2011 Coach's Corner #9 - A Letter From The Desk Of Coach Priore
Oct. 28, 2011
Stony Brook, N.Y. -
Saturday’s game at VMI was our most complete game of the season for a number of reasons. One, we played great defense throughout the game. We controlled their running attack and limited all but one big play. Two, our special teams were solid throughout, controlling the field of play. We had a special teams touchdown and three of our punts went inside the 20. Three, when the game counted, only one penalty hurt us. And four, when teams take away one facet of your game like our running attack, the passing game needs to step up. I thought our quarterback did that and more. We changed things up in the second half like spreading our formations out, which eventually led to some big plays. Certainly, it was the most balanced win of the season.
VMI was a tough opponent. If you look at pure statistics, we played them very well; probably a lot better than other teams.
Moving forward, Coastal Carolina has been a big game on our schedule for the last couple of years. As the Big South’s representative to the FCS playoffs last year, it’s been a game we’ve circled on our schedule. I’m pleased we’re 2-0 going into the game. They’re an extremely athletic team, whose had some difficult defeats to Liberty and Gardner-Webb the last two weeks. If you watch them on film they’re explosive. They can play eight receivers, who can all run and catch. They’ve got four quality tailbacks, who have the ability to run behind a big offensive line. Defensively, they have the best two sets of corners in our league. Their linebacker was the Player of the Year in our conference, so we’ll be challenged despite what their record is.
We’re going to have to maintain the ability to stop the run, which has been the deciding factor over the last couple of years in this series. We need to play fast and physical. We hope that negates their ability to get into space and make the big play against us. We need a well-balanced plan of attack, and I feel the kicking game is going to be the deciding factor against Coastal. We’re excited as a program with this four-game winning streak, but we understand we have to continue to play each week like we can. I feel like this team has prepared the way the coaching staff has asked them to do, and the results have shown up that way.
We’re excited to be home in front of a great crowd at LaValle Stadium. Tomorrow’s game is our Downey Heroes Classic game, which honors a great man in Chief Downey, who lost his life on September 11 trying to save others.
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