Archer era begins for Cornell football

By Travis Eldridge

September 18, 2013 Updated Sep 18, 2013 at 11:51 PM EDT

Ithaca, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Ivy League football preseason is long, but when you're a new head coach waiting to make his debut, that preseason turns into an eternity. That long wait though ends for Union-Endicott grad David Archer Saturday as he coaches his first game for Cornell.

Archer looks to help the Big Red build on a sixth place Ivy League finish from last year when Bucknell visits Ithaca this weekend.

One thing that eases the transition is that Archer inherits the schools career passing leader in quarterback Jeff Mathews. Mathews is a four-year starter for the Big Red, and has been named a 2013 FCS preseason first team All-American by Phil Steele.

However, while he presence may help, Archer admits there has certainly been an adjustment period.

"You know you really got to manage your energy levels. It's a really fun, dynamic day and you're dealing with 104 players, 12 staff members, and alumni and recruits," said Archer. "But I'm telling you, I'm the luckiest guy there is and this is an unbelievable university with unbelievable people, and unbelievable kids."

"The emotion that is around our program is unbelievable, and that is all credit to him," Mathews said. "I think he's doing a great job of being a great leader for everybody and really meshing with what we want to do, by getting that message through to our players. I think we're really excited to play for him, we're ready to go."

Archer isn't the only U-E connection on the coaching staff that will be taking the field Saturday. Former Tigers coach Shane Hurd makes his debut on the collegiate sidelines this weekend as well.

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