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reeder

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  1. I didn’t mention special teams. We struggled there all year. Not just place kicking but kickoff coverage as well. If we can’t kick it into the end zone, we need to be able to tackle better. Not sure if that’s a player issue or a scheme issue.
  2. IMO, the Montana State game brought the focus to areas of need that we’ve had all year Big athletic cornerbacks - Coach Gattuso has talked about this for years. He recruited Dee Fields and Elijah Fields (both around 6’1”/ 6’2”) last year but i don’t think either one played any games - maybe they can step in. We could have used that size against teams like Rhode Island, Maine and Montana State - we give up too many 50/50 passes. More size at linebacker. Metheny is a good middle linebacker but I’d like to see him on the strong side and Damico on the other side with a bigger middle linebacker Bigger offensive linemen. We struggle against good defensive lines. One of the challenges we had against Montana State was that they were getting pressure with three or four linemen. It’s hard to make passes with 7 or 8 defenders dropping into coverage. Bigger receivers. I’d like to see one big receiver that’s physical. Defensive End. I’d guess that we’d go back to a traditional defensive line now that Eli Mencer is gone. Lachmann started a few games but I don’t think he played in the last few games. Rushawn Lawrence was really good in HS so maybe he can step in. Not sure that Isaiah Watson is the best fit so maybe he goes back to outside linebacker. The good news is I think we entered the year with needs in these areas but we had great skill players and made a run. Let’s see who we can get to step up.
  3. Bad game but still proud of what the team has done. We have a lot of work to do to compete on a national level but this was certainly a year of progress and the future does look bright.
  4. In my opinion, it’s a bit of both - Undercuffler has been great (Gattuso has always talked about the importance of a QB) but I don’t want to overlook Joe Davis either. Also, moving Mencer to DE was a great move.
  5. Was in NY for business so I stayed over and went to the game: They obviously had a great start to the game and I thought it was going to get ugly early... I don’t understand that second reverse pass- it wasn’t necessary. I question why Coach would call it but also why Reeves would throw it when the receiver was double covered. That really got the Stony Brook fans going and took away all our momentum. The missed field goal hurt. I forget the distance but it wasn’t much longer than an extra point. Just can’t miss those. Juwan Green has to get back to catching the ball consistently. The dropped touchdown wasn’t the best throw but it’s one he would have caught earlier this year, he missed two or three others as well - all catchable. He had a couple drops last week too - maybe cold weather? Undercuffler forced a few passes where the receiver had very little chance to make the catch. Stony Brook also started blitzing and that really changed his game - he didn’t seem to have time to make the reads. Mofor is such a patient running back - patient, waits for hole to open. Also such a physical running back. I think we need to get him more involved earlier in the game. Just seems like we pass a lot early and then Mofor gets a lot of carries late in the game. Also, my first time to Stony Brook’s stadium. It’s a great set up - nothing fancy but a nice connected lower bowl (you could walk around the entire bowl), second decks above the home side and above one of the end zones, concessions and bathrooms were good. Also, large Marching Band. Overall a very good experience.
  6. My guess would be UAlbany vs Holy Cross and Monmouth vs Central Connecticut. There was some movement with possible seeds today so I’m thinking Villanova ends up with one of the seeds.
  7. Agreed, I’m fed up with the polls and pretty much everyone on AGS. Let’s get the win this week and control our own destiny.
  8. The other challen That said, some of the usual one bid leagues might end up with multiple bids. In the NEC, if CCSU loses to Robert Morris or Duquesne, they might get an at large. Also, if Kennesaw wins the rest of their games, they’ll end up second in the Big South behind Monmouth and they’d get an auto bid.
  9. If we win out, we’ll be in second place in the conference. Don’t think the committee would leave out a second place CAA team.
  10. I agree about Alex James. I think he started the second half, had a couple of good runs then took himself out - he was limping. I think this was eerily similar to the Richmond game, Maine had very good cornerbacks and played press coverage, they were also able to get pressure with just their defensive line. Undercuffler had to throw a lot more long sideline passes - not sure how many he tried but it was a lot. I also think we struggled in pass coverage - just a bad combination overall.
  11. I watched the Villanova / Stony Brook game this morning and Stony Brook was very lucky to get the win. Villanova absolutely took defeat from the hands of victory. Bad clock management and bad defense to give Stony Broook a chance in the end.
  12. Too many scenarios for me to look at but I think 8 wins gets you to the playoffs (some teams might have a chance with 7 wins but I don’t think our schedule is strong enough to support that scenario). So we need to win 3 of the last 4. We don’t have any games against the league powers so we should be competitive in the remaining games.
  13. Does anyone know what the Under Armour relationship means besides uniforms? Benson mentioned financial contribution but I find it hard to believe that we’d get a financial contribution given our small stature.
  14. North Dakota State will host UAlbany at the Fargodome in Fargo, N.D., on September 4, 2021. The Bison will pay the Great Danes a $250,000 guarantee for the contest, according to the copy of the contract.
  15. I think the Rhode Island QB is from Atlanta and went to Georgia Prep. Not sure how they’d get those mixed up. Anyway, congratulations to Undercuffler. He’s playing really well and will give us a chance to win some games.
  16. I don’t know much about him except he coached at Northern Iowa and then at Fordham before coming to Albany. That said, he’s done a great job with the offense - yes, he has a better quarterback to work with but you can see that there’s a plan and he’s doing it well. They’re running the RPO really well and using a lot of check with me to change plays - keeps defenders from stacking the box so there are running lanes for Mofor and James. Utilizing the entire field with the passing game - sideline routes, seam routes... this is probably premature but I feel like our offense will keep us in some games and give us a chance to win one or two where we’re underdogs. I’d like to see more info on him (we’ve seen all the info on coaches who played in the NFL, we know a lot about Coach Sweeney...) but Coach Davis has won FCS playoff games.
  17. I didn’t see it touch him either. I am wondering why our defenders weren’t more aggressive in going after the ball - William and Mary can’t touch the ball until it goes 10 yards, but our defenders can. Maybe they thought it wouldn’t go 10 yards? Coach Gattuso said they were playing smart but i don’t understand.
  18. Note the paragraph that says the request usually comes from the school that the athlete is considering transferring to. Just speculation but maybe he’s going to Villanova - he committed there previously.
  19. I wish him the best - hope he lands on his feet. The irony is that we finally have a legitimate passing game and next year he would have probably been the main target again as the other three top receivers graduate. That said, I hope this isn’t too much of a distraction.
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