin, 5-10, 160, Webb City (Mo.) HS: (COMMITTED to Minnesota)
WR Jaylen Harris, 5-7, 150, Steele HS, Cibolo, Texas
G R.J. Harris, 6-3, 260, North Florida Christian HS, Tallahassee, Fla.
CB Montre Hartage, 6-foot, 180, Crisp County HS, Cordele, Ga.
LB Hayden Haupt, 6-2, 210, Clovis North HS, Fresno, Calif.|
TE Charles Hays, 6-4, 250, La Quinta (Calif.) HS
RB Robert Heyward, 6-foot, 195, Calvary Day School, Savannah, Ga.
WR Tabari Hines, 5-10, 165, South Florence HS, Florence, S.C.: (COMMITTED to Wake Forest)
LB Kendrick Jackson, 6-1, 235, Haynesville (La.) HS: (COMMITTED to Arizona)
QB Issac James, 5-11, 183 Carmel (Ind.) HS
QB William James, 6-2, 206, Morgan Park HS, Chicago, Ill.
OL Radson Jang, 6-2, 250, Kamehameha HS, Honolulu, Hawaii
WR-CB Brenndan Johnson, 5-11, 170, Midway HS, Waco, Texas: (COMMITTED to Navy)
RB Jalen Johnson, 5-9, 167, Westview HS, Avondale, Ariz.
QB London Johnson, 6-foot, 185, Marlboro HS, Bennetsville, S.C.: (COMMITTED to Charleston Southern)
C Andrew Jones, 6-foot, 280 Unionville HS, Kennett Square, Pa.
LB Cole Jones, 6-foot, 210, St Xavier HS, Cincinnati
CB James Jones, 6-1, 180, Mullen HS, Denver, Colo.
CB Dominieke Jones, 6-1, 170, Bingham HS, South Jordan, Utah
DE Milord Juste, 6-1, 242, Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) HS: (COMMITTED to Florida International)
TE Christian Kelley, 6-2, 230, Mount Carmel (Pa.) HS: Kelley went on an unofficial visit to Army on June 17. (COMMITTED to Cornell)
CB Lyrics Klugh, 5-11, 180, Byrnes HS, Duncan, S.C.
T Griffin Landrum, 6-3, 285, South Forsyth HS, Cumming, Ga.
DL Simeon Lane, 6-1, 300, St. Xavier’s HS, Cincinnati: (COMMITTED to Princeton)
LB-RB Noah Lazaro, 6-2, 215, Southwest HS, Lincoln, Neb.
DB Trey Lee, 5-10, 185, Thomas Stone HS, Waldorf, Md.
LB Gus Little 6-3, 224, Massaponax HS, Fredricksburg, Va.: (COMMITTED to Maryland)
DE Kirk Livingstone, 6-4, 235, Stranahan HS, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.: (COMMITTED to Alabama-Birmingham)
DE Dante Lonardo, 6-2, 248, Bethlehem Catholic (Pa.) HS: (COMMITTED to Lafayette)
K-P Davis Luster, 6-2, 180, Montgomery Bell HS, Nashville, Tenn.
TE Tyler Mabry, 6-4, 245, IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla.
RB DeAngelo Malone, 5-11, 185, Cathedral HS, Erie, Pa.
DT Thad Mangum, 6-1, 270, Christ Church Episcopal HS, Greenville, S.C.
RB Marcus Marshall, 5-10, 200, Millbrook HS, Raleigh, N.C.
S Andrew Martel, 6-1, 195, Foster HS, Richmond, Texas: (COMMITTED to Texas-San Antonio)
OL Mitch Mathes, 6-3, 280, Troup County HS, LaGrange, Ga.: (COMMITTED to Mercer)
C-NG Jamarion McBride, 6-2, 290, Hillcrest HS, Simpsonville, S.C.
C Eric McAllister, 6-1, 270, Central Catholic, Pittsburgh
WR Maxwell McCormick, 6-3, 193, St. John’s Jesuit HS, Toledo, Ohio
G Kyle-Malik Mitchell, 6-2, 295, Alcoa (Tenn.) HS
G Trenton Mooney, 6-5, 255, Lamar (Mo.) HS
CB Sammy Morrison, 5-11, 160 Gonzaga HS, Washington, D.C. (COMMITTED to Arizona)
NG Army Motuapuaka, 5-11, 285, Salem HS, Virginia Beach, Va.: Army is Motuapuaka’s first FBS offer. Father is first sergeant in Army. Brother is linebacker for Virginia Tech. Made unofficial visit to West Point on July 16.
DE Twazanga Mugala, 6-3, 215, Ardrey Kell HS, Charlotte, N.C.: (COMMITTED to Purdue)
DT Kevin Murphy, 6-3, 275, West Chester (Pa.) East HS (COMMITTED to UConn)
LB-FB Robert Muschamp, Darlington School, Rome, Ga.: A three-star recruit by Rivals, Muschamp is ranked as the 38th-best outside linebacker in the nation and the 41st-best player in Georgia.
DE Jalen Nash, 6-3, 235, SouthLake Christian HS, Huntersville, N.C.
WR Devin Nixon, 6-foot, 181, Viera (Fla.) HS
OL-DL Michael Owens, 6-4, 270, Nazareth Academy, LaGrange Park, Ill.
RB Devine Ozigbo, 5-11, 230, Sachse (Texas) HS: Rivals ranks Ozigbo the 42nd-best running back in the class of 2015. Texas back has 23 FBS offers (COMMITTED to Iowa State)
G Ethan Palelei, 6-foot, 290 Bishop Gorman HS, Las Vegas: Brother, Evan, was a senior defensive end at Navy last season. Father, Lonnie, played for Steelers, Eagles, Giants and Jets.
LB Charlie Patrick, 6-1, 208, Mays HS, Atlanta: Patrick has named his top three schools. In no particular order, Western Kentucky, Appalachian State and Georgia State. (COMMITTED to Georgia State).
DE Michael Peoples, 6-3, 265, Agua Fria HS, Avondale, Ariz.
K Matt Philichi, 5-9, 175, Bellarmine Prep, Tacoma, Wash.
WR Christian Philpott, 6-4, 203, North Florida Christian HS, Tallahassee, Fla.: Georgia state 1A 200 and 400-meter champion also has offers from Wisconsin, Miami (Fla.), Iowa State, Maryland, Central Florida and Louisville among others. (COMMITTED to Georgia Tech)
QB Elijah Robinson, 6-1, 174, Montclair HS, N.J. (COMMITTED to Boston College)
QB Rashad Robinson, 6-foot, 180, Hermitage HS, Richmond, Va.
WR Donovan Rooks, 6-2, 185, Yuma (Ariz.) Catholic HS
LB-S Mykhael Sanford, 5-11, 190, Daphne (Ala.) HS: (COMMITTED to Austin Peay)
OL Nelson Santiago, 6-4, 266, Oakleaf HS, Orange Park, Fla.: Also has offers from Cincinnati, Western Kentucky and Florida International. (COMMITTED to South Alabama)
LB Ben Schrider, 6-4, 225, St. Mary’s College HS, Albany, Calif.
DB Tank Scott, 6-foot, 185, Highland Springs (Va.) HS
LB Gabriel Sewell, 6-foot, 215, Desert Hills HS, St. George, Utah
DT Lausii “Boogie” Sewell, 6-foot, 305, Desert Hills HS, St. George, Utah: (COMMITTED to Colorado)
QB Jeff Smith, 6-1, 170, Clearwater (Fla.) Central Catholic HS: (COMMITTED to Boston College)
LB-S Aron Spann, 6-2, 195, Dorman HS, Roebuck, S.C.
LB Jacquese Steen, 6-foot, 230, Skyline HS, Oakland, Calif.
WR Brad Stewart, 6-1, 190, Benedictine Military School, Savannah, Ga.
DL Roderick Stoddard, 6-foot, 250, Hillcrest HS, Simpsonville, S.C.
WR Bryce Sutherland, 6-1, 186, De La Salle HS, Chicago, Ill.
OL Nathan Thacker, 6-2, 250, Lord Botetourt HS, Daleville, Va.
RB Alex Trotter, 5-8, 170, McCallie HS, Chattanooga, Tenn.
DT Tyree Turner, 6-2, 258, Stockbridge (Ga.) HS: (COMMITTED to South Alabama)
DL Josh Uluocha, 6-3, 267, Stafford (Texas) HS: Uluocha received his first offer from Army. Texas State followed up with an offer on same day. (COMMITTED to Texas State)
RB Quaide Weimerskirch, 6-foot, 200 pounds, Pace HS, Milton, Fla. (COMMITTED to Georgia Tech)
RB-S Luke West, 5-11, 200, San Angelo Central (Texas) HS
QB McKinley Whitfield, 6-4, 195, Spiro (Okla.) HS: Army is recruiting Whitfield, who was named the top basketball player in his area, as an quarterback and an athlete. Rivals ranks Whitfield as the 13th-best player in the state of Oklahoma. (COMMITTED to Tulsa)
WR Kielan Whitner, 6-1, 178, Mountain View HS, Lawrenceville, Ga.: (COMMITTED to Appalachian State)
CB D.J. Williams, 5-10, 168, Smyrna (Tenn.) HS: Toledo has also offered Williams.
QB Greg Williams, 5-10, 193, Steele HS, Cibolo, Texas: (COMMITTED to Texas State)
QB Arion Worthman, 6-foot, 200 University HS, Normal, Ill.
C Kendel Wright, 6-3, 280, Mountain View HS, Lawrenceville, Ga.: (COMMITTED to Navy)
DE Will Yancey, 6-4, 240, Landmark Christian HS, Fairburn, Ga.
LB Christian Young, 6-2, 215. Hough HS, Cornelius, N.C.

2016 offers
K Alex Barbir, 5-9, 185, South Forsyth HS, Cumming, Ga.
WR Tre Nixon, 6-foot, 155, Viera (Fla.) HS: Notre Dame is the latest high profile FBS school to offer Nixon was offered by Notre Dame this week.

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What possessed Coach Monken to pass with 13 seconds left

Why did Army coach Jeff Monken call a pass play with 13 seconds left in Army’s 42-31 win over Fordham.

Quite possibly, Fordham’s onside kick after the Rams scored the game’s final touchdown with 15 seconds remaining.

“They were trying to win the game and so they were playing it all the way to the end so we were going to play all the way to the end,” Monken said in his postgame press conference.

When questioned further, Monken said, “I took a knee.”

When asked if there was a little spite in his decision to throw the pass, Monken said, “I’m competitive.”

Quarterback Angel Santiago and Army’s offense didn’t come out in victory formation following Fordham’s onside kick. Santiago faked the run and throw deep to tight end Kelvin White, who was tackled at the Fordham 1-yard line.

Maybe, White did Monken a favor by going down at the 1-yard line. Monken called a timeout with two seconds left and maybe had second thoughts about scoring a touchdown. Santiago and the offense went back on the field and took the knee they should have on the previous play.

Personally, watching the pass play unfold from the press box, my immediate thought was that it was uncalled for. And after Army called the timeout, I was surprised that the Black Knights took a knee at the 1-yard line.

Guess coach Monken had a point to prove. The game was going to end on Army’s terms.

Fordham returns to Michie Stadium on Sept. 5 next year for Army’s season opener. Could be interesting.

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KnightCap: Fordham

Quick video recap of Army’s 42-31 victory over Fordham on Senior Day.

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Postgame Fordham: Coach Monken

Army coach Jeff Monken answers questions from the media after 42-31 win over Fordham including why he called a pass play with 15 seconds left.

Monken answers why at 7:20 mark.

 

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