Head coach Bob Surace and the Princeton Tigers were one win away from a perfect in-conference record in 2013. A disappointing 28-24 loss to Dartmouth in the final game of the year earned the Tigers a 6-1 Ivy record and only a share of the conference championship with Harvard. Princeton set a scoring record in 2013 and the Tigers are looking to further improve this fall behind the arm of senior QB Quinn Epperly, winner of the 2013 Bushnell Cup winner, awarded annually to the Ivy League’s best offensive player. On defense Surace will be without All-American DT Caraun Reid, drafted by the Detroit Lions in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. On offense, the Tigers need to fill some holes left open due to graduation, having lost three WRs including Roman Wilson, the team’s leader in all-purpose yards last season. Epperly is going to have to develop quick chemistry with his new receiving core in order to match his success last season.
With only two losses last season (Lehigh, Dartmouth) Surace, a former All-Ivy center at Princeton, has quickly turned the program around since his return to New Jersey. He took a team that went 1-9 in 2011 to an Ivy championship in just his fourth season as head coach. Despite key losses on both sides of the ball, the Tigers were still elected the conference’s preseason favorite by various media outlets. Princeton kicks off their 2014 season September 20 away at San Diego, followed by their home opener the following week against Davidson.