2010 Season: 6-5 (4-3 PSAC West, 3rd)
2010 Overall Offensive Rank: 12th
2010 Overall Defensive Rank: 5th
Returning Letterwinners: 38
Returning Starters (Offense/Defense): 6/7
2011 Predicted Finish (PSAC Pre-Season Poll): 5th PSAC West
Key games to watch: October 1 at Mercyhurst; October 8 at California (Pa.)
For the second consecutive season, there was joy in Downtown Erie as the Golden Knights finished with a 6-5 record, the first time since 1995 that Gannon had finished with consecutive winning seasons. The season included a huge win over cross-town rival and eventual PSAC champion Mercyhurst 14-10. It was enough to earn head coach Jay Kiernan an extension through the 2013 season.
The quest for a third consecutive winning season is a daunting one for Gannon, as they need to replace a starting quarterback (with the graduation of Zach Boedicker) and several skill position players. Of the five players – four sophomores and one freshman – competing for the starting job, none of them have thrown a pass at the collegiate level.
The team’s two leading rushers – Tyler Batts and Boedicker – are gone. Senior Tony Sims is the team’s leading returning running back, with 26 rushes last season. One bright side for the offense is the return of four of the Knights’ five starting offensive linemen.
Gannon returns seven of its starters from last year’s fifth-ranked defense (including surrendering the second fewest points per game in the league, 18.8), including their entire defensive line – seniors Cory Borden and Randy Colling along with juniors Ian Jeffers and Matt Jones. Also returning for another season in Erie are defensive backs Khayree Connors-McChristian, Chris Cook and Jon Hardy.
The Knights open the season tonight in Painesville, Ohio against Lake Erie College.
Sept. 1 at Lake Erie (Ohio)
Sept. 10 vs. Shippensburg
Sept. 17 vs. Millersville
Sept. 24 vs. Edinboro
Oct. 1 at Mercyhurst
Oct. 8 at California (Pa.)
Oct. 15 vs. Lock Haven
Oct. 22 at Indiana (Pa.)
Oct. 29 at Clarion
Nov. 5 vs. Slippery Rock
Nov. 12 at Kutztown