August 18, 2012

First Intra-squad Scrimmage is in the books

As family and friends gathered on the plain at West Point, the initial forecast suggested overcast skies and brief showers, but the two gave way to pastel blue skies with the New York mountains serving as the backdrop.

All serving as a perfect way to kick-off Acceptance Day (A-Day).

The former new cadets officially became plebes, and of course sprinkled in the 2016 class were the many frosh members of the Black Knights football squad.

For those players, along with their upperclassmen teammates, the A-Day parade was just the beginning of what would be a very long and eventful day.

Subsequent to the morning parade (10am), you could see members of the team make their way down to the stadium, as they were getting set for their 1pm intra-squad scrimmage taking place at Michie Stadium.

Saturday's scrimmage saw the team run off at least 100 plays, allowing for the Army staff to players go at it for the first time in this type of venue.

Although there were several players that looked in mid-season form, there were several who were adorning the red-jersey, suggested that were side-lined for the day due to some physical set-back.

Some notable were captain, Jarrett Mackey; wide receiver, Chevaughn Lawrence; Hayden Pierce; frosh running back, Cedrik Bell, who appeared disappointed that he was able to participate in the day's activities. Also sidelined were Corey Watts and Colin Linkul.

Scrimmage Highlights

- Sophomore slotback Terry Baggett, took advantage of a key block from fellow running mate, Raymond Maples and offensive guard Frank Allen, as he hit pay dirt from 39 yards out.

- Speaking of Maples ... the junior saw heaven open as he pranced up the middle from 25 yards out and untouched.

- Kicker Eric Osteen, who is battling frosh Dan Grochowski, launched one kickoff, deep into the end zone. However, Grochowski was equally as impressive on the day, who all his field goals on the day.

- Wide Receiver/Slotback, Malcolm Brown's day ended short, as it appear the senior may have hurt his hamstring. More to come later on Brown's official diagnosis.

Saturday's Q&A

Terry Baggett, RB

Last season you appeared to be off to a solid start for a freshman, but your season ended due to injury. You are presently running with the first unit. Can you tell us how it feels to be back out there?
Your freshman year, although abbreviated, do you feel that you first season has prepared you for the 2012 campaign and if so, how so?
Your brother is currently at the prep school ... have you had a chance to chat with him at all since he arrived?
Have you set any personal goals for yourself this season?

Patrick Laird, WR

Patrick, a lot of fans don't know much about you ... on or off the field. So before we talk football, can you share with the fans something that you enjoy doing in your spare time when aren't practicing or studying here at West Point?
Now to football and starting with yourself first. How would you classify your performance so far during summer training camp?
Coming in, was there any part of your game that you felt you needed to work on?
Many observers feel that this is a top tier offense, but often point to the wide receiver corp as the weak-link. How do you feel you guys are coming along as a group?

Frank Allen, OG

Does it actually seem like 4 years for you already?
What has been the highlight of your football career thus far?
There is a lot of expectation surrounding the potential of this offense. Is this something as one of the leader of the "O" that you and your offensive line buddies discuss at all?
If you were to paint the ideal 2012 Army football season, how would unfold and conclude?

Hayden Tippett, FB

Even in your brief appearances as a freshman last season, you turned some heads, starting with the coaching staff to the fans. Can talk about how you have approached coming into your sophomore season.
When we spoke to Larry Dixon earlier this week, he talked about the friendship the two of you have, but also the friendly competition and that you two push one another. Can you expound on that subject?
From where you sit, how has the offense looked this summer?
If you weren't playing fullback, what other position could you see yourself playing?

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