Sunday, October 01, 2006

Anchors Aweigh

I had to get to a buddy's stag in New Haven last night, and I'm not feeling so hot today. But I just wanted to get a few thoughts in before retiring to the couch and a day of watching the NFL on TV.
  • I've had Tivo for a few months, but I finally remembered to record a UConn game before I left for the Runway Saturday. I figured watching game film would give me a little better perspective on what I write for the follow-up stories (and make me feel a little like Ron Jaworski, minus the Malcolm X glasses and the enormous football IQ). I didn't count on the game being so one-sided. But I managed to watch the first half, mainly to see what happened on those Navy big plays. The Huskies were too confused and made too many glaring mistakes. Campbell's TD catch on the first play was the result of M.J. Estep letting the little guy blow right past him up the seam. Ballard's 81-yard run (on a dive!) was because Ryan Henegan and one of the safeties (not sure which, those numbers are tough to read) cheated too far over to play the QB. They couldn't recover in time as Ballard blasted through a big hole and was gone.

  • At 2-2, the Huskies MUST win the next two games or else they'll be home for the bowl season again. Anything less than a 4-2 record going into the West Virginia game will be too difficult a hole to dig out from.

  • The sideline reporter for the ESPN Regional broadcast was, what's the nicest way to put this, a little frazzled. Not only could I barely understand her because she was so quiet, she was so jittery she didn't make sense.

  • UConn needs to get Larry Taylor and Brad Kanuch more involved in the offense. Taylor doesn't get a chance to return kicks because opponents are so wary of him. How about an end around or a few more quick dump offs? And Saturday was the first time all season Kanuch was even targeted for a pass. He got a chance to make a play downfield, and he came through.

  • Deon Anderson best described the game afterward, summing it up as "a complete mind f***."

  • Why don't more teams use the triple option?

  • Don't refer to Navy as the "Middies". It's Midshipmen or Mids. They are sensitive about this. Also, don't call the Navy cadets dress whites "sailor uniforms". They don't like that either.

  • Lastly, it was a rough week for Connecticut college football. Southern blew a 27-7 lead in losing to Merrimack and Trinity's nation-best 31-game win streak ended in ablowout at Williams. At least Yale turned in a nice win at Lafayette.

Randy Edsall has a conference call this afternoon. We should know more about the status of Donta Moore (broken arm), Darius Butler (shoulder) and Danny Lansanah (ankle). Check back later for an update.

UPDATE: Moore is listed as probable for South Florida despite his broken arm. Scores a perfect 100 on the toughness scale.


Blogger ScottVib said...

I believe the Safety in question was Deleston.

October 01, 2006 8:32 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You seem to know a lot about what Navy men like. Did you ask any of them if they ever roomed with Daniel Caffey?

October 02, 2006 11:03 AM 

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