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Saturday, August 19, 2006

Many questions..few answers

Well, I'm not sure what I learned from today's Monmouth U. football scrimmage except that Brian Boland (3 TD passes) threw the ball very well. Then again, if he doesn't have a big year just pack up the season.
Wide receiver and running back positions still up for grabs and may be right up until and through opening day and maybe even beyond.
Junior Chris Kiley threw his hat in the WR ring with two TD catches. Mike McCelland, who figures to be a prominent receiver, wasn't even thrown to. Shane Sharpley (injury) sat out. Adam San Miguel had some catches early including a TD and looked very good.

Senior RB Leonard Brice played today though not in a major role and senior Rob Lutz (ankle) did not play. At this stage they would appear to be the top backfield candidates but coach Kevin Callahan gave long looks today to sophomore Dave Sinisi, and freshmen Ryan Skorupka and Bobby Giles.
Sinisi and Skorupka ran OK. Giles has the most speed but doesn't wait for his blocks, tries to do too much on his own.
In summary, I still don't see a big time running threat. In the end Brice, a hard, tough runner, may be the best for now and I've always thought Lutz had a chance to be pretty solid.
Monmouth was playing a base defense with no blitzing.
Freshman QB Andrew Mandeville (Raritan) got some time with the third unit. He and fresh Nick Romeo hooked up on a 17-yard pass in a red zone drill and Mandeville later plunged in from the one. Mandeville also was the No. 2 punter today behind Sean Dennis but two other back up punters were hurt or ill so it's hard to tell what that means.



Fred Weingart kicked an extra point that rocketed high into the scaffold behind the uprights and nearly sawed in half a guy filming the scrimmage.


Also..in the men's soccer scrimmage, I was told Monmouth lost to Hofstra 2-1.

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