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  1. mat1992

    San Diego State Preview

    https://towsontigers.com/news/2021/9/23/towson-football-challenges-fbs-foe-san-diego-state.aspx
  2. mat1992

    Off-season news and clips

    You know we are down? Is that due to football season? Not sure what that means.
  3. mat1992

    San Diego State Preview

    They are charging for something that really should be free or the other schools should charge a small fee per game. That's what they used to do. Production value is on the schools.
  4. mat1992

    Is there hope?

    I think when you do a deep dive on the recent FBS transfers, the ones who have been major disappointments in the first three games have been Chris Ferguson and Keyvone Bruton (a safety who bulked up to play LB). It also might be a stretch to call Ferguson an FBS transfer since he barely played at Liberty. Mark Collins has been the best thus far and when he went out (non-injury related) in the UNH game, they took advantage. DT/NG Mason Cholewa has been coming off the bench due to injury. OLB Elorm Lumor has missed most of the first three games due to injury. Oly Okombi has also played sparingly due to injury. DT Tramar Reece was moved to take Lumor's spot in a position he's not familiar with. Hard to judge him. Jerry Howard has been excellent thus far. TE Marcus Joyner (ODU) has rarely played for whatever reason. CB Makai Self (Penn State) and TE Robert Schwob (Maryland) were both walk-ons at those schools so expectations here weren't huge. I did think Self would play a bit more though. He has great speed. I would say a mixed bag. Not counting the juco transfer or guys who came here in 2019 like Jesus Gibbs. Scheme has been an issue on D.
  5. mat1992

    Is there hope?

    I wish I can find a Coach Albert cliche' (RIP) about righting the ship, but to most, that ship has sunk. To me, after an expected blowout loss to a good San Diego State team, if Rob doesn't make major personnel and schematic (or coaching) changes during that bye week, this is going to end up being a 4-7 or 3-8 season. Do we need to change to a 4-3 defense to fit our players? Do we have the talent at linebacker to play a 3-4? Is Ferguson the guy to lead us to the playoffs? Do we need to go to a more mobile QB in Amendola? What happened to Sabias Folley and Kobe Young? Why didn't they get more time this week at running back? Howard can't do it himself, though he's the best back by far. Who plays right guard? Do you go back to Alex Desire if he's healthy? Is Darrian Bryant healthy enough to start at right tackle so they can move DeMarcus Gilmore to right guard? Do they make other changes on the left side of the line? Do we scrap the power and go with a more quick hit, West Coast offense? Guess not, but it's something to consider because even if the upcoming competition is not as good as ND State and SD State, we still need more balance. This is not 2013, where we could just pound the ball with T-West behind that great O-line. We do need to establish Howard, but also have some balance as well. Every team we play will stack the box and try to force us to throw. If you had a bit of a run option with a QB like Amendola, that could change things up and make the defense think. I'll admit I was wrong about this team, because I thought I saw a potentially outstanding defense in preseason. It wasn't just the transfers including Mark Collins. Elorm Lumor, Darrien Reynolds, Mason Cholewa, Oly Okombi, Tramar Reece, and Keyvon Bruton. Most of these guys were productive FBS or FCS players. It also appeared that we had nice depth from their current players. They weren't stars, but when you look at the key contributors on the 2013 team guys like Delaire (UMass) and Telvion Clark (Va. Tech) were great fits and did play some at an FBS level. Now some are hurt. Cholewa is playing injured from what I'm told. Olokombi has missed the last two games as has Lumor. You might as well not played them against the Aztecs and let them rest an extra two weeks. Collins has been really good. Cholewa has just been a role player, but as I've mentioned, he's been limited. Due to Lumor's injury at OLB, they've started Nygil Johnson (ineffective) and Reece has been playing there at times. Peoples at corner has been to be nice, not good. Not sure why they don't go back to Shuman to team with Collins. We also need better safety play, but that's pretty obvious. But when I wondered why the defense (when healthy) was dominating an experienced offensive line, I was told that they won't be facing a D that good. Hmm. I'm not going to judge us by last night's game. Everyone knew this was going to be a blowout based on the UNH game, but also the mediocre performance on offense against Morgan State. Play-calling was abysmal especially on that 4th and two to Matthews, but for all the calls for trick plays, that's very hard to do when you can't run block or pass block against that line. I don't think our pass blocking was that bad in the first two games, but it was more about poor choices by the quarterbacks. Also, I thought the routes were terrible in the first half. Nobody came back to the ball, nobody got open and Ferguson had nobody open in the rare times he went back to throw. Again, they will be lucky to get a TD or more against the Aztecs, but after that no more excuses against Rhode Island when conference play starts up again. As for some of the quotes Rob gives after the game or during the week, I don't blame him for trying to show confidence in his team, but I would think he sings a different tune behind closed doors. I understand fans wanting a little more truth in terms of saying "we have to play better. This is not acceptable. We got our asses kicked and they were just better. We will look at the film this week and see if changes need to be made. We aren't going to panic, because we know the most important games are coming up are after the bye. By that time, we will be ready and we will be a better team." He sort of said the final part. I'm not ready to say it's basketball season just yet. But they better start turning things around after next week or it will be time to talk about preseason hoops. *Also, I normally don't delete free speech, but I won't accept personal attacks against anybody on the board, coaches or players.
  6. https://towsontigers.com/news/2021/9/16/towson-football-hosts-fcs-power-no-5-4-north-dakota-st-for-first-home-game-of-2021.aspx Crowd was about 9,100. Very nice student turnout in gold for some reason considering those were the same colors as ND State.
  7. mat1992

    Football gets routed at home by ND State 35-7

    So you wanted them to put a press release out about a walk-on running back who never plays who allegedly had child pornography? I disagree with a lot of things, but I don't think this should be out there.
  8. mat1992

    Football gets routed at home by ND State 35-7

    A former walk-on running back who is not on the roster
  9. mat1992

    Is JMU leaving the CAA?

    The grass isn't always greener. Look what happened to ODU going to C-USA. It's been a disaster financially and on the field. There will be realignment in the Group of Five so will be to the Sun Belt? C-USA? AAC?
  10. mat1992

    Football gets routed at home by ND State 35-7

    That Twitter site trolls our athletic program. That person thinks they shouldn’t pay student activity fees so they point out every negative thing that happens. That is a terrible situation and unfortunate.
  11. We can't make a trade or pick up a QB who can play this season. We have five quarterbacks, including the two freshmen. The thing that puzzles me is when RA knew that everybody struggled in the spring and let Pass go, why in the hell did he not bring in two QBs? Knowing that Miller and Amendola were not the answer or not ready (maybe Amendola is the future), why are you relying on one QB who has not played since 2019 (didn't play well that season). Maybe it was a scholarship issue, but I don't care. He always finds a way to get some ships available. We can whine and bitch about the QBs, but nothing will change until next season. It's not like he's not capable of finding a QB, but he just hasn't done it consistently enough. So here's what the options are: Grad student Chris Ferguson: 6-3, 235. Big and experienced. Ok arm. Not very mobile. Struggling with accuracy in first two games. He's 25 of 47 for with 2 TDs and 2 picks for 298 yards. Junior Jeff Miller: 6-6, 240. Huge and not experienced. Saw mainly mop up duty in 2019. Has been in the system for 3 years. Pretty big arm. Not mobile at all. Completed 14 of 30 for 178 yards with one TD and three picks. Two of those pickk were not entirely his fault though. R-freshman Vincent Amendola (6-3, 215) saw very little action at North Carolina in 2019. Threw four passes and completed three. Is the most mobile of the top 3 QBs. Ran for 479 yards as a HS senior in Raleigh, NC. Also threw for 27 TDs. Freshman Nathan Kent (6-2, 190). Dual-threat QB who ran for 870 yards at Liberty HS. Threw for 2,330 yards with 23 TDs as a senior. Probably not ready to see action yet. Freshman Scott Smith (6-4, 210). Big and pretty accurate QB who completed 67% of his passes at St. Paul's in his senior season. Yes, there should be a competition this week, but if it were me, I'm looking at starting Jeff Miller and using Amendola in certain packages. Get him ready to start after the bye week. They aren't beating any of these upcoming teams with the way the QB situation is. They probably wouldn't with Flacco, but at least he would give his more of a chance.
  12. mat1992

    Finding the right QB from this roster

    Earlier in this thread, somebody mentioned playing freshmen. We have two pretty good defensive players in 3* NT Kenjuan Manuel (6-1, 300) and 4* CB Shafeek Smith (5-10, 175). I didn't see a lot of them in camp, but after the San Diego State game (loss), we'll have seven games to go. We need to win every game and if a true freshman can help and he's legit in practice, it's time to play them. It's not conventional to play a true freshman nose guard, but if he has the size and strength to play some snaps, maybe it's time to at least get him some time. Same thing with Smith.
  13. mat1992

    Football gets routed at home by ND State 35-7

    If it gets to the point at the end of the year where a coach has one year left and he knows he's going to have difficulty in recruiting players due to his contract. He might look elsewhere at other positions. Not saying it will happen here. Just saying it's happened at other places.
  14. mat1992

    Volleyball 2021

    Bad day all around. First conference loss since 2018 https://towsontigers.com/news/2021/9/18/womens-volleyball-volleyball-drops-rare-match-at-hofstra-in-five.aspx
  15. mat1992

    Football gets routed at home by ND State 35-7

    Chris Ferguson "Obviously a long day (zoom goes out, God I hate zoom). We had the ball at the goal line. Have to get that in there. That changes the course of the game. When opportunities present themself, we have to take advantage of them. Had a chance to score at the half, didn't do it. Have a good opportunity next week." On ND State defense "They are aggressive. We knew they were tough going in. I don't think they did anything on defense that was outlandish. They dropped guys in coverage. They had a good front four rush. We didn't make enough plays." On getting big kickoff return and not getting points "If we convert there, it's 14-7. It's a different ball game. That's an opportunity we have to capitalize on. Maybe we get a little confidence. Get some energy. Maybe we tie it up. YOu new know. But there are multiple times in the game that you could go back and make play, that could change the course of the game." On improving his play "I just have to keep being myself. Keep coming in and improving on whatever the coaches see on film. Whether that's stay in the pocket and improving on throws, putting the ball on them to make plays so we can get YAC. Taking care of the ball. Each week, I know I have to get better going into next week and going into league play, I have to be at my best. I have to step my game up and be better for my team and myself as well."
  16. mat1992

    Football gets routed at home by ND State 35-7

    Ambrose opening comments "They were a very good football team. There's no way for us to simulate their physicality with our roster currently. I told our guys that the national championship goes through them whether you play them in Fargo or here or you play them anywhere. It's an animal that you can't understand until you face it. I have a locker room of guys who know exactly who Mike Tyson is now. Looking forward to playing them again." On play-calling being limited "For us to win this ballgame, we were going to have to run the ball. We were going to have to keep them off the field as much as we could. The strength of the offense, our age, wisdom, experience, (Zoom cut out), couldn't get that part done. I knew that if we had to chuck it, they were going to fresh load 8-10 guys in the pass rush and tee off on us. That's exactly what they did." On being aggressive on fourth down "It is my personality and it's the personality of the team. I know how good their offense is. I know how much ground they can chew up. For us to have a chance to win, we have to be more efficient with the ball. You don't get it on third down, find a way to get it on fourth down. Sometimes we did. It was not enough." On not being able to get a TD after great kickoff return "Great stop by them. That's me knowing who we had to face. I could have kicked the field goal and took the three points. I knew they were going to score more points. They have a very good offense. We don't have that option right now. I'm disappointed we didn't get it. I'm sure we will learn from it. That's probably the mentality we will need the rest of the season." On where the Tigers are after this game "We're a football team that is getting better with every play. We went to New England and played a very good UNH team that is undefeated. That was a tough contest. Playing the perennial national champions is another tough contest. Traveling to San Diego to play will be another tough contest. Then we will have a bye. We will play our league schedule. Today, we are not where we need to be to win our league, but we will be by the time we come back to league play." On weapons of ND State "It's the ultimate challenge. Pack the box to stop the run and then pay for it. It takes a higher level of discipline that we showed gainst the run and putting our eyes in the right place to able to stop them. "
  17. mat1992

    Football gets routed at home by ND State 35-7

    Hey, same score as 2014! Obviously this team is nowhere near as good as the 2014 version and their team back then was sensational. Maybe their best ever from what I was told. Before I get to the comments, I think Rob is waiting I guess for Lumor, Okombi, Alex Desire, and a few others to get healthy. In 2019, I gave him the benefit of the doubt for having 6 ACLs and all sorts of other injuries. But this season, I just can't. Now with those guys or not, we were outmanned at every position that mattered (sorry Special teams) and even if Lumor was healthy, it wouldn't change the fact that we couldn't run the football or stop the run. Nygil Johnson was supposed to be better than this. He was a Nevada commit a few years ago. He had two tackles. Keyvon Bruton looked like one of the best players in camp. He moved from safety to outside linebacker. He had two tackles tonight and in three games, I can't say he really shined. Don't like either starting line and Charles Peoples is having issues with the ball in the air. It was nice to see Mark Collins back, but this team is mostly about the run. If they were passing on every down, they might have put up 70 points. It could be worse next week as San Diego State is beating up on Utah 24-10 early in the fourth quarter. Their defense is usually top-notch and we could not move the ball tonight. Rob also gave his explanation about why he went for it on 4th and 2 at the 4. Maybe going for it wasn't the worst thing, because you knew you weren't beating that team with field goals. But the play call, Devin Matthews up the middle. was awful. Roll out Ferguson or try some kind of play-action. Ferguson wasn't awful. True, he doesn't have the strongest of arms, but in the first half when he dropped back, our WRs were way down the field and not getting open. They did get open in the second half and maybe because they were playing looser. If he gives us the best chance to win, that's fine. But it doesn't say much about the rest of the QBs. As most of us said in the off-season, we NEED a dual-threat QB. It would only make Jerry Howard's job easier. He had maybe three holes all night. I do like Howard, but he doesn't make people miss. I was pleasantly surprised with that run by Kobe Young tonight on the kickoff return. Maybe it's time to give him more of a shot on third downs. I guess it won't matter next week because the holes are not likely to be there. We are going to need to throw the ball.
  18. mat1992

    Finding the right QB from this roster

    https://www.flofootball.com/articles/7151173-towson-dealing-with-qb-options-in-preparation-for-ndsu
  19. mat1992

    2022-23 offers and commits

    2023 offer

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