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Davern ready for first taste of Army rivalry

Davern ready for first taste of Army rivalry

Academy athletes play their first Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy with varying degrees of awareness. Some are legacies who grew up watching Army, Navy or Air Force battle alongside their father. They may not fully understand the intensity of the rivalry until they played in their...

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...

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...

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...

Football newcomer Johnson climbs learning curve at Army

Football newcomer Johnson climbs learning curve at Army

Among the issues battering the NFL Shield in recent days and years have been safety concerns surrounding concussions and other injuries that have debilitated former players at an early age. The league and groups such as USA Football have responded by implementing education and...

Monken confronts reversing Army trends

Monken confronts reversing Army trends

First-year Army football coach Jeff Monken pointed out you have to look back to Raymond Maples as a rare fifth-year varsity player – atypical for academy football that is – for a Black Knights’ player with bowl game experience in 2010. And that’s only the beginning. Army has to...

Arm missing but heart intact

Arm missing but heart intact

In sports, heroes, warriors and courage are words thrown around too loosely in an effort to explain that athletics build character. But Capt. Dawn Halfaker (U.S. Army retired), a women’s basketball star at the Army as a West Point cadet from Rancho Bernardo High, understands the...

The Son also Rises for Army and Shafer Swann

The Son also Rises for Army and Shafer Swann

Hall-of-Famer Lynn Swann’s football career at USC and with the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers has taken him to his sport’s grandest stages. Swann has one Rose Bowl win and four Super Bowl victories. He has crisscrossed the continent to venerable stadiums from the Orange Bowl to...