2011 Coach's Corner #6 - A Letter From The Desk Of Coach Priore
Oct. 7, 2011
Stony Brook, N.Y. -
We're excited about getting back on the field after having the opportunity to rest our bodies and minds. We conducted a few practices during the bye week, but still allowed our kids to feel like regular college students for a few days.
Since losing Michael Coulter for the season with a knee injury, the extra days have been good to us. We've been able to get Kyle Essington more reps with the first team, while allowing Lyle Negron, our backup, to become more acclimated with the offense.
This week we ran practices like we normally do. Our health is pretty good. A few guys are banged up, but certainly no worse than in past years.
Presbyterian also is coming off a bye week so they probably were happy to rest some guys who were injured and take a step back from football. The thing that stands out most to me in our two games against Presbyterian was their team speed. They were able to run well, especially on special teams. Certainly what stands out this year is their ability to block kicks. That's an area of the game where they excel at most, so we'll need to be ready for that. When you look at their schedule, they played #5 Wofford and were with them in the fourth quarter. They went out to California and made plays against them. This is a team that continues to become more athletic and ready to play.
We want to create balance to our offense. I'm proud of the way we've been running the ball, and we'll continue to do so, but to be effective, we need to show teams we're capable of throwing. We've worked extremely hard in getting our quarterbacks and wide receivers on the same page.
Defensively, we need to work on limiting the big plays. I like the pressure we're getting on the opposing quarterback. We've put our opponents into passing situations, which I like, but now we need to limit the big plays. In each of our last two games, four touchdowns have been scored via a big play. We've emphasized that in the last couple of weeks of practice, and I'm confident we'll get that straightened out.
I can tell you this team loves playing at home. The crowds have been tremendous, and we, as a team, look to the fans to continue to be our 12th man. It's our Big South Conference opener, and we want the fans to know we're excited to play in front of them.
Wear Red and Go Seawolves, it's what WE do!
Head Football Coach