2012 Coach's Corner #1 - A Letter From The Desk of Coach Priore
Aug. 30, 2012
Stony Brook, N.Y. -
Welcome to the 2012 Stony Brook football season. We always appreciate all the support and care we get from our alumni base and local community. It's a real exciting time for the University and this football team.
A quick recap on our preseason. It went how we wanted it to go. No major injuries that will cause us to take a step back this year. We broke it up into a few learning stages, and I think we got through those. Preseason is an interesting time for college football. It's a time for coaches to manage their kids' ability to not only stay healthy but learn. I think we got through that and we're in a good situation as we speak. We've been in game week since Thursday, August 23. We did that to give our guys a chance to get their legs under them as the new school year is upon us.
Central Connecticut is a school we're very familiar with. We've played them 10 times overall and twice since I've been here, losing there in 2006 and winning here in 2007. They're a quality football program, which has competed for conference supremacy for the past couple of seasons.
They're an option offense. They try to win the numbers game by getting the ball out on the perimeter in space. Traditionally, they have not been a passing team, but they're a big-play throwing team. When they do throw the ball, it's normally up the field. They have experience in the backfield, on the line and at wide receiver. They'll be starting a new quarterback on Saturday. To evaluate their offense based on last year is difficult to do, but I think we'll be facing a quality offense either way.
Defensively, they're aggressive. They're going to make a lot of man-to-man coverage. The biggest thing is their kids' ability to be athletic.
Central Connecticut is a very formidable opponent for a season opener, and we're looking forward to getting off to a great start this year. We're excited about opening up at home. It's the first time since 2008. I think that makes a huge difference.
One thing we learned last year was that if we stay the course as a coaching staff, positive results will happen. We're going to play great run defense and eliminate the big plays that happen by broken coverages and missed assignments. We're going to run the football and utilize our play-action schemes. We've got some new guys on special teams that we're excited about. I anticipate a great game.
I'd like to remind fans that season ticket packages start at only $66 and individual tickets are $10 dollars in advance. Can't wait to see everyone at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium on Saturday.
Get your Red on, it's what we do!