Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Of Quarterbacks And Coaches

A STATS story out today notes that in the FCS:
 . . . "(P)lenty of top signal callers will return in 2018. In fact, nearly two-thirds of the teams in the final Top 25 rankings can make that claim."
And in the Ivy League? That was true a year ago but not in 2018.

When the Ivies kicked off the 2017 season every team but Penn was returning its leading passer from the year before. (The Quakers' Alek Torgersen was the only graduated starting quarterback.)

2016 starting QBs back in 2017 (in order of most passing yards the year before): 
Dartmouth Jack Heneghan
Cornell Dalton Banks
Harvard Joe Viviano
Princeton Chad Kanoff
Columbia Anders Hill
Brown Thomas Linta
Yale Kurt Rawlings

The 2018 picture will be entirely different.

2017 starting QBs back in 2018 (in order of most passing yards):
Yale Rawlings (2,320 yards and 19 touchdowns last year)
Cornell Banks (1,994/6)
Harvard Jake Smith (1,154/5)
Teams that had senior starters last fall:
Princeton (Kanoff 3,474 yards, 29 TD)
Columbia (Hill 2,407/16)
Dartmouth (Heneghan 2,136/17)
Penn (Will Fischer-Colbrie 1,524/13)
Brown (Linta 1,320/8)
Of course, Princeton is expected to return John Lovett, the Ivy League player of the year in 2016 when he passed for 10 touchdowns (582 yards) and ran for 20 touchdowns and 411 yards.
Cornell has announced that head coach David Archer has received a contract extension. (LINK)

It has been speculated that the Big Red took a hard look at how Dartmouth resurrected its program in part by having patience with alum Buddy Teevens at the helm, and decided go the same route.

Records after five years:
Archer 12-38 overall, 9-26 Ivy League
Teevens 9-41 overall, 8-27 Ivy League

The Big Green came alive in Teevens' sixth year, going 6-4, and it hasn't looked back. Since the sluggish five-year start Dartmouth has gone 52-28 overall and 34-22 in conference.