With a starting lineup full of fifth-year seniors, players whose talents allowed the Tommies to excel on the Division III level, Caruso is as curious as anyone to see how things will play out.
“We probably won’t have the first inkling of who we are until about 4:30 on Saturday,” Caruso said. “And, frankly, not until early or mid-October. That’s when you take stock after the first half of the season and look at where we are and where we have to grow.”
Nine seniors will start on offense for the Tommies, and four on defense, which means that players who were recruited to play Division III football will be asked to compete against Division I opponents now.
Caruso has spent the past two years recruiting kids to play at the Division I level, but at this point he has overwhelmingly elected to stick with past starters and players with the most experience.
“The vast majority of our (starters) — even when we were playing Division III — were offered scholarships either at the Division I or Division