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Talley Talks Richmond and Albany

Coach Andy Talley talked about the Richmond and Albany games during the CAA Coaches teleconference this morning ...

Moderator: Breakdown the loss at Richmond …

Andy Talley: Richmond is very talented and you need to bring your A-game to win down there.   They played very, very well.  Offensively, Zach Bednarczyk, our quarterback, he got hurt on about the fifteenth or sixteenth play in the first quarter.  Sometimes with a concussion it comes along slowly - his reads were not what they needed to be and he threw a couple of picks as we were going in to score.  We really had to take him out of the game.  He came off to the side and was really out of it.  When you play your second quarterback you had better hold on tight.  We were playing against a really good team as well - it was 13-0 or 10-0 at half-time.  We were still in the game so we had to reconnoiter our game plan at half-time a little bit but we just weren’t able to sustain anything in the second half and to close the gap - we had some opportunities but when you are playing a top-ranked team, three turnovers will kill you.  We fumbled a punt and gave them a three-point field goal.  Our defense actually played really well throughout the game we just didn’t support them offensively.  The loss of our quarterback hurt us offensively in terms of things that we wanted to do.  When you combine that, with the turnovers, against a top-ranked team you are just flirting with danger.  They are a very good team and you have to bring your best game to defeat them home or away.  Playing down there is never easy - it was just one of those games where you’ve got to go in with your package and you’ve gotta play.  We had a great defensive effort and our offensive effort was just not what we had hoped for but Richmond’s defense had a lot to do with that.  You are not going to get easy things against a defense like Richmond.  All in all, a disappointing road trip for us and now we don’t know if we will have Zach back in this next game for us our not but Adeyemi DaSilva is the guy that will have to go in there and try to figure it out.

Moderator: Talk about how tough it was for him in that situation, what adjustments you may have to make starting him and what skills he brings to the table for you …

Andy Talley: Well the first thing you have to do with him is dumb the offense down a little bit because you can’t give him all of the exceptions.  We change at the line of scrimmage a lot so we will have to limit how much we will do of that.  He is a run/pass threat.  He can do things with his feet as well as his arm so you have design enough stuff to make sure that you keep him healthy throughout the game because we don’t really have a third that can go in and play right now.  It is one of those things where you have to be really careful what you go and do with him.  But it is going to be a real complete revised kind of game plan if he is going to be our quarterback and I will not know that until the end of the week.  Everybody in our league has dealt with a concussion - he may be ruled out of he may be allowed to play but if he is allowed to play we won’t have a lot of time to work with him.  It is not the best situation when you are playing a team like Albany who if you look was doing a fabulous job and they could have won their game against Richmond.  Unfortunately they didn’t in triple overtime and then they went to Maine and had a chance to sneak away with that one and that is a very difficult place to play and everyone knows that.  So they could very well could be undefeated.  They are very good - they have now become an upper-level team in the CAA and somebody where you better bring your best game when you play them.

Call-In: What are the three keys for you guys to win this week against Albany? 

Andy Talley: We can’t turn the ball over three times that’s for sure or we will get beat.  So the first thing we will need to do is get back to playing sound football.  Then the big adjustment for us will be if Zach doesn’t play, how are we going to get it done with a rookie quarterback.  We will really have to engineer something that will work against them.  They are a really good team and we are going to have to figure it out.  Those are the two most important keys and then the third one always is the kicking game.  You can’t drop punts - you can’t fumble punts.  We have to do a better job there.  

Moderator: You talked about your defense some, Austin Calitro had twelve tackles against Richmond, talk about how he is playing …

Andy Talley: Austin has been one of the outstanding linebackers in the CAA week-in-week-out.  He is fast, quick, aggressive and tough.  You know, he loves the game.  He is a very, very important aspect of our defense.  He covers up a lot of ills kind of like Donny Cherry did last year.  If you have breakdowns in certain areas he is free to make up a mistake. 

Moderator: John Hinchen had a big game talk about him …

Andy Talley: John has been terrific.  He is just a great kid.  He kept us in the game with his foot.  He just did a wonderful job punting and that is really important when you are not playing well offensively.  The defense a lot of times had Richmond down on the 10 or 15 yard line and that is a tribute to John.  He has been great and we have another year with him so we are very excited about that.  

 


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