Sunday, August 12, 2007

Fordham Gets Ready

Skelton takes a snap in camp (CREDIT: Fordham University)

The Fordham Rams, with two games scheduled before they face Columbia in the Lions' season opener, have already begun training camp in The Bronx. The first report from the Fordham website talks about Fordham's plans to try a "run and shoot" offense this season. It's probably not a bad idea, as the Rams didn't have much of a running game last season anyway. But their young starting QB, presumably sophomore John Skelton, will have to mature quickly to run the no-huddle.

Fordham has a tough early schedule, with matchups at the University of Rhode Island and then at home against up-and-coming Albany before they take on Columbia, also at home. As it has been the case every year since Columbia began its season-opening series against Fordham in 2000, the Lions will know a lot more about the Rams than the Rams know about them when they meet on September 15th.


At Sun Aug 12, 11:30:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger DOC said...

I believe that whatever their strength of schedule, the Rams get a huge advantage over us by virtue of having 2 games under their belts before our opener.

At Sun Aug 12, 11:57:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rams sophomore Larry Dortch, their #1 running threat, apparently no longer with team. Their ground game will be hurting unless frosh come through. They're picked for next-to-last in Patriot League.

At Sun Aug 12, 06:39:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...


That would be the logical assumption, but anyone who's watched this series since 2000, (and you have to exclude 2001, because that game was postponed until Thanksgiving), would probably say that Columbia was the more prepared team in most of the games. I can only chalk that up to the fact that we get to see what Fordham has and they don't get to see what we do.

At Sun Aug 12, 06:41:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

Dortch wasn't exactly a threat anyway. Hard to believe Fordham was an elite team just four years ago. This should serve as a warning to Columbia if we start putting together winning seasons about just how fast you can lose it. We sure lost it quick after 1996.


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