Monday, August 17, 2009

Scheduling, bowls and more from Media Day

Part III...(theme from Eye of the Tiger now running through my head)...
  • Erik Kuraczea won't be practicing until Wednesday. He's gotten himself in better shape, but still needs to trim some of his listed 333 pounds, according to coaches.

  • Harris Agbor suffered a LCL injury to his knee, and could be out as long as six weeks. Robert McClain missed three days this weekend with the flu, but should be back Tuesday.

  • No surprises on the linebacker depth chart. It's Lutrus-Dabney; Lloyd-Robinson and Wilson-Sio Moore. "We're a little thin at linebacker," Edsall said.

  • Moore will see significant special teams action, Edsall said. Physically, he's gotten bigger and stronger since arriving here a year ago. His weight is up to 227 from 204, and he's now bench-pressing 370 pounds (up from 300) while maintaining his above-average athleticism and speed. "I'm always looking at Scott and Bama (Wilson)," Moore said. "Watching them has made the transition much more fluid. They're good players, and I know I can learn a lot from them."

  • Ryan Griffin and John Delahunt have separated themselves from the pack at tight end, which includes Corey Manning, Yianni Apostolakos and Derek Chard.

  • Edsall on future scheduling: "There's rhymes and reasons why you want to schedule certain teams," he said. "Does it make sense to schedule games against UCLA or someone on the West Coast? I don't know, maybe two or three years from now when our program is a bit more nationally noted you might do something like that. Now, we've got Michigan, Tennesse, NC State, Maryland, teams along those lines coming in, Vanderbilt next year. You're getting that cross-section of teams, we might maybe go to (another) Big 10 team from the Midwest. Maybe someday we'll play someone from the Pac-10, but I don't think that would be a yearly type of a situation."

  • Edsall said the possibility of a Big East bowl lineup including the BCS bowl, Champs Sports Bowl, Sun Bowl and Meineke Car Care Bowl as the top games, which is what's been reported, is fine by him. "Notre Dame will be part of the package," Edsall said. "We as coaches understand that and embrace it. We're not disappointed with that at all."


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