Army West Point football head coach Jeff Monken met virtually with members of the local media on Tuesday afternoon for his weekly press conference inside Nowak Auditorium.
The Black Knights will look to pick up their fifth consecutive victory when they travel to New Orleans, La., to take on Tulane this Saturday at noon ET. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.
Army West Point Football Head Coach Jeff Monken
(Ref.: Opening statement)
“Well we are excited to be in another game week and hopefully we won't have any snags and we'll be able to play this weekend. I know there have been a lot of games that have been postponed and canceled and rescheduled and those kind of things, and we're just hopeful that we're able to play. It's been a couple of weeks. It seems like a long time since we were last out there on the field and we love to have the chance to play. We're playing an outstanding team. They have improved so much from the early weeks of the season. Coach (Willie) Fritz is just a tremendous football coach. He has two great coordinators: Jack Curtis, who I know really well, was our defensive coordinator at Georgia Southern for three years while I was the head coach there and Will Hall, who is now in his second year. They are doing a great job and it has been impressive to see how both coordinators have tweaked their philosophies a little bit to fit their personnel and they're doing a nice job. It's going to be a tremendous challenge. We've played them three times since I've been the coach here and we haven't beaten them yet. They've all been close games. Last year they got away from us and were up a big score and we were able to ramble back by way of a scoop score and then scored a touchdown and we just couldn't bet back into it. They have a really good team and they're well-coached. It's going to be a challenge to play down there at their place.”
(Ref.: On how hungry the team is to get back on the field)
“Our guys have worked really hard. They've worked hard since June, since we've been back here, with a desire to play and play a full football season. I'm glad we've made it this far and had a chance to play seven games, but there have been other teams that have played more and a whole lot that have played less. We're fortunate to have had the opportunity to play as much as we had, and we want to continue the season. This is a great football team. They have a talented team and they essentially have had our number. We're excited to play and to measure ourself against Tulane.” Read more.