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Spring process, progress begins for Army football

Jeff Monken is a demanding coach who stresses sound fundamentals and precision.

Those elements are part of a winning formula that has brought Army many successes in Monken’s first nine seasons at West Point.

But, even, Monken might be giving his team a bit of a grace period as the Black Knights opened spring practice Wednesday.

Monken said Army’s first spring session “didn’t look great” and he “didn’t anticipate that it was going to look very good.”

“It’s hard to get a prolonged list of positives when you are in shorts and it’s the first day of spring practice and we are installing a new offense,” Monken said.

The effort and enthusiasm of players was a positive, Monken said. And, seeing his returning offensive players “take charge” and work on fundamentals of Army’s shotgun scheme was enjoyable to watch.

“It’s going to improve once the days and weeks go on,” Monken said.

The hope is for the offense to look as confident as Army’s experienced defense does near the end of spring practice.

Army players have watched plenty of film on new offensive coordinator Drew Thatcher’s play-calling at Nebraska-Kearney. They’ve done the chalk talk and have walked through some of the offense.

“To get out there and do it with all of our 11 guys together, a different story,” Monken said. “You really find out how much they grasped and how much they are able to handle from a mental standpoint.”

Early reports on the offense are good from players.

“I like what coach Thatcher brings to table,” junior running back Ay’Jaun Marshall said. “He’s very intelligent. He does lot of different things. Its definitely unique to what we did last year.”

Check out more of Monken’s media availability below

Check out more of Monken’s media availability below

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