Saturday, October 02, 2010

Down go the game notes

Some notes from the post-game...

  • Jordan Todman said he played with no pain today, but also that there wasn't any contact on it -- impressive considering he carries 37 times. He said he may have been able to play last week against Buffalo, but his situation was still iffy last week. "There were safety issues," Todman said. "(It was a) do I miss one game or do I miss the season situation. I sacrificed to miss that one game."

  • Make no mistake -- 37 carries is a ton, especially for someone playing with a bad wing. But Todman is now the workhorse, and Edsall said he'll continue to get plenty of action. "We're smart with him," Edsall said. "We rest him up as much as we can, and we have the bye week coming up. We had a guy a couple of years ago who carried the ball that many times, Donald Brown.

  • Count Robbie Caldwell among those impressed by Todman, who ran for 190 yards for the second straight game and missed his career-high (set in his last game at Temple). Todman is now averaging 159.5 yards rushing per game. "He is as good as I have seen," Caldwell said. "I have not seen a better running back this season.

  • Edsall's mantra when things go wrong is that is was simply a matter of execution. He knows he sounds like a broken record, but said that was the case today. Mistakes made in the first half -- penalties, big plays allowed -- were corrected and it showed on the field. The third-down conversions is something the Huskies, 6-of-19, still need to work on. "We stunk on third down," Edsall said.

  • Vanderbilt is a run-heavy team, but must have studied lots of Uconn-Michigan film. Perhaps that's why Larry Smith looked a little like Denard Robinson in the first half. The Commodores came out throwing a lot, while Larry Smith broke off a couple of big runs. "We knew we had to stop the run, which we did," Edsall said. "We thought their running backs were pretty good."

  • Edsall didn't name names, but hinted that more than one player may have been lost of the season. Jimmy Bennett is one. He re-injured his knee. Kevin Friend replaced him and played on the right, with Mike Ryan moving to the left. Expect that same formation for the duration of the season. Not sure about the other, but my guess is Adam Masters, already out today, is finished. Unfortunately, we don't get much in the way of injury information.

  • Beating an SEC team helps in more ways than one. "At least we won't get hammered tonight on ESPN," Edsall said.

  • Lutrus joked around about his "upper extremity" injury. It's never been confirmed that the injury was indeed a stinger, but there's little question that's what it was.


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