"I'm real excited about the start of the season. The kids have worked so hard through the spring. They had an awesome summer. The attitude is just different. It's so upbeat. The kids are happy and they're excited about getting going, and I just feed off of that. I feel good about where we're going and what we're trying to accomplish here. I feel good about the players we have and getting started. "During a physical in July, Brock was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He underwent successful surgery at a hospital in nearby Middletown on Tuesday and was released from the hospital Thursday. Doctors gave Brock a positive prognosis and he's expected to make a complete recovery. Brock plans to return to the coaching sidelines ful-time next week.
Brock arrived late on Friday, but was still able to take in one of the most beautiful days of the summer, as his charges worked up a sweat on Howze Field. With Brock out, offensive coordinator Tim Walsh and defensive coordinator John Mumford put their units through a team and individual drills.Some sights and sounds from the first practice included the offense running a few options plays. Freshman Paul McIntosh looked as good as advertised. Army returned to the field on Saturday, but can't really get moving until Wednesday. That's when they can finally put on full pads and participate in contact drills. "It felt like riding a bike again,"
Army defensive end Victor Ugenyi said. "We had a good summer with training, but nothing beats being on the field playing football. We have the same energy level as last year, but we're more focused. We're a little more loose now. We're having fun wreaking havoc wherever we go. We're ready to put on pads. Running around and tagging, that's all fun, but defense isn't about tagging, it's about knocking someone out. We're waiting for that. We're waiting for when we can get pads on. We still have a lot of work to do, to get everyone to where they know their assignments cold, but attitude right now ... we're ready to hit somebody."
Most publications aren't giving Army much of a chance this season. They expect that Black Knights to suffer another losing season. The Black Knights haven't been a winner since 1996. But with this kind of fight, it wouldn't be wise to count Army out.