What Princeton Must Do to Defeat San Diego
1) Keep Keith Williams in the pocket. The Toreros’ quarterback shares not only a last name with Tiger nemesis Dalyn Williams of Dartmouth, but also the ability to hurt Princeton with both his arm and his legs.
|Dre Nelson '16|
2) Stop Jonah Hodges. This shifty running back is an FBS-caliber recruit who recently transferred from the University of California. San Diego has no film of the Tigers’ mystery defensive line, but one would assume the Toreros plan is to try to test and pound an inexperienced unit. They have plenty of video on Tigers’ excellent secondary that not likely revealed any weaknesses.
3) Score fast. That’s every week of course, but there is not a lot of speed in the San Diego front seven, so the Tigers will need to win the game by being quicker. Dre Nelson could be a particular mismatch. Rust figures to be Princeton’s greatest impediment to scoring enough.
4) Play the entire planeload. Last Saturday, San Diego wore down in the heat at Jacksonville. The Tigers, in their annual challenge of opening against a team that already has played twice, got worn down in the second half last year by Lehigh before withering practically everybody else the rest of the way. This time the plan is to substitute freely.
5) Treat it like you are going to Ithaca. This is a rare and exotic trip for the Tigers, who have to understand they are not on vacation. “I think our guys get that,” said Bob Surace. “We have talked about it, but I haven't had to say it much.
“We put so much into how we practice and how we train that, if we lose, that’s not going to be the reason why. We have worked too hard to give away one of our ten opportunities.”
-- Jay Greenberg