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Coach Talley on Albany and More

During the CAA Coaches Call today, Coach Andy Talley spoke about the Albany game. the building named in his honor and more ...

Moderator: Give me your breakdown and analysis of your win over Albany ...

Coach Talley: It was pretty rough weather down here we had 30 mile an hour winds and it was raining a little bit throughout the first part of the game. I knew we would have to count on probably running the football and we were able to do that. We had very limited reps with Zach Bednarczyk, our quarterback, as you know he had a concussion the week before. He only practiced on Friday when we got the clearance which is not enough time for a guy to really get ready. He was not himself during the game and we were afraid to run him on some of our read stuff. I don't think it was one of his best games but I think the best thing we were able to do was hand the ball off to some running backs. Aaron Forbes was the Player of the Week in our league and had a great day running. Our offensive line blocked really well. We were very concerned about Albany. They took Richmond to the wire and played well up at Maine but just couldn't turn it over up there or they could have easily come in undefeated. They had our attention, I can tell you. Coming off such a lousy performance against Richmond the week before for us, we really had to get our players motivated to play and we had over a hundred of our former players back for Homecoming. So it was great to see them and there was a lot of emotion in the air and it was one of those games where we were able to put it all together. We played really solid defense and had a good day running the ball. 

Moderator: Aaron Forbes had a lot of your carries on Saturday and you are usually pretty balanced. Did you feel that you needed to stay with the hot hand instead of giving it to some of the other guys?

Coach Talley: We have three really good running backs - Javon White and Matt Gudzak as well as Aaron. We kind of got stuck with Aaron just having the hot hand, as you say, so you go with the feel and stay with that. It is tough on the other two kids because they are really good players ... Gudzak was a starter for us as was Javon White. It gets a little iffy when you have three guys and they are just really good and you can't get them all the reps that they need. But you know at this time last year we lost all three running backs. As an old running backs coach, I always feel like you can never have enough running backs. Ever. We are just going to have to love those guys up a little bit and just roll with it as we head into the really rough part of the season. 

VUSports.com: I wanted to get your feelings, emotions , thoughts on this past weekend in relation to having the team play with your name on their helmets and the dedication of a building in your honor - what are some of your thoughts about that?

Coach Talley: We had a big event on Friday and they surprised me with the dedication of the building with my name on it. Around here all the buildings have Priests names on them so I was hoping lightning wouldn't strike or something like that. It was a heckuva honor, really and an emotional weekend so I had to really, absolutely, keep myself away from the emotion and they surprised me when they came out with the V on the helmets with my name in the middle of the V so I was like "jeez, let's just play". It was a tremendous honor really, fantastic. The kids played really well and I just tried to keep myself low key - you know I've taken all my heart medications so my heart beat was probably around sixty. That was a good thing. I was able to get through it and for Homecoming a lot of my former players were back so for an out-going Coach it couldn't be any better, really in terms of all the good things that a guy would like to have in his last year of coaching.

VUSports.com: You are 4-1 in the league but with the imbalanced schedule it is tough to sort out who is who - the teams you have beaten are now 2-15 in the league and your loss came to a high-end team in Richmond who is 4-1. So these next two games are really going to be where the rubber meets the road for your team. How do you feel going into Maine - whats important to you?

Coach Talley: I think that is absolutely right. This is where all the pretenders and the contenders show up. If you really want to look at it this way in terms of won/loss record, we really haven't beaten a high level team but I think we are schemed up very well to find out. When I look at the Richmond game, you can't lose your quarterback when you are playing a top-shelf team like that. I think we are pretty good. In this league you have to prove it on the road and you've got to prove it on the field so I am looking forward to the next game with Maine and then comingback here with JMU and then finishing up at Delaware. Villanova has never shied away from playing good teams. We played 15 or 16 1A teams around the country and have been in some really rough battles. I think we are capable of finishing up very strong and I am looking forward to it.

Moderator: What does your new facility mean to the Villanova football program?

Coach Talley: That is a great question - thanks for asking that. It gives Villanova a place. Villanova, as everyone knows, in 1981 dropped football and were without it for four years and then in 1985, I took the program over and rebuilt it. It is kind of like "never again" and that building identifies the success we have had in football, it gives football a place here at the University. We have done it in a class fashion and the great thing about it as well is it not only gives us one-stop shopping in a football building but it serves so many other teams. The weight room is fantastic. All of the men's and women's teams can use that. Academic advisement is in the building. The training facility in the building is amazing for all athletes and there is an entertainment center on the third floor which is magnificent - it overlooks the stadium and all teams can meet and have alumni functions in it. It literally serves all of the athletic community - men's and women's teams, so we did it right when we put the thing together. 

Moderator: Tremendous effort from your defense - nine sacks in that game. Talk about the effort that those guys gave you against a pretty good Albany offense ...

Coach Talley: We knew coming in that Albany was very explosive and that our defense was going to have to carry us, but I wasn't sure exactly who we were going to play. We kind of spoke them up about "you guys are going to have to win this game for us" and they went in and played that way. We really held Albany back pretty good. It was 24-0 going into the fourth quarter and then they hit the big run on us and then we fumbled coming out and they picked it up and ran it in but pretty much we had as good a defensive effort as you could have. I think our defense, headed up by Tanoh Kpassagnon, I think we had 15 or 16 scouts in there looking at him, and I think we had a lot of other players going "hey man, there are a lot of scouts here, I need to play well - maybe they will look at me too" but it was a really good effort. Albany again is a young team coming along, with the wind it was a rough day to play offense and I think it played into the defenses hands.

Moderator: Ed Shockley had 10 tackles and 3.5 sacks - talk about him ...

Coach Talley: He is a young linebacker that has really come on in our program. He has a real knack for the football - a Donny Cherry type linebacker and along with Austin Calitro those guys really cover a lot of your mistakes, those linebackers do, and he can run and he'll hit you so we are pleased at his progression.

Moderator: How do you plan to use the bye week and does this come at a good time for you ...

Coach Talley: We use the same procedure on the bye week. We give them off Sunday and Monday and then we will have sort of a limited deal on Tuesday, go Wednesday and Thursday and then give them Friday and Saturday off and come back on Sunday to get ready. So we will put together a little of the game plan for Maine this week. We are fairly healthy right now. Alex Padovani, a wideout was out this past game but he will be back and I think it just gives them a chance to get their legs back. We are more healthy than we have ever been at this time of year other than in 2009 when we won the National Championship and played with the same 22 guys against Montana that we started out in the game against Temple.

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