A promising loss?

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September 5, 2008

3:40 PM

First off, I feel an introduction is in order since this is the inaugural post of “The Press Box” (sweet name, right?), The Flat Hat’s new sports blog.

Our sports staff and writers will be posting about all things Tribe athletics, the CAA and, occasionally, national sports. So be sure to check us out. And now, on to the first post.

Tribe football suffered an expected loss (OK, I admit it, I was convinced they’d pull off the upset) to ACC opponent N.C. State this Saturday. I took a couple things away from this one.

First, this is a very promising start for the defense. The Wolfpack are not a great offensive team. Check out this YouTube video of their season-opening 34-0 loss to South Carolina: squad with Division I talent, and for the College’s defense to hold them to only 325 yards (67 on the ground) is a pretty big thing, especially given last year’s defensive struggles (397 yards allowed per game).

The second is that D.J. McAulay seems to be back to full strength (6 catches, 99 yards, 2 TDs), which is excellent news for the Tribe offense. With McAulay and fellow speedster Elliott Mack out on each end at receiver, the College is really going to be able to stretch the field. Now, if they could only get one of their injured running backs (DeBrian Holmes, Courtland Marriner) back from injury, they’d be in really good shape.

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