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reeder

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  1. 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.
  2. 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...
  3. 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.
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Who's injured on the DL? They've obviously struggled but didn't know that there were injuries
  11. 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.
  12. IMO, it’s not marketing or forcing student to attend- it’s the northeast. I can’t think of any college football team in the northeast that has good attendance - BC, UMass, Temple, Maryland, Buffalo, Syracuse. Rutgers is improving but still not good compared to the rest of the country. Penn State is good but they’re a bit west... even if you just look at the CAA, none of the northern schools have good attendance. I can t think of any reason to think that Albany would be an exception. Yes, attendance can improve but it’s not reasonable to expect attendance to fund the football program,.
  13. I don’t disagree with the attendance but this shouldn’t be news to any administrator doing an analysis. IMO, there was never a valid reason to assume a significant increase in attendance. The reality is the stadium is a sunk cost and a shift back to the NEC would probably reduce scholarship costs but that would be offset by an increase in other financial aid. Not sure if there’s much of a benefit there.
  14. Chris Johnson - started a few games a couple of years ago was an All American at UNA (D2 -now D1)last year. https://roarlions.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=1331 Julian Cox - California do PA. https://calvulcans.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=4830&path=
  15. Davis was the OC at UNI when they lost to NDSU in the quarterfinals a few years ago. IMO, he knows what he’s doing. That said, there are issues on the offensive line - same issues as last year. Just saw that Dane96 posted this already.
  16. When they played 2 years ago, I think St. Francis outplayed us for most of the game. They had a really good running back that got hurt and left the game around halftime. I think we were down most of the game and made a fourth quarter comeback to get the win. So we don’t want to underestimate them.
  17. Well, it was an ugly game but I’ll take the win. There were some change so the coaches are trying to mix things up a bit. New starters - Dean Grogg - for Nick Griffin. Anthony Lang also seemed to play a lot. Danny Damico (I think he started, he got most of the reps) for Neven Sussman Isaiah Watson - for an injured Eli Mencer Jack Dudzinski - for Micah Royster I wonder what’s up with Hunter Verdi and Benson Israel? The offensive line continues to struggle and I don’t think either has played this season. Also, I thought Kobe Thomas was a highly touted recruit but I don’t think he’s played yet either. I get that he’s a freshman but you get 4 games and still preserve your redshirt. Also, with the issues at safety, I wonder why hasn’t Joe Casale received any playing time. I also thought he was a top recruit so why isn’t he getting reps - he can play those 4 games and preserve his redshirt.
  18. Don’t know the context of the quote about not having a center but that’s the scout team offense against the first defense. Maybe he meant he didn’t have any natural scout team centers?
  19. CAA weekly call https://static.caasports.com/custompages/2018 CAAFB Press Box/Teleconference/09_10/TC_Gattuso_09_10.mp3
  20. i'm not sure i believe this. There's not much revenue with football. Yes there are ticket sales and donations but i doubt that comes close to servicing the debt for the stadium. The guarantee games probably cover some of the remaining operating expenses but 63 scholarships is expensive. I'd guess that basketball provides more revenue with their guarantee games, NCAA tournament shares...
  21. I don’t know what rankings you’re looking at but: Pitt scored touchdowns on their first 5 possessions including every possession in the first half. Rhode Island scored on their first 7 possessions - 6 touchdowns and 1 field goal including every possession in the first half.
  22. IMO, this is a coaching issue. I don’t usually like to criticize anyone but I saw this tweet and wanted to comment that this play is a breakdown everywhere. I’m no football expert but I look at this and wonder how so many things can go wrong - it’s not like one player did something wrong, several did. This isn’t complicated stuff. It’s stuff that teams practice at every level. 1. Eli Mercer should be trying to force the running back inside or at least slow his momentum. To do that, coaches used to teach linebackers to aggressively attack the blockers outside shoulder - not sure if that’s how it works now but you have to give your teammates a chance to help you out. 2. Kareem Brown can’t let the running back get to the sideline. I don’t care that he gets knocked down but he wants to force the running back inside. If you’re going to get knocked down, at least force the running back inside. He doesn’t have to make the tackle, just don’t let the running back get outside. If either one of those things happen, it’s gives Levi Metheny a chance to make a tackle or gives other players a chance to get closer to the play 3. What’s Tyler Carswell doing? That’s just horrible pursuit. He runs past the ball carrier and then chases him down the field. Again. I’m no expert but anyone that’s ever played any level of football can look at this and see that this is just bad. Teams should be spending periods at practice just working in pursuit and attacking the outside shoulder. Just not sure how this all happens on one play.
  23. He’s also the special teams coordinator and they’ve been really bad.
  24. Dane96 - Hunter Verdi isn’t with the team at all or wasn’t with the team in Pittsburgh? He was a good re rust - hope he’s still with the team.
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