I missed this pre-spring clip of Coach Monken talking about the spring session courtesy Army Athletics Youtube
channel. It's a frank talk about what it takes in terms of dedication
and ability and it's clear he's trying to develop both of those facets
within the team.
There are some more practice notes from Army's early spring practice sessions. GoArmySports.com celebrates the crack of the pads with a good writeup on the first contact practice.
Sal Interdonato's latest spring ball notes gets into the players knocking off a little bit of rust after spring break.
Walker said he lifted twice last week while on spring break. He and about eight of his teammates worked out together while enjoying some fun in the sun.
“We went out together and ran a couple of miles each day and tried to stay active,” Walker said. “We knew how important it was to stay active and work out over the break especially after last year because we didn’t necessarily do that and we felt it on the first day that we came back. So this year, we definitely had to do that… On the beach, we were horsing around playing with a football. It was a little workout in itself. I guess that counts.”
On one side, it's the norm to kick back over spring break - for these kids it's not just the start of the season - they're getting into the home stretch of a killer academic year. I mean if even Urban Meyer was let down by Ohio State's first showing this spring - it kind of comes with the territory in terms of getting back into football shape.
One thing though - Ohio state are national champions - forget that Buckeye players have a different level of athletic ability than Army - the Black Knights have a lot to prove on the football field. Now let me be upfront that I know a lot more about what it takes to lounge poolside with cocktail service than I know about what it takes to play out a 13 game football season, but with the positive things we've heard about the offseason workouts being a step up from last year - I kind of expected there to be a plan in place from day 1 of spring ball. Anyway, I'm not going to lose sleep over it, it's a long time before the season kicks off.
Check Sal's piece for roster moves and a look at how the QB position is shaping up without A.J. Schurr in the mix.
Overall @SalInterdonato has the goods on these early sessions... pictures and video are all available in one place and for those who want an Army football fix - Sal's Twitter is the way to go.