Monday, November 23, 2009

Army opens season in Norman

West Point, NY (AP) - After a strong finish to last season, the Black Knights came into the season looking to make a bowl for the first time under coach Shaun Mason. Despite a good effort from the cadets, they looked over matched and overwhelmed against OU. Much heralded recruit Denard Robinson looked at times brilliant and at other times clueless. Though he rushed for over one hundred yards, he turned the ball over four times.

The Army defense couldn't stop eleven infants on defense. The loss of DT Mike Gann proved to be a big one, as OU ran through the Army defenders to the tune of 9.5 yards per carry. The only bright spot of the day for Army was the offense, which looked efficient when not turning the ball over, racking up over 400 yards total offense.

Coach Shaun Mason had the following to say, "Well, it was a tough loss. After we played them so close, we thought we had a shot, but the combination of new faces, the crowd and the talent on the other side of the ball knocked us out of the game real quick. Denard ran the ball like a phenom, we need to get him to protect the ball. Our special teams were terrible, TERRIBLE. You can't run this offense and let the other team beat you at the little things. Anyway, we play the Mississippi State Bulldogs next week, hopefully we show some improvement."

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Army wraps up season.

West Point, NY (AP) - The Army Black Knights finish up the 2011 campaign with a 5-7 record. Though the team finished below .500, they won their last 4 games despite losing starting quarterback Cody Jackson.

Coach Shaun Mason finally breaks his media silence in regards to their recent win over rival Navy. "Well, it was a hell of a tough season. We had high expectations after playing OU so close, but then couldn't put the ball in the end zone regularly for 6 out of our next 7 games. But, after the bye week, we came together and beat Air Force, Temple, Wake Forest and Navy. So, we may have went 5-7, but we went 2-0 against the other service academies. I know the cadets would rather win those to games than win all the others combined."

"I have high hopes for next season. Denard Robinson has looked incredible running the scout team this season. We have a good 6'6" receiver coming off his redshirt year. We have the most prolific freshman running back in our history. Hell, 100 more yards and he would have broke the single season team rushing record his freshman year."

"We are going to lose some solid seniors on defense, with Gann and Anderson leaving. Anderson has been a 100+ tackle stud for the two years I have been here. All Gann has done is set the school record for career sacks, IN TWO YEARS."

"Hopefully the kids I have coming in this year can help us out on defense. We gave up alot of points this year. But, they have good size, and are athletic and that is what I need on defense. We finished in the top 10 in sacks this year, but had a -5 turnover ratio. That has to get better next year."

"We will be in the weight room first thing in the morning. We are going to make Rich Rodriguez offseasons look like day care. See ya next year."