On the Road to the LMAFB - Week Two
This year’s Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl is contracted to feature a team from the American Athletic Conference to play against the U.S. Military Academy (Army), pending bowl eligibility. The Big 12 is the secondary conference aligned with the LMAFB for the 12th anniversary.
The annual game, played in honor of the armed forces of the United States, is the only collegiate football bowl game that has hosted all three U.S. Service Academy football teams. The U.S. Military Academy (2010), the U.S. Air Force Academy (2007-2009, 2012) and the U.S. Naval Academy (2013) have all previously participated in the bowl. In 2010, Army defeated SMU, 16-14 in the Armed Forces Bowl.
This season’s Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl will be played in Fort Worth, Texas, on Friday, Jan. 2, 2015. The 12th edition of the postseason college football bowl game will kick off at 11:00 a.m. (CT) from Amon G. Carter Stadium on the campus of TCU and will be televised by ESPN and aired on the Armed Forces Bowl Radio Network.
Army Black Knights (0-0) opening the season at home in West Point, N.Y. on Saturday against the Buffalo Bulls (1-0)
The Jeff Monken era of Army football began in the spring, but the fall is when it counts and the team is preparing for one of the most-anticipated seasons in recent memory on the banks of the Hudson River. Monken, named Army’s 37th head coach on Dec. 24, 2013, went through spring ball and will start his Army career Saturday against the University at Buffalo at 38,000-seat Michie Stadium, the historic home of the Black Knights.
Army is beginning its 125th season of collegiate football and shows a 94-27-3 all-time mark in the first game of the season.
The Black Knights return 58 letter winners from last season, including 27 players who have starting experience.
Army will continue to run the triple-option offense under Monken and offensive coordinator Brent Davis. The base defense will be a 3-4 under defensive coordinator Jay Bateman.
Army was third in the nation last year in rushing averaging 309.8 yards per game and let the nation in 2011 (346.5 ypg) and 2012 (369.83 ypg).
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MONKEN REPORT: 38-16
Jeff Monken, 47, is starting his first season at the helm of Army after becoming the 37th head coach in the storied history of the Black Knights in December of 2013.Monken spent the previous four seasons as head coach at Georgia Southern after learning the triple-option offense under one of the nation’s premier option proponents, Paul Johnson, during assistant coaching stints at Navy and Georgia Tech. While at Georgia Southern, Monken recorded a 38-16 mark.
Monken’s first head coaching job came after accumulating 20 years of experience as an assistant, 13 of them with his mentor Johnson. Monken coached slotbacks at Georgia Southern from 1997 to 2001 before joining Johnson first at Navy (2002-2007) and then Georgia Tech (2008, 2009).
BLACK KNIGHTS vs. BULLS
Saturday will be the fourth meeting between Army (0-0) and the University at Buffalo (1-0) when the teams meet in West Point, N.Y. This will be the first time the two schools have met on the gridiron since 2008 when the Bulls defeated the Black Knights in overtime, 27-24 in Buffalo. Last Saturday while Army continued preparations for its season opener, Buffalo handled Duquesne 38-28 in Buffalo.
The Army vs. Buffalo matchup is scheduled to kickoff Saturday at 12 noon (ET) on the FieldTurf of the iconic 38,000-seat Mitchie Stadium in West Point, N.Y. The game will be televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network and broadcast on the Army Sports Radio Network as well as Sirius Satellitte Radio (Ch. 134) and XM Satellite Radio (Ch. 201).
ICONIC HOME OF THE BLACK KNIGHTS
Army home football games are played on Blaik Field at the legendary Mitchie Stadium in West Point, which opened in 1924. In 88 seasons, the Black Knights have compiled a 324-155 home record (.673 winning percentage) as they open the 2014 season on Saturday against Buffalo.
The stadium is named after Dennis Mitchie, a 1892 USMA graduate who organized and was the captain of the first Army football team in 1890. Mitchie was killed in action in 1898 during the Spanish-American War. The field was dedicated in 1999 in honor of Earl ‘Red’ Blaik, Army’s legendary head football coach from 1941-58 who compiled an enviable 121-33-10 (.768) record during his 18-year tenure at West Point.
BLACK KNIGHTS COUNTDOWN TO COWTOWN
Record: 0-0 Home: 0-0 • Away: 0-0 • Neutral: 0-0
Date Opponent Result/Time Television Attendance Series History
Sept. 6 Buffalo 12 p.m. CBS Sports Network Buffalo leads, 2-1
Sept. 13 at Stanford 5 p.m. Pac 12 Network Stanford leads, 6-5
Sept. 20 at Wake Forest 3:30 p.m. ESPN3 Wake Forest leads, 9-4
Sept. 27 at Yale 1 p.m. TBA Yale leads, 21-16-8
Oct. 4 Ball State 12 p.m. CBS Sports Network Ball State leads, 3-2
Oct. 11 Rice 12 p.m. CBS Sports Network Rice leads, 2-1-1
Oct. 18 at Kent State 3:30 p.m. TBA Army leads, 2-1
Nov. 1 Air Force 12 p.m. CBS Network Air Force leads, 33-14-1
Nov. 8 Connecticut+ 3:30 p.m. CBS Sports Network Connecticut leads, 4-1
Nov. 15 at Western Kentucky 12 p.m. CBS Sports Network W. Kentucky leads, 1-0
Nov. 22 Fordham 12 p.m. CBS Sports Network Army leads, 3-0
Dec. 13 Navy++ 3 p.m. CBS Network Navy leads, 58-49-7
+Yankee Stadium (Bronx, N.Y.) ++M&T Bank Stadium (Baltimore, Md.) All Times Eastern
ARMY’s ARSENAL – OL, DL, LB, DB
Senior offensive tackle Stephen Shumaker and the rest of the offensive line helped Army finish third in the country in rushing last season at 309.8 yards per game. Shumaker started all 12 games. Army used the same starting five in all 11 games in 2013. Tackle Michael Kime and right guard Zach Reichert are among the players who need to be replaced. There are veterans returning like Drew Hennessy and Matt Hugenburg, who will fill the holes left by Kime and Reichert. Hennessy and Hugenburg saw action in 11 games in 2013, so they have the experience to step in make an immediate impact on the line.
Army returns a host of players along the defensive line, including, Robert Kough, Joe Drummond, Richard Glover, Mike Ugenyi and T.J. Atimalala, all of whom earned starting assignments in 2013. Dalton Mendenhall and Malcolm Hudson moved back to linebacker for the upcoming season. Ugenyi earned 10 starts and played in 12 games. He is the top returning tackler on the defensive line with 39. He also collected 6.5 tackles for loss and a sack.
Glover was credited with 34 tackles and 5.0 tackles for loss, while Kough registered 33 stops and a team-best 8.0 tackles for loss. Drummond made 16 tackles last season, Hudson 15 and Mendenhall 14 before an injury shortened his season and Hudson had 15 stops with 10 coming solo. Atimalala registered four tackles.
Julian Holloway is the top returning tackler among the linebacker corp. Holloway registered 42 stops and 4.5 tackles for loss in eight games before an injury ended his season. James Kelly played in 12 games and collected 24 tackles in 2013, while Marcus Poling made 19 stops. Stephen Ricciardi returns after registering six tackles and a fumble recovery in 11 games. In addition to junior Poling, the Class of 2016 features Mendenhall, Justin Fahn and Kyle Ricciardi.
Geoffery Bacon, Chris Carnegie, Hayden Pierce, Josh Jenkins, Steven Johnson, Lamar Johnson-Harris and Marques Avery headline an experienced secondary that is back for Army in 2014. Bacon moved from linebacker to safety in 2013 and was second on the team with 63 tackles, despite missing four games. Carnegie made 50 tackles and one interception, while Pierce registered 42 stops and two pass breakups. Jenkins intercepted two passes, made 34 tackles, broke up a team-best six passes and forced and recovered a fumble during his freshman campaign. Johnson had five tackles and Johnson-Harris played in 11 games and Avery saw action in four games.
A major stepping stone this year on the road to Fort Worth, the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy is presented annually to the winner of the football competition among the three major service academies – Army, Navy and Air Force – and is named in honor of the President of the United States. Navy captured the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy in 2013 with wins at Air Force (28-10) and over Army (34-7) in Philadelphia. This year’s schedule has Army hosting Air Force on Nov. 1 and Army plays Navy to conclude the regular season on Dec. 13 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md. Navy will travel to Air Force on Oct. 4.
The award was started in 1972 and Army has won the trophy a total of six times, the most recent in 1996. Navy has won the trophy a total of 14 times since the award plus three retentions for a total of 17 times and Air Force has won it 18 times plus one retention for a total of 19 times.Navy has been the most dominant service academy in the last decade plus, winning 21 of 23 (.913) meetings with Air Force and Army.
THE AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE:
11 schools battling for conference championship and spot in one of five NCAA Bowl games
The newest conference in collegiate athletics with roots in the old Big East Conference, the American Athletic Conference, headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, has 11 institutions in its 2014 football lineup and Navy is set to become the 12th football-playing member in 2015.
Started with eight schools last year, East Carolina (1-0, 0-0 in 2014), Tulane (0-1, 0-1) and Tulsa (1-0, 1-0) joined the league this year. The returning schools are UCF (0-1, 0-0), Cincinnati (0-0, 0-0), UConn (0-1, 0-0), Houston (0-1, 0-0), Memphis (1-0, 0-0), USF (1-0, 0-0), SMU (0-1, 0-0) and Temple (1-0, 0-0).
The AMERICAN GAME TIME, WEEK 2
Nine of 11 American Athletic Conference teams are in action in the second week of the new-look college football season – both nationally and within The American.
Saturday—Stony Brook at UConn (SNY, Noon ET), SMU at North Texas (Fox Sports Network, noon ET), Oklahoma at Tulsa (ABC/ESPN/ESPN2, noon ET), Navy at Temple (ESPN3, 1 p.m. ET), Maryland at USF (CBS Sports Network, 3:30 p.m. ET), Georgia Tech at Tulane (ESPNNews, 4 p.m. ET), East Carolina at South Carolina (E2/EU, 7 p.m. ET), Grambling at Houston (ESPN3, 8 p.m. ET), Memphis at UCLA (Pac-12 Network, 10 p.m. ET)
Open Week—Cincinnati, next game: Friday, Sept. 12 vs. Toledo (USPNU, 7 p.m. ET); UCF, next game: Saturday, Sept. 13 at Missouri (SEC Network, Noon ET).
The AMERICAN ASTOUNDERS
USF freshman RB Marlon Mack set a pair of American Athletic Conference records in the 36-31 win against Western Carolina. Mack rushed for 275 yards and four touchdowns in his collegiate debut including three touchdown runs of at least 56 yards.Mack’s 275-yard performance is the best by an FBS player in the young season.
Mack’s rushing record broke the conference single-game record set just two days earlier by another freshman, Tulane RB Sherman Badis, who had 215 yards and a TD in a 38-31 double-overtime loss to Tulsa.
Tulsa sophomore WR Keevan Lucas, of Abilene, Texas, set an American Athletic Conference record with 233 receiving yards on 13 catches in the Golden Hurricane’s double-OT win against Tulane. Lucas had three touchdown receptions and is the national leader in receiving yards through Week 1 of the 2014 season. He earned conference Offensive Player of the Week
Tavon Young, of Oxon Hill, Md., junior CB for Temple was selected as the Conference Defensive Player of the Week during his team’s 37-7 road win at SEC foe Vanderbilt. Young had two interceptions, both of which led to points on the offensive end. Young also had two tackles and had a combined 35 yards on his two INT returns.
Marvin Kloss, of Naples, Fla., senior kicker for USF was selected The American Special Teams Player of the Week as he scored 12 points, including making all three of his field goal attempts in USF’s 36-31 win again Western Carolina. Klaus made field goals of 47, 33 and 26 yards.
Memphis registered its first shutout since 2000 and won a season-opener for the first time since 2004 with its 63-0 win against Austin Peay.
Temple scored its first win against an SEC opponent since 1938 with a 37-7 decision at Vanderbilt. The Owls, who had just 15 takeaways in the entire 2013 season, forced seven turnovers against the Commodores.
East Carolina WR Justin Hardy became the Pirates’ career receptions leader in the 52-7 win against North Carolina Central. Hardy had eight catches for 87 yards and two touchdowns, threw a touchdown pass of his own, and finished the day with 274 career receptions.
IT’S A DATE
This will be the first time the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl will be played after the start of the New Year. In its first 11 years, the event has been held on Dec. 23 (2003-2006), Dec. 29 (2012), Dec. 30 (2010-2011, 2013) and Dec. 31 (2007-2009).
In last year’s game, Navy broke open a close contest with 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to defeat Middle Tennessee State, 24-6 to cap an eventful 9-4 season for the Midshipmen in front of an announced crowd of 39,246 and a national TV audience on ESPN.
ARMED FORCES SALUTE
Owned and operated by ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN, the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl has featured the “armed forces” theme since 2006. Patriotic overtones recognizing all five branches of the service are prevalent throughout the game. Past Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowls have included fan-fest areas showcasing armed forces hardware; flyovers; demonstrations by several of the military's top skydiving teams; custom homes awarded to wounded warriors; on-field induction ceremonies; armed forces bands and honor guards; the annual Great American Patriot Award presented by Armed Forces Insurance; and the annual Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America.