Army West Point football head coach Jeff Monken met with members of the local media on Tuesday afternoon for his weekly press conference inside Nowak Auditorium.
The Black Knights travel to No. 7 Michigan on Saturday for a game at 12 p.m. The contest will be carried live on Fox with Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt and Jenny Taft on the call.
(Ref.: Opening statement)
"I am proud of our guys for the effort they put in on Friday night. It was a good win and a real battle for us. The coach from Rice has done a great job in changing that team around from a year ago until now. They sure played us tough. They are a physical team, and he said leading up to the game that they were going to be a team that was willing to go toe to toe with us and they sure did. I'm glad our guys were willing to go toe-to-toe with them all the way through because that's what it took. It took a 60-minute battle and a heck of a drive by our offense in the fourth quarter, and a stand, by our defense, to finish that game off. I'm proud of our guys and I thought it was a great victory. To start the season 1-0 is certainly a confidence booster and hopefully that will help us as we continue through.
"We have a huge test this week obviously to play the No. 7 team in the country and the winningest team in college football history with all the tradition there. Our guys are really excited to have the opportunity to play at this level. I think it's one of the reasons that so many of our guys choose to come to school here is to play in games like this. For guys who are very competitive and have dreamed of playing college football, to play in venue like this and in games like this is what they've always wanted. It's a great opportunity and it's going to be a heck of a challenge. They have an incredible team and they are incredibly"" well coached." Read more.