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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...

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...

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...

Monken believes less can equal more in 2015

Monken believes less can equal more in 2015

Army West Point football lined up three senior 1,000-yard rushers in last year’s backfield, but second-year Black Knights head coach Jeff Monken believes his team can be better this year despite the graduation of Raymond Maples, Larry Dixon and Terry Baggett. If that’s sounds...

Army West Point program Monken envisions evolving

Army West Point program Monken envisions evolving

The steps Army West Point head coach Jeff Monken takes to shape his own program are coming into focus with the completion of his second spring football. That’s evident from the number of young players moving into the two-deep depth chart and veteran players changing positions....

Bradshaw works at balancing act with Army offense

Bradshaw works at balancing act with Army offense

A quick analysis of Army West Point football’s four-year bowl drought is to compare the Black Knights' anemic passing game to numbers Air Force and Navy posted the past two years while they split the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy. For the 2014 season, Air Force earned the trophy...

Army offensive line gaining ground

Army offensive line gaining ground

Matt Hugenberg, Army's senior returning starting center, provides an interesting contrast of how far the Black Knights have progressed at the critical need of improving their size on the offensive line. “I think I’m the only one they told to lose weight,” said Hugenberg, listed...

King measuring up as Army middle linebacker

King measuring up as Army middle linebacker

You can tell Army recruited Andrew King as something other than a bruising middle linebacker by his jersey number. He still wears No. 11 as a 6-foot, 235-pounder. That’s for quarterbacks or quick little running backs. King was never a “little” running back, but his growth...

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...