Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Bold Indeed

First, gold medals to those of you who emailed in that the dummy who typed up the future Dartmouth schedules yesterday left a Penn game out. That dummy? It would be me ;-)

Green Alert Take: Don't ever worry about emailing corrections this way. With my eyes the only ones looking at this stuff before posting it's helpful to crowd-source editing. One of the beauties of the Internet is I can go back in and fix mistakes, something I couldn't do when I was sports editor of a daily newspaper in Pennsylvania and had that 48-point headline about Fernando Venezuela taunting me for days.
Say this for Craig Haley writing this time in Athlon: He's not afraid to go out on a limb. In a story headlined, 10 Bold Predictions for 2019 Season he certainly does make a bold one, writing (and the italics are mine):
FCS national champion North Dakota State enters the season with a Division I-leading 21-game winning streak after going 15-0 a year ago, but the other team that went unbeaten — Princeton (10-0) — will be the one to pull off back-to-back unbeaten records.
Sure, that may be drinking the Kool-Aid at Old Nassau because the defending Ivy League champion lost quarterback John Lovett and its key skill position players, but the defense could be even better (eight returning starters) and the Tigers have an easy first half of the schedule to set up potential perfection.
Head coach Bob Surace's squad faces its key test eight days apart in November: Dartmouth (9-1 last season) and 2017 Ivy champ Yale.
That prediction is on one of those ├╝ber annoying sites that make you click through from page to page to see the information teased out front. If you want to share the specific page with the Princeton prediction you can find it HERE.

Green Alert Take: Uh, do you think that page is going to be blown up and posted on a few bulletin boards?
The Pioneer Football League has selected its preseason all-conference team (LINK) and the Jacksonville offense is well represented with quarterback Calvin Turner Jr., fullback Garnett Nicolas and offensive lineman Dane Cordell all chosen to the first team.

Of the quarterback Dartmouth will face in its opener the PFL website writes:
Jacksonville quarterback Calvin Turner Jr., who led all FCS quarterbacks with 1,431 rushing yards last season, returns to lead the Preseason All-PFL offensive unit. Those 1,431 rushing yards led all PFL runners and ranked fifth among all FCS backs. Turner Jr. also averaged 11.0 points per game to lead the league and rank second in the FCS.
Marist, Dartmouth's other PFL opponent, had just center Dan Wittekind selected on the preseason team.
There was a time not that long ago when every school put out a "prospectus" with very general information on its football team.

At the FCS level that day may largely have passed but not at Colgate, the team Dartmouth will face in its home opener. Here's some very basic but useful information from the Colgate "quick facts:"

Stadium: Crown Field at Andy Kerr Stadium Capacity: 10,221 (FieldTurf)

Basic Offense: Multiple
Basic Defense: 3-4
Letterwinners Returning: 41
Letterwinners Lost: 27

Starters Returning/Lost: 14/10
Offensive Starters Returning/Lost: 7/4
Defensive Starters Returning/Lost: 6/5
Specialists Returning/Lost: 1/1
2018 Record: 10-2

2018 Patriot League Record: 6-0 (First place)

2018 Final National Ranking: 7th AFCA Coaches Poll / 8th STATS Media Poll