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Sunday, August 27, 2006

Final review of Friday scrimmage

Here's MU coach Kevin Callahan's comments on Andrew Mandeville and some other items that may or may not have made the Saturday story:



""He's got a lot of potential, has a strong leg,'' said Callahan (of Mandeville). ""Also, there's a multitude of things you can do with him from a punt formation.''
With last year's No. 3 rusher Rob Lutz (4.3 ypc.), missing almost all of preseason with a sprained ankle, and with No. 2 Leonard Brice (4.4 ypc.) running with the second team, (sophomore David) Sinisi has been making the most of his opportunity.
The 5-10, 200-pounder was listed as the fourth running back on the 2006 preseason depth chart.
He described his play so far as, ""all right, nothing spectacular.'' He began Friday's action with a 12-yard run and later turned a short pass by former Wall quarterback Brett Burke into a 30-yard gain. :"As a runner I just kind of look for the creases the line makes, they did a great job all camp,'' said Sinisi. ""You can't dwell on what you did in camp,'' Sinisi said. ""In reality it doesn't mean anything. It's what you do on Saturdays.'



In other news - some new faces you may see on the offensive line this season include senior Bob Skellenger or rookie or rookie Shawn Wright at right guard ..It would appear Monmouth's trio of wide outs to start the season will be returnees Mike McClelland, Adam San Miguel, and Shane Sharpley..though Sharpley (bone contusion) hasn't seen much scrimmage action in preseason.
As I said earlier I think 6-5 sophomore Ron Lauch is in the mix and I wouldn't be surprised if freshman Brian Callahan from Don Bosco figures in here somewhere along with junior Chris Kiley who had a good camp. Haven't mentioned John Nalbone much but the big tight end, a junior who saw a good deal of action last year, should continue to improve.

On defense at a corner either junior Ayo Falae or junior Marcus Shell will replace Rob Lomoriello. Otherwise almost all of the defense that finished last season returns.

Callahan said Friday's final intra-squad scrimmage was mostly to look at potential back ups....and that RB senior Rob Lutz' (ankle) lack of playing time in preseason is a concern for now. Though Sinisi was anointed as the No.1 back for the moment expect to see Lutz (if he's healthy), Leonard Brice, and Walter Carter rotate in. Callahan said Burke remains the No. 2 QB behind Brian Boland and there was no clear cut number 3. For my money I liked sophomore Kyle Brandon (RBC) who seemed to get rid of the ball quickly and on target for the most part.



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