September 25, 2013

Notebook: Don't expect VU to bring in corners's Chris Lee attended Wednesday's practice, and talked to coach James Franklin and defensive coordinator Bob Shoop later. Here's what the two said about tightening up its pass coverage and much more as the Commodores prepare for UAB on Saturday.

Tightening up

Much was made about UMass's ability to control the clock through short passes, but defensive coordinator Bob Shoop said on Wednesday that that nothing in the game plan was a surprise. He even likened it to a "four-corner offense" in basketball, noting that UMass had just nine possessions, and only one ended in a score.

The third-year defensive coordinator took a little heat for playing his corners so far off the UMass receivers, but said it was a calculated gamble.

"I knew UMass, doing what they were doing, couldn't score more than 14 points or make more than 250 yards against us. They scored seven points and had 240 yards against us. They had 130 yards passing, the longest completion was 10 yards. So I wouldn't have changed a thing," he said.

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