Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Slow day

I don't really have anything of note to talk about today aside from a RichRod interview in the Orlando Sentinel in which he said this of the defense's struggles:

We’ve struggled. I was more disappointed the first year because we had a few more guys back defensively but when I look back at it, we had lost the 4 top tacklers so … this past year we knew it was going to be a little bit rough at times because there were a lot of new kids playing. I think we’ve got to make a few adjustments here and there. Our numbers were so far down defensively. That’s why we had so many walk-ons playing. That shouldn’t happen. We shouldn’t have to do that. If we do our job as coaches we won’t have to do that in the future.

I can read this as nothing other than a sign of the immenent benching of ones Jordan Kovacs and Kevin Leach. They had their moderately high and low points this season, but Rodriguez's acknowledegement of this ranks up there with my reaction to when Nick Sheridan immediately dropped out of the quarterbacking discussion after the season opener: Thank God.

Rodriguez has been quoted constantly about how much he likes having a strong walk on program, and it has seemed in these two years, that he's preferred playing walk ons over other--sometimes highly rated--recruits. Quotes like this make me happy.

But that's all I've got today. Wisconsin preview tomorrow--summary: it's gonna be ugly. But until then, enjoy this little nugget that comes by way of Passion of the Weiss:


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