Fordham’s powerful offense brings a taste of Rocky Top to the Bronx

NEW YORK (AP) — Jack Coffey Field, capacity 7,000 on the Fordham University campus, is a long way from the Southeastern Conference — literally and figuratively — until the home team’s offense takes the field.

The Rams brought a taste of Rocky Top to the Bronx.

The Jesuit Catholic school that produced Vince Lombardi and the Seven Blocks of Granite has the most prolific offense in Division I football.

Fordham (9-2) enters his first-round playoff game of the NCAA Championship Subdivision in New Hampshire Saturday at an average of 612 yards per game while running basically the same scheme as Tennessee, which has the bowl subdivision at 540 yards leads per game.

Fordham quarterback Tim DeMorat grew up in Orlando, Fla. and supported Chris Leak and the Gators in the 2000s. But connecting with the ninth-grade volunteers led him to a new affiliation.

“I definitely fired for Tennessee all season,” he said.

The Patriot League Rams are on track to become the second FCS team to average more than 600 yards per game in a season. Mississippi Valley State set the record for 640 yards per game in 1984, with future Hall of Famer Jerry Rice running as a wide receiver in 1984.


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