Nov. 6, 2012
In Monday morning's MAC Football Coaches Media Teleconference, UMass head coach Charley Molnar discussed the team's performance at Northern Illinois giving praise in particular to freshman safety Joe Colton and previews this Saturday's game at Akron.
On Saturday's Loss At Northern Illinois
Northern Illinois is by far the best football team that we've played all year, the most complete football team, and that includes everybody in conference and out of conference. Their speed, their skill, their attention to detail - they were firing on all cylinders, and some of that we helped them. They are just a really good football team; the type of team that we aspire to be too and to be like in the near future. The score looks like a thorough whipping, and it was, but there were some bright spots for us. One that really jumped out at me was true freshman safety Joe Colton who was our leading tackler with 10 tackles, one forced fumble. Out of the top 11 guys in tackling, five of them were true freshman and one of them was a red shirt freshman. So six of our eleven guys out there that made an impact in that game defensively for us, were all freshmen. We understand the process; we haven't lost sight of that. We're growing every week, guys are getting better individually and, hopefully collectively and sooner than later, we will be able to enjoy the fruits of our labors.
On This Week's Opponent Akron
On Akron's Quarterback And Coach
To talk about their defense first, they play very hard, and I thought in that Kent game especially, you can see how an Akron, Kent football game should be played. It's a great rivalry, they played really hard on defense, they were in the game the whole time and defensively kept themselves in it. It was as good of a performance they've had all year. Offensively, I like the way their quarterback plays. He keeps plays alive with his feet, and he does a good job of finding open receivers. The old adage, you take what the defensive gives you, sounds so simple but week in and week out you don't see quarterbacks doing that. Well, their guy happens to do it and I think that's part of their offensive success. I think he just set a new Akron record for touchdown passes and it doesn't surprise me.
I think they've done a good job of tailoring their system to feature his skill set. They don't ask him to do many things he can't do. He makes the same throws over and over again which tells you, they have a pretty good feel of what he's good at and the things he does well, he does very well.