A few quotes worth relaying from this afternoon's local college football coaches luncheon...
Villanova coach Andy Talley on the quarterback situation:
"I'd rather not say I have a quarterback controversy; I'd rather say I have two quarterbacks that I think I can win with, and we'll play whichever one has the hot hand. I'm not saying I'm going to go to a two-quarterback system, because I'm not a proponent of that, but I wouldn't put that out [of the question]. Right now, we've got two good quarterbacks, and we're going to try to pick one that can play Saturday and see who can carry us."
Talley on the depth of the Colonial Athletic Association this season:
"Everybody in the southern part of the conference is extremely aggressive, there's no question about that. You'd better get it up and get going in this league ... It's not a safe place to be if you're trying to have winning seasons and get to the playoffs."
I must admit, I chuckled after hearing the words "southern" and "aggressive" in the same sentence.
Penn coach Al Bagnoli said something that I thought was pretty revealing about the plays he called for Robert Irvin on Saturday. Even though everyone knew it was Irvin's first full game in two years after last season's shoulder surgery, I thought he was at a point where he could be turned loose in full. But Bagnoli admitted to putting special emphasis on keeping Irvin from getting injured again.
"I think we had to be smart with him ... Every third and really long we rean the ball [because] we were not going to put him in harm's way that early. And a lot of our early throws were on first down and they were somewhat controlled, so we were able to negate a tremendous amount of contact on him."
Lincoln coach O.J. Abanishe had the most frank line of the afternoon. When Joe Juliano asked him whether the offense or defense was doing better at the moment, Abanishe responded, "Special teams."
Such is life when coaching a program in its first year of existence.
Here's what Lincoln and the the region's Division II and III schools are up to.
Last week: Road loss vs. Wesley, 41-9
This week: 9/27 at Frostburg State, 1:00 p.m.
Last week: Home loss vs. SUNY-Cortland, 27-20
This week: 9/27 vs. William Paterson, 1:00 p.m.
Last week: Off
This week: 9/27 vs. Salisbury State, 1:00 p.m.
Last week: Road loss at Shaw, 56-7
This week: 9/27 vs. Livingstone, 1:00 p.m.
Last week: Home win vs. Millersville, 41-10
This week: 9/27 at Kutztown, 1:00 p.m.
Last week: Home loss vs. C.W. Post, 35-0
This week: 9/27 at East Stroudsburg, 6:00 p.m.
Last week: Home win vs. Juniata, 21-17
This week: Off