WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) Entering his sixth season at Army, coach Jeff Monken is in a very good place - 29 wins in three seasons and a team that's driven to keep the excellence going.
The Black Knights are coming off an academy-record, 11-win season and their first national ranking - No. 19 - since 1996, so the bar's set pretty high.
"Obviously, we've had a lot more expectation put on us this year than we have in the past," fullback Connor Slomka, one of 32 seniors, said on Thursday. "It's really exciting for this program. We as a team are very excited to have this opportunity. It's something we haven't had before. We're just really excited to show people that we belong there."