2011 Coach's Corner #2 - A Letter From The Desk Of Coach Priore
Sept. 8, 2011
Stony Brook, N.Y. - In reflection back to Saturday's overtime loss, I think it's important for our program to look at all the positives that came out of the opening game. We had a chance for a major upset, but didn't perform in the fourth quarter to win the football game. But I think if you look at this team and this program, it's important to highlight the positives and not harp too much on the negatives. I was proud of our ability to travel, adjust to the time change and take the crowd out of the game. The performance we had for the first three quarters was one of the best performances against a quality football team since I've been here.
Each aspect of the game - defense, offense and special teams as well as eliminating mistakes (there were no regulation turnovers and only three penalties) - was executed well. When you take that capsule, we've tried to make a point to compete at everything we do. I'm proud of the team's composure.
We played a lot of players through a rotation system to create our own depth and keep guys fresh. Clearly that paid huge dividends in the game. Obviously we would have loved to win the game, and it would have been a marquee victory, but the loss will not have a factor in our mindset toward Buffalo and the rest of the season.
Looking at the Buffalo, they're an FBS opponent and have 83 scholarships to work with. They are big on the offensive and defensive line, and really played a good game against Pittsburgh last week. They ran 90+ plays and gained a lot of yards in the air and on the ground. We're going to need to carry over what we accomplished last week and more. I think our guys are excited to get back on the field, and as a staff we're ready too. We need to maintain a certain level of play. Whenever you play these types of games, you need to play them perfect. If you don't play them perfect, then the talent level by shear depth is something you can't overcome. It becomes a numbers game.
Our goal this week is to pick up where we left off. We realize everything we've done in the offseason has paid off. Simple as that. It's been a short week, but the way we prepare is vital to our success.
As always, Get your RED on, It's What WE Do!
Head Football Coach