I have a relative who is a soph on the Amherst team and I have another relative who may be attending Williams next year. I have tremendous respect for basically all the NESCAC schools and their academics. But I'm partial to Amherst and Williams and their wonderful rivalry. Both schools respect each other so much. I'm also familiar with the league in football from recruiting weekends and from watching several games last year. I agree that Colby is gonna be tough for everyone. What a beautiful school. Tufts beat Amherst last year. Bowdoin will have a losing record, but will no longer be a doormat. Middlebury is always competitive. Another spectacular school. Bates and Wesleyan I don't know how they'll be, but I get the imression that there is a lot more balance in the league now. And the level of play is increasing. Some of that likely has to do with the fact that the Ivies now only have 30 football slots per team instead of 35. This means more good players will come to NESCAC. Trinity is still the monster of the league, but they have a bit of an advantage in that under the NESCAC rules on tips, Trinity can take kids with lower SATs, how low the school can go is a function of the schools SAT average for the student body. The Bantams can therefore recruit kids that Wms, Amherst and Bowdoin can't. That is a fact. Plus the kids that get recruited at Trinity, Trinity doesn't have to compete with the Ivies for those kids, whereas Wms, Amherst and Bowdoin lose kids to Harvard, Yale and Princeton, and have to compete to get kids from Dartmouth and the others. But I'm not complaining. the Amherst boys welcome the opportunity to play a great football team like trinity. That's what sports are about. I'm looking forward to this years football season, my relative has put on 17 pounds of muscle since freshman year, and if he stays healthy, could get some significant playing time as a soph. We'll see. As for Morrissey, the fact is that freshmen seldom get significant playing time. They're just not strong enough. An exception was Guaraglia, who started at left tackle for the Jeffs from the second game. I would bet that Weeks will see time at RB for Wms before Morrissey. Weeks was a highly regarded RB in HS and is very fast. The kids that work hard in practice and do their lifting in the summers will get their day. Other kids go to college and find beer, and girls, and they don't want to lift, and their interest falls off. There's a lot of attrition in D3, since there are no scholarships holding you in the programs.