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Turnovers bury SMU in BHAFB loss to Army

By Brian Hilderbrand for www.armedforcesbowl.com

Dallas, Texas, December 30, 2010 – It doesn’t take the football mind of a Walter C. Camp or a Bill Walsh to figure out what went wrong for SMU in its 16-14 loss to Army in Thursday’s Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl at Ford Stadium. In fact, the Mustangs’ downfall could be easily determined by looking at the stat sheet, under the heading of “turnovers.” SMU 3, Army 0. It’s as simple as that. SMU outgained the Black Knights 413-229 in total offense, but it was three costly turnover in the first half that ultimately led to the Mustangs’ demise. Army defensive end Josh McNary scooped up an SMU fumble on the Mustangs’ opening drive of the game and scampered 55 yards for a touchdown and the Black Knights picked off SMU quarterback Kyle Padron twice in the half – one of which killed a potential scoring drive late in the first quarter.

Wounded Warrior Enjoys Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl Invite

By Troy Phillips for www.armedforcesbowl.com

Fort Worth, Texas, December 29, 2010 - Before the setbacks dealt Marine Corps Sgt. Nathan Dee in 2007 while on active duty, life was challenging enough. His wife served in another branch of the military, and they had three kids to raise. Stationed in Iraq as part of a transition team that trained the country’s local police forces, Dee was the victim of an insurgent truck bomb and mortar fire that struck his unit. Now a patient at Camp Lejeune, N.C., and part of the Wounded Warrior Battalion East, Dee has a new set of daily struggles. He suffers from a brain injury, post-concussive symptoms, two severely injured knees - Dee walks with a cane - and post-traumatic stress disorder. “I’ve been progressing backwards,” said Dee, one of several guest Wounded Warriors at this year’s Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl game and festivities. “I really wanted to be here. I asked, and got accepted, and it’s been great since we landed.”

Mustangs seek to duplicate Army’s intensity, discipline

Fort Worth, Texas, December 29, 2010 - SMU is going to try and play exactly like Army when the Mustangs take the field Thursday morning at Ford Stadium for the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. No, SMU is not going to abandon its run-and-shoot offense in favor of the triple option and it’s not going to adopt a variation of the 46 defense. Rather, the Mustangs are hoping to approach the game with the same mental focus and execution as Army - and all of the service academies, for that matter. “We have to really match how disciplined they are,” SMU safety Chris Banjo said of the Black Knights. “They’re a very disciplined team and they’re very well-coached. We just have to come ready to play, every play, on both sides of the ball and really dictate what they do (offensively) and make them one dimensional. If we can do that, I think we can really control the outcome of the game.”

Army’s “loss leader” - Josh McNary

Fort Worth, Texas, December 29 - Josh McNary is described as a loss leader in Army's media notes. And, that's an accurate way to picture the talents of the 235-pound senior defensive end. McNary, a Houston native who was not recruited to play football at West Point but walked on to the team, has been a standout with his pressure techniques in Army's double-eagle flex defensive scheme. "My position demands success," McNary said. "It is suited for my abilities as a player. I'm able to do a lot of rushing which is my trait."

Army ringleader Anderson

Fort Worth, Texas, December 28 - If Steve Anderson was walking down the streets of downtown Fort Worth, nobody would suspect he is the leading tackler on a major college football team. Anderson looks like many other young men who maybe make regular visits to the health club. However, Anderson is an exceptional football player who is the ringleader for the Army defense that will challenge SMU in Thursday's Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl at Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas.

Jones discounts SMU’s home-field advantage in BHAFB

Fort Worth, Texas, December 28, 2010 - SMU will be the home team in Thursday’s Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, playing in its home stadium and dressing in its own locker room. But SMU head coach June Jones said the game against Army won’t necessarily be a ‘home’ game for the Mustangs. Because of all of the trappings surrounding the game, which honors those who have served and are currently serving in the United States armed forces, Jones said the game will be unlike any other the Mustangs have played at Gerald J. Ford Stadium. “I was telling the kids, it’s going to be a little bit like a road game because they’ve got all the flyovers and they’ve got helicopters and tanks so it’s almost like it’s an Army home game,” Jones said. “At least we’re going to be in our own locker room, so that’ll be good."

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