Saturday, September 13, 2008

Virginia post-game notes

  • Donald Brown is making a serious case to be included on the Heisman Trophy watch list. Through three games, he's averaging 188.8 yards and has eight rushing touchdowns. He's also averaging 7.2 yards-per carry. Brown's been fantastic, but both he and Randy Edsall attribute part of the success to much-improved offensive line play. Brown singled out Mo Petrus today.

  • Tyler Lorenzen said he told the offensive line to keep blocking even if it looks like Brown is going down. "It might look like he's going down, but he isn't," Lorenzen said.

  • Darius Butler has jumped on a few national NFL Draft projection boards as a potential first-round pick because of his amazing athleticism. Edsall told the story of how Gene Smith, the Jaguars director of college scouting, came to practice to visit. Edsall told Smith about Butler's 40-plus inch vertical leap before hand, but it didn't take long for Smith to witness it for himself on an on-sides kick drill. "The ball bounced high, and But went up and jumped, and he was sky-high, and just grabbed the ball with one hand right in front of Gene. Gene called me the next day, and I said 'did you see that?' and Gene said, 'yeah, he's really athletic.' He's an exceptional athlete.

  • I wrote about this in my game story, but UConn was as close to perfect as can be for a football team in the first half. How's this for proof? The Huskies' scored touchdowns on each of their four possessions (not counting the final play of the half, when the Huskies’ elected to run out the clock after taking over with 10 seconds remaining). They didn't punt. The defense didn’t allow a point. Lorenzen completed all 11 of his pass attempts. The Huskies were 3-for-3 on third downs, 4-for-4 in the red zone, and didn’t commit a single penalty. That's being perfect. "That was as good a first half we've had since I've been here," Edsall said.

  • Edsall equated UConn's offensive attack to an NFL team. He said this when asked about the running game complementing the passing game, "When you have the running game going the way we did, and then you throw it and make completions, it falls hand in hand," Edsall said. "Some people will be committed to using the pass game to open the run game, but we are the other way around in the sense that we run the ball to open the pass game. Some days we may have to switch that, but we felt that we could be productive in the run game, and we try to use the run to setup our passing game."

  • Jordan Todman found out early in the week he'd be playing some role tonight. He had a nice debut, though he isn't sure how he'll be used from here on out. "I'm not sure what my role is," he said. "I they say go grab a bottle of water, I'll grab a bottle of water. I'm here to play. I'm an extra guy that they'll plug into different packages and formations." He says he doesn't see himself getting in on returns yet because Jasper Howard (punts) and Butler and Grey (kickoffs) are doing so well now.

Hope that will hold you over. It's late, and you're probably in bed anyway. Time to hit the highway.


Blogger Jared Nuss said...

just make sure you watch it in high quality

September 14, 2008 12:54 AM 

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