Gotta admit I am surprised so many people are picking Cortland in the top-2 NJAC. From what I understand it was a very good recruiting year, but those kids will be green. I think the QB Alex Smith is very talented and could step up as a sophomore, and Dustin Bowser at HB (I assume he is the camp front runner) is arguably better than Davis. The O-Line is big and tough.
It's the Defense which worries me, and needs the most improvement. If you look at the 3 toughest opponents last season - Ithaca, Rowan, and Brockport - they all put up between 30 and nearly 50 points against Cortland. A problem for 2 consecutive seasons has been the smallish corners and the secondary giving up long plays. I understand they have some good looking freshman competing for those spots...but again they will be green. I was also surprised to see Ithaca's front push around Cortland's front in the Cortaca Jug game.
If the defense is up to the task, I think a top 2 finish is attainable. Otherwise we're a 3rd place / 4th place team again. I'm cautiously optimistic going into the Brockport opener.http://cortlandfootball.com