Sunday, October 25, 2009

Sunday notes: West Virginia wrap-up

Randy Edsall went over the game film with the team this morning. He showed them a number of plays in every facet that weren't made that could have helped win the game. Interceptions, fumbles, missed field goals and, of course, the opening kickoff were huge. "You feel empty because there was a chance to win," Edsall said. "We didn't make plays throughout that influenced the outcome of the game.
  • Dave Teggart is struggling, and Edsall is thinking about opening up the field goal job to create some competition for him. That competition would come in the form of Desi Cullen, who proved he's capable of crushing long field goals in spring and preseason camp. "I'm worried about what happened from last year to this year with him," Edsall said. "Maybe I have to create some competition for him, because when he had the competition he was a lot better. He's got to stop worrying about stuff and just kick the ball. He's got to focus on the little things. It's more mechanical and it's more between the ears with him. He hitched on the first one because he didn't have his hand in the right spot. He get get excited and nervous and jump before hand."

  • Lutrus remains out heading into practice this week. Lindey Witten is questionable with a right leg injury. Alex Molina is doubtful with a neck and head injury.

  • Marcus Easley's success starts with his precise routes. "He's running the routes he's supposed to be running, and the ball gets to go his way," Edsall said. "Some people might try to do things to him based on the games he's had, but the big thing is he's just trying to go out and run routes the way they're supposed to be run."

  • The team heads to Miami for Jasper Howard's funeral tomorrow, and it's going to be another emotional day. Edsall thinks it will bring a bit of closure. "I'm the last person who saw Jazz," Edsall said. "I'm sure there's going to be a wide range of emotions. I'm sure a lot of that depends on whether the casket is open or closed tomorrow as we go into the church. (The coaches and support staff) have to make sure we're around those kids. I'm not sure what's going to happen. I think it's going to be a difficult day for these young people. I think this is a lesson for them in life, that these are things you have to deal with in life. I think it brings some closure, but not from the standpoint that Jazz is not going to be remembered or thought of each and every day; but that it's time now for everyone to move forward and do what we have to do in our everyday lives."


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