2009 Coach's Corner #4 - A Letter From The Desk Of Coach Priore
Sept. 23, 2009
First, I would like to offer my congratulations to the Stony Brook University football family for a great win on Saturday night. I often say we "win and lose TOGETHER as a program" and our recent win was accomplished as a collective group effort as a team, a University, an alumni base and local community. Certainly the support we received on Saturday was second to none since I have been at Stony Brook. It was a vibrant atmosphere and great opportunity to see an exciting college football game.
Speaking on behalf of our football team we are not where we want to be as far as the little things. We have to continue to work hard and get better. We have a lot of players with a lack of game experience that are fighting their way through some minor mistakes. But we come to practice each day with a great mental approach on how to get better.
That was proved after the game was over on Saturday. We had numerous opportunities for more success on each side of the football, but we did not capitalize on those things. We had five offensive possessions that, for one reason or another, we were not able to finish off with a score. Defensively we had a number of situations where we could have controlled third-down and forced Brown into poor field position. Those things will get you beat, and those are things we are going to have to continue to work on. Whether it is penalties, turnovers, missed assignments or tackles; you have to play your responsibilities. Our mental approach helped us overcome those things on Saturday and we were able to finish the game and pick up a great win over a well coached Brown team that happens to be the defending Ivy League Champions.
Moving forward to the University of Massachusetts this week - we have a great opportunity as a football program. UMass is perennially a top-10 team and as recently as three years ago played for a national championship. This year is no different and they should again contend for the CAA championship and a spot in the NCAA playoffs. They had a tough, 21-17 loss at Kansas State and are coming off two solid wins over two good teams the past two weeks. They are well coached and while excited for the opportunity we know we must correct some of the mistakes from the Brown game in order to get the win. Our guys are up for the challenge.
Our goals this week are to take care of Stony Brook University and work on fundamentals and get back to some basics as we move forward. Unfortunately we have had some injuries on the defensive side of the ball and Julian Glenn '10 (Uniondale, N.Y.) and Frank Conti '11 (Lake Grove, N.Y.) are out for the year while Dayton Guillory '10 (Bossier City, La.) is still not able to play. On the offensive side '11 starter Dayne Hoffman '12 (Ada, Mich.) is also out for the year, so we have to continue to improve our backups at those positions.
I expect the game this week at UMass to be hard fought. I strongly believe we have an opportunity to come away from Amherst with a victory. Because we started off the season with two losses, I don't think that they will look at us as a formidable opponent and we have to use that to our advantage. We will be excited and ready to play when we walk into the stadium on Saturday evening.
We look forward to seeing familiar faces in the stands on Saturday night in Amherst when we take the field.
As always, wear RED and Go Seawolves!