Thank you so much for your support of Cornell Football! Now entering my third year as the Head Coach I believe we have established many parts of the foundation required for a winning football program at Cornell. On the field, our record obviously wasn’t at all up to our expectations. But there were several positives on the field that were built for the future. On defense, we have implemented a relentless attack, focused on pressuring our opponent and creating turnovers; this mentality along with the hard-work of our student-athletes propelled our team to the top of the Ivy League in takeaways. We had our highest finish in total defense in the league (5th) since 2007. On offense we increased our time of possession, while having fewer giveaways. We achieved this by establishing a balanced offense with a hard-nosed rushing attack, running the ball on just over 52% of downs; this led to back-to-back-to-back 100 yard rushing performances by an individual for the first time in almost ten years. On special teams we again lead the Ivy League in net punting. Finally, as a team we exemplified the motto, “All About the Ball,” finishing second in the conference in Turnover Margin.
This offseason has been intense! Our players have an unmatched sense of commitment and enthusiasm. We worked out in the Friedman Strength and Conditioning center 4 mornings a week. On Fridays we participated in position specific film review and conditioning. The results are extremely encouraging. Since the Penn game our players on average have put 49 pounds on their squat, 26 pounds on their power clean, and 2 reps on the 225 bench test.
We have also expanded the breadth and depth of our national recruiting platform, and next year’s football team will include student-athletes from 28 different states. As soon as the entire class sends in their deposit we will announce the class with comments and video highlight links.
Now is the time to rally even more support into the program!
The 59th annual CFA/ Ben Mintz Golf Outing will occur on July 31 – August 1, 2015. This event is still the marquee weekend of the summer and is a great opportunity to reconnect with your former teammates while supporting the Cornell Football program. Be sure to check out this year’s fun and exciting new format which includes the “Pete Noyes $1,000,000 Shootout” at CFAMillionDollarShootout.com. We hope you can join us!
The CFA is one of the most important organizations to our success. Marty Rauch has done a phenomenal job at examining and addressing our current issues, and led by the executive board of Doug Pratt, Stu Mitchell, and Emani Fenton, creating systems and solutions for growth. Everybody can do something!
Cornell Football is All About the People, and it is the people that make it great! You are a true supporter and champion for Cornell Football!
David J. Archer 05′
The Roger J. Weiss ’61
Head Coach of Football