HAMILTON, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Colgate University football team opened training camp Monday at Andy Kerr Stadium with perfect weather. Head coach Dick Biddle is in his seventeenth season at the helm of the Raiders, and comes into 2012 with a record of 125-61.
But last season Colgate fell on hard times, fiinshing at 5-6, the first time since 2006 that the Raiders didn't have a winning season.
Colgate will have Gavin McCarney back at QB, after throwing for 1,649 yards and eleven touchdowns in ten games last year. Although RB Nate Eachus graduated, the Raiders are still expecting to have a potent offense. RB Jordan McCord is back for his senior year and had some big carries in place of a banged up Eachus last year.
The 'gate also has some great receivers, with seniors Daniel Cason and Chris Looney, as well as juniors Ryne Morrison and Siddiq Cornish, returning. They'll be joined by junior Nat Bellamy, who switched to defense last year, but now comes back to the other side of the ball.
The big question for the Raiders in 2012 will be their defense. In 2011, Colgate gave up at least 28 points in eight of their eleven games.
So if they want to win, or at least be competitive in the Patriot League, the Raiders will have to turn that around.
Colgate opens the season on September 1st at UAlbany, then go to South Dakota on the 8th, before their first home game on the 15th.