Monday, April 23, 2018

Spring Game 2018


With five more months to go until the season, you need a good book to pass the time (More on that later)


It's been a brutal "spring" here in New York as far as the weather goes, but Saturday's warmer temperatures and clear skies set a great stage for the 2018 spring game and the conclusion of Head Coach Al Bagnoli's fourth spring practice since becoming head coach in early 2015.

Overall, the depth and talent on the team is so much improved from 2015 that it's impossible to express that fact in words. But it's worth trying to write it down just for the record.

In bullet point form, here are the 10 highlights as I saw them:

1) They put red jerseys without numbers on all five QB's, so it was often hard to tell who was in the game at any given moment. But it was clear that rising sophomores Josh Bean and Dillon Davis were getting most of the snaps. Both looked pretty good, making a lot of deep throws, especially down the sidelines. Sources tell me Bean is considered the front runner for the starting job at this moment, but almost everyone also believes Davis will get at least significant playing time.

After the game, Bean told he felt good about his chances and also that he'd like to run the ball more than he was allowed to in the spring game for obvious reasons.

2) Rising junior WR Ronald Smith was simply a thing of beauty along the sidelines. Despite the fact that rising junior CB Ben McKeighan was doing an excellent job in coverage every time, Smith was able to get just enough space to make acrobatic grab after grab.

3) The other star Lion WR, Josh Wainwright, was open quite often down the seam and had a stellar game as well. It certainly doesn't look like any of the QB's are out of sync with Columbia's historically deep and talented corps of receivers.

4) The defense was dominant against the run, but also seemed to control the line of scrimmage much of the time. Rising sophomore LB Justin Woodley had some standout plays, especially a screen pass that he absolutely blew up for a big loss.

5) The offensive looked better and bigger than we've seen it in a long time. I'm not going to count the weak running game against them with all the transition going on there.

6) The competition was fierce at times, as evidenced by a short after-the-whistle altercation between rising juniors DL Arman Samouk and OL Joe Scowden. 

7) The secondary looked good despite the amazing catches so many receivers were making all day. Honestly, it would take a top level FBS group of DB's to shut down our receivers at this point.

8) The only two significant injured players in attendance were LB Michael Murphy, who looks like he's recovering nicely from his ACL tear against Harvard last season, and WR Christian Everett, who didn't seem seriously hurt.

9) The D-line had a lot of added quickness and even some bulk. Rising senior Mike Hinton was bigger, and rising sophomores Cooper Wilson, Andrew Nichols, and Ogonna Oraedu looked fast. Samouk was tough even on plays that didn't end in scuffles. Daniel DeLorenzi looked good and recovered from his injury issues last year.

10) The kicking game seemed generally fine. Rising senior Chris Alleyne may be more than just the kickoff specialist this fall based on some of his booming punts. Rising sophomore P Drew Schmid had a few too. K Oren Milstein looked solid.

Again, overall this may have been the most encouraging spring game we've ever seen. The main question about the 2018 Lions will be all about the QB position, and there was no need for despair about that position based on what we saw Saturday.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

2019 Offerees, part 5

*The following is the fifth of a running list of high school players Columbia Football has offered for 2019, according to those players' Twitter accounts. Remember, these are high school kids, so keep your remarks about them measured



Helix High, La Mesa, CA
  • Positions: MLB, TE
  • 6'2" 220lbs
  • 3-Star (247 Sports)

OFFERS
  • Columbia
  • Army
  • San Diego State
  • Utah State


Reagan High, San Antonio, TX
  • Positions: OLB, SS
  • Height & Weight:6'3" 201lbs
OFFERS

Columbia
Syracuse
Memphis
SMU
Missouri State
Southeastern Louisiana
Texas State


Klein Collins High, Spring, TX
  • Positions: WR
  • Height & Weight: 6'4" 190lbs
  • 40 Yard Dash: 4.6
OFFERS
Columbia
Yale
Louisiana-Monroe


Seneca Valley High, Harmony, PA
  • Positions:MLB, TE
  • Height & Weight:6'2" 220lbs
  • 40 Yard Dash: 4.8
OFFERS

Columbia

Penn


Cathedral High, Indianapolis, IN
  • Positions: CB, WR
  • Height & Weight: 6'2" 170lbs
OFFERS

Columbia
Dartmouth
Ball State
Bowling Green
Eastern Michigan

Monday, March 19, 2018

2019 Offerees, part 4

*The following is the fourth of a running list of high school players Columbia Football has offered for 2019, according to those players' Twitter accounts. Remember, these are high school kids, so keep your remarks about them measured


St. John Bosco High, Bellflower, CA
  • Positions: OLB, DE 
  • Height & Weight: 6'3" 225lbs
  • 3 Stars

OFFERS
Columbia
Princeton
Yale
Dartmouth
Boston College
Montana State
San Jose State
Army

Central Catholic High, Pittsburgh, PA 
  • Positions: CB, FS
  • Height & Weight: 5'11" 185lbs
  • 40 Yard Dash: 4.66

OFFERS
Columbia
Cornell 


Madison High, San Diego, CA
  • Positions: WR, QB
  • Height & Weight: 5'10" 183lbs

OFFERS

Columbia


Phillips High, Chicago, IL
         
  • 3 Stars
  • Positions: WR, CB
  • Height & Weight: 6'2" 180lbs


OFFERS

Illinois
Iowa State
Toledo
Ball State
Central Michigan

DREW MARTIN

North Little Rock High, North Little Rock, AR
  • Positions:TE
  • Height & Weight: 6'4" 225lbs
  • 40 Yard Dash: 4.66
OFFERS
Columbia
Princeton
Dartmouth
Yale
Howard
Texas State
South Alabama
Southern Miss
ULM
Indiana
Memphis

Monday, March 12, 2018

2019 Offerees, part 3.. but first...

Cameron Roane


Before I continue the list of high school seniors receiving offers to join the incoming freshmen class in 2019, all Columbia Football fans should be aware of the excitement graduating senior CB Cameron Roane is generating after posting blowout numbers in the NFL combine last week.

Experts are predicting Roane may now be a strong contender for the draft.

*The following is the third of a running list of high school players Columbia Football has offered for 2019, according to those players' Twitter accounts. Remember, these are high school kids, so keep your remarks about them measured



Valor Christian High, Highlands Ranch, CO
  • Positions:MLB, TE
  • Height & Weight:6'4" 220lbs
  • 3 Stars
OFFERS

Columbia
Dartmouth
Penn
Yale
Air Force
Vanderbilt
Central Michigan
Colorado State



Christian Brothers, St. Louis, MO

  • Position:T
  • Height & Weight:6'6" 270lbs
  • 3 stars

OFFERS

Columbia
Eastern Illinois
Indiana State
Kent State
Liberty
Texas State



Reagan High, San Antonio, TX
  • Positions:G, T
  • Height & Weight: 6'6" 295lbs
  • 40 Yard Dash: 5.51
OFFERS

Columbia
Cornell
Brown
Yale



Christian Presbyterian Academy, Nashville, TN
  • Positions:WR, CB
  • Height & Weight:6'1" 195lbs
  • 3 Stars
OFFERS
Columbia
Harvard
Dartmouth
Cornell
Yale
Austin Peay
Tulane


Valley Christian, San Jose, CA
  • Positions: TE, DE
  • Height & Weight: 6'4" 215lbs
  • 40 Yard Dash: 4.87
OFFERS
Columbia
Dartmouth
Oregon State
New Mexico
Wyoming
Colorado
Nevada
San Jose State



Friday, March 9, 2018

2019 Offerees, part 2

*The following is the second of a running list of high school players Columbia Football has offered for 2019, according to those players' Twitter accounts. Remember, these are high school kids, so keep your remarks about them measured



Ladue Horton Watkins, St. Louis, MO
  • Positions:CB, WR
  • Height & Weight:6'0" 185lbs
  • 2 Stars
OFFERS

Columbia
Yale
Dartmouth
Cornell


SAM SA'AVE'ENA TELESA 

Aloha High, Beaverton, OR
  • Positions:C, T
  • Height & Weight:6'2" 300lbs
  • 40 Yard Dash:5.3
  • 3 Stars
OFFERS

Columbia
Nevada



Bergen Catholic, Oradell, NJ
  • Positions:OLB, FS
  • Height & Weight:5'11" 205lbs

OFFERS

Columbia
Brown
Penn

WILLIAM RACELY

Flushing High, Flushing, MI
  • Positions:T, G
  • Height & Weight:6'4" 290lbs
  • 40 Yard Dash:5.82
  • Bench:295
  • Squat(LBS):440

OFFERS

Columbia
Cornell
Akron
Bowling Green
Eastern Michigan
Ohio


Central Bucks West High, Doylestown, PA
  • Positions:TE, DE
  • Height & Weight:6'4" 220lbs
  • 40 Yard Dash:4.55
OFFERS

Columbia
Princeton