Army West Point coach casts future with soph QB
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Army West Point coach casts future with soph QB

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Photo: Army West Point coach Jeff Monken with his team after players sing alma mater at Michie Stadim.

Army West Point’s Jeff Monken did more than name a starting quarterback when he announced Ahmad Bradshaw is the man. The second-year head coach also cast his future with the sophomore from Chicago’s grittiest South Side streets.

Bradshaw, a 5-foot-11, 198-pounder from Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy, will make his first career start in the season opener against Fordham Friday night at Michie Stadium ....

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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom spent the bulk of his career in San DIego writing for the San Diego Union-Tribune. He has covered NCAA Tournaments, Super Bowls, Rose Bowls, the NBA Finals and the World Series in a career that included writing for Voice of San Diego, the San Diego Hall of Champions and He contributes to the Detroit Free Press, Raleigh News & Observer,, and the National Football Foundation's Football Matters. He won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003. USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter presented its President’s Award in 2000.

Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans. It explains Duffy Daugherty's pioneering role and debunks myths that steered recognition away from him to Bear Bryant.

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications

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