Lost in my dismay over both the devastation of the USC big play as well as our offense’s inability to move the football was the fact that two Cornerbacks emerged from the fray (although not the two I’d expect). After getting victimized twice by Marqise Lee, Tony Grimes was pulled in favor of true freshman Ne’Quan Phillips who, along with Mike Edwards, played (I felt) terrifically despite being over-matched and not supported by any real pass rush. Add to that the fact that the defense appeared to be very stout against the run and I think we will be okay (true fan rationalization).
The real kicker for me was that even though most of the people I was watching the game with don’t follow UH too closely, they were still able to recognize “Hey, who’s that #20? He’s pretty damn solid.” To which I whole-heartedly agreed. Supposedly Ne’Quan has only one speed (you can fill out the rest of the cliche.) And it really showed. Although he did get beaten on a few pass plays, I chalk that up more to the experience of the opposition and not to his lack of coverage skills. I guess we’ll know more as the season progresses. However I’m glad I was able to take away at least SOME silver lining from this otherwise demoralization of a football game. Go Warriors!