Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Quick Preview: Fordham

On the Call

The Ivy league football coaches preseason teleconference begins today at 11am Eastern. I'll be on the call and hope to ask a few questions.

The preseason poll of the media's predictions for the season will be released right at 11. For the first time in 6 years, I was not asked to vote in the poll, (I assume the Columbia athletic department objected). But there is a lot of good in that as I don't like to submit my predictions BEFORE hearing what the coaches have to say. They often reveal crucial new information about injuries, etc.

Ryan Higgins

Looking at Fordham

Week two opponent Fordham is already in the middle of training camp; the Rams got things started on Friday.

Fordham is going through major changes this season with new Head Coach Joe Moorhead and a raft of incoming frosh and transfers.

The transfers are worth mentioning first. 

The first one is former Penn State OL Khamrone Kolb. He is 6-5 and 324 and even got into a game with the Nittany Lions varsity last season. I would be very surprised if he's not starting from week one. 

The other transfer is former Duke DT Will Bryant. Bryant never did get into a game with Blue Devils, but at 6-2 and 300 pounds, he seems like he can make an immediate impact.

I also have my eye on incoming freshman TE Phazahn Odom. He stands 6-7 and was a 1st All-State honoree in South Carolina. Fordham does not have a veteran Tight End starter returning this season, so Odom has a good chance of being on the field a lot by week two.

Three Rams were named to the Patriot League preseason All League team. 

They are linebackers Nick Womack, Michael Martin, and punter Patrick Murray. That's fitting, because Fordham really is a linebacker-rich school with plenty of players to compliment the more widely known stars like Martin and Womack.  

Fordham still has the same problem as last year when it comes to the all-important QB position. The Rams still don't know whether they'll go with Ryan Higgins and Peter Maetzold. 

I'll check back with Fordham a little later this month, or as any big news develops. 

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