Press Conference Quotes: Coaches

Army Head Coach - Jeff Monken

Opening Statement…

"What a privilege it is to be here in Fort Worth. We are thrilled to be here to play in the postseason and it is a great way to measure our success. To play a great team like San Diego State, there are a lot of teams that breathe a sigh of relief when they don’t have to play San Diego State. They have the nation's leading rusher, he is a tremendous player and it would be difficult to argue that there is a better back than him, and our defense has a difficult task to task to play against."

"Their defense gives us fits, they are fast and athletic and different from every team we have played this year. It will be a challenge for us but we are excited to play tomorrow and we are excited to get together to play one more time."

 

On playing in the Metroplex…

"We certainly are glad to be here. We have a number of guys from Texas and they are glad to be home. Their families are happy to be able to drive to see them. But we are happy to be here, it was such a great experience in the Heart of Dallas bowl last year, we knew it would be first class."

 

About the messages received since capturing the Commander-in-Chief's trophy…

"Every one of the messages that we receive is special because it is a realization that a victory like that and the pride of winning the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy goes far beyond the gates of West Point. I've received messages from around the United States, the world, from Afghanistan from soldiers, from graduates. It is thrilling to see how much it means to them personally and the soldiers that we represent that defend our nation. It is a tremendous point of pride to be able to bring that trophy back."

 

The opportunity of recruiting in Texas during the bowl…

"We have a number of guys from Texas, it is a great football state. You can come to West Point and earn a great degree and play in a program that can play in the postseason. This isn't the first trip to Texas this year, and it is fun for those guys. We use all of the social media avenues to be able to reach out to prospects to let them know we will be here, but that further solidifies that we want Texas players to be on our team."

 

About quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw…

"He is a tough player, he is a strong inside runner and makes great decisions. He takes care of the ball and doesn’t make silly mistakes. He doesn't try to make plays when the plays aren’t there. Most importantly he is a tremendous leader. When he steps into the huddle, the other 10 guys believe we are going to score. He brings that confidence to our team. He is a servant leader and brings that to the guys around him. He is extremely poised as a leader and that is something I admire in him. I wish I had more of those traits myself. It doesn't bother him when things don’t go our way, he has a confidence to know that he can right it on the next play or next drive. He congratulates his teammates, and comes to the sidelines regardless of the outcome with the same poise. He is a great leader and I am glad that he is our quarterback."

 

On the weather being clear rather than snow like the Army-Navy game…

"I saw it was going to be 54, which is great compared to the last time out. We are just excited to be here. I probably hope for some snow to give them a little bit of trouble. There are no physical advantages with good weather certainly. The San Diego State team is very athletic and physically superior to our team. We have guys that are tough and play hard, and that is how we got some victories this season. The amount of respect we have is no BS, they know they are getting ready to play a great football team. It will be a beautiful day for all of us to just enjoy some great football."

 

San Diego State Coach – Rocky Long

Opening Statement…

"We have had a great time since we have been here. The bowl people have done a great job in entertaining us. We have a great respect for the Army team. They will be the most physical team we have played against all year long, and run an offense that is very difficult to stop. It may be the shortest game in history, if it weren't for commercials."

 

About being able to recruit in Texas during bowl season…

"We think it will help us recruit in Texas. I have five assistants from the state of Texas that know the high school coaches and the ins and outs. We know how good the high school football is here in Texas. There are a lot of athletes that are good in Texas."

 

Challenge of the Army offense and if there was any prep from Mountain West play…

"Playing in our games this year gave us no knowledge of how to play against Army. In this day and age, you play mostly spread teams and they are completely different than an option team, especially being one that runs a lot of speed options. What you get is a pro type offense without a passing game. They don’t stretch you, they line it up and knock it down your throats. We don't play anybody all year long that does it like they do and they do it really, really well. It has been fun as a staff to try to think of ways to slow them down, but we haven't faced anything like it all year long."

 

What does the game mean to you with having family in the Army…

"I am an Army brat, my grandfather was in the Army in World War I and II and my dad was in the 7th infantry division in the Pacific and then in the Korean War, and ended as a major in the reserves. Personally it is an honor to play against a good football team, my dad is going to be watching, I don’t know who he will be rooting for but I know he will be watching."

 

About the weather report for a clear day…

"The weather doesn't make a darn bit of difference because both teams have to play. If it is cold tomorrow, it lends itself to both offenses. Neither team spreads it out on offense. They throw it maybe one time a game so it relates to both offenses. A bad field, you get plays that don't normally happen. If it’s sunny and 50 degrees, it is perfect football weather and you can't get any better than that."