Keep Calm and Hoot On

Nick Visco kicking for Archbishop Wood.

Nick Visco kicking for Archbishop Wood.

One of the parents gave me this great T-Shirt (or is that ‘][‘-Shirt) I wore yesterday while jogging:

“Keep Calm and Hoot On.”

Once I saw that in the bag, I had to wear it. I haven’t been too calm since Saturday.

The recipe for a productive Coyer is simple:
Five passes, five runs, five catches.
He also carried the ball for 184 yards
in a game at Ohio once. How do you not
get someone with those kind of instincts
involved in the running game?
To under-utilize a talent
like this is cheating the team.

It’s one thing to lose a game to a team slightly favored, but a whole other story to lose it the way Temple did. So I have a hard time letting go, but let go I must and so must Temple.

In my mind, if you are going to pull a kicker, you use the backup kicker, not the punter. I don’t know if Nick Visco makes that 25-yard field goal (essentially an extra-point), but I do know this: Nick Visco made the highest percentage of extra points of any kicker who ever kicked on the soil of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. That field goal was an extra point.

I’d say his making it would have been a good bet since I’ve always believed the best predictor of future success is past success and that’s some damn good past success.

That whole game changes at 16-15.

Now it looks as though Visco will play (Matt Rhule: “I think we’ll give Nick a shot”), so things are looking up in the kicking game.

For things to look up for the rest of the offense, the Owls must do a better job of getting the ball in the hands of their play-makers going forward. One of the things that made John Chaney a great coach was that he yelled when someone passed the ball to someone other than Eddie Jones or Aaron McKie. He knew who his scorers were.

These are ours:

Bowl win

Bowl win

CHRIS COYER _ Does our new offensive coordinator even know this kid was the MVP as a quarterback for the school’s first bowl win in 30 years? He hasn’t been given an opportunity to throw the ball yet. He should not be a Wildcat quarterback. (How many times have you seen the Wildcat work? Me, too.) He should be throwing the ball five times a game off pitchouts from Connor Reilly or maybe a throwback pass. The recipe for a productive Coyer is simple: Five passes, five runs, five catches. He also carried the ball for 184 yards in a game at Ohio once. How do you not get someone with those kind of instincts involved in the running game?  To under-utilize a talent like this is cheating the team. This is someone who can get 100 yards receiving, 100 yards rushing and 100 yards passing in any given game but not the way he’s being used now.

Khalif Herbin, scoring one of his five touchdowns in Montclair's 35-7 win over East Orange in front of 9,000 fans.

Khalif Herbin, scoring one of his five touchdowns in Montclair’s 35-7 win over East Orange in front of 9,000 fans.

KHALIF HERBIN _ I hope they find a way to get this kid the ball in space, maybe on a reverse or two, punt and kickoff returns, a bubble screen, whatever. He runs a 4.34 40 and Hassan Dixon is the only guy on the team faster. Herbin, though, wasn’t Offensive Player of the Year in New Jersey (2011) for nothing. We haven’t seen him yet because of injury issues, but he’s good to go and 100 percent for Saturday.

ZAIRE WILLIAMS_Thought after going 7 for 33 from scrimmage against Notre Dame, we’d see more of him against Houston, but all we saw was 11 for 57. Bernard Pierce went 6 for 44 in his first game and that was against a FCS school. The next game, Pierce went for over 100 yards against Eastern Michigan and almost never went below 100 yards after that but he didn’t get the ball just 11 times in any of those games. Williams is of the Palmer-Pierce-Brown-Harris lineage, at least in ability. He was open in the flat all day for screen passes against Houston. I would have loved to have seen him take one of those screen passes to the house.

RYAN ALDERMAN _ Any time the team needs nine yards, throw it to him. He not only catches everything, he’s got a remarkable knack for getting open.

DEON MILLER _ I know he’s had dehydration issues, but if they are not going to throw the ball to him on a fade in the end zone, they probably should put him back on the field goal blocking team. The 6-foot-6 wide receiver blocked two FGs last year perfectly timing his jump from behind the nose guard. I didn’t see him out there for any of Richie Leone’s five made field goals last week. In the absence of 6-11 basketball players coming out for the team, he’s the best option the Owls have for that job.

Other than that, keep calm and Hoot on … there’s plenty of season left to be played and you can only cry over spilled milk for three days.

Tomorrow: The road to a winning season

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2 thoughts on “Keep Calm and Hoot On

  1. I completely agree the owls need a big play threat to establish himself soon. I think the names listed above have potential but none have ever demonstrated the ability to step up in the heat of a game. Coyer is a very solid player but not a legit threat at the bcs level to spread the field. I don’t think the coaching staff has leveraged his considerable strengths well but we need a speedster who can break things open

    I like alderman as a possession receiver and agree he’s got very good hands but he isn’t the guy to break it open. Kicking is a disaster so don’t even get me started.

    In summary….I think the owls lost to two better teams. We could have stolen the game from Houston but we lost to a better team with established offense and competent special teams. I’m really concerned a team with a legit QB (read teddy bridge water) is going to shred us.

  2. Better not mess around – need to put Fordham away early. Missed kicks and turnovers will lead to a loss. Sorry to say it, but this game is NOT an automatic win.

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