Army Spring Practice-Black & Gold Scrimmage

Army's concluded its final week of spring practice this past week. The Black Knights also conducted a Black and Gold scrimmage. Look inside for details on key position battles. (part I)

The Black Knights practiced this past week on Sunday March 3, Tuesday, Thursday and concluded spring practice with the Black and Gold game inside the practice facility on Friday. The Black and Gold game wasn't a true game but a modified scrimmage with the offense lined up against the defense. The offense "won" 40-18. It's a far cry from the atmosphere that was expected at Fort Hood where the spring game was planned to be held before the military absorbed the brunt of the President's sequestration cuts. This spring practice focused on more tackling and hitting and it caused more than its share of bumps and bruises. Over thirty players on the roster were not available to participate in the Black and Gold game if one includes those who are recuperating from off-season surgery. At quarterback A.J. Schurr seemed to be the last man standing both literally and figuratively. Schurr looked sharp in the Black and Gold game as he rushed for a touchdown and threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Chevaughn Lawrence.
< br> While no one has been named the starter, it's clear that Schurr is the most well rounded of the quarterback prospects displaying good quickness, accurate passing and ball security. Schurr has seemed to have developed a good rapport with Anthony Stephens who is entering his senior year. Stephens has been one of the Black Knight's best route runners but never clicked with Steelman. Stephens caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from Schurr last year against Eastern Michigan. This spring he was on the receiving end of a number of excellent throws from Schurr.

Quarterback Angel Santiago injured his hamstring during the week. He played in Friday's scrimmage and showed his speed on a 43-yard touchdown run for the Gold offense that was called back because of a penalty. Santiago aggravated his injury on the run and took the rest of the day off. Soon to be senior Cody Jackson struggled handling the ball at times and committed two fumbles. Jackson did throw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Deandre Bell. Quarterback Kelvin White, who showed off the arm strength this spring, was among the walking wounded with a shoulder injury and he missed the last week of practice.

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