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England original building block for Monken at Army West Point

England original building block for Monken at Army West Point

Every successful coach looks back with pride at the players that provided the foundation to building a program.If Army West Point football coach Jeff Monken succeeds at turning around the Black Knights, count on him someday mentioning Rhyan England among others. The sophomore...

Army West Point experiences tradition with first win

Army West Point experiences tradition with first win

A recent college football tradition since 9/11 has been Army, Navy or Air Force opponents standing with the service academy players as they sing their alma mater, win or lose.The Eastern Michigan players did so last weekend at Rynearson Stadium in Ypsilanti despite falling to the...

Winless Army West Point takes mantra onto Eastern Michigan

Winless Army West Point takes mantra onto Eastern Michigan

A year ago New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick repeated curtly “we’re on to Cincinnati” answering questions following a 41-14 loss to Kansas City that dropped his team to 2-2. His monotone performance went viral.Belichick’s motivation was twofold for the eventual Super Bowl...

Brotherhood means more in service academy football

Brotherhood means more in service academy football

Brotherhood“Brotherhood” is a unity term many college football teams try to foster to account for the difference between a winning and losing season.Some team personalities, though, are unable to grasp the intangible element. At those schools, players throw it around too loosely....

Carnegie and Army West Point seniors face tough decision

Carnegie and Army West Point seniors face tough decision

Army West Point’s Chris Carnegie and his fellow seniors – known colloquially as “firsties” – must shake off a season-opening loss at the same time they make a pressing decision they’ll learn the answer to in the fall.“We’ll find out in November,” he said.Other college teams that...

Air Force assistant sets targets for WR Garrett Brown

Air Force assistant sets targets for WR Garrett Brown

Air Force senior Garrett Brown plays wide receiver. runs the ball a handful of times and returns punts. Air Force assistant Jake Campbell coaches the Falcons’ running backs.They work largely in different position groups, but that hasn’t prevented Campbell from motivating Brown....

Army West Point coach casts future with soph QB

Army West Point coach casts future with soph QB

Army West Point’s Jeff Monken did more than name a starting quarterback when he announced Ahmad Bradshaw is the man. The second-year head coach also cast his future with the sophomore from Chicago’s grittiest South Side streets.Bradshaw, a 5-foot-11, 198-pounder from Gwendolyn...

Air Force deserves national stage to rival Army and Navy

Air Force deserves national stage to rival Army and Navy

A couple years ago I asked Air Force coach Troy Calhoun if the Falcons’ mid-season rivalry games with Army and Navy deserved a larger stage.After all, Air Force has taken home the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy’s 20 times since 1982 compared to a combined total of 13 for Army (four)...

Studying led Air Force linebacker Walker onto field

Studying led Air Force linebacker Walker onto field

Air Force senior linebacker Dexter Walker is from Lawrenceville, Ga., one of the most fruitful areas in a football-rich southern state for producing college prospects.But the water he drank in Lawrenceville or the competition he faced playing for Dacula High aren’t the only...

Moss hopes backward drills propel Army West Point forward

Moss hopes backward drills propel Army West Point forward

Anyone strolling across the West Point campus last spring or summer – cadets, professors, staff members or civilians – that spotted Xavier Moss running backwards must have assumed it was some kind of academy punishment.Actually, Moss was working on backpedaling fundamentals for...