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AppFan Poll – Now that Act iV is underway

How ’bout them Mountaineers?
 
This season is gonna Rock!
 
Great effort and all but, man, we need to get better quick
 
Sorry, too depressed. No loss is a ‘good’ loss.
 
Reserving judgement until we actually win a game.
 
I left at halftime. What happened?
 
  
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22 Comments

  1. Michael

    September 5, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    You had better believe FCS has represented our level of football well today.

    Richmond beating Duke. William & Mary beating Virginia. Iowa squeaking by Northern Iowa. ECU squeaking by us. Samford (LITTLE SAMMY!) is only down by four to Central Florida w/ 4:29 left. Kansas State squeaking by UMass. Villanova beating Temple.

    It's hard not to look at the scores of the FCS' upper level teams, then look at ANY Sun Belt team's scores or at almost any WAC or MAC or C-USA score, and wonder why the FCS doesn't get more credit. Our best teams deserve more credit.

  2. Flashman

    September 5, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Algroh gets my vote for dumbest coach in college football. The only reason he's lasted so long in Charlottesville is because he has compromising photographs of UVA AD Craig Littlepage (the dumbest AD in college sports).

  3. god of thunder

    September 5, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    I can just feel the electricity and the MOUNTAINEERS haven’t even played a down yet at THE ROCK! The rest of this season is gonna rock. I can hear the bell ringing already (or maybe it’s cause I’m playing BACK IN BLACK on the stereo). And that is another…. MOUTAINEER FIRST DOWN!!!!! GO APP!
    GO…FIGHT….KICK A$$

  4. appnaysayer

    September 5, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    William & Mary beating Virginia….

    Correction there Michael, “walloping” Virginia…Tribe’s redshirt freshman cornerback had 3 picks, including one for six. Gonna be a long night in Charlottesville now that the Cavs have lost the semi-annual SAT Bowl.

    Richmond beating Duke, well Duke was without Greg Paulus, you know…

  5. Craig

    September 6, 2009 at 4:40 am

    We need a running back. Devon Moore needs to step it up. Our quarterbacks shouldn't be our running backs.

    What was amazing yesterday is after the last play the Mountaineer fans started chanting ASU! ASU! ASU! and It's Great to Be a Mountaineer! I think the ECU fans were very impressed how we cheered our team after the game and we held our heads high walking out of that stadium.

    You couldn't ask for nicer fans than ECU. Wow, what upstanding fans. Many shook hands with me and spoke highly of our team on the way out. Nice, nice people, unlike those pathetic football fans at State.

  6. parking lot

    September 6, 2009 at 7:55 am

    ced baker stepped up…

  7. Jim Stegall

    September 6, 2009 at 8:04 am

    Mighty proud of my Apps. Yes, it is truely GREAT! To BE! A MOUNTAINEER!!!

  8. appirishmen

    September 6, 2009 at 11:40 am

    i dont think there were any. i didnt see anyone come off. with how we played at the end of the game…..i feel good about this season. lets see how they respond to this game next week.

  9. grudensucks

    September 6, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Just read that Corey Lynch was cut yesterday. Dang.

  10. AppSteve

    September 6, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Yeah grudensucks, I read that too.

    The only solace I have in that whole situation is that the Bungles finally signed Andre Smith, their first round draft pick, and he broke a bone in his foot. Fire a great guy like Lynch, and get a spoiled jerk who needs $21 million instead of $19 million. Get ready for another crappy Bungle Season!

  11. ECU 2002

    September 6, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    What an awesome game!!! I was happy when I saw this game on the schedule and I think it needs to be played more often. I knew this would be a tough game 1 for us. And to think.. I almost left at halftime.. Had a great time pre game with the App guys and gals. Great stuff and good luck on the season guys!

  12. Jim Stegall

    September 6, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    I ready up on the William & Mary win over Virginia; VA had SEVEN turnovers, mostly concentrated in the second half. Apparently VA's 'breaking in' a new spread offense, which clearly doesn't work. Sounds like a give-away situation.

  13. appnaysayer

    September 7, 2009 at 3:43 am

    Giveaway or not, if you've ever lived in VA, you know the significance of this game. The College beats the "university" about as often as we beat Michigan. This isn't THAT big, of course, as UVA is well, UVA. But W&M will be good this year, returning lots of people from a squad ranked in the top 20 at last season's end. W&M v. Richmond should be interesting. With Armanti at the helm, though, we'd have no trouble with the Tribe. Richmond? We'd have to get them blocked and stop the run.

  14. DRM

    September 7, 2009 at 9:08 am

    Observations from ECU:

    1 Echoing Craig–we need at least one RB who can dependably pound out 20 – 25 carries for 75 – 100 yards, and catch a few passes per game as well.

    2 We need a go-to possession receiver. Could it be one of the tight ends, perhaps? It certainly isn't Coco Hillary (no matter how much Clayton wants the ball in his hands). I think we're missing a Batichon, or even a Josh Johnson.

    3 We need a little more beef on both lines, without sacrificing footwork or quickness. The O-line needs to more consistently open holes, and the D-line needs to more consistently stop between-the-tackle runs.

    4 If Cadet can learn to pass nearly as well as Edwards, we will be well set at QB. He's clearly more Edwards-like on the run–i. e., dangerous and determined–than is Presley.

    5 Teams are going to double Quick a lot; we need more plays to take advantage of that, lull the D a bit, then hit Quick over the top.

    6 Our coaches, especially on the defensive side, seemed to make excellent half-time adjustments. We needed to make them long before half–easier said than done perhaps, but true nevertheless.

    7 It seemed that our kids were better conditioned than ECU's; we had fewer problems with cramping and such, which is a bit surprising since they practice in the eastern NC humidity and we don't.

  15. Pete

    September 7, 2009 at 10:42 am

    clayton-
    Your point 6 is a great one…. Looked like a ASU blitz in reverse.

    Coach Moore or the offense seemed more scripted than usual and deeper into the game.
    ASU's coaches and players reacted well at half time and into the second half.
    It looked like ECU went to sleep at half and decided it was too Hot to turn it back on in the second half.
    ECU had 15 returning starters and superior numbers of scholarships, but looked like they were prepared to play one half….???

  16. clayton

    September 7, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    DRM

    1. You’re absolutely right, we can’t just platoon the RB position, I still think Devon Moore is the man that can do the most good for us there.

    2. I still think its Coco.

    3. I disagree. Our size on the line did hurt us against ECU but, I think we’re fine against the SoCon. Also, our lines held up very nicely compared to theirs. Happy to see the rotation on the D-line.

    4. Yes. DP played very timidly but shouldn’t be thrown out just yet he has plenty more big plays in him for us, he just doesn’t seem to have that extra gear that Armanti and Cadet has (You’ll like this, he’s like Trey Elder).

    5. Quick will get us one pass interference call per game. We weren’t able to get the offense going early enough to use him properly.

    6. Not just the half. We outscored them 24-12 after the 1st quarter (and that includes the TD they got early in the 2nd, they scored no TDs after the the 13 minute mark of the 2nd quarter).

    7. We were in better condition but, much of their cramping problems came on the D-line. We rotated guys in and out all game long.

  17. appnaysayer

    September 8, 2009 at 5:13 am

    1. I think it's got to be Moore and he's got to stay healthy. Baker's tough, but Moore can pound on the defense, giving as good as he gets.

    2. It can't be one of the tight ends unless we get them into the offense. Did a TE even catch a pass on Sat.? Big failure in play-calling I think, especially with ECU's linebackers cheating up during the first half.

    3. If you believe Acitelli, the ECU D-line wasn't blowing us away. Our O-line guys were missing assignments. When that was corrected in the second quarter, we started moving the ball.

    4. DP and/or Cadet. What a nice problem to have.

    5. This offensive coordinator seems timid. I still can't believe with the game on the line we didn't take a shot with Quick deep on either of our last two series. Might it have to do with Cadet's arm?

    6. From what I could tell, Moore brought the safeties up in the second half, sort of daring Pinckney to throw which he did not do very effectively.

    7. Our strength/conditioning is legendary. I did hear that we were getting a new SC coach or something though. Just a rumor…anyone know?

  18. DRM

    September 8, 2009 at 5:36 am

    A couple of additional observations:

    1 We need (wishful thinking here) a kicker who can consistently put the ball deep into the end zone on kickoffs. If we had that, we could overcome (avoid, actually) our less than impressive kick coverage. Along with an inability to stop between-the-tackles running plays, kick coverage has been the weakest part of our game the past couple years. Not sure what we can do about covering punts, though, unless our punter can consistently put the ball out of bounds.

    2 If the ECU fan who (last week) questioned how a football team can score two points watched the third quarter, presumably he/she is now aware of at least one of the three ways.

    Regarding possession receiver–if it is or should be Coco, I wish he'd begin showing the ability. He's had two poor games in a row now. The fourth down pass that ended our hopes wasn't perfect, but it was catchable by a true possession guy. Increasingly (on returns, especially), Coco is reminding me of Dexter Jackson–afraid to be hit. And Naysayer is correct–we should have involved the TEs some.

    Regarding the lines, against SoCon I agree that there isn't enough size differential to matter much. But against outside competition, including several top-tier FCS squads, we're too small. I'm not advocating big slow guys–in their heyday, Furman consistently demonstrated that quick, undersized linemen (especially on defense) are superior to big, plodding types. Rather, I'm wishing for 15 – 20 pounds more per lineman, with zero loss (ideally, some gain) in quickness, speed and skill.

    I believe the former strength/conditioning guy moved on to bigger and better things–the tennis training center in Florida that is famous, but the name of which I nevertheless cannot remember.

    Finally–and Clayton, you may like this–at this point in Presley's career, I would rather have Trey Elder as back-up (now third string?) QB. I believe he would be more decisive, and therefore more effective.

  19. asu7

    September 8, 2009 at 7:38 am

    After watching the first half I wanted to throw up. I kept thinking that man we are going to get nailed this season especially when they started showing the other scores from other FCS/FBS games.

    Then came better D play. Our D made the right adjustments and gave our O a chance. They just need to make those a little sooner next time. Then came Cadet. WOW! The whole team played better when he was on the field.

    The last pass was catchable. Remdinded me of the first scene in We Are Marshall. The main point here is we had the chance to win and beat a decent CUSA team.

    That being said, we are going to be rocking in FCS play. Running the ball is hard against FBS schools. Running the ball is easier against FCS schools. AE, Cadet and the backs are going to have fun the rest of the year! I just think we need to play both AE and Cadet at the same time. Let AE throw to Cadet and vice versa. It is going to be insane what we do to some FCS foes this year!

  20. DRM

    September 8, 2009 at 8:24 am

    I generally don't like gimmick offenses. But I love the idea of AE at QB with TC somewhere on the field for reverses, double passes, "wildcat" formations (we should call it "mountaineer" formation), etc.

  21. asu7

    September 8, 2009 at 8:35 am

    It would be nuts! Maybe we could sell goody's to defensive coordinators in the booth to make some side money?

  22. DRM

    September 8, 2009 at 10:56 am

    Goody's! They still make those things? I haven't had one of those since before Richard Petty started endorsing them, and that was way back before he looked like a prune!

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