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Giovannelli finds room in crowded Army backfield

Giovannelli finds room in crowded Army backfield

There didn’t appear to be much room in the Army’s triple-option backfield for Tony Giovannelli or time left in the West Point career of the senior running back as the 2014 season approached. The Black Knights featured two career 1,000-yard rushers with Raymond Maples and Terry...

Air Force and Griffin taking to the pass again

Air Force and Griffin taking to the pass again

Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun did the heavy lifting to land Falcons starting tight end Garrett Griffin in the recruiting Class of 2012, but he had a head start, thanks to Hall of Fame coach coach Fisher DeBerry. DeBerry was still Air Force’s head coach in 2005 when Griffin...

Conant worked his turn at double duty

Conant worked his turn at double duty

The overworked expression for young football players is “waiting your turn” to climb the depth chart. Air Force senior kicker and punter Will Conant, who played as a freshman on the JV team and as a sophomore on the varsity not at all, uses another phrase. “You can...

Pierce prepares for first academy rivalry game

Pierce prepares for first academy rivalry game

Air Force senior inside linebacker Jordan Pierce is making his seventh career start since breaking into the lineup for the final three games in 2013, but this week is different from any other. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound senior inside linebacker is scheduled to start...

Timpf rises to new position on Armys defense

Timpf rises to new position on Armys defense

Army sophomore linebacker Jeremy Timpf never expected to be in such a position four games into the Black Knights’ football season. The sophomore linebacker is leading the team in tackles with 43 as a first-year starter. He recorded a career-high with 14 in last week’s loss...

Armys brotherhood fuels Lawrences reduced role

Armys brotherhood fuels Lawrences reduced role

Coaching transitions are always hardest on the seniors. The most talented ones – for example, Army’s senior offensive backfield – are still starters and playing primary roles, churning out yardage. Others, though, slip into the background. Take, for example, senior...

Shift to center ultimately a snap for Hugenberg

Shift to center ultimately a snap for Hugenberg

The play starts with the snap from center to quarterback. It’s not going anywhere if the quarterback is grasping or fumbling the ball. So it was puzzling even to Jeff Hugenberg why new Army head coach Jeff Monken stuck with him when he made an experimental move to center in...

Air Force grounded until Pearson returned

Air Force grounded until Pearson returned

Air Force veteran head coach Troy Calhoun and at least some of the Falcons fans who understand the nuances of the triple-option offense were reminded life can be miserable without quarterback. Kale Pearson, a junior in 2013, got the Falcons off to a fast start with a 38-15...

Center becomes snap for Army O lineman Hugenberg

Center becomes snap for Army O lineman Hugenberg

The play starts with the snap from center to quarterback. It’s not going anywhere if the quarterback is grasping or fumbling the ball. So it was puzzling even to Jeff Hugenberg why new Army head coach Jeff Monken stuck with him when he made an experimental move to center in...

KOC at attention for Army broadcast debut on CBS

KOC at attention for Army broadcast debut on CBS

Kevin O’Connell spent a sunny San Diego Labor Day indoors studying video for his debut as the CBS television analyst for Army football when the Black Knights meet Buffalo at noon Saturday at Michie Stadium. O’Connell is only two years removed from the NFL and one season from his...