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  • IUPbigINDIANS
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    Originally posted by EyeoftheHawk View Post

    I wasn’t impressed and saw some of the same things that were a problem last year, especially missed assignments. However, the spring game is probably the worst place to get a gauge on that since everyone knows what’s coming on defense and I’m sure they were trying some different looks. I don’t expect O-line to be a strength of this team though.

    You hit a huge part of it. No matter how good you are, it's real hard to block properly or run the ball when the defense knows what's coming. They do call the play in the huddle but the defense knows all the counts, signals, cadences, etc. The defense doesn't have to think. They just play. Big difference there. That split second of thinking usually propels big plays by the offense. Add to it IUP's QB is a legit home run threat when he runs -- and, they know dang-sure he's not taking off in a meaningless Spring Game. In a real game, teams have to be aware of him at all times because he can break one real quick. With that element gone, well, it's time to tee off.

    I do think the OL is going to be better this year. They had some guys not in the Spring Game who will be key pieces come August. Let's be honest, I'm not sure it can be much worse than it was a year ago.

    Remember, too, Cole Laney had to sit the Spring session to preserve a semester. He's a dominating blocker from the TE position at 6'6", 250 lbs. I know how 'program' heights and weights typically work. They aren't lying with Laney. He might even be 6'7". With this being his last season, Joe Lombardi should be all over him come November. He'd be a terror in basketball.

    That said, he MUST be more involved in the offense this year. TEs of his size and speed don't exist on this level. Hell, they line him up at WR occasionally. He had a huge Opening Night last year then was rarely seen again before being lost for the season with an injury.

    Que the traditional comment here, but IUP does appear pretty strong at RB and WR. Ridley is a stud and the guy they just signed from Pueblo (former Karst teammate) is legit. Some others return there, too. Obviously, they have several starter quality RBs.

    End of the day, IUP is always going to have talent. Tort recruits well. Last year's team dealt with a ton of crap -- lengthy injuries to stars and off the field garbage. It didn't respond well. We'll see if they learned from it.

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  • EyeoftheHawk
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    Originally posted by Ram040506 View Post

    How did your OL do in spring ball? I took a look at the roster, seems like you guys are going to be pretty young as a group there. Only 4 juniors, no seniors.
    I wasn’t impressed and saw some of the same things that were a problem last year, especially missed assignments. However, the spring game is probably the worst place to get a gauge on that since everyone knows what’s coming on defense and I’m sure they were trying some different looks. I don’t expect O-line to be a strength of this team though.

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  • IUPbigINDIANS
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    Originally posted by Ram040506 View Post

    How did your OL do in spring ball? I took a look at the roster, seems like you guys are going to be pretty young as a group there. Only 4 juniors, no seniors.
    The Spring roster is a bit misleading with some guys sitting out to save eligibility and others not arriving until Fall camp (officially). It should be much better than last year ... put it that way.

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  • Ram040506
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    Originally posted by IUPbigINDIANS View Post
    OL Santiago has entered the portal.
    How did your OL do in spring ball? I took a look at the roster, seems like you guys are going to be pretty young as a group there. Only 4 juniors, no seniors.

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  • IUPbigINDIANS
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    OL Santiago has entered the portal.

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  • IUP24
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    Originally posted by EyeoftheHawk View Post

    Definitely a lot to look forward to with the program.

    The Indiana area has been enjoying some good baseball this spring. In addition to the IUP run, Indiana High School (4A) and Punxsutawney High School (3A) are both in the PIAA semi-finals. Both have their hands full as Fleetwood (Indiana’s opponent) has already knocked of WPIAL champion North Catholic and Montour in the tournament and Avonworth (Punxsy’s opponent) is the WPIAL champion.

    The fun is probably over for whoever advances as privates Holy Ghost Prep will be waiting in 4A and Neumann-Goretti will be waiting in 3A. Neither has lost to a public school in forever.
    Not specifically related or unrelated, but baseball is one of the few high school sports across the state, and across each classification where there is some semblance of balance between east, west, public, and private. Generally having 1-2 really good pitchers can do that. When I was in high school, the best programs in the state seemed to be in central part of PA around Lancaster, York, and Harrisburg, but it really seems more balanced overall now.

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  • EyeoftheHawk
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    Originally posted by IUPbigINDIANS View Post

    Today was a long shot. Bullpen games are tough. Take away the disastrously bad 2nd inning and it was pretty close.

    One thing to keep in mind is this all kind of came a year early. Next year was the season getting most of the buzz earlier. This team is incredibly young. They return a ton next year. Kline has been very good at building around high school players while filling needs with transfers. I suspect he will land a very strong transfer class. This was only his third season. The pitching depth wasn't quite there.

    They are certainly on the map now.

    It was without question the best story of the year at IUP.
    Definitely a lot to look forward to with the program.

    The Indiana area has been enjoying some good baseball this spring. In addition to the IUP run, Indiana High School (4A) and Punxsutawney High School (3A) are both in the PIAA semi-finals. Both have their hands full as Fleetwood (Indiana’s opponent) has already knocked of WPIAL champion North Catholic and Montour in the tournament and Avonworth (Punxsy’s opponent) is the WPIAL champion.

    The fun is probably over for whoever advances as privates Holy Ghost Prep will be waiting in 4A and Neumann-Goretti will be waiting in 3A. Neither has lost to a public school in forever.

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  • ShoNuff
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    Congrats to former IUP teammates Damon Lloyd and Dondrea Tillman.for helping the Birmingham Stallions defeat the Michigan Panthers 31-18 to win the USFL Conference Championship game. Next week they play the XFL Conference champs for the UFL Championship.

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  • IUPNation
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    Originally posted by iupgroundhog View Post
    Tampa beats Angelo St. Not a surprise.

    https://www.ncaa.com/news/baseball/a...acket-schedule
    They went undefeated down there. Losing your first game really makes it harder..but IUP has nothing to be dejected about. Wonderful run..hopefully more to come.

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  • iupgroundhog
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    Tampa beats Angelo St. Not a surprise.

    https://www.ncaa.com/news/baseball/a...acket-schedule

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  • iupgroundhog
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    Originally posted by IUPNation View Post

    Can you imagine Torts takes the foosball title next season.

    Joe ball gets back on top.

    Then we take beisbol.

    Then they hand the Dixon trophy to the school that won lawn darts, dodge ball and ping pong.
    I always liked lawn darts, dodge ball, and ping pong. Too bad the lawn darts impaled so many people and they had to take them off the market.

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  • IUPbigINDIANS
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    Originally posted by IUPNation View Post

    Can you imagine Torts takes the foosball title next season.

    Joe ball gets back on top.

    Then we take beisbol.

    Then they hand the Dixon trophy to the school that won lawn darts, dodge ball and ping pong.
    Lol

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  • IUPNation
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    Originally posted by IUPbigINDIANS View Post

    Today was a long shot. Bullpen games are tough. Take away the disastrously bad 2nd inning and it was pretty close.

    One thing to keep in mind is this all kind of came a year early. Next year was the season getting most of the buzz earlier. This team is incredibly young. They return a ton next year. Kline has been very good at building around high school players while filling needs with transfers. I suspect he will land a very strong transfer class. This was only his third season. The pitching depth wasn't quite there.

    They are certainly on the map now.

    It was without question the best story of the year at IUP.
    Can you imagine Torts takes the foosball title next season.

    Joe ball gets back on top.

    Then we take beisbol.

    Then they hand the Dixon trophy to the school that won lawn darts, dodge ball and ping pong.

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  • IUPbigINDIANS
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    Originally posted by IUPNation View Post
    It was a tall order to take it all but wow what a season for them.
    Today was a long shot. Bullpen games are tough. Take away the disastrously bad 2nd inning and it was pretty close.

    One thing to keep in mind is this all kind of came a year early. Next year was the season getting most of the buzz earlier. This team is incredibly young. They return a ton next year. Kline has been very good at building around high school players while filling needs with transfers. I suspect he will land a very strong transfer class. This was only his third season. The pitching depth wasn't quite there.

    They are certainly on the map now.

    It was without question the best story of the year at IUP.

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  • IUPNation
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    It was a tall order to take it all but wow what a season for them.

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