It?s confidence. The confidence level of this team built through the whole game on both sides of the ball and in the kicking game. You could feel it at halftime. We were just such a different team than we were last week. We were excited. These kids felt good about themselves.
Obviously, the quarterback being elected the captain of the team shows that our players have confidence in him, they think he’s going to be the right guy and a leader. He has lined up as the number one guy for 12 practices in the spring. I think our players have confidence in him.
The coaches have voted unanimously for the 11th game and for postseason play every time it has been brought forward at our meetings. It then has to go to the athletic directors, the policy committee and then the presidents. Neither proposal has ever gotten approval from all groups.
The running part is easy. The challenge comes with picking up the system, learning formations, reading defenses and knowing blocking assignments. All indications are he has very good natural football instincts. But we have to be realistic. He is just a freshman, a very talented freshman. We need to put him in situations where he...
It?s a neurological problem being evaluated as we go along under doctors? care.
Sometimes a player stands out when he is under adverse conditions. Chandler knew he couldn’t play, but he took on a role of helping the younger players instead of feeling sorry for himself. He’s gone above and beyond the call of duty, and that’s something our players admire.
It will be another great year of Ivy football with a lot of close games. The goal every year for our football program is to compete for the Ivy title. We play in a league that is very balanced. Two years ago we played overtime with the league champ, Penn, and overtime with the seventh-place...
Our sideline erupted with that one. It was like the weight of the world went off our shoulders.
The nature of college football is that players graduate.
I think we?re one of those teams that questions are going to be answered as we go along.
The bottom line is, their best player beat us. He made the biggest play of the game, and he beat us.
[Against Princeton] we ran the ball well and protected the QB well, so [the offensive line] got off to a good start. We had no turnovers the whole day. We are relatively inexperienced and adjustments to different defenses and in-game adjustments to changes in alignments will be the challenges ahead of us.
He looks great. To be that big and run that time is pretty impressive.