2011 Coach's Corner #11 - A Letter From The Desk of Coach Priore
Nov. 10, 2011
Stony Brook, N.Y. -
I thought Saturday’s victory was a great program win. Anytime you take on the challenge of playing on the road, and complicate that by playing a team that has not won a game, a lot of teams I’ve been part of would not have prepared correctly. This team is different. This team respects the opponent, respects the game and plays the game like it should be played. I found that to be incredibly pleasing. You could make the argument it was a perfect opportunity to be caught off-guard.
At times, I thought it was a great game, but I still thought we controlled the game the whole way. The opportunity for our kids to be behind was important. Having to play hard in the second half and be resilient are what championship teams are all about. We made a few key stops and then put together a quality scoring drive. We’ve been building towards the opportunity to have November 19 be a very important date on our schedule.
Our goal always is to be successful at anything we do. This week’s game at Gardner-Webb will be huge. On a personal level, the opportunity to get a seventh win and a seventh win in a row is exciting. To do so would be a great accomplishment for this team, Stony Brook University and our fans.
Gardner-Webb is a top echelon team in our conference this year. They’ve benefited from their coaching change. They’ve played sound football on offense. They got two good running backs and are big on the offensive line. I see a lot of similarities with our team in terms of their play-pass action schemes. Defensively, their unit is strong. Their front seven will be the best we go up again outside of UTEP and Buffalo. They are stout, athletic, and more importantly, experienced. It will be a huge challenge, but I still expect us to be who we are. Taking care of the football, shrinking the field and winning the field-position battle are going to be our keys to victory.
You always want to have the last game of your season mean something. And for the third season in a row, we’ve put ourselves in a position to do so.
I’m really pleased to share the news that three former players passed the New York State Bar Exam. Our program extends congratulations to Chimezie Okobi ’05, Jophiel Philips ’05 and Andrew Saraga ’07. Great job, Guys!
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