CAA Holds First Teleconference Of The Season
Aug. 25, 2008
AMHERST, Mass. - The Colonial Athletic Association held its first weekly teleconference of the season on Monday. The teleconference gives all the head coaches of the conference the opportunity to review their last game and give their thoughts on the upcoming opponent. Here is what UMass Coach Don Brown had to say about the upcoming season and week one foe Albany.
On how preseason camp went:
His thoughts on Albany:
On defense, their entire secondary is back. Up front, they are led by Tom Pandolf, who was an All-League performer for them a year ago. Their outstanding punter, Chris Lynch, is back as well. They have a lot of pieces in place. They had a tremendous season last year, playing in the postseason mid-major bowl, so obviously we are excited about the challenge"
On being picked atop the CAA coaches' poll:
We have eight starters back on defense, really nine when you look at the playing time some of those guys have had. We had to replace our starting field goal kicker, Chris Koepplin, and Armando Cuko stepped right in.
There are a lot of question marks, but at the same time it is an exciting team to coach. I'm anxious to see how they will respond to the first challenge and I know we'll get a great effort from our guys.
On what Liam Coen means to the team:
We just look for him to provide stability, leadership and the game is really in his hands at this point. He handles all of our check packages. He makes all the protection calls. We just have a lot of confidence in the young man's ability to run our football team.
On the defensive backfield:
Three out of four of our starters are back up front on the defensive line, with Kyle Harrington, Brandon Collier, and Michael Hanson. Two of the three linebackers in Josh Jennings and George Byrd have played a considerable amount, although they shared time last year at the "Will" backer position, but also played a lot in our four-linebacker schemes.
We just feel like our guys will be able to get themselves lined up well and play fast accordingly because they have a good handle of what we are doing scheme-wise. Whenever you have your backfield back intact, you feel pretty confident because it allows you to be really flexible with what you are doing up front.