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Army Analysis, Georgetown Preview

by Kyle Kesses
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Fordham Lost at Army 55-0 on Saturday Afternoon

The Fordham Football team had to trudge through nearly a foot of snow on Saturday afternoon in order to exit Michie Stadium in West Point, NY, taking with them an eight-touchdown loss that served as a microcosm of the Rams injury-marred and inauspicious 2011 season.

Fordham entered the game at 1-6 as they prepared to clash, for the second time this season, with an FBS program. Fordham was coming off of a game on October 22 in which quarterback Ryan Higgins threw for a career high 413 yards and completed passes to nine different receivers. With the passing game emerging as the team’s strength, Fordham caught yet another unfortunate break in 2011 when a bizarre October snowstorm blasted the north east on Saturday. Higgins was unable to throw the ball through the driving snow – he completed one of six passes – and Fordham’s injury-infected defense could not thwart Army’s top ranked rushing attack as the Black Knights cruised to a 55-0 victory.

On our seventh edition of Monday Night Quarterback, we spoke with Coach Tom Masella about Saturday’s disappointing events and also covered some of the details that will make Fordham’s trip to Army one of the most memorable experiences for all who made the trek.

During the “Inside the Playbook” portion of our show, we welcomed tight ends coach Ryan Darcey. Coach Darcey spoke about his experience as a player at Fordham – a 2009 Fordham graduate – and also spoke about promising young freshman tight end Dan Light.
We also welcomed junior safety Brendan Melanophy onto the show for the first time this season. Melanophy talked about his transition into the starting lineup at the beginning of the 2010 season. We also touched on his relationship with backfield mate Kevin Carter and the importance of their on-field communication.

Lead by junior punter Patrick Murray, Fordham has had a terrific season on special teams. Averaging 45 yards per punt, Patrick has emerged as a potential NFL prospect. On Monday, we spoke with him about his ambition to become a professional football player and also some of the steps that he will take in order to gain the proper exposure.

Fordham is next in action on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Washington D.C. to collide with the 7-2 Georgetown Hoyas. Listen to the game on 90.7 FM and wfuv.org beginning with the pre-game show at 12:50.

Download the 7th edition of Monday Night Quarterback here.