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The Syracuse Backfield Are A Chatty Bunch

The plight of the under-appreciated running back is a worldwide epidemic. Too often, their cries fall on deaf ears. Too many times, their hopes and desires go unfulfilled. Overshadowed by "sexier" issues like global warming and the situation in Darfur, their story goes untold. Until now...

SU starting running back Curtis Brinkley elaborated a little bit on his concerns over the state of the Orange offense. At least this time while speaking with WTVH reporter Kevin Maher, he didn't throw his teammates under the bus.

Kevin: Is there a quick fix to this problem?
Curtis: Everyone has to get on the same page. The receivers, the offensive line, the quarterback, the tight ends and me. I've been meeting with the offensive line to tell them what I'm looking for and so they can tell me what they're looking for.

Kevin: Okay, so what are you looking for and what are they expecting from you?
They looking for me to press it and make the cut at the right time. I'm looking for the backside to be cut off and for them to give me more time so I can make my cut. But things are looking better in practice so hopefully we show it on Saturday (vs. West Virginia).

My favorite line though, has to be the Arnold Schwarzenegger-inspired bit:

Kevin: Where's your frustration level at right now?
I have a lot to deal with so my frustration level is high. But I keep looking up, I don't look down. That's what I always say. And who's to say I won't go off this week. What happens if I explode this week and keep on exploding.

There's been a lot of debate this week about the use, or lack thereof, of Doug Hogue in game situations this season. But has anyone stopped to ask Doug what he thinks? Yes? Oh, okay, good.

"I don't know," said Hogue of the situation. "I don't really know what I can say about it. Coaches coach and players play. I guess they feel ... I don't know what they feel. I don't know. I really don't know what to say about it.

"They actually didn't tell me anything about whether I'm going to play or not. I just thought, I thought I was going to be able to play and stuff like that. I don't know. Maybe, I don't know exactly what the coaches are thinking."

Well we now he's learned one thing from his head coach. The art of the "I don't know."