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Re: Kelvin Hopkins - Heisman 2019

Post by ArmyBN82 » Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:39 pm

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Sat Feb 23, 2019 7:58 pm
If Hopkins continues to improve, Army upsets Michigan (or at least holds its own) and is sitting at 11-1 or 12-0 going into the Navy game and Heisman weekend...he should be in the conversation. I don’t think Heisman voters will seriously consider him, but he would likely get some press and consideration. Fun to dream though!
Seems that Bleacher Report wants to dream with us as they have Army as a possible team that could go undefeated - albeit with the need for a Miracle win :) That happens and Hopkins at least would get into the conversation similar to how Kennan Reynolds did. We can dream can't we!

"If by some miracle Army is able to win the road game against Michigan on Sept. 7, it's all downhill from there. The second-toughest game on the schedule is...a home game against Tulane? Or maybe the road game against Hawaii solely because of the logistics involved when traveling from New York to Hawaii? It's a weak slate aside from that one near-impossible task."

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NOT a "weak slate"!

Post by ARMORMAN » Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:19 pm

If you've never played in a service academy game, you have no idea how incredibly intense it is.
Neither af or navy will EVER be taken for granted, especially af at their place after we humiliated them there 2 years ago. Sutton knew it, even with a streak of 5: Every game goes to the more desperate team. Monken knows this.....
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Re: NOT a "weak slate"!

Post by ArmyBN82 » Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:05 pm

ARMORMAN wrote:
Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:19 pm
If you've never played in a service academy game, you have no idea how incredibly intense it is.
Neither af or navy will EVER be taken for granted, especially af at their place after we humiliated them there 2 years ago. Sutton knew it, even with a streak of 5: Every game goes to the more desperate team. Monken knows this.....
Completely agree with all your statements and glad that Monken gets it. Last year before Air Force he hit the right note saying:

"obviously the Commander In Chief's Trophy is at stake. Anytime you play an academy game they are big games and to this point in the season we haven't played a bigger game than this one. "

Coach Monken has seen the game from both sidelines and like a sibling rivalry never count the smaller one out. Air Force came back on us last year and made it close. Army along with great development and coaching will again need execution, focus, energy and luck. But, when they do have these traits - like the bleacher report above says we fans can dream.

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Coach Monken and Hopkins recognized

Post by ArmyBN82 » Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:10 pm

In an article rightly recognizing Coach Monken and his work in rebuilding the Army team - citing him as deserving a lifetime contract I thought it was interesting that special attention was again paid to Kelvin Hopkins who continue to get more ink in the media. I am a big fan of QB KelvinHopkins but am most impressed by how Army coaching continues to develop players and depth at each position. It is a long season with an extra game this year.

"Jeff Monken, Army — This is not a one year overreaction. Monken has led Army to unprecedented new heights with 29 wins over the past three seasons, including three consecutive bowl victories for the first time in program history. Only three times since 1970 have the Black Knights posted three straight years above .500 and Monken will hit No. 4 in 2019 with returning star quarterback Kelvin Hopkins Jr."

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Re: Kelvin Hopkins -opening up the offense

Post by ArmyBN82 » Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:49 am

A good detailed article on Kelvin Hopkins and looking at opening up the Army Offense by Tom Shanahan who is a self declared fan.

I agree that we will keep pounding on the ground with the triple option but, also believe (especially after Spring scrimmage) we will see our fast slot backs get the ball more out wide- and pass be mixed in earlier when we are to predictable and start to let teams back into the game. Kelvin Hopkins continues to mature and understand the game quicker as he begins his second year as Army's starting QB - this bodes well for Army. Thoughts??

When asked about more passing, “The receivers and slot backs are excited about the possibilities. Fans and the media are intrigued. Opponents are fearful.”

Kelvin Hopkins is more cautious: “Let’s not forget he is a West Point officer-in-training that understands chain-of- command principles: Read: the game plan from head coach Jeff Monken on down to offensive coordinator Brent Davis calling the plays.
“It’s Army football, so you know exactly what to expect,” said Hopkins, a hint of a chuckle in his voice at the prevalence of such speculation. “It’s going to be a run heavy offense. That’s our identity. That’s who we are.”

"But the 5-foot-10, 205-pounder from Charlotte Independence does acknowledge there is room for Army to throw the ball." “We definitely have a lot of athletes all over the field that can do different things,” he said. “There are going to be a few tweaks that we can do to keep defenses on their toes.
“I think throwing will come within the flow of the game,” Hopkins said. “If that’s what’s happening at the moment and that’s how coach Davis feels we’ll absolutely do it. If the run game is gaining four or five yards a carry, then we don’t need to switch up. It’s the flow of the game.”

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Independent Heisman hopefuls 2019

Post by ArmyBN82 » Tue Apr 30, 2019 10:21 am

Ran across this Sporting News article on Independent football Teams and their pre-season Heisman hopefuls. Not saying Hopkins could win but it would be great if we could again be in the consideration discussions. For Independents eyes are in Ian Book of Notre Dame, Kelvin Hopkins of Army and Zach Wilson of BYU. I think that to enter into even consideration Army needs a big game against Michigan. Always good to dream

“Kelvin Hopkins Jr., Army. The Black Knights haven't had a Heisman winner since 1958, but Hopkins should pile up the statistics as the quarterback of an option offense. Remember, Navy's Keenan Reynolds finished fifth in the Heisman voting in 2015.”

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Re: Kelvin Hopkins - Heisman 2019

Post by WrekDivr » Tue Apr 30, 2019 6:01 pm

Holy sh@#! Did I see that Army is ranked 17?!?!
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Re: Kelvin Hopkins - Heisman 2019

Post by wpgrad » Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:16 pm

THe only chance Hopkins has to win the heisman is going undefeated. Plain and simple.

If we lose to MIchigan, Army has to win all other games (11-1 since Hiesman is same wkend as A-N) to be in the final 3-4 and even then I dont' think its going to happen

But...I think we beat michigan.
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Re: Kelvin Hopkins - Passing Dimension

Post by ArmyBN82 » Mon May 06, 2019 7:00 pm

SB Nation has a good analysis on Army and a quick on on Hopkins and this years offense.

After losing quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw after 2017, it was easy to fear that the Knights might lose an edge behind center; Hopkins assuaged those concerns pretty quickly. His rushing success rate was even better than Bradshaw’s (52.2 percent vs. 49.2), and he passed infinitely better.

Granted, it only matters so much when you’re running the ball more than anyone else on the planet, but Hopkins completed 55 percent of his passes (Bradshaw in 2017: 33 percent), at 20.1 yards per completion, and he avoided negative plays here, too — Army was eighth in sack rate allowed.

It probably won’t be used any more than it was last year, but the passing game should again produce when asked. Leading receiver Jordan Asberry is gone, but with QB-turned-RB-turned-sometimes-receiver Kell Walker and actual wideouts Glen Coates, Kjetil Cline, and Christian Hayes all returning, there’s plenty of continuity there.

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Re: Kelvin Hopkins - Top 25

Post by ArmyBN82 » Fri May 10, 2019 1:02 pm

Bill Bender, an author at Sporting News has ranked Kelvin Hopkins in the 25th best quarterback in college football.

"Bender cites the reason for the ranking as: “Hopkins was a 1,000/1,000 quarterback for the Black Knights last season. He rushed for 1,017 yards and 17 touchdowns, but it’s the 1,026 passing yards and six touchdowns that made him even more effective. He leads an Army team capable of double-digit wins this season, and he will get a chance to shine at Michigan on Sept. 7.”

Like the closing too - "great news for Hopkins and Army. It’s a sign that the Black Knights are making waves and starting to earn some respect."

http://insideoutsidearmy.com/2019/05/09 ... -football/
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