2012 Coach's Corner #5 - A Letter from the Desk of Coach Priore
Sept. 28, 2012
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Thank you to our alumni and community for their support last Saturday evening. It was a terrific environment to play a college football game in. That energy helped us fight through some adversity throughout the game.
When you look back on the Colgate game, the first thing you note is a win. Secondly, we gave up only three points in the fourth quarter. Offensively, we ran 49 offensive plays and totaled 15 first downs. Thirdly, we scored four touchdowns and hit two field goals. We made a few turnovers and some mistakes, including one on my part. Aside from those, I didn't think it was a bad football game. We won that game because we did play four quarters. We were able to rebound in the second half after a great start.
Regardless of what the scoreboard showed, I always felt we were in control of the game, especially in the second half.
Army is a huge challenge. Playing at the Academy is different than playing at Syracuse or any FBS school. With Army, you deal with the history and the style of play. The style of play for two reasons. You have kids at Army who enjoy Saturdays more than any other college football player in the country. It's their chance to have fun, and believe me, our kids enjoy Sunday through Friday a lot more than Army's. Army players compete hard and play fearlessly. They compete against teams a lot better than them, and more often than not, come out with a victory.
Their offense and defense is something unique. Like a lot of service academies, they utilize an option attack. They're not going to throw the ball very often, but when they do, it's often a completion because you've dedicated yourself to stopping the run. Seven or eight different guys will touch the ball on Saturday. Sometimes it's that many on a series. With one week of preparation, every team has difficulties.
We hope some of the things we've practiced will help us out. We worked on some things during spring football and preseason, so time has been dedicated to being successful.
Defensively, they're going to lineup unconventionally. They are always doing some sort of blitzing, that way they can utilize their speed to create havoc.
It will be a daunting task, but we've worked on the right schemes to be successful. We're looking forward to ending non-conference play on a high note.
Get Your RED On, It's What WE Do!
Head Football Coach