October 14, 2014 at 3:48 pm #16030
No big changes. Ruhl at 2 at TE. Caslow back at2 behind Kondas. Despite speculation,Nick starting. Matt back at 2.
We are favored by 7.October 14, 2014 at 3:52 pm #16031
The key words in your post. NO BIG CHANGES. Unbelievable.October 14, 2014 at 10:43 pm #16033
As someone who watches a lot of practice, can you give some names of underclassmen who are outperforming the upperclassmen in practice and deserve a shot to start right now?
Someone mentioned that Evan Harvey was also moved to FB. He is still listed as a LB. Where is he practicing?October 14, 2014 at 11:07 pm #16034
That was me ,wonering whether he would be or had been. A Cla A-S LB not even showing on participation until recently. Would like to know LG’s take tho. I wonder if those crying for wholesale influx of frosh how heavily recruited guys like Laub,Robb,Ford etc were?October 15, 2014 at 12:03 am #16036
LG,easy to Sunday morning QB,As a constant complainer(easy to be that way this season) What BIG CHANGES would finally put a smile on that awful avatar that is YOU? I know you seem to have many issues with the team and this year as a whole, but geesh. Hopefully we get that win this week,if not,I worry about fans like you.October 15, 2014 at 12:39 am #16037
last in scoring defense,last in passing D, last in rushing D,last in total D, Last in opponents 3rd down conversion,and last in sacks.Will that change this week? On the bright side the O is 2nd in the league in total offense,but damn, 125 yards behind Fordham. Numbers usually do not mean sqwat if your team has heart and desire??????????????????Winners win and losers lose.(last season)
along with some luck. Maybe we have been lucky in the past or maybe it is a reflection upon those kids.
can’t loseOctober 15, 2014 at 12:44 am #16038
Hehehe,D will take a huge leap forward this week. Cornell cant score 10 pts a game against lesser opponents. Very unlikely to give up 40+ pts.October 15, 2014 at 12:50 am #16039
Knock on wood Rich, we will win if we hold them under? ( your choice)
d-40October 15, 2014 at 12:54 am #16040
Given its Cornell,I’ll take. All of the above. YupOctober 15, 2014 at 1:27 am #16041
Saw a graphic today that caught my attention. I don’t think we should be too surprised with D this year, as I look back now. Last year, we were 2nd to last in PL at 436.9 yards/gm, and gave up 31.1 pts/game. That’s not as bad as this year, but still pretty bad. For reference, we gave up 21.8 pts/game in 2012. Not that it makes this season feel any better either – but I think it might be evidence that we out-performed last year.
Here’s to a turnaround against a lesser opponent this weekend, and to avoiding a big-stage embarrassment at #Rivaly150!October 15, 2014 at 2:23 am #16042
So everybody is in agreement this D is fine correct? The D is dead last in the FCS in dam near every category. I’m not calling for ALL frosh to take over. But you have to ask yourself, can they be any worse than whats out on the field now? Do the guys who have started the first 5 games on D deserve to KEEP they jobs? Some guys play good, but the DBs and safeties are very bad. I stated in other thread, we say #26 is best DB we have, other schools think not, he is ALWAYS the target and gets beat constantly (all 3 long BU tds were on him). And hes a scholly kid. I’m saying if your not doing your job, sit down, next man up. And Miller dont worry about me, win or lose i’ll have a great day. And Toddcudd is right on, this isnt a new trend. remember last yrs D, especially vs BU and Laff? The same kids starting this yr was getting alot of PT and was part of that trend. And for you guys thinking Cornell is going to be a laugher, the joke might be on us. ANY QB with a decent arm will slice us up. See last weeks QB. Ive see OUR 2nd and 3rd string QBs make our 1st team DBs look silly.October 15, 2014 at 2:45 am #16043
Hyperbole must be your middle name. Dont think anyone thinks D is fine. Yet you still wont tell us who should play.3 long passes vs Leaks who as Campbell was trying to be superman does not condemn D. Other than that,D had their best game of the year. Factor in 5 TOs by O leading directly to 2 more TDs. Still not good but better. Cornell is truly bad. Avg less than 10 pts against weaker oppostion.
There’s lot to fix ,rather than vague rants about how bad everybody is,how about specific changes and players that might help.October 15, 2014 at 2:50 am #16044
I appreciate the nod, LG, but I don’t agree with the wholesale change for change’s sake. I find it unlikely that the guys who get paid to watch these guys every day, judge their ability, judge their knowledge of the system, and judge their heart are knowingly playing lesser guys based on “seniority”. I hope you’re right that the new schollie era changes things, but I don’t believe that it’s immediate. Frosh are still frosh, and need to grow and learn. I’m willing to be that our best players are on the field. I think in scenarios where all else is equal, they’ll give the vet the nod – thus my surprise with Yosha over Sodeke. But I now believe that they saw something in Yosha – which is not a surprise to me, after the fact. Stiffs don’t get on the field at Miami.
I have a theory though – would like others’ thoughts. I’m betting that it’s easier to get talent on offense at our level. Appears to me that it’s common in FCS football – offense dominating defense. I’m thinking that the best athletes at 2nd-tier high schools play offense – RBs, QBs, etc. Some number of those aren’t good enough to make FBS programs – and we get them. Much harder, I’m betting, to get play-makers on defense. Thoughts?October 15, 2014 at 3:18 am #16045
We had similarly bad defenses during the Hank Small era. Kevin Higgins was the DC. Hank was obviously a very offensive minded guy. Kevin gets promoted to HC and lamented the fact that the offense got all the best athletes under Hank.
Andy is also an offensive minded guy. The offense continues to thrive even with the change in OC. Most of our scholarship recruits played on both sides of the ball in HS. Is it possible that our better athletes are on offense. Do we need both Kauffman and Crawford as FBs? Couldn’t we utilize one of our backup TEs in that role? Couldn’t we move one of our BIG OL to the defense to serve as a run blocker? I’m sure many have experience on that side of the line.October 15, 2014 at 3:22 am #16046
Astute todd and very true. Always has been for everyone. S olid D players for FCs are there. Gamechangers even rarer than those we get on O. Scouting HS players it is easy to pick out best athletes. Most play both O and D. The elite players not our concern . The elite players that do end up in lower levels are late bloomers,coming off injury,play at lowest HS levels. We regularly recruit QBs,IIR we have 10 on the roster now. Most playing at WR,DB,TE etc. What we recruit are smart kids first that want an education and to play D1 . The very good tweeners. Andy an O guy,most of his classe except the last slotted more for O than D. Pete did the same most years.
On D now solid players Robb,Campbell,Kondas,Rigaud. Caslow,Newton and and Ripanti are superior players. All could be elite if all were 25 lbs heavier.Gamechanger ,one Leaks. Sure changed last week’s game :). But,he has the ability and fight to be that guy. Has to learn when to take his shots. Potential ones Jones, Stubbs,McCain,Coffman and Cavenas. Common thread all from small schools. Cannot emphasize enuf the gap between HS and even the PL. The gulf is enormous. A few like Pelletier make it quicker. Dont forget he is older,coming in as a PG.
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