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Friday, September 09, 2005

Hansen is "A Tough Nut"

The Utica paper has an interview with Coach Biddle in which he talks about freshman tailback Steve "MMMBop" Hansen.

"If you look at the game, that was the excitement for us - when Steve came in," said Biddle, who compared Hansen's slashing running style to that of former Colgate 1,000-yard rusher Ed Weiss. "He runs so hard, and he's not very big (5-foot-9, 185 pounds), so he's going to get clobbered. But he's a tough nut. He gives us a chance to hit a home run every time he touches the ball."

I can't say I disagree with that one bit. From his very first run I was saying, out loud probably, who the heck was that? The Ed Weiss reference is one I can't believe I didn't make myself. I look forward to seeing Hansen hit a few homers!

The other parts worth mentioning is Biddle promised there will not be a repeat performance of last week - in terms of turnovers. His quote:

"You have to look at what the quarterback (Saraceno) can do and take the ball out of his hands until he gets some experience. We can't put him in that situation again."

That is an interesting statement. I wish I heard what preceded and followed it. I think what he is saying is that we'll be hitting the running game much more this weekend. However, it is ambiguous enough that I'm not 100% sure. Is Saraceno on a short plank this game already?

2 Comments:

  • Thanks for your article.

    When I read the piece in the Utica paper I was unable to understand Coach Biddle's comment about the quarterback.

    More running - short plank. Who knows?

    Guess that we will have to wait until tomorrow to find out the answer.

    By Anonymous Lennie, at 11:06 AM  

  • When you take the ball out of the quarterback 's hands until he gets more experience , everyone knows , not the least of whom is the defensive coordinator on the
    other side .

    Without the ball you cannot
    pass . Without the pass , but with
    a good defense, you may be able to
    run enough to play a decent game ,
    but not enough to win .

    Hoperfully , you are not reduced to
    passing when you have to . That is
    where vulnerability to non -
    conversion of third downs and turn-
    overs lie .

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:39 PM  

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