After smashing Navy on Saturday, Air Force football is off this week as it prepares for its Mountain West slate.
Navy is hoping to bounce back at home vs. Temple, while Army is looking to improve to 4-1 when it hosts the Citadel on Saturday.
In the NFL, the Philadelphia Eagles brought back former Black Knights offensive lineman Brett Toth, claiming him off waivers on Wednesday. Toth was signed by the Eagles last summer, but waived him and he spent most of the 2019-20 season on the Arizona Cardinals’ practice squad. Should Toth be active on Sunday vs. the Steelers, that game will feature two former Army football players, as Alejandro Villanueva plays on Pittsburgh’s O-Line.
Onto the links…
Army fan restrictions persist at Michie (Ken McMillan, Times Herald-Record)
For The Citadel and Army West Point, not many secrets between coaching staffs (Jeff Hartsell, Charleston Post & Courier)
Monken warns Army not to get too happy (Ken McMillan, Times Herald-Record)
Feinstein’s Findings: A Big Day for the Cannon (John Feinstein, GoArmyWestPoint.com)
Mutual respect flows in The Citadel-Army matchup (Craig Haley, AP via Yahoo)
The Citadel vs. Army West Point Football Prediction and Preview (Nicholas Ian Allen, Athlon Sports)
Army QB Anderson questionable for Citadel (Ken McMillan, Times Herald-Record)
Former college athlete trades football helmet for Army Combat Helmet (Sgt. 1st Class Brent Powell, Army.mil)
- Army’s men’s soccer team beat Merchant Marine 4-0 on Saturday.
- The Black Knights’ men’s lacrosse team makes an appearance in College Crosse’s way-too-early top 20 rankings.
Navy football getting routed by Air Force was stunning to see (Bill Wagner, Capital Gazette)
Quarterback Dalen Morris to start against Temple, hopes to lead Navy football for remainder of season (Bill Wagner, Capital Gazette)
No fans allowed for Navy football’s home game against Temple Oct. 10, Navy athletics announces (Bill Wagner, Capital Gazette)
Temple coach Rod Carey says the team is relatively healthy heading into the Oct. 10 opener at Navy (Marc Narducci, Philadelphia Inquirer)
- Navy senior cornerback Cameron Kinley has been nominated for the National Football Foundation’s William V. Campbell Trophy, which is also known as the Academic Heisman.
The @NavyFB game at East Carolina on Saturday, Oct. 17 will kick at 12 noon on ESPN+— Navy Athletics (@NavyAthletics) October 5, 2020
New Air Force kicker Tevye Schuettpelz-Rohl displays nerves of steel in first starting assignment (Brent Briggeman, the Gazette)
The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: Navy @ Air Force (Zach Ballard, Mountain West Connection)
- The Falcons’ offensive line was incredible against Navy, paving the way for 369 rushing yards and allowing just one sack. As Pro Football Focus notes, Air Force’s rushing attack averaging 3.6 yards before contact vs. the Mids and produced 15 explosive runs (carries of 10 yards or more). Air Force was named PFF’s Offensive Line of the Week, and Nolan Laufenberg and Nicholas Noyen were named to the Team of the Week.
- Air Force senior Ben Peterson is a semifinalist for the Campbell Trophy, which “recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation for his combined academic success, football performance and exemplary leadership.”
Elsewhere in sports and the military...
This athlete has navigated being queer and Black in football, the Army and the DC police department (Wilthalrio Coachman, Outsports)
- The Military Bowl has a new presenting sponsor, announcing a three-year deal Wednesday with Perspecta Inc., a government services company. The Military Bowl will continue to feature teams from the American Athletic Conference and the ACC at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. A date for the 2020 game is expected to be announced soon.
- The Citadel’s women’s soccer team beat Belmont Abbey 1-0 over the weekend, thanks to a PK.
- VMI has added two new assistant coaches to its men’s soccer staff.
- Here’s what Alejandro Villanueva said last week about his decision to cover up Antwon Rose Jr.’s name with that of Alwyn Cashe: “The decision had to do exclusively with Sgt. 1st Class Alwyn Cashe and his pursuit for the Medal of Honor, which is something that he deserves and hopefully he’ll get soon… I felt that my decision to honor Sgt. First Class Alwyn Cashe was something that was very personal to me due to the fact that in the veteran community, there’s a strong push to get him a Medal of Honor, which is something that the community believes that he deserves. I think that the timing was perfect due to the fact that it gave the lawmakers a little bit of momentum going forward. The family has been waiting for 15 years to hear something from his chain of command, from Congress regarding the exception of his five-year statutory limit that could potentially get him the Medal of Honor.”
- The Citadel is going to miss out on a few buy-games in men’s basketball this season. The Bulldogs games at Duke, Illinois and College of Charleston will be canceled and likely moved to next season, according to the Post & Courier.