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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...

Army fullback Kemper blocking obstacles

Army fullback Kemper blocking obstacles

A day before Army West Point’s Aaron Kemper took the field for the Black Knights’ second fall camp scrimmage on Saturday, he explained the conundrum high school backs face in the transition to college.You can’t carry the ball unless you’re on the field. And if you can’t...

Ruechell and Air Force linemen ready to roll

Ruechell and Air Force linemen ready to roll

Anytime Air Force enters a season with an inexperienced offensive line, it adds to the size disadvantage the Falcons already face in the trenches. Those obstacles confronted Air Force last year following a 2-10 record in 2013.It didn’t matter – the Falcons finished 10-3 with a...

Robinette is soaring Air Force passing game to rare altitudes

Robinette is soaring Air Force passing game to rare altitudes

A time-honored test for high school football coaches to find linemen is to watch for nimble feet on big kids playing basketball in gym class.Well, in the era of the spread passing game offense, Air Force’s football coaches took that method to another dimension while they...

Former QB provides TE balance for Army West Point

Former QB provides TE balance for Army West Point

Army West Point opened another fall camp seeking a leader to provide some balance to its triple-option offense. In other words, the Black Knights are again unsettled at quarterback.And it’s no coincidence Army is trying to snap streaks of five years without a winning season or...

Walters accepts West Point challenge

Walters accepts West Point challenge

Blake Walters’ busy high school career established broad options for a promising college future. He graduated at the top of his class and earned eight varsity letters as a quarterback and pitcher at Wake Forest (N.C.) Heritage. The destination he chose is the U.S. Military...

Michigan State homecoming for Air Force coach and father

Michigan State homecoming for Air Force coach and father

Air Force assistant football coach John Rudzinski grew up under two strict rules in Green Bay, Wis., before he left home for the Air Force Academy. But the guidelines were unrelated to military academy preparation.His father, former Green Bay Packers and Michigan State...