Jeff Monken Press Conference Quotes: Oklahoma


WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army West Point football head coach Jeff Monken met with members of the local media on Tuesday afternoon for his weekly press conference inside Nowak Auditorium. The Black Knights begin their three-game road swing this weekend when they travel to fifth-ranked Oklahoma on Saturday afternoon. (Ref.: Opening statement) "Good afternoon. I am extremely proud of our team and the hard-fought victory that they earned on Saturday. We faced a good Hawai'i team. I was really impressed with their offense. They were a team talked about all around college football -- their quarterback and how well he threw the ball and their two inside receivers were just dynamite. They made some big plays against us and they found some targets that hadn't been as involved, and it became a real battle. Defensively, I don't think people give their guys enough credit because their offense is getting so much publicity, but they're physical on defense. They flew around and their linebacker made a lot of tackles, a lot of plays and blocked a kick. They had a really good football team and we were fortunate to win, I am glad we won. It was a hard-fought victory, I am proud of our team. I think it was the best I've thought about our team this year just in the way we came together, battled and played team football. "Oklahoma is an unbelievable football team. They are talented, well coached and very difficult to beat. They're really good. It's going to be a tremendous challenge for us. Coach (Lincoln) Riley has done an unbelievable job. To lose a quarterback last year in (Baker) Mayfield and to have (Kyler) Murray who has numbers that are as good or better tells you that not only is he an extremely talented player, but they have a system that works. They develop guys and put them into those spots. Their running backs, receivers, offensive line, defensive line, linebackers in particular, their secondary and how fast they are, and their special teams I think are the number two kickoff return team right now. I think they have given up minus one yard total on the season on the punt retu