ShareThis Page
Frazier plans an aerial attack |

Frazier plans an aerial attack

| Wednesday, August 30, 2006 12:00 a.m

In 2005, Frazier scored a touchdown or less in five of its nine games. But this season, coach Lew Sweitzer is hoping a strong passing attack will bolster the Commodores’ offense and perhaps its win total, as well.

“We’re going to be a passing offense, but I’m still of the school that you have to be able to run the ball,” Sweitzer said.

If the Commodores can keep defenses honest with a capable ground game, it should open things for a potentially potent passing attack.

“I think our passing game will be much improved,” Sweitzer said. “These kids know the offense very well.”

Two important pieces in the passing game will be seniors Joe Kulikoski and Jim Traynor. Both are returning two-year lettermen.

Kulikoski faces the challenge of adjusting from wide receiver to quarterback. He replaces graduate Tony Battaglini as the team’s starting quarterback.

“Joe has a good arm and he can run,” Sweitzer said. “He is a fine athlete.”

Kulikoski is handling the transition well thanks in part to the fact that he knows the receiver pass patterns.

“I know all the reads and have a feel for what the guys are going to run,” Kulikoski said. “I think the chance to be a quarterback is exciting and we have a passing offense.”

One of Kulikoski’s favorite targets will likely be Traynor. Traynor has been one of the team’s top wide receivers for the past two seasons. He caught five touchdown passes in 2005.

“Jim plays hard,” Sweitzer said. “He’s tough and he’s a smart player.”

Although there may be a period of adjustment between Traynor and Kulikoski, Traynor believes the tandem will form a dynamic combination.

“Tony (Battaglini) was a good quarterback, but Joe is doing well and he has confidence throwing the ball,” Traynor said. “That is important.”

And with Kulikoski at the helm, Traynor is expecting a big season.

“I had a pretty good year last year and I’m hoping to do even better this year,” Traynor said. “I think I’ll be his number one target.”

In addition to Traynor, Kulikoski should have other capable pass-catchers in senior tight end Tim Holt and senior wideout Vince Conti.

“We have good players that aren’t afraid to go up in traffic and catch the ball,” Kulikoski said.

If the offense can click, there is reason to expect the Commodores could have a good season after a 2-7 campaign in 2005.

“I think the kids understand what it takes to improve,” Sweitzer said. “I expect our team to be competitive.”

Categories: News
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.