Colgate Analysis, Penn Preview

by Andrew O'Connell
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Head Coach Tom Masella, Offensive Cooridnator and Quarterbacks Coach Brian Volk, and Running Back Langston Lacroix join us.

The cold and rainy atmosphere on Monday night felt eerily similar to the weather patterns experienced in Hamilton, New York last Saturday when the Colgate Raiders downed the Rams 38-14 at Andy Kerr Stadium. Luckily, this time we were protected from the elements in our WFUV studios, where Kyle Kesses and myself broke down the contest with Fordham head football coach Tom Masella.

Masella acknowledged that there are some elements of the Rams game that needed fixing. Unfortunately, the thing that hurt Fordham the most on Saturday was injuries, and only time will tell how key members of the Rams progress in their efforts to reach optimal health. The defense, already plagued by the season ending injury to defensive lineman Justin Yancey following week one, lacked a few of their most talented and most seasoned components against Colgate; Kevin Carter, Matt Sconiers and Brett Biestek all sat out, while injury limited Andre Delaire to only one quarter of action.

As if these injuries didn’t damage Fordham enough of defense, the play of Colgate senior running back Nate Eachus only added on to Fordham’s problems. The consensus First Team All-American from last season and preseason Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year showed why he holds a spot on many experts’ watch list for the Walter Payton Award. After missing two games with injury, Eachus shredded the Fordham defense for 228 yards on 30 carries and one touchdown.

The Rams’ offense struggled to find the success throughout the game, making a few costly turnovers and committing a handful of unwarranted penalties that shifted the momentum of the game in Colgate’s direction. Offense coordinator and quarterbacks coach Brian Volk addressed these issues, pointing to a lack of execution and too many missed opportunities as the key to the Rams woes on offense.

One strong point that both coaches pointed to, however, was the play of junior running back Langston Lacroix. The highly recruited New Egypt, New Jersey native suffered two unfortunate knee injuries over the course of two years that stifled his playing time. Now back to 100% health, Lacroix ran for 70 yards on the afternoon, while his teammate Darryl Whiting added 76, showing glimpses on a thunder-lightning running game that could aid the struggling Rams offense as the season progresses. We sat down with Lacroix, and discussed his recovery process and his thoughts on the offense.

Finally, we looked ahead to the next game this Saturday at historic Franklin Field against the Penn Quakers. The two-time defending Ivy League champions, Penn will prove no easy test for the Rams. Citing Penn’s offensive versatility and stifling defense, Coach Masella made clear that the Rams were going to have to give a much better effort than that shown at Colgate if they wanted a shot at downing the Quakers.

Be sure to listen to this Saturday’s broadcast of Fordham and UPenn on 90.7 FM and wfuv.org. Kyle Kesses and I will be bringing you the action from the booth beginning at 5:50 PM with the One on One Pregame Report.

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