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On Saturday afternoon, John Kinder found himself in a familiar spot. He was standing on the sidelines watching a football game.
That’s how Kinder, the 2009 New York State Class A player of the year as a quarterback at Lawrence, spent most of the past four seasons at Syracuse, where he got into just three games and didn’t take a snap at quarterback except on the practice field. But this time,...Read more »
Stony Brook football coach Chuck Priore focused primarily on replenishing the offensive side of the football in his 2014 recruiting class announced on Wednesday. Of 19 recruits, a dozen play offense, six are on defense and a highly recruited punter was added on special teams.
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A football team is a collection of moving body parts, and when a slew of those parts break down, the damage often is reflected on the scoreboard. So, Stony Brook coach Chuck Priore’s anatomy of Saturday’s 39-31 loss to Richmond necessarily revolves around the anatomies of a defense in disrepair. Even before the Seawolves took the field against Richmond and quarterback Michael Strauss, who entered...Read more »
Under Chuck Priore, Stony Brook’s football team has earned a reputation for physical play, and the Seawolves have hit as hard as ever in their first season in the Colonial Athletic Association. But this year, they also have absorbed more than their share of hits that have sidelined key players. If Priore had a dollar for every time he’s uttered the phrase “next man up” this season, he would be...Read more »
The cold, hard facts say Stony Brook’s 31-13 loss to 20th-ranked New Hampshire dropped the Seawolves to ninth place in the 11-member Colonial Athletic Association with a 1-3 record (3-4 overall), and they have yielded an average of 33.7 points in losses to ranked teams Villanova, Towson and UNH. The eyes tell a slightly different story. SBU was blown out at Villanova after season-ending injuries...Read more »
New Hampshire has qualified for the FCS playoffs for nine straight seasons, the longest current streak in the nation. The question is whether that’s a blessing or a burden for the Wildcats coming into a Colonial Athletic Association matchup 4 p.m. Saturday at Stony Brook that figures to be a make-or-break game for the playoff hopes of both teams. Each school began the season nationally ranked but...Read more »
At 2-3 after a skin-of-their-teeth 21-13 victory over Bryant Saturday night at LaValle Stadium, Stony Brook’s Seawolves have lost a little of the surface luster they began the season with when they were as high as 12th in the FCS polls. But as exciting as their clutch fourth-quarter performance was for a record Homecoming crowd of 11,224, it was even more gratifying for those in the SBU locker...Read more »
Stony Brook’s schedule was front-loaded with the toughest opponents first, but even though the Seawolves have played better than their 1-3 record indicates, they already are in jeopardy of missing the FCS playoffs for the first time in three seasons. Although Northeast Conference contender Bryant (3-1) is a non-league opponent, it’s vital for Stony Brook to win its homecoming game against the Bulldogs...Read more »
On the surface, Stony Brook’s move up to the Colonial Athletic Association, regarded by some as the SEC of the Football Championship Subdivision, looks pretty rough after four games. The Seawolves are 1-3 overall and 1-2 in CAA play after blowing an 11-point halftime lead in a 35-21 loss to No. 2-ranked Towson Saturday night at LaValle Stadium. They are a little wobbly after three straight losses,...Read more »
Under the best of circumstances, Stony Brook's home football opener against No. 2 Towson (4-0, 0-0 CAA) on Saturday night at LaValle Stadium would be a major challenge. But after losing two key starters the previous week, the Seawolves (1-2, 1-1) now will face the Tigers without running back Jamie Williams and starting linebacker Grant Nakwaasah. Williams suffered a rib injury in last week’s 35-6...Read more »