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On 12/9/2019 at 10:38 AM, dslyank said:

My concern and worry is the 11 (5O-6D) graduating. The fact that it is basically ½ the starting line-up, is only part of the concern. My concern is the lack of experience back-ups played this year. While I am NOT as in tune with UA football as many of you, personally it seemed to me UA relied very heavy on the 22 kids who started. Its EASY to "SAY" we have a great stable of kids coming in, redshirts ready to step up, more successful recruiting of late, and we're expecting even more of an uptick from this successful year. But we all know the proof is on the FIELD. I may be totally wrong, but like I said, I did not notice much depth this year.  One indicator (but not the only one) of my depth concerns, is SPECIAL teams which has been bad to awful all year. Mont. State really demonstrated that quality teams use their special teams to not only make a difference in games, but to groom players for the future. 

Not trying to be negative after such a fine year; just NOT as encourage/optimistic as some of you. HOPE my concerns are wrong/misplaced!

A lot of younger kids actually played quite a bit, and a few on the OL and DL, several did get game experience.  Some played early and then were red-shirted, others throughout the year.  We are posting all of the signers and potential transfers on other threads.  They are heavily recruiting a few more JUCO kids so we'll see [Also Coach Gautsso said the class could be 20 by the time all were signed].  The special teams were mostly O and D starters all year by the way with some of the key freshman playing a lot there.  Not sure what the issues were BUT don't think it was the kids.......;it usually is not.   Coach Gatusso talked about using starters on special teams in comment during the year.

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On 12/9/2019 at 6:15 PM, reeder said:

I know that Coach Gattuso talked about Micah Royster moving back to center.  He started at Center as a redshirt freshman before Nico Cuban transferred in.  I agree Kobe Thomas had a bad game but I think he had a really good year overall and he’s only a freshman so I think he’ll be fine going forward.  On defense, I just think we need to get bigger.

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Wow.  Damn.  Well, if he stays the course, keeps his head in check, holy crap does Albany have a stable of receivers and kick return specialists. 
 

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14 minutes ago, Eli said:

Well...that's interesting. Hope all works out!

As more and more time passes, and a lot has changed with the program since his initial departure...if I'm being honest...it does appear that Holmes and not GG was the initial problem in that relationship (at lease one more responsible then the other) regardless of the chirping that went on and accounts shared at that time of what went on. I was pretty vocal when this happened and losing was pervasive, but it does bring into question some of the narrative shared. Why would you go back under any circumstances if they were true or even fight for a release?

If he folds himself into the team, plays within the offensive scheme regardless of number of touches... let's let be honest, he can be a strong contributor even if he's a deep threat with his speed. 

Listen, I've given GG lots of $iena over the years (he deserved it) but good for him being the grown man, lesson have been learned I'm sure by not only Devin but I'm sure other kids see it play out. Put it behind everyone whatever happened and let's win some more!

He will help Cuff as a weapon. I for one can't wait to see him work with Cuff and the stables of receivers we have. 

 

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Hmmm. Usually receivers don't get this way until they reach the NFL....but looks like the kid grew up some and nice to see DH and GG get back in each other's graces. Agree that he's a big time weapon when used properly.

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Nothing else to say but: Oedekoven, Holmes, Rima, Potts, and 5 or 6 young guys who were RS and a couple of new freshmen coming in.  WOW!!!   Plus  6' 6" Renninger, 6' 6" Greaney, 6' 3" Wesneski all back at TE (and both of the tall freshman played quite a bit this year).   Pretty sure a few guys who were not on scholarship, but taking up valuable positions were told other scholarship kids were taking their places.    

 

 

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1 hour ago, jimbo said:

Hmmm. Usually receivers don't get this way until they reach the NFL....but looks like the kid grew up some and nice to see DH and GG get back in each other's graces. Agree that he's a big time weapon when used properly.

Maybe he saw what he missed - or, and I hope not - we were better without him being disruptive!!!!

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16 minutes ago, HOF2013 said:

Nothing else to say but: Odekoven, Holmes, Rima, Potts, and 5 or 6 young guys who were RS and a couple of new freshmen coming in.  WOW!!!   Plus  6' 6" Renninger, 6' 6" Greaney, 6' 3" Wesneski all back at TE.   

 

LOL...scary! I don't want to jinx it but we went from a ton of questions at the WR position and if Cuff would have weapons to this. 

 

 

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1 minute ago, HOF2013 said:

Maybe he saw what he missed - or, and I hope not - we were better without him being disruptive!!!!

Or maybe the options weren't what he thought they were...

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6 minutes ago, Clickclack said:

LOL...scary! I don't want to jinx it but we went from a ton of questions at the WR position and if Cuff would have weapons to this. 

 

 

Agree, don't want to jinx but winning REALLY helps doesn't it....?

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8 hours ago, jimbo said:

Hmmm. Usually receivers don't get this way until they reach the NFL....but looks like the kid grew up some and nice to see DH and GG get back in each other's graces. Agree that he's a big time weapon when used properly.

No Scholarship this spring - as per article - he can re-earn it with work ethic, attitude and leadership.  Actually he gets no scholarship for 2020 at all.  Let's see if he is serious.

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