Cornell football opens Saturday, September 20th at Colgate and here's a quick look at what you can expect from the team this season.
College football began with an exciting slate of games Saturday, but Ivy football has about 3 weeks to go until opening day. Cornell football opens the season on Saturday, September 20th at Colgate and their first home game is unfortunately not until October 4th when they host Yale.
The Big Red was picked 7th in preseason media polls, largely because of the graduation of quarterback Jeff Matthews who holds 47 school records and 18 Ivy records. There are now 4 quarterbacks listed on the roster; 2 are freshman and the other 2 have limited game experience. Junior James Few was in 4 games last season and was 15 of 19 with 2 touchdowns and sophomore Robert Somborn was only 3 for 3 on the season, so it will be tough to find a suitable replacement for Matthews.
Special teams are expected to be a strength of the Big Red; the ivy rookie of the year last season was punter Chris Fraiser and senior John Wells is an all-ivy kicker, plus junior Ben Rodgers had great success returning punts last seasons.
The defense is a bit unpredictable but it’s expected to at least be better than last season. The return of Captain Rush Imhotep at safety is going to be huge – he missed last season with an injury so he’ll help solidify the defense. Last year Cornell was just 3-7 and they gave up big numbers in every loss so improving the defense is crucial, especially when they don’t have a quarterback that’s going to win shootouts.
Speaking of Jeff Matthews, if you remember he was undrafted but signed by the Falcons last June and he got some time in one of their preseason games; he completed 1 of 3 pass attempts for 18 yards against the Texans, but he unfortunately was waived on August 24th. After a few workouts with various teams over the past week, Matthews was one of 9 players signed to the Colts practice squad this Sunday.
Football won’t start until September 20th with 2 consecutive away games at Colgate and at Bucknell, then they return home to play Yale on October 4th which is the first home game of the season, so it will be a while before we see the Big Red at Scheollkopf.
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