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Maryland Reminds EMU Coach of Michigan State

I watched Eastern Michigan Coach Jeff Genyk’s 19-minute on-campus press conference yesterday and he was mostly peppered with questions about EMU’s 41-17 blowout loss against Toledo. But Genyk also touched upon Maryland and said that the Terrapins’ running game reminded him of the running game at Michigan State, which beat EMU, 42-10, on Sept. 6. Genyk said MSU, Toledo, Maryland and another opponent, Northern Illinois, run similar running schemes, so having already prepared for it may help on Saturday. Genyk said Maryland had some logistical advantages against Cal, referring to the time difference, but praised Maryland’s running attack and efficient passing game.

Genyk said four safeties that were used against Toledo missed a number of tackles. His cornerbacks need to play with more confidence when the ball is in the air. He liked how his linebackers played overall, and he said that the defense played very well the last 20 minutes of the first half. Players were very disappointed and upset with their performance in the first MAC game of the season, so Genyk had a 2 ½-hour film session on Sunday, during which coaches broke down each error and explained in detail where the breakdowns were.

Genyk said he did not know the status of quarterback Andy Schmitt, who did not see much action in Saturday’s loss because of a shoulder injury. Genyk said Schmitt will be evaluated on a day-to-day basis. When asked to elaborate on the injury, Genyk said: “I’d really rather not say based on the competition.”

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 16, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
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