Welcome to our new weekly football column, where four points from the previous game will be examined and analyzed. This column will help fans who missed the game or who are looking for a different perspective of things besides a regular game story. With that being said, let’s get to the four points from the game.
1st down: There is officially a quarterback controversy
In last week’s game against Bryant, John Kinder, a redshirt senior, played poorly (to say the least) against the Bulldogs. Saturday against UConn, he failed to put any sustained drive together again, prompting coach Chuck Priore to put in Conor Bednarski and sit Kinder.
Now, if you want to take this with a grain of salt, go ahead. But Stony Brook’s offense looked much better in the second half and scored more than the Kinder-led O in the first half.
Bednarski led the team to 141 yards on three drives that he solely directed in the second half, while Kinder could not muster that in the whole first half and the early second-half drives that failed to get anywhere.
Will Bednarski be the starter next week against American International? A lot of fans will probably be surprised if not.
2nd down: The offensive line needs work
Against Bryant, the offensive line looked pretty good against the run, but Kinder seemed to be running for his life every play. Saturday was not too different.
Kinder did not seem to be running for his life as much, but there were no running holes.
Bedell’s running average dropped to 3.5 yards per carry today, after averaging 4.3 against the Bulldogs, and Marcus Coker could barely get going running through the middle for only 21 yards on 12 carries.
Bednarski played well, but he had to avoid pressure a lot and step up in the pocket to save the offensive line.
3rd down: This team needs to be more disciplined
Third down conversions and penalties are key to winning teams. The Seawolves can point to those two things alone and say that’s the reason they are 0-2 instead of 1-1, maybe 2-0.
Against Bryant, they were 2-for-16 on third downs while having seven penalties for 65 yards. Against UConn converted only three third downs on 18 chances and had 12 penalties for 107 yards, giving UConn first downs on three of them.
Also, Bednarski earned all three of those on the touchdown drive he engineered in the fourth.
Maybe the biggest of them all, a running into the kicker on a punt gave the Seawolves the ball on the five instead of the 40.
4th down: This defense is legit
It was known that the Stony Brook defense would be the strong point this season, but they are going above and beyond to keep this team in games early in the season.
They have allowed two 30-yard touchdown passes, one to a NFL draft prospect, but other than that they have done exceptionally well.
They held an FBS offense, albeit led by a backup quarterback, to 223 yards of total offense and forced a couple of UConn turnovers.
Christian Ricard is making his case to be an early season favorite for defensive player of the year, recording 18 tackles, 5.5 for loss and three sacks in two games, leading the CAA in all three categories, and being all over the field. Victor Ochi is also being stout on the defensive line, and if Rahim Cassell can start producing on the defensive end, this will be a hard unit to score on.
Extra Point: Looking ahead
Now, what should be an easy win on paper, the next matchup is against American International, a Division II school.
There might be a new starting quarterback in Bednarski, and it will be interesting to see how much Coker will be used as he did not look fully healthy and did not have that burst and power that was prevalent in the 2013 season.
This is also a confidence game for Stony Brook, as they are probably not full of too much of it right now, falling to 0-2 and needing at least seven wins to try and qualify for the FCS playoffs.
The season has only just begun, but questions need answering.