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Cornell 2015 Football Preview

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With just one win in 2014 for head coach David Archer, expectations are not exactly high for the Cornell Big Red football team this fall. They are not getting a lot of respect around the Ivy League, and some people feel like they are going to struggle once again. However, when the team only wins one game and that was only by 3 points, up seems to be the only way to go. Here is a closer look at what to expect in 2015 as we get closer and closer to the beginning of training camp.

Defense seems to be a big focus for the team going into 2015, as they gave up way too many points in the Ivy League. In 5 of their 7 league games, they gave up at least 30 points. Even in their only win, they had to rely on their biggest offensive output to hold off Columbia. They were pretty young on defense in 2014, and the biggest example of their youth was their reliance on freshman safety Nick Gesualdi in the secondary. He is no doubt a very talented player, but he needs help in order to shut down the passing game. He picked off 4 passes last year, and he was named the top rookie in the Ivy League. Miles Norris, Rush Imhotep and Jackson Weber all excelled statistically last year, and they should be better leaders in 2015.

On offense, Cornell is definitely going to be returning some talent. Running back Luke Hagy is looking for a big senior year, and he has earned All-Ivy League honors in the past. As long as he is healthy, he is going to get the vast majority of touches in the backfield. He will be lining up next to either Jake Jatis or Robert Somborn this fall. Jatis was thrown in the mix last year, and he did fairly well for a freshman. He will need to try to win the battle with Somborn, as he will be back after only getting a chance to play 5 games. He was the much more efficient quarterback, as he finished with 1093 passing yards and 9 touchdowns in limited action.

Archer’s seat might not be red hot just yet, but this is a big third-year for the head coach. He only has 4 wins on his resume in those 2 seasons so far, and it is time to break through and get closer to the top half of the league. If the youngsters progressed well, things could be much different in a few months.


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