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reeder

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  1. I’m optimistic. We have a very good offense - some mistakes but Undercuffler can make all the throws and that should keep us in games. That said, Bryant and Lafayette are both really bad so it’s hard to tell we really are. Also, we’ll see if the defense can stop a few drives in the upcoming games In my opinion, we also have the easiest schedule in the conference. We don’t play JMU, Elon or Villanova- I’d argue that they’re three of the top 5 teams in the conference.
  2. I’m probably too optimistic but even with our deficiencies, we can still be competitive in some of the CAA games. Not saying that we’ll win many but we should be competitive against William and Mary (although their freshman QB is really good), Richmond, Stony Brook and New Hampshire. IMO, Rhode Island and Delaware are better than we are and Maine and Towson are much better than we are. We can win some of those games.
  3. He should use the tight end more but I’d argue that our issue isn’t offense - it should be better and Undercuffler has to hold onto the ball but I think the issue is that we’re unable to defend. This is a Coach Dudzinski issue.
  4. IMO, we’re going to see a lot more games like this. Hopefully with a different result but I think we’re going to need shootouts with Undercuffler throwing it a lot because we have significant defensive issues. We’ll need to score on almost every positions especially against the best offensive teams like Towson and Maine. Bryant just wasn’t good so that game was like the Columbia game a few years ago where we handled a bad team and the result hid our weaknesses. Not sure how we fix the defense but the issues aren’t new - one of my memories from the last few years was how often Kareem Brown seemed to get beat deep and yesterday it seemed like it was Tyler Carswell getting beat deep.
  5. Anything stand out on the depth chart? From my perspective, interesting that Hunter Verdi isn’t on the 2 deep. I thought he’d be a big contributor this year. Kobe Thomas listed as a probable starter - he was highly rated coming out of HS. Also, Lang is showing as a backup - pretty sure he started some games last year. Not a lot of surprises overall - still think we need changes on the offensive line.
  6. I might be reading too much into this but there was a three way QB competition in the spring - Undercuffler, Shane McLaughlin and Nyc Burns. Now McLaughlin is gone and Burns is a WR. Now the three way competition is Undercuffler, Zenelovic and Griffin Dahn. McLaughlin left the program (or never showed up) and Burns became a WR before camp even started. Does this say something about the emergence of Zenelovic (maybe he’s pretty good) or maybe it says something about Undercuffler (coaches creating competition)?
  7. That’s great news. - I didn’t see that. Hope he’s doing well.
  8. https://missing.dc.gov/biography/jerod-travon-diggs The Metropolitan Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating 23-year-old Jerod Diggs, who was last seen in the 3900 block of 2nd Street, SW, on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. The incident was reported on May 1, 2019. Jerod Diggs is described as a black male with a dark complexion, 6’1” tall, 175 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue/black plaid shirt, dark pants, dark brown boots and black sunglasses. He may be in need of medication.
  9. Hate to see anyone leave the program but Brunson’s been at Albany for a long time. He graduated HS 6 months early and started at Albany that January and then he redshirted freshman year. Assuming he stays thru Spring term, that would be 4 1/2 years so I can see him not coming back for his RS senior year especially if he knows he won’t start. That said, it’ll be interesting to see which other players leave the program after this season.
  10. It’s good to see all the recruiting updates but there are so many variables with recruits - we’ve actually signed some players with really good potential but many didn’t stay with the program. I’ve tried to look back at recent recruits that were highly touted but didn’t show up or left the program. Madaras brothers - never played a game Ryan Solt - never played a game Greg Reaves - don’t think he ever showed up. Ended up at USF and lead them in tackles last year Chris Johnson - transferred after getting minimal playing time. D 2 all american last year at University of North Alabama Skylor Clinton - transfer from Wyoming, never played a game before leaving the program Tre Hopkins- played one or two years and left program Zac Barnard - never played a game. I think he was a UConn recruit Josh Gontarek -left program and is now playing D 2 Shane Schuback - don’t think he ever showed up This doesn’t include players like Zee Roberson, Julian Cox, Elliott Croskey, Russell Neverdon, Dione Alston, Rocco Marucci, Justin Walker who might have had lower recruiting profiles but all started or were significant contributors before just leaving the program. You also have to ask what happening with Ibn Foster. He was an all state player (along with Rashan Gary) in N.J. with FBS offers. Also, where’s Hunter Verdi - another highly rated recruit that I don’t think has played this year. Just this year, in an interview, Coach was asked if there were freshmen that he expected to contribute this year - he named Robert Lochmann and Benson Israel, I’m not sure if either one of them has even played this year. Wondering if they’ll be around next year. Not sure if this is typical of FCS football. Anyway, we’ll see how many of the the new offers commit and stay with the program.
  11. I’m not saying that the team is as good as all the other CAA teams, just comparing to previous teams, if you accept that the CAA is a higher level of competition, I think we’re better at RB, DL, WR, LB and in the secondary than any previous CAA team that we’ve had. Testaverde is comparable to Fiacchi in his senior year (he probably does have more interceptions). The one area that we’re probably not better is the OL - the 2016 o line was better (in the run game anyway). I remember Coach Gattuso complaining that we didn’t have the CAA players to play man to man in the secondary a few years ago - we still don’t but there’s enough talent to go 6 deep at safety, move a starting corner to safety and have a suitable player replace him. I’d argue that we couldn’t do that in previous years. IMO, the only secondary player from our previous CAA teams that would get significant playing time would be TJ Idowu. Holmes, Reeves and McDonald are the best WR group that we’ve had - and now the other player is playing great (number 4). I’d argue that these players are better than Gontarek, Brad Harris and Cole King a few years ago. yes, Zee Roberson had some good games but he had a lot of drops (as did Cole King as a senior). Linebackers aren’t great but there’s more depth that we’ve had previously. Metheny, Damico, Watson ar turning into a decent group. There were some good linebackers previously but we never had depth. You had Nicastro and a couple other good linebackers but not a really good group. We also had Julian Cox win Rookie of the year and nothing since before leaving the program, the Maryland transfer for a year, the JC transfer last year (gone now). You could argue that Drew Smith, Omar Osbourne, Gary Jones (you can go even back to my days with Chuck Priore and Dave Soldini). They were all great players but that wasn’t in the CAA so I wouldn’t include them. We need to recruit better but IMO, the talent on this team is better than their record. They’re not a playoff team but they shouldn’t be at the bottom of this league either. Injuries, coaching issues...
  12. This quote was from the CAA weekly call. I think he’s right - this is the most talented team that the program has had. Just makes you scratch your head that with the talent and the easy schedule, why aren’t they winning some of these games. There was also a question about losing close games and Coach Gattuso answered that it was hard on everyone including fans who start questioning what they’re doing.
  13. I’m terms of recruiting, you look at the defensive line and wonder who the tackles will be next year. White and Dillon both graduate, Mazon Walker is a bit undersized to get the majority of snaps, Ibn Foster has been injured or just not getting reps... not sure who else there is. Also, Dolce graduates but maybe Halasy can step in but who knows...
  14. In defense of Fiacchi, each coach is assigned a territory for recruiting. The recruiting coordinator is usually responsible for tracking available scholarships, coordinating visits, expense reports, admissions requirements, working with compliance...
  15. If they're low on safeties, i believe Eli Mencer was a strong safety in HS. Aren't strong safeties similar to linebackers ? They usually play on the line of scrimmage over the TE. Mencer might not be the best choice if you had everyone healthy but i believe he was pretty good at the position in HS.
  16. Not sure how many remember this but when McElroy was the AD (before we moved to the CAA), he thought WIlliam and Mary was a role model for athletics for us. I don't know much about them but his they were much better in football and had a good athletic program overall as well as good academics. Anyway, hopeful that some of the injured players can return and that the defensive begins to show some improvement.
  17. Last year, I remember Coach Clark saying that he didn't do anything complicated on defense, he had athletes and he wanted them to be athletic and make plays. I also read an article a week or two ago with Coach Dudzinski saying they wanted to simplify the defense, that he knew there were things that they could do but they weren't there yet. Purely speculation but it sounds like the defense became more complex. No way to know if that's the issue but there is a stark contrast in the comments from the coaches.
  18. Thanks - didn't know that. Hopefully he can recover in the bye week. I wonder what happened to Ibn Foster - 300 pounds DL, he had FCS offers, was an All State player at St. Joseph in NJ.
  19. Who's injured on the DL? They've obviously struggled but didn't know that there were injuries
  20. I absolutely agree that 6 or 7 wins is possible - we have a remarkably light schedule. I think the defense does need to improve - we’ve struggled at CB for years, not sure we have the athletes to cover athletic receivers. We also need improvement on the DL - not sure why they seem to be struggling. Good news in Josh Wynn is back soon so that’ll help.
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