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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2015 1:21 pm  Reply with quote
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Responding to Analyzer on the old board:

There are some really good players being lost but it terms of fulltime starters, you’re looking at Quazza, Weber, McCullom, and Buttermore--other guys split time with guys who are back. The hardest to replace of the four might be the only one who didn’t make all-league—Buttermore. Williams could turn out to be great but Buttermore and Diener barely left the field so it’s very hard to say (I have absolutely no inside information about anything).

As for what Colgate returns, the D line is absolutely loaded—this should be the best D line in recent memory for Colgate with four all-league guys returning to play three spots (when you include Steffen)—plus some real depth—and Obinwa comes back. Makes me wonder about moving Afriyie to ILB. He would be fine taking on blockers and can run and can obviously rush the passer. I have no idea if he is actually suited to play the position but that would put five all league guys (include Diener) in the box at the same time.

Will be interesting to see who is at OLB. Were Nix (will he be an ILB?), Wisniewski, and Caradang all hurt this year? Seems like Wisniewski and Caradang were out there early—or at least listed in the two deep and then didn’t play at the end of the year. You also have Deluliis, TJ Holl, and John Steffen, not to mention the starters—Morgan and Cairnie. (Cairnie had a great game against SHSU—I don’t know what his 40 time is but I’m not sure if Colgate has anybody at chasing down opponents—it’s like an ostrich running down a Ferrari—crazy.)

Hopefully Bridgeforth comes back strong. Wonder if they will play more press coverage with him there the way they did when he and Morgan were corners or if it is just an overall shift in defensive philosophy.

The rest of the defensive backfield should just get better. Amazing depth in general on D.

Seems like the offense should also continue to improve. Melville is such a good decision maker. Two picks in over 300 passes is pretty remarkable. It was great to see them add layers to the offense as the year went on--the QB draw, empty backfield, true option, and even a few screens really put the offense in attack mode and opened up the read option. Hunt did such a good job with this team and, listening to his interviews, I agreed with everything he said this year—such a good person to lead the program. The one thing he said that surprised me a bit was that he said they didn’t really work on mechanics with Melville—that that was something they didn’t really focus on. Seems like Melville has the offense down so well at this point that mechanics might be one of the few things to work on. Melville makes such good reads at the line and makes such good decisions about who to throw the ball too, if you could bump up his accuracy a bit the offense would be off the charts.

The O line loses a great captain/player and some really good depth but returns a ton of guys who will just get stronger and better. Hard to imagine these guys not improving.

RB remains a strength. Holland is primed to have a big year. Can’t help but wonder about putting Wilkins in at fullback for some plays. He’s a big kid and he catches the ball really well. Can see him being open a lot on play action. A good RB coming in should help with depth.

A ton of guys back at receiver. TE might be the biggest question mark on offense because Quazza has been so good for so long. Some young guys there who certainly look promising.  

Kicking game should improve. No reason it shouldn’t be as good as the year before last. Don’t think Colgate missed an extra point at home-when the ball was being spotted an extra yard back to avoid the bad turf from the lacrosse goal. Maybe try that on every kick? Bowman does kick a low ball sometimes so the extra yard back might help will elevation a bit. Kid is still one of the most accurate kickers ever at Colgate.

Arminento did a great job again this year. Don’t think he had a touchback—which also probably tells you how often Colgate went for it on 4th inside the opponent’s territory.  The three star punter coming in has a chance to be the best specialist Colgate’s ever had.

Overall, this team could be great in 2016. And it will take a great team to make it as far as the 2015 team made it. The 2015 team came up big week after week.  They really couldn’t afford to lose a game for most of the season and they just kept pulling them out. I was amazed how confident I was when they were up by six with three minutes left against JMU and JMU was obviously going to score and go up by one. Even if the D had allowed a score, I felt sure that the O would answer. These guys were just clutch. What was also great about this team was how many guys stuck with it. So many seniors not getting playing time there until the end—which is pretty remarkable when you consider that they were coming off of two pretty rough years. Says a lot about the coaches and the culture that so many wanted to be a part of Colgate football.

Hope these guys get after it in the off-season. They should be ranked pretty high going into week one. A win against Syracuse (which doesn't feel that crazy at this point--especially if they put in the work) would put at or near the top of the polls and get a whole lot of people behind them.  

Go 'gate!
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Really good post Future. Right on!
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Really optimistic about next year. D should be a strong point again, especially the D line. Can't hurt to get back Bridgeforth and Steffen. I do hope they press a little more. SHSU exposed us with the quick passing to guys in space.

On O I hope we go with a 2 back rotation a little more. Holland the main back and Wilkins for short yardage. I don't think any of them will admit it, but rotating 3 (while helping them stay fresh) probably hurt their ability to get in a rhythm.

Like Bowman. Still unsure if I like his 'unique' pre-snap stance. Obviously he has used it since he got here so I'm not sure if it is something that actually impacts his approach to the ball or if this year his issues were somewhere else. Agree that an extra yard on all kicks would probably help him.

Armiento may be the toughest one to replace. Punters like him don't grow on trees. The new guy will definitely have a chance to play right away which was probably one of the big selling points in his recruiting.

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Good summary Future.  It's too bad this season's close games did not allow for some playing time by the two deep guys in the safety and corner back positions.  Obviously, game experience is valuable for the players and it helps the coaches make evaluations.  I wonder about Ives taking over for Quazza, if there isn't another TE in the pipeline.  He's a couple inches shorter but was impressive later in the season.  I'm sure he will add some weight in the off season.
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63, agree with you on Armiento. Don't know if he ever shanked one. Very, very steady. Wish he could have gotten a lucky bounce or two along the way to push him over a 40 yard per punt average. Colgate could certainly use a few more Armientos. Are they the best brother combo ever at Colgate? Betcha '80 has an answer for that...
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The Future wrote:
63, agree with you on Armiento. Don't know if he ever shanked one. Very, very steady. Wish he could have gotten a lucky bounce or two along the way to push him over a 40 yard per punt average. Colgate could certainly use a few more Armientos. Are they the best brother combo ever at Colgate? Betcha '80 has an answer for that...


Tom and Sean McCune readily come to mind. Tom is still top-10 in career Total Offense and Sean was a 4 year starter at SS and member of the 2003 team.
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Who could forget about Spencer and Warwick Ford? Combined to win 13 letters in football. Spencer from 1891-1897 and Warwick from 1891-1896.

There is also Harry (Jud) and Thomas Sullivan. They each lettered from 1910-1913.

Rae and Saville Crowther each lettered from 1923-1924.

More recently there were the Wurst brothers who combined for 7 letters from 2002-2005.

Probably many more I am forgetting.

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I can't believe I forgot the Ford brothers. Really great players. And really, really horrible students.
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