Happy football weekend

Tim Pernetti: "under 1,000" tickets left for the opener.

Teddy Dellaganna won the kickoff job.

The coaching staff isn't saying what kind of role Jabu Lovelace will have against Cincinnati. I was going to link to Brian Bennett's Q&A with Devin McCourty, but the link appears to be dead right now (edit: fixed). Priority #1 on Monday will be pressuring Tony Pike. The theme for last night's game was overwhelming defense, and it'd be nice to see that continue.

Brian Leonard had a big game last night, including his trademark leap.

In front of his locker, Leonard still isn't sure he did the right thing watching Hard Knocks for the first time Wednesday night.

"I probably should have because I played well. I should do it every week," decided Leonard, who was then asked if he thought about the competition. "I thought about it after the show and a little bit this morning, but once the game starts you don't think about it at all. You just think about your assignments. You've been playing since you were a young boy, so doing it all your life just go out there and play. The only thing I get nervous about is the unexpected."

Mike Teel saw plenty of time against the Raiders, throwing for two touchdowns. Courtney Greene left the game with a knee injury. Tiquan Underwood returned a fumble for a touchdown. Kevin Malast reportedly struggled last night. Ray Rice had a brief Q&A with the Sporting News yesterday. Gary Gibson received another start last night for the Rams. Jamaal Westerman had a big sack of Michael Vick last night. Brandon Renkart is one of two LBs vying for the last spot on the Jet roster.

Here's an interesting Jason McCourty stat:

The rookie cornerback leads the NFL in special teams coverage tackles with six solo tackles and two assists in four preseason games. According to the NFL's count, no other player in the league — veteran or rookie — has notched more than four solo tackles as teams head into their final week of preseason action.

McCourty picked off a pass during the team's opener against the Bills in the Hall of Fame game and has logged a total of nine solo tackles, two assists and a tackle for a loss during four preseason games. He's also defended a pair of passes and averaged 16 yards per kickoff return on three attempts.

The Titans still haven't decided who will return kickoffs for them, and McCourty is scheduled to get some more opportunities to prove that he can be that player when Tennessee faces the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night.

One Pittsburgh Panthers beatwriter is crossing the aisle to work for the Pitt athletic department. I think this is a trend that will be on the rise; you're seeing more schools do it, including Cincy I believe. I don't know what level of resources are necessary to do this kind of move (not only do you have to pay a journalist, but there are logistical issues too). The Pitt athletic department doesn't screw around at all when it comes to fundraising, so I'd imagine that they can handle that aspect. (h/t: Pitt Blather)

Record enrollment is placing a strain on the New Brunswick campus.

Everyone see that Villanova beat Temple last night? Tough break. For all the second guessers out there, Edison's Michael Campbell had a big night at WR for the Owls.

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