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  10/25/20 - Jon RhattiganSr/2021, Army, 6-0, 245 (DS#999 ILB) + More +

  Army got exactly what it needed heading into a midseason bye week and huge football clash with Air Force looming in two weeks. Still utilizing two inexperienced quarterbacks, Army (6-1) did not turn the ball over and posted seven scoring drives in a 49-3 victory over Mercer (0-2) before roughly 4,000 cadets at Michie Stadium. The defense posted three takeaways and held a foe under 20 points for the sixth time, all wins. The last time Army's defense held four foes to single-digit scoring was 1968. "I think overall our team played great today," said senior linebacker Jon Rhattigan, who had seven tackles and a 50-yard interception return.

It was Army's sixth consecutive home win dating back to last season and 11th in a row over a Football Championship Subdivision team. "If we hadn't won or if we played particularly poorly and still won, there would be a lot of frustration," head coach Jeff Monken said. "It's just nice to win and feel like we played pretty well, put it behind us and move on to the next one." The next game is the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy matchup with Air Force on Nov. 7 at Michie Stadium. Army must win (and beat Navy on Dec. 12, also at West Point) in order to reclaim the trophy last won in 2017 and 2018. The Falcons already beat Navy and can take home the trophy for the first time since 2016 with a win over the Black Knights. - Times Herald-Record


(DS#999 ILB) Sr/2021 ILB Jon RhattiganArmy
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  10/24/20 - Sandon McCoySr/2021, Army, 5-11, 230 (DS#15 FB) + More +

  Army has accepted a bid to play in the Independence Bowl, becoming the first team in the country to gain a spot in the postseason. West Point announced the bid after the Black Knights beat Mercer on Saturday to improve to 6-1. Army is slated to face a Pac-12 Conference foe in the Shreveport, Louisiana bowl game. The Black Knights are 3-0 in three previous bowl appearances under seventh-year head coach Jeff Monken. "We deeply appreciate the role they play in our national landscape and will roll out the red carpet for them for their trip to Shreveport," Independence Bowl Chairman Frank Auer said in a statement. The Pac-12 begins its truncated season on Nov. 7. The date of the Independence Bowl will be announced later. Army has made one previous Independence Bowl appearance, a 32-29 loss to the Auburn Tigers in 1996. The Black Knights are off to their best start since they began that season with nine straight wins. - AP College Football

(DS#15 FB) Sr/2021 FB Sandon McCoyArmy
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  10/24/20 - Sandon McCoySr/2021, Army, 5-11, 230 (DS#15 FB) + More +

  Sandon McCoy had three 1-yard touchdown runs and Army beat Mercer 49-3 on Saturday. McCoy increased his TD total to eight this season and 18 for his career as the Black Knights (6-1) rolled to their fourth straight victory and their 11th in a row over FCS opponents. Cade Ballard threw a 53-yard scoring pass to Tyrell Robinson for Army's first points. It was the first career touchdown pass for Ballard and first scoring reception for Robinson. After Ballard's TD toss, Cameron Jones made the first of three Army interceptions. That led to a McCoy TD as did Reikan Donaldson's block of a punt. Army added three third-quarter touchdowns, on one Jabari Moore's pick-6 of 29 yards.

The final Army points came on Jordan Blackman's 6-yard rush and the senior was mobbed by his teammates after his first career score. Army, with the nation's third-best rushing attack at over 306 yards per game finished with 297 on the ground, outgaining Mercer 360-221. The Bears (0-2) are playing three fall games before an eight-game Southern Conference schedule in the spring. This was their second meeting with Army, the previous coming in 1933 with the Black Knights winning 19-6. Attendance was limited to Army's approximately 4,300 cadets. - AP College Football


(DS#15 FB) Sr/2021 FB Sandon McCoyArmy
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  10/18/20 - Cade BallardFr/2024, Army, 5-09, 205 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Army is getting an early look at its quarterback future, though certainly not in the circumstances the team wants. With its top three signal callers on the disabled list, head coach Jeff Monken called on two replacements to run the offense against Texas San Antonio on Saturday: freshman Cade Ballard and sophomore Tyhier Tyler. Monken told both players earlier in the week to expect to split duties. Ballard was given the starting nod. His only Army varsity appearance was a final-play call in the season-opening win over Middle Tennessee. He had been running the scout team as recently as last weekend.

But Ballard brought an impressive resume into his first college start. He was a two-time state MVP and two-time state champion for Greeneville, Tenn. His high school record was 30-0, he passed for 12,062 yards and had a hand in 183 touchdowns. You can now make him 31-0. "So he's now 31-0 as a starter, which is incredible," Monken said. "He is just a winner. He's a tough kid and really handled the team and the ball so well." Ballard led Army's opening drive to a score, made easy by Anthony Adkins' 66-yard touchdown rumble, the longest run play of the season for the Black Knights and for Adkins' career. - Times Herald-Record


(DS#999 QB) Fr/2024 QB Cade BallardArmy
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  10/18/20 - Tyhier TylerJr/2022, Army, 5-09, 185 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Anthony Adkins had a career-best 66-yard touchdown run and finished with 101 yards to lead Army to a 28-16 victory over UTSA on Saturday. Adkins had just eight carries and scored in the first quarter. Army (5-1) then added a touchdown run per quarter each from Jakobi Buchanan, Tyhier Tyler, and freshman quarterback Cade Ballard. Tyler led the Black Knights with 19 carries and had 95 yards rushing. Tyler's 37-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter stretched the lead to 21-10. Buchanan had 10 carries for 40 yards and a 5-yard score. Ballard carried the ball three times and had his first career touchdown run, a 5-yarder in the fourth. - AP College Football

(DS#999 QB) Jr/2022 QB Tyhier TylerArmy
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  10/17/20 - Zach HardingJr/2022, Army, 6-5, 220 (DS#999 P) + More +

  Junior punter Zach Harding was named to the watch list for the Ray Guy Award, it was announced today by the Augusta Sports Council. The Ray Guy Award, which is named for college football's premier punter, honors the nation's best collegiate punter. Harding, a Phil Steele Preseason All-Independent First Team selection, currently ranks fifth nationally with a 47.5 yards-per-punt average. After the Black Knights didn't attempt a punt in the first game of the season vs. Middle Tennessee, he has punted 15 times for a total of 713 total yards (47.5 ypp), with a long of 60 at Cincinnati. He has put three inside the 20-yard line so far on the season and has seven of 50 yards or longer. As a sophomore in 2019 he appeared in nine games, averaging a program-record 48.2 yards per punt as he pinned opponents inside the 20 yard line seven times and had eight points of 50+ yards. For his career he has appeared in 13 games and has punted 36 times for 1,725 yards, an average of 47.9 yards per punt. He has seen 10 of his punts downed inside the 20 and 15 of 50 yards or longer. - Army Football

(DS#999 P) Jr/2022 P Zach HardingArmy
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  10/10/20 - Jemel JonesSo/2023, Army, 5-10, 210 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Sophomore Jemel Jones ran for a score and threw for another and Army defeated The Citadel 14-9 on Saturday for the Black Knights' sixth straight home win. Jones finished a 14-play, 62-yard drive with a 5-yard touchdown run near the end of the third quarter for a 14-3 lead. Just before halftime, he threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Reikan Donaldson for a 7-3 Black Knights (4-1) advantage with 2:57 before halftime. On the Bulldogs' (0-4) following drive, Brandon Rainey completed a 50-yard pass to Raleigh Webb to put the ball at Army's 29-yard line. On the following play, however, Cedrick Cunningham Jr. intercepted Rainey at the 3-yard line to end the threat. The Bulldogs tried to make a game of it when Jay Smith picked off Jones and returned the ball 18 yards to Army's 2-yard line. Darique Hampton ran it in for the score, the 2-point conversion failed, and the The Citadel reduced the deficit to 14-9 with 3:21 left. - AP College/Army Football

(DS#999 QB) So/2023 QB Jemel JonesArmy
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  10/10/20 - Jemel JonesSo/2023, Army, 5-10, 210 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Sophomore quarterback Jemel Jones was named an honorable mention selection for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Trophy Player of the Week award after his performance on Saturday vs. Abilene Christian. The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Trophy, which is given to the best offensive player from the state of Texas, honors a top athletic performance from a student-athlete out of Texas weekly. Jones, a native of The Colony, Texas, was outstanding after starting quarterback Christian Anderson went down with an injury, leading the team to a 55-23 victory over ACU. A product of The Colony High School, he led the team in rushing yards with 138 yards on 14 carries, scoring a team-high two touchdowns. He also added 52 yards passing on a 4-for-7 performance. The Black Knights finished with a season-high 493 yards, including 441 rushing yards. - Army Football

(DS#999 QB) So/2023 QB Jemel JonesArmy
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  10/03/20 - Jemel JonesSo/2023, Army, 5-10, 210 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Army quarterback Jemel Jones had 14 carries for a career-high 138 yards rushing and two touchdowns and added a 33-yard TD pass as the Black Knights cruised to a 55-23 win over Abilene Christian on Saturday. Jones was 4-of-7 passing for 52 yards. Freshman Tyrell Robinson added a season-high 126 yards rushing on seven carries for Army (3-1) and Anthony Adkins ran for 70 yards and two scores. The Black Knights bounced back after a 24-10 loss at No. 14 Cincinnati on Sept. 26 and won their fifth consecutive home game. Abilene Christian (0-2) was stopped on fourth down on each of its first two drives and went three-and-out on its third before Army recovered an onside kick and Jakobi Buchanan's 3-yard TD run made it 23-0 with 10:15 left in the second quarter. - AP College Football

(DS#999 QB) So/2023 QB Jemel JonesArmy
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  09/13/20 - Jakobi BuchananSo/2023, Army, 6-0, 260 (DS#999 FB) + More +

  Sophomore fullback Jakobi Buchanan has been deemed "the human wrecking ball," but the big man showed patience and solid foot skills on his long touchdown runs of 25 and 40 yards on Saturday. In both cases, Buchanan was briefly held up at the line of scrimmage before finding his way through holes for his big runs. "We just practice, practice and practice," Buchanan said. "Sometimes the hole is not going to be there right away. But just the way the line moves and...the blocks come together, you know, the hole is eventually going to be there...You just have to wait for the hole." - Times Herald-Record

(DS#999 FB) So/2023 FB Jakobi BuchananArmy
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  09/12/20 - Christian AndersonrJr/2022, Army, 6-0, 195 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Christian Anderson and Jakobi Buchanan ran for two touchdowns apiece and Army beat Louisiana-Monroe 37-7 on Saturday. Sandon McCoy, who scored three touchdowns in a season-opening 42-0 victory over Middle Tennessee State last weekend, added the 14th of his career with a 2-yard dive for a 14-0 first-quarter lead. Anderson scored on a 5-yard keeper for the game's first score. He added a 6-yarder for a 24-7 third-quarter lead. Buchanan scored on a 25-yard run in the third quarter and added a 40-yarder in the fourth quarter. The Warhawks' lone TD came on Colby Suits' 6-yard pass to Malik Jackson with 2:12 left in the first half before Landon Salyers made it a 17-7 halftime lead with a 40-yard field with two seconds left. The Black Knights (1-1) rushed for 436 yards, led by Buchanan with 106 yards on 11 carries. Anderson had 95 on 21 carries. Suits thew for 148 yards and a score. The Warhawks (0-1) had only 200 yards offense, 163 through the air. - Army/AP College Football

(DS#999 QB) rJr/2022 QB Christian AndersonArmy
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  09/12/20 - Cedrick Cunningham Jr.rJr/2022, Army, 5-11, 215 (DS#999 FS) + More +

  Following a career performance against Middle Tennessee State last Saturday, Cedrick Cunningham Jr. was selected as the Chuck Bednarik Award Player of the Week by the Maxwell Football Club on Thursday, Sept. 10. The award recognizes the nation's top defensive player. Cunningham registered seven tackles, two of which went for a loss of yardage. His two stops behind the line of scrimmage against the Blue Raiders doubled his career output entering the game. He also notched his first career forced fumble and sack in Army's 42-0 home-opening win over Middle Tennessee State. The Cassatt, S.C., native was a crucial part of the defensive unit that pitched Army's first shutout at Michie Stadium since the 2011 season. Army's defense as a whole limited the Blue Raiders to 184 yards of total offense and caused four turnovers. - Army Football

(DS#999 FS) rJr/2022 FS Cedrick Cunningham Jr.Army
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  09/05/20 - Sandon McCoySr/2021, Army, 5-11, 230 (DS#15 FB) + More +

  Sandon McCoy ran for three first-half touchdowns and Army opened its season with a 42-0 victory over Middle Tennessee on Saturday. McCoy scored on runs of 1, 2 and 4 yards, twice finishing drives that began after Blue Raiders turnovers. Quarterback Christian Anderson added a 24-yard run up the middle in the third quarter and Anthony Adkins' 22-yard run completed a 99-yard drive for the Black Knights' final score in the fourth quarter. Army's longest touchdown came on a 43-yard interception return by Jon Rhattigan. Army's triple-option offense rushed for 340 yards on an average of 5.5 yards per carry on 62 attempts. The shutout was the first since a 21-0 win at Air Force in 2017 and the largest shutout win over an FBS team since a 47-0 victory over Wake Forest in 1963. - AP College Football

(DS#15 FB) Sr/2021 FB Sandon McCoyArmy
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  07/27/20 - Joe StephensonSr/2021, Army, 5-11, 235 (DS#999 ILB) + More +

  2020 WUERFFEL TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Joe Stephenson, Army, senior, linebacker,...Stephenson volunteers for the In My Bag Tour Foundation. At its last event, he helped serve over 500 students and 200 teachers in the Danville, Va., and Philadelphia areas with pre-packaged book bags and gifts of appreciation. The foundation raised over $10,000 in a three-month span in 2019. As a community liaison, Stephenson assists with volunteer communications and event logistics. At the Academy, Stephenson is a Dean's List student and a member of the Christian Athlete Society while currently serving as both the Military Development Officer and the Diversity Officer for his company. The Brodnax, Va., native is a senior linebacker with 25 games under his belt. Stephenson has totaled 19 tackles in his career including eight solo stops. He has assisted in a sack and a tackle for loss. - Army Football

(DS#999 ILB) Sr/2021 ILB Joe StephensonArmy
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  05/07/20 - Connor SlomkaSr/2020, Army, 5-11, 235 (DS#15 FB) + More +

  Army West Point football players Cole Christiansen, Elijah Riley and Connor Slomka each received offers as undrafted free agents from National Football League teams on Saturday night. Christiansen received an offer from the Los Angeles Chargers, Riley's came from the Philadelphia Eagles while the Jacksonville Jaguars extended one to Slomka. The trio are the first to receive offers under the NFL undrafted free agent program since the secretary of defense endorsed a policy in November making it possible for exceptionally talented athletes who have graduated from a military service academy to pursue employment as professional sports athletes following graduation.

Once approved, they will be permitted to delay their commissioning and subsequent service obligation to pursue employment as professional sports athletes. "We are extremely proud of Cole, Elijah and Connor," Mike Buddie, Army West Point Director of Athletics, said. "They have all earned this opportunity through their hard work and determination while representing the Corps of Cadets on the gridiron. After spending 47 months training to serve our country, I am thrilled for them to have this opportunity to continue their playing careers, and am convinced this will only make them better officers when that time comes." - Pointer View


(DS#15 FB) Sr/2020 FB Connor SlomkaArmy
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