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."