2011 Coach's Corner #8 - A Letter From The Desk Of Coach Priore
Oct. 21, 2011
Stony Brook, N.Y. -
Saturday night’s victory was a solid performance and win for our football team. We had an opportunity to play a lot of kids, who haven’t had the chance to play, and at the same time, rest some kids who’ve logged a lot of minutes over the first half of the season. So it was a win-win situation for us in all aspects. I thought we had a great practice week, which led to a good first half before we made changes, but we still played up to our potential.
Obviously, there were some quality individual performances on both sides of the ball. JeVahn Cruz in the second half come up with some big plays. It gives him some confidence going forward and the coaching staff some depth at a position that’s very important to this team.
The win gave us the opportunity to have a three-game winning streak and a .500 record. Now the challenge facing us is the rest of Big South competition. As you look through the head coach’s eyes, you see quality competition every week.
VMI probably will have the best defense we go against this season. If you look at their record, you’ll be fooled. They’ve played Richmond, William & Mary, Coastal Carolina and Akron already. They have been in every game. Their team starts with defense. As you would expect from a military-academy type of kid, they’re tough, ferocious and play every rep like it’s their last. Kids like #7 A.J. Gross, #95 Charlie Jones and #99 Emilio Calvin are big-time players at this level. On the offensive side of the ball, this is their second year in pro-style offense, having played the triple option for a few years. They’ve got some kids who can stretch the field, especially the tight end (#87 Mario Thompson). We’re going to have our hands full. It's VMI’s homecoming, and quite frankly, being a military academy, these kids look forward to Saturday’s unlike anyone will face.
The last two years we’ve played this team the game has gone down to the fourth quarter, and the last time we were at VMI, it came down to the last minutes, so it’s going to be a challenge, but one we’re excited about. We haven’t been on the road since Buffalo on September 10. The opportunity to continue what we’ve been building upon is exciting and challenging.
Thank you for your support.
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