Reading between the lines

It seems like when Coach Amato heaps praise on a player or unit, you can estrapolate that there is real cause for concern. Take Jay Davis and the defensive unit. Prior to the 2004 and 2005 campaigns, Amato (and many players) talked glowingly of the quarterback’s leadership and composure, and they expressed a lot of confidence in his abilities. On the other hand, Amato consistently slammed the defense, essentially calling them “Dairy Queen-soft” bums. As we all know, the offenses for both seasons turned out to be horrific and turnover prone, and the defenses ranked among the very best in the nation.

As reports begin trickle out of this year’s camp, what do we make of Amato’s recent remarks that the staff is “thrilled” with the progress of Marcus Stone and that the defense needs to toughen up?

I’ll be looking very closely at the stats from today’s scrimmage for indicators.

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4 Responses to Reading between the lines

  1. StateFans 08/12/2006 at 5:01 PM #


  2. Jeff 08/13/2006 at 2:55 PM #

    This is a very good point.

    Remember Chuck’s very first year when he basically ripped the whole program for not having any talent?

    At that point he was lumping everyone together and trying to hedge performance for his first year.

    Since then, he has consistently been critically outspoke in public about the most talented positions (defense last year) and the most supportive of the weakest positions.

    I note that thusfar this season he hasn’t said a word about the wide receivers. That scares me!!

  3. Cardiff Giant 08/14/2006 at 8:51 AM #

    Great points, welcome Mickey.

  4. choppack1 08/14/2006 at 9:42 AM #

    Regarding Stone – I’m beginning to think he’s one of those guys that just gets the job done. You’d that there are a lot of qbs out there like that, but there aren’t. When folks talk about Stone’s record, they often leave out his game against VaTech as a freshman. He’s really 6-1 in games where he’s played long enough to determine the outcome.

    Regarding Amato’s first year – I think he was trying to motivate his troops. That team was actually fairly talented and actually should have been one game better than they ended up.

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