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  1. Don't let anyone over at AGS know you think Albany is a second class citizen in the FCS world..... they'll think those competitive games against Montana, Delaware, GSU, Maine, Hofstra, Colgate, Lehigh, etc. were all just a fluke and they won't let you live it down. As far as Cincy is concerned, I don't like the chances of anyone on their remaining schedule this year - West Virginia, Illinois or Pittsburgh. But I will tell you this..... I will always root for an FCS team over an FBS program no matter who is in the mix!
  2. What? In other words, you REALLY enjoyed shower time after the games with your teammates? In all seriousness, this 43hike dude has an agenda. He's got to be a relative or current starter or something. Ruler's got the good advice, ignore him. Anyone that thinks some playing time in the last game of the season for next year's possible qb is a bad idea, then he's got it all wrong. Not a relative, not a player, not a former player, not a dude, and no agenda.... while I don't post much, I've been a member of this board since 2004. I'm just a big fan of UAlbany and FCS football, like all of us here. And this thread is certainly not about whether it is a good idea or not to give next year's QB some playing time. Look.... I'm as disappointed as anyone that we are where we are with one game left. But there is nothing that can be done to change that. My point is simply this. If given a choice, one or the other, of winning against Wagner or playing everybody that I think will have an instrumental role in next year's team, I choose to beat Wagner. Obviously we all hope to achieve both goals on November 21st. I think I've clearly stated my reasons for this and I think they are sound reasons, so I won't repeat myself. I'm sorry if I've offended some of you ; I certainly did not intend to do so. I just don't agree that this years Albany team should in any way compromise its chances of winning its last game in order to somehow better prepare or benefit next years returning players. There is plenty of time during the off season, spring ball, fall camp and OOC games prior to the 2010 NEC schedule for that.
  3. What have you heard about next year, other than Yale on 10/2? Forget it, I'm wrong. I was mixing up the 2011 Colgate game with 2010. We may actually have a return trip to Maine next year. Someone at homecoming mentioned a Columbia series starting next year as well. I wouldn't be surprised about Columbia as Greg Sigler (former TE) and Matt Hamm (former student assistant coach) are coaches at Columbia. So my speculation is now at Maine, at Yale, home versus Columbia. Unless the 2011 game with Colgate got moved to next year because we've bumped them for Cincy in 2011. Danefan.... I'm glad you brought up the OOC schedule for 2010. If we assume that Albany opens up with 3 OOC games before NEC play, don't you think that should be adequate playing time for the new QB and others? The team should then be ready to contend for a conference title and the first automatic bid to the FCS playoffs for the NEC. If not, I can't imagine playing half a game against Wagner this year would make any difference. In other words, with one game left on the schedule, the time to prepare for next year is............. NEXT YEAR! But that only works if you play an easy OOC schedule. We've never had that luxury. Maybe we will next year. If we do have an easy schedule next year (e.g. Patriot and Ivy's) then that is a factor I hadn't previously considered. If we open at Maine, I don't think that is the most appropriate place to throw a new QB to the fire (see 2003 Northeastern.... ) Nonsense..... Albany has proven they can compete with anyone in the FCS. Please do not bring that argument to this discussion. You know better than that. And to suggest that a 2010 Albany team would suffer the same humiliating defeat to any CAA team, as the 2003 team did against Northeastern, is just absurd. The program is light years ahead of where it was 6 years ago. But again, you know that better than most.
  4. What have you heard about next year, other than Yale on 10/2? Forget it, I'm wrong. I was mixing up the 2011 Colgate game with 2010. We may actually have a return trip to Maine next year. Someone at homecoming mentioned a Columbia series starting next year as well. I wouldn't be surprised about Columbia as Greg Sigler (former TE) and Matt Hamm (former student assistant coach) are coaches at Columbia. So my speculation is now at Maine, at Yale, home versus Columbia. Unless the 2011 game with Colgate got moved to next year because we've bumped them for Cincy in 2011. Danefan.... I'm glad you brought up the OOC schedule for 2010. If we assume that Albany opens up with 3 OOC games before NEC play, don't you think that should be adequate playing time for the new QB and others? The team should then be ready to contend for a conference title and the first automatic bid to the FCS playoffs for the NEC. If not, I can't imagine playing half a game against Wagner this year would make any difference. In other words, with one game left on the schedule, the time to prepare for next year is............. NEXT YEAR!
  5. I have no problem saying that we'll be rebuilding. Losing what we do at core positions is getting very very close to rebuilding. Replacing 8 muti-year starters on defense is rebuilding to me. Replacing a QB with someone who has ZERO game time is rebuilding the QB position to me as well. I think you make a valid point and I think it presents the line which perhaps myself, Dane96 and Ruler are on the other side of. Those guys can correct me if I'm wrong, but I think we all see getting playing time for the young guys as a potential way to avoid the pain associated with rebuilding. Are you saying that by playing the young guys one half or more of one game against Wagner is going to turn the description of next years team from one of rebuilding to one of reloading? I don't think so........
  6. This sure doesn't sound like the same Dane96 that started this thread.... here are quotes from your earlier posts: **** I respect what the seniors have done, but it is time to move forward with the program and play our future in the final game. They need the experience NOW! **** They need to play whomever isn't red-shirting and give them minutes. It is time.... and that's that. **** It is time for the younger kids to get their PT and set a tone for Spring practice **** A. Smith or D. DiLella should be getting a half **** Next year is so important to the program. All the focus should be on that from now on. So, tell me. What is paramount? Closing out Wagner or getting some kids game time, to better prepare them for next year, the first autobid year into the playoffs? And for the sake of argument, you can't have both, i.e. the outcome of the Wagner game remains in question from beginning to end. I really am curious as to your answer. If you are going to quote someone, someone dont part and parcel it without context. WHEN did I advocate...other than stating they should get time for a half...did I say benching anyone in toto? At worse, I was off for a quarter. So dont put words in my mouth. And yes, this is the same Dane96 that posted the original statement because the sentiment and message have not changed; you are merely parsing words. Frankly speaking, if we cant beat Wagner in the first half and the first part of the 3rd qtr...we have MAJOR ISSUES and at that point, it doesnt matter who is in. What are you talking about? I did no more or less than quote what you wrote in earlier posts. I meant to put no words in your mouth... but if I did, show me. You, Ruler and others seem to think that giving these "youngsters" one half or more of one game playing experience is somehow going to propel next years team to heights that they would not otherwise achieve. There are no guarantees. I just don't understand it. Teams in the FCS that are playoff teams reload year after year and many of them do it without skipping a beat. To compromise a win after the kind of run that Albany has had, just makes no sense to me. You guys are willing to exchange a tangible victory, a 6 and 2 conference record, a possible NEC co-title, for what? The promise that these kids will be markedly better for having game experience against Wagner? Please.... good programs, like Albany, find another way to get it done. They work hard in the off season, the winter, spring ball and fall camp. Unless your rebuilding and not reloading, you put the players on the field that deserve to be on the field, based on their ability and attitude, not based on whether they are a senior or underclassmen or what you hope to accomplish next year.
  7. I gather your answer is that giving playing time to younger players, who you think will have an instrumental role in next year's team, is "paramount" to winning this years last game against Wagner. Is that your position? For the sake of this discussion, you can't have it both ways..... and by the way, I think a 6-2 conference record with a possible NEC co-title versus a 5-3 record and ending the season with three consecutive conference losses is a big difference.
  8. This sure doesn't sound like the same Dane96 that started this thread.... here are quotes from your earlier posts: **** I respect what the seniors have done, but it is time to move forward with the program and play our future in the final game. They need the experience NOW! **** They need to play whomever isn't red-shirting and give them minutes. It is time.... and that's that. **** It is time for the younger kids to get their PT and set a tone for Spring practice **** A. Smith or D. DiLella should be getting a half **** Next year is so important to the program. All the focus should be on that from now on. So, tell me. What is paramount? Closing out Wagner or getting some kids game time, to better prepare them for next year, the first autobid year into the playoffs? And for the sake of argument, you can't have both, i.e. the outcome of the Wagner game remains in question from beginning to end. I really am curious as to your answer.
  9. For people who have posted so intelligently for so long, I cannot believe what I'm reading. But let me just make sure I have this straight....... Wagner beats RMU and CCSU beats Monmouth this week while we are on our Bye. Now comes the last week of the season and CCSU needs to beat SFPA and us to defeat Wagner to claim the NEC title outright. We start our regulars that have played all year including our seniors and go up 7 to 0 at the end of the first quarter. At the end of the first quarter, we pull out our seniors or at least many of them including Vinny and our running backs McCarty and Gannon and go to the younger guys that we are trying to get ready for next year. Things don't go well and the younger players while making some plays, also make too many mistakes and Wagner takes a 14 to 7 half time lead. Coach Ford addresses the team and assures everyone that while it is going to be tough to come back on Wagner in the second half, it is to the "benefit of the program" that we stay the course and give the inexperienced players the much needed playing time. The second half goes terribly bad for the Danes.... the defense actually stepped up but the offense turns the ball over 3 times that lead to Wagner scores on short drives. The final score Wagner 34 Albany 17. To make matters worse, SFPA upsets CCSU and Albany loses out on its chance to share in the NEC title. The TEAM and the seniors are heartbroken but all is O.K. because everyone understands that any success that comes along next year was only made possible by today's sacrifice. The coaching staff, by the way, spends much of the off season defending themselves to other coaches around the league, and ultimately they ask themselves this..... how would we feel if another team in the NEC did this to us? The answer to your question is simple in my eyes: at this point I believe that our offense is the same with or without Esposito at QB. We are talking about replacing a guy that has a 62.5 passer rating with 13 INTs to only 11 TDs. I thought the point of this whole discussion was to bench senior starters in exchange for giving younger players playing time, to prepare them for next year. That I don't agree with. If you think a change needs to be made at the QB position to improve the teams chances of winning against Wagner, that's a completely different argument.
  10. For people who have posted so intelligently for so long, I cannot believe what I'm reading. But let me just make sure I have this straight....... Wagner beats RMU and CCSU beats Monmouth this week while we are on our Bye. Now comes the last week of the season and CCSU needs to beat SFPA and us to defeat Wagner to claim the NEC title outright. We start our regulars that have played all year including our seniors and go up 7 to 0 at the end of the first quarter. At the end of the first quarter, we pull out our seniors or at least many of them including Vinny and our running backs McCarty and Gannon and go to the younger guys that we are trying to get ready for next year. Things don't go well and the younger players while making some plays, also make too many mistakes and Wagner takes a 14 to 7 half time lead. Coach Ford addresses the team and assures everyone that while it is going to be tough to come back on Wagner in the second half, it is to the "benefit of the program" that we stay the course and give the inexperienced players the much needed playing time. The second half goes terribly bad for the Danes.... the defense actually stepped up but the offense turns the ball over 3 times that lead to Wagner scores on short drives. The final score Wagner 34 Albany 17. To make matters worse, SFPA upsets CCSU and Albany loses out on its chance to share in the NEC title. The TEAM and the seniors are heartbroken but all is O.K. because everyone understands that any success that comes along next year was only made possible by today's sacrifice. The coaching staff, by the way, spends much of the off season defending themselves to other coaches around the league, and ultimately they ask themselves this..... how would we feel if another team in the NEC did this to us?
  11. Were all these against St. Francis? If so what does this do to the argument that you get more injuries 'playing up'? It seems like we got more last week than in the whole OOC schedule, except for Disch (sprained before Montana?) and Fralicker (bruised back on Montan kickoff return) Disch was injured in the Hofstra game, Fralicker in Montana, Sheehan against Stony Brook, Kinsey, Simpson, Richards and Gannon all in the St. Francis game, though hopefully the last three are not serious injuries. Kinsey suffered a shoulder separation, not a broken collar bone, and figures to be out 2 weeks, more or less.
  12. Were all these against St. Francis? If so what does this do to the argument that you get more injuries 'playing up'? It seems like we got more last week than in the whole OOC schedule, except for Disch (sprained before Montana?) and Fralicker (bruised back on Montan kickoff return) Disch was injured in the Hofstra game, Fralicker in Montana, Sheehan against Stony Brook, Kinsey, Simpson, Richards and Gannon all in the St. Francis game, though hopefully the last three are not serious injuries.
  13. I thought the same thing about a torn MCL. But unlike the ACL, Mark is being told that it is not necessarily a season ending injury. It was injured in the Stony Brook game. He will be fitted with a special brace and hopes to play. It is not certain that he will be able to play, but it is also not certain that he won't. Let's hope he is able to go... he is an excellent D lineman and while Anderson is more than capable, everyone knows the importance of having your D line rotation intact, i.e., Dungey, Volpe, Pandorf, Sheehan and Anderson. Kelly and Sparano will also be in the mix. I don't know the status of Kinsey, but the word after the game was that it was likely a broken collar bone. He too has had an excellent season and will be missed. Let's hope that the XRays come back negative and he resumes playing this season.
  14. You said it all...and I love McCarty as well. Glad to know we have him for two more. One correction before your buddy kills ya'- GREEN BERET's ARE ARMY MEN-- They are our Special Forces (think Delta Force, which is the elite unit of the Green Beret's). There is a HUGE rivalry between Delta Force and the Rangers. Delta Force was not even known about until the 80's...and was our secret Guerilla warfare unit. They go to places...and particpate in things...we never ever hear about for the most part. Yup, I have a very close family member who is a Delta Force commander.........or is he............we don't really know for sure, because he can't tell us. But he's definitly Army special forces and he definitly goes on week-long trips to unknown destinations in unmarked uniforms. Well actually to be correct, he's only in whatever unit he's in for another 2 weeks and then he's "retiring" to a teaching position at West Point. The Army life.....I'm glad there are people in this country that want to do it. I want to meet this person-- He's gotta be bad ass!!! My buddy was oh so close...but blew his shoulder out during the last portion (the all-out final war battle before you get your Green Beret tag). BTW, as far as future...this is the kid I am starting love: http://www.ualbanysports.com/ViewArticle.d...p;Q_SEASON=2007 At 6'2 265....and only a R-FR, you gotta think he may put on another 20 lbs. He was the second leading tackler this weekend. Kid can move...and play...and may be an NFL candidate by the time he is finished! As the coach from St. Francis said in his post game remarks, Albany was a much better team and dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. I must say, however, for the first time in recent history, I'm more concerned about the play of the defense than the offense. We continue to get impressive play from the QB position. Esposito was 11 of 15 and at least 3 of the 4 incomplete passes were on target and dropped by our receivers. McCarty is and has been our best running back and with the efficient passing game, we now have a solid balanced attack. The defense on the other hand, while shutting down the running game of St. Francis, gave up 21 points and 318 total yards, 283 in the air, all at or near season highs for the Red Flash. We were also hit by the injury bug on Saturday, with #28 Kinsey (possible broken collar bone), #51 Simpson (neck), #26 Gannon (heel), and #75 Richards (ankle or knee) banged up. In addition, Sheehan remains out (torn MCL - he hopes to be back this week or next)) and Disch is not 100%. I do think we have the depth to overcome these injuries against Wagner. I expect that we should be able to contain their running game and, as already pointed out, if we don't turn the ball over, put up enough points to prevail and move to 3 and 0 in conference play.
  15. I believe the 2008 OOC schedule includes UNH, UMass and Delaware.... with Duquesne joining the NEC next year, that leaves one open date. URI or Fordham at Albany, would make sense and give us at least one home OOC game and one OOC game that we would have at least a 50/50 chance of winning.
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