Wednesday, September 24, 2008

No bailout for Rod

At least someone has taken responsibility for losses. Another quote, this time from the Detroit News, that the special teams coaches are responsible for the Notre Dame loss:

"I just hope we catch the ball," Rodriguez said, smiling. "We've tried out just about everybody back there. There have been seven, eight guys back there, catching kicks every day. We try to put then in pressure situations, but it's different in the game.

"You've got to be able to do it, and focus and just catch the ball first and know we're going to get some short kicks and balls that aren't kicked right down the middle. We've got to be able to handle that. As much as we've worked on it, we should be better at it. If not, I'll be very disappointed."

Rodriguez said just who will return kicks Saturday remains unclear. Players who have practiced returns are defensive backs Morgan Trent , Brandon Harrison and Boubacar Cissoko , receivers Martavious Odoms and James Rogers and tailbacks Avery Horn , Michael Shaw and Sam McGuffie .