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Friday, August 24, 2007

MU football scrimmage

Full report of the "offensive explosion"" at the MU web site.

Here is the Press story for Saturday...

By TONY GRAHAM
STAFF WRITER

WEST LONG BRANCH - The Monmouth University football offense lined up fourth-and-one Friday with the end zone 25 yards away.

But instead of giving the ball to 2006 all Northeast Conference Rookie of the Year David Sinisi, quarterback Brett Burke handed it to fullback Marion Easley.

The 6-1, 230 pound junior blasted through the jammed up line of scrimmage and burst 25 yards for a touchdown.

The score marked the beginning of a five-touchdown afternoon for the Monmouth offense in the final pre-season intra-squad scrimmage.

""It was like they teach us, "Get the yards, get the yards,'' said Easley who has yet to touch the ball in a college game.

But it appears he may get some chances this season, also gathering in a seven-yard pass. ""They (coaches) know what I can do,'' Easley said. ""Last year it was a different situation. I was injured and we had a couple of seniors in front of me. Mostly I had to take the blocking job and I was OK with that.

""We like to bring the wood,'' Easley said.

Friday Monmouth brought some scoring entertainment to the fans at sunny Kessler Field as many young player saw action on both sides of the ball.

Freshman quarterback Thomas D'Ambrisi (Monmouth Regional) threw a pair of TD passes, a 73-yard bomb to freshman wide out Chris Lewnes (St. John Vianney), and freshman Moe Ghotak for 20 yards.

Freshman wide out Troy Yudin hauled in a 65-yard strike on a gimmick play, and freshman fullback Kevin Hahn turned a deflected pass into a 30-yard score.

Burke hit all NEC tight end John Nalbone three times for 74 yards.

""I thought it was a very, very good performance on their (offense) part,'' said Kevin Callahan, Monmouth coach. ""The biggest thing, overall, was we a had a great deal fewer penalties than we had in the last couple of scrimmages.''

A good showing for the offense, which brings back six starters, meant a long day for a mainly untested Monmouth defense.

""We're extremely young on defense and in some places we're still trying to figure things out,'' said Callahan. ""The defense is going to be a work in progress this year. It's not going to happen all at once.''

""We're young but we're hustling, trying to get the system down,'' said sophomore Joe Arneth, a former Jackson Memorial star who it appears may open 2007 at cornerback.

Monmouth launches its season 6 p.m. Sept. 1 at the University of Maine.

""Our pass coverage today was probably like a six (on a 1-to-10 scale),'' said Arneth. ""We're still learning, we're taking a step up. We're making some little mistakes but we'll get there.''





. Also..here is my own view of possible new starters for 2007, based on some consultation with coaches, but also from what I saw today via the rotations and performance to a degree, some guess work, and speculation..

2007 possible new Monmouth starters
(last year's starters in paranthesis)

Offense: quarterback - Brett Burke (Brian Boland); wide receiver - Steve Dowens (Matt McClellend); fullback - Marion Easley (Rob Lutz), right tackle - Kevin Sterling (Matt Connolly). Defense: Outside linebacker - Tyler Burnett (Mike Nunziato); end - Chris Reed (Erik Yngstrom); tackle Kevin Walsh (Dan Sizelove); end - David Kennedy (Brian Sweeney); corner - Joe Arneth (David Jiles); middle linebacker Matt Sterner (Mike Castellano); middle linebacker - Tom Larkin (Anthony Addonizio); safety Derek Bischoff (Matt Hill); safety - Bobby Cole (Jamaal McClintock). Punter - Jack Daniels (Sean Dennis).

I think the LB situation and the secondary are still far from etched in stone. To me - Jeff Brady, Joe Cella, Larry Hudson among those also in the hunt at LB.

Someone asked on the blog if we would see five RBs this year. No.

My thinking is - while Sinsi gets the bulk of the carries ,the flood rotation position this year will be at wide out. San Miguel is a given and I think Kiley in the slot, but otherwise the other WR candidates include Dowens, Ronnie (Good Hands) Lauch, Fr. Troy Yudin and Chris Lewnes, and maybe more.

My guess at No. 2 QB: Andrew Mandeville. My guess at No. 2 RB: too close to call between Bobby Giles and Ryan Skorupka..


Also: ORT Alex Iachetta (Manasquan) appeared to line up with the second unit today and center Jim Sullivan (Manasquan) with the second or third.

MU will issue its first game two-deep depth chart next week. It will be on the MU web site and I will also have it here for any discussion...

Injury news: Of those listed on the MU web site.. all appear to be minor EXCEPT for nickle back Marcus Shell. The senior, who could have been challenging for a regular spot, will be out 4-6 weeks (groin area surgery) Callahan said.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like to hear your thoughts
on the linebacker positions this year.

9:13 AM, August 24, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

You and me both. Certainly one of the positions I will be watching today.. Matt Sterner seems to be a given along with T.J. Cerezo, a returning starter....seems to me Joe Cella may be claiming a spot.. Maybe Jeff Brady?? ..hope to be more definitive on these and most positions later today or soon.

MU has to issue its two-deep in the near future

11:18 AM, August 24, 2007  

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