Why Are We Surprised The Secondary Is A Weakness?
We’ve been discussing it for months. We all knew the secondary would be thin and short on experience in January. When Curtis Drake, who was moved to DB, and Derrick Thomas were dismissed from the team earlier in the summer, it got even worse. And when former walk-on (they were still walk-ons then, right?) safety Tim Buckley transferred, it became dire.
A long TD pass vs. Ohio in week 1 that should have been intercepted, twice, swung the game decidedly in favor of the Bobcats. On Saturday, Michael Rocco had a prayer answered as Stephen Obeng-Agyapong never found the ball, and Jake Fagnano was caught out of position on a 40+ yard 3rd down completion, that kept the eventual game winning driving going.
This has been a problem YEARS in the making, as the former staff had not recruited the secondary effectively in their final few classes. We can argue about Ted Roof’s schemes and his coaching ability, but the simple fact is this secondary is who we thought they were.