I asked Joe Glenn on Tuesday morning to compare the team he has to the team he thought he had a month ago. Essentially I just wanted to know if his impressions of his squad had changed since the season started.
This is what he said:
“There are some things that I’ve taken for granted — maybe we should never take anything for granted — but we’ve had some penalties that have sort of faked us out. We ran into a kicker, we blocked below the waist on a return, somebody gets jacked up and then they respond knowing that the second guy is going to get the flag. There are so many things we’re struggling to execute — and of all things the cadence (of the snap count). They’re obvious and they’re things we have to work on, but I have to tell you, they’re things I have not had to work on in the past in the phase of the season we’re in now.”
“When you have guys jump offsides, miss the snap count — we’re trying to work on quarterback enunciating, barking out the signals as loud as you can, holding your water as an offensive lineman — it’s pretty elementary but that’s what it is and it’s some of the things we’re working on.”
The game in the Dome will mark the return of Jake Sprague, who coached at USD for four years, spending last year as a co-defensive coordinator with Adam Breske, who remains a part of the staff.
It’s not wasted on Glenn, who said of Sprague “He might have some insight into knowing how to scratch us where it itches. It’s something we’re going to have to overcome.”