Sept. 5 press conference/practice blog

Army coach Jeff Monken said sophomore slotback Kell Walker will start alongside senior John Trainor against Buffalo Saturday at Michie Stadium.

Walker was suspended for Army’s opener, a 64-6 win over Fordham Friday, due to a violation of team rules. He rushed for 378 yards and two touchdowns as a freshman.

Monken said sophomore wide receiver Kjetil Cline will also play Saturday after missing the season opener due to disciplinary.

The status of sophomore cornerback Elijah Riley is still to be determined, Monken said at his press conference Tuesday. Riley missed the season opener.

“There’s an issue along the lines of academics and we have to work through some of that red tape,” Monken said. “We’ll see what happens. I don’t have an answer. Right now, it’s no. But, it could change during the week.”

Junior Jalen Sharp and sophomore Cam Jones started at cornerback and junior Mike Reynolds rotated in Friday and all played well.

Senior guard Mike Houghton may not start Saturday but Monken expects one of his most experienced lineman to play. Houghton is fighting a foot injury. Sophomore Jaxson Deaton started in Houghton’s place at right guard against Fordham. Houghton played eight snaps and played in line for extra points.

“Houghton’s hurt and he’s still hurting,” Monken said. “We are trying to get everything we can out of him. Mike is not a dynamic athlete. He’s just a tough guy. With a foot injury like he has and hobbling, it’s tough for him to do all of the things that we want him to and that he wants to do. But, he’s battling. He’s such a tough kid.”

Athletic director Boo Corrigan came up with the idea of having an Army football player carry the Texas flag as the Black Knights ran onto the field for their season opener. Junior nose tackle Cordarrell Davis were picked as the player because he was one of Army’s upperclassmen from the Houston area.

“It was definitely an honor and an amazing experience, considering the fact of everything that happened in Texas to my family and so many others,” said Davis, who is from Humble, which is in the Houston metropolitan area, after Tuesday’s practice. “It felt like the honorable thing to do that I was able to carry the flag out there.”

Davis said he was able to reach his family soon after Hurricane Harvey made landfall.

“Surprisingly, my family hasn’t suffered as many tragedies as other people,” Davis said. The water got close to my house but (my family) was safe.”

Freshman slotback Zack Boobas said, “honestly I had no idea what was going through my head at the time,” he scored his first college touchdown and his celebration after it.

Fred Cooper, a fellow freshman slotback, said he had no planned celebration after his first college touchdown, a 5-yard run.

“My celebration wasn’t much of a celebration especially how I flipped into the end zone,” Cooper said. “I couldn’t breath so there wasn’t much of a celebration.”

VIDEO: Freshman slotback Zack Boobas and Fred Cooper discuss their college debuts and scoring their first touchdowns.

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