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Ahmad Bradshaw and the routine at West Point

Ahmad Bradshaw and the routine at West Point

Ohio State’s players undoubtedly face tougher practices than normal following an embarrassing 31-16 loss to Oklahoma at home on Saturday.“Tougher,” though, is relative when juxtaposed with a routine day for the Buckeyes opponent this week — ArmyClick here for the rest...

Army rolls and Navy sails on opening night

Army rolls and Navy sails on opening night

Ignore the fact that Army’s 64-6 victory at home over Fordham fails to balance favorably on college football’s scales with Navy’s 42-19 win at Florida Atlantic in Friday night openers.Fordham is a Football Championship Subdivision member, Florida Atlantic a...

Christian Poe trying to follow his brother Edgar

Christian Poe trying to follow his brother Edgar

Army entered its recent Black and Gold spring game hoping to develop an outside threat from its young and promising slotbacks. The results included a 61-yard touchdown run by rising sophomore Kell Walker.While the slot backs commanded attention, fourth-year head coach Jeff Monken...

Army seeking third level in triple option

Army seeking third level in triple option

Army running backs stepping through the spring drills with added bounce are savoring this thought: The Black Knights broke through with an 8-5 record last year despite lacking a full “triple” in their triple-option offense.What if the Army manages to add more explosive plays from...

Ahmad Bradshaw breaks through with drama

Ahmad Bradshaw breaks through with drama

The reluctant Army quarterback propelled the Black Knights to their first bowl game in six years. And then for the dramatic finish to the story he scored the game-winning touchdown to end a 14-year losing streak to Navy.Ah, now that’s a compelling Hollywood script on Ahmad...

Ahmad Bradshaw lives up to West Point promise

Ahmad Bradshaw lives up to West Point promise

Sometimes your best scouting report to predict the Army-Navy Game comes from the quarterback’s high school coach.In the 2015 spring drills, Army’s Ahmad Bradshaw emerged as the leading candidate for the starting job under center to open the season.Click here for the rest of my...

How Army can catch up to Navy and Air Force

How Army can catch up to Navy and Air Force

Army football’s steep tumble falling behind Navy and Air Force painfully includes a 14-game losing streak to the Midshipmen, but the holes to be filled have been obvious nearly 20 years.Since 1996, the last time the Black Knights won the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy, Navy and Air...

Army offensive lineman enjoying extra semester

Army offensive lineman enjoying extra semester

Army offensive lineman Justin Gilbert’s knee injury two years ago seemed to come at such a bad time.The 6-foot-5, 295-pounder had started 12 games as a sophomore in 2013. That made him a key building block for new head coach Jeff Monken to launch his rebuilding program in 2014....

Army copes with death of teammate

Army copes with death of teammate

It’s been said a strong Army football team is good for the country’s psyche. That may not be as true in the 21st century with the end of the draft two generations ago and 0.5 percent of Americans serving in the armed forces.The belief probably started with the World War II years....

Army returns home after signicant win

Army returns home after signicant win

A Youtube video making the Internet rounds features Rice offensive tackle Calvin Anderson solving a Rubik’s Cube — behind his back. It’s impressive, but it’ll be nothing if Jeff Monken solves the Rubik’s Cube that is Army football.The Black Knights’ third-year head coach is on...