Sunday, October 01, 2006


I know I said I'd write about hockey this weekend, but I've barely slept so it's an early night for me. I promise to get around to a hockey preview.

In the meantime, the Badgers whooped up on Indiana, 52-17. Most times when you say the score wasn't indicative of the game, you mean that the game was closer than the score would lead you to believe. In this case, the opposite is true. It took until the Badgers had their second team in for Illinois to really be able to get any offense going.

During the course of yesterday's games, a player of the day award is given out. Yesterday's went to a Penn State WR who racked up 200-some yards.
An argument could have been made for John Stocco, who was incomplete on only 2 passes yesterday. His 15 for 17, 304 yard, 3 TD performance was impressive and commanding, and didn't lose any thunder based on the opponent. Plus, those numbers were put up in a little over 2 quarters. And they gave him a perfect QB rating.

P.J. Hill showed his versatility, upping his catch count to 12, (and his yards/catch average to 11.8)

Mark Zalewski had 6 solo tackles yesterday, and the offensive line allowed just one hit on Stocco - and that hit came well after Stocco released the ball on a TD pass.

Yesterday's predictions proved to be pretty spot on. The defense and punt coverage units were especially spectacular in keeping James Hardy and Marcus Thigpen out of the game.

The biggest question mark for me yesterday came on special teams. While Zach Hampton has proved himself adept at avoiding tacklers, too often we are coming out of the enzone instead of taken touchbacks and not calling for faircatches when the opponents are right in our face - both of which have worsened our starting field position on mutliple occasions. As far as I'm concerned, there's just no excuse or reason for this. If you're halfway into the endzone, you don't try to return the punt. Take a knee and be happy with the 20 yard line. If the gunners have outrun your coverage and their right in your face, you're probably not going to be able to beat them and you're forcing your coverage into blocks in the back and holding.