Fighting Irish thinking playoffs

By: Jake Young Email
By: Jake Young Email

Friday, August 19, 2011

Augusta, GA - No doubt the end of last season left a pretty sour taste in the mouths of Aquinas football players. The Fighting Irish ended the year with three straight losses, missing the playoffs by a single game.

This year, teams might want to watch out for Matt LeZotte's squad. The offensive backfield will be strong, getting its two biggest weapons back in running back Brendan Douglas and quarterback Dane Anderson.

The offensive line lost some serious talent, but the coach thinks his team's recent success may have taken care of that.

LeZotte said, "We've sparked an interest in Aquinas football and got some guys out here to play that typically haven't, and we've gotten guys to come out and do the job that those guys that left were doing. We're really excited to see what kind of plays those guys can take."

Anderson added, "Weakness. I don't know if we have any. I mean, we always have things you can get better at, but I don't really want to say we have a weakness anywhere."

Coach LeZotte agrees that this is a strong team on paper, but he also knows that without a leader, the Irish won't get far.

"I've yet to see some guys step up and take charge. That's the biggest thing we've been lacking the last four years that I've been here," LeZotte said. "We've had one or two here and there, but we need somebody that's going to be the guy to say, 'Hey. Let's go,' and everybody follows."

The Irish have a great chance to get off to a hot start. The first four teams on the schedule combined for just 10 wins last year.


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