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Sep. 20, 2010 - Sep. 20, 2011

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Well, corny, cliche, but that's my schtick. but what a difference a year makes, what changes occur when you pick any spot in time and compare, and what stays the same.

On Sept. 20, 2010, we were 1-2 and guess who was up next? Buffalo.

On Sep. 20, 2011. We're 1-2 and guess who is up next? Buffalo.

I would rather be 3-0, but the numbers don't tell the whole story.

We came out and peed on ourselves to start the season at Michigan, and couldn't clean up enough before they put us way and lost by 20. We beat a SWAC team by 59 points that was a schedule filler for a Northeastern program that folded up shop in a game which would account for a significant percentage of our entire offensive production for the season. We played - well - inefficiently, on the road against Temple and lost by two TD's. We had big time internal problems.

On Sep. 20, 2011. We're 1-2. We overcame a hurricane delaying the opening day, beat an overmatched physically Fordham team by 31 points, with what appeared to be the foot off the gas in the second half, and missed a shutout on defense because of single broken play. We lost to a Vanderbilt team on the road, in a close game, in which the value of offensive possessions should be cemented ever home for the this 2011 team. We lost to an Iowa State team at home, in a hard fought game, but yet another game full of missed opportunities, but fewer back breaking mistakes.

We're clearly struggling to find offensive production, consistently. As is to be completely expected given what we started with in 2011.

That was not the case in 2010, we had an established system, that was expected to perform.

We're clearly implenting new systems, and going through learning curves with them.

That was not the case in 2010.

We've blocked a punt for a TD. When was the last time you saw that? Ran some very creative offensive plays, when was the last time you saw a half back option lateral back to the QB for a pass down field? We've missed wide open receivers, not just QB reads, not failing to see them, simply missed them with throws - badly. With our two quote/unquote experienced QB's that would have kept drives alive, or directly resulted in TD's and had our rookie true frosh QB commit some freshman mistakes to kill drives, and had our all star TE drop a bullet from him way down field. All kinds of plays, that with more practice, get better.

The kinds of things that were killing us to get 1-2 in 2010, we're different.

In 2011, our passing game is putting the ball in position to move vertically down the field and cross the goal line, regularly.

That was not the case in 2010.

We're ranked by at least one recruiting website at #50 in the country for the 2012 recruiting class. With just under 5 months to go in the recruiting year and still a lot of spots to fill.

That was not the case in 2010, and I don't think we've ever been in this position.

In 2011, the big east conference has a crack a mile wide that might never close up.

In 2010, the crack was still there, just not as big.

All we can do is continue to get better, every minute, every day, everythign we do. The rest will sort itself out.

Got a game on Saturday evening, need to go out and kick butt.
 
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