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Thoughts from West Point, NY

Posted on: September 2, 2008 3:54 pm
Edited on: September 30, 2008 12:24 pm
 
I question how much can be taken from the Temple-Army game in West Point but here is my best impression of how the game broke down.

Offense: The team didn't log enough possession time to truly build the type of momentum needed to evaluate what type of deficiencies existed. The hurry-up offense was effective though, and I believe you will see it a number of times this year. It would have been nice to get the freshman RB's more touches.

Defense: Again, tough to gauge progress when you play against such a vanilla offensive gameplan such as Army's but what you can take away is that our speed with the front 7 and the secondary should be a huge asset. This week's matchup will test the ability of the front 7 to create pressure and secondary to hold coverage for an extended period.

Special Teams: Seemed to be the one shining area of the game. The punt and kick coverage was very good and with a TD return on a kickoff as well as a breakaway punt return the prospects of much improved special teams seems likely. The kicking game was yet untested, but we'll have to see how things progress on this front.


Bottomline: Army is a BAD team, so Temple must be prepared for a matchup this week with a much better program. With consistent defensive play and some good decisions on offense, Temple is more than capable of winning in week 2.
Category: NCAAF
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