Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Weighed In

Kendall Pace is now a 300+-pounder

The official football roster has updated the player weights.

One of the things that really strikes me is the fact that there were very few major moves up or down the scale, which I take as a sign the program has now been well managed for more than a year and not many radical body changes are needed.

On a roster with 116 listed players, only 39 had weight moves of ten or more pounds. Only seven had weight moves of 20 or more pounds. And only two players had moves of 30 or more pounds.

The biggest mover was OL Brock Anglin with a gain of 50 pounds to 290 lbs.

But I want to focus on the changes I think are the most significant and why:

-Columbia's offensive line is now talented, experienced, and big. The four returning starters, Kendall Pace, Bewley Wales, Charlie Flores, and Nathan Gibbs average 299 lbs. One leading contender for another starting spot or at least a key role is 325-pound junior Michael McGrath. Sophomore Tyler Schonewolf gained 15 pounds to get to 275, and he looks to be the lightest contender for heavy O-line playing time. And don't sleep on 300-pound freshman, yes freshman, Joseph Scowden.

-The graduation of Columbia's potent DE's from last year has produced some players who have clearly answered the call to get bigger and stronger. Sophomore Mike Hinton added 21 pounds to get to the 245-pound area the coaches clearly seem to think is the zone needed to play DE for the Lions. Junior Connor Heeb is a larger DE at 260. LB Ian Tyler has been moved to DE too, which explains the 19-pound gain to 250 lbs. And LB Cal Falkenhayn's 17-pound gain to 240 seems suspect, so I suspect he is also being moved to DE too and will try to contribute despite not quite being big enough yet. You don't see too many 240-pound LB's in the Ivies.

-The DT's, led by returning juniors Dominic Perkovic and Lord Hyeamang are now at 270 lbs. and 280 lbs., respectively. Hyeamang is intriguing because he's in the kind of physical shape to be a fast 280-pounder, and that would be a unique weapon in the Ivies. Perkovic is already a fast and strong pass rusher, but we'll see if his added 11 pounds makes any positive changes. Sophomore Cole McDonough lost 22 pounds to get to 285 lbs. and that could signal he's primed to contribute a key role for the DT rotation.

-TE Adam Armesto's 22-pound gain to put him at 245 lbs. for his 6-6 frame perhaps gives him a chance to get some playing time in the coming years. A 6-6 TE would be a great weapon in this league if he can take hits, catch balls, and do some blocking.

Monday, August 29, 2016

It's Game Week! For the other guys...

It gets started at Wagner College Stadium in just three days

For each of Columbia's out of conference opponents, this is the start of game week preps for their respective season openers.

Week one opponent St. Francis kicks off their season at FCS power University of Montana on Saturday night.

Week two opponent Georgetown hosts Davidson on Saturday afternoon.

And week four opponent Wagner has its own version of a cupcake game by hosting Saint Anselm College on Thursday night.

None of the teams have released two deeps for these openers yet, but we'll post them here as soon as they're available.

The only potential news worth mentioning is that just five days before their season begins, the Hoyas are just now announcing the hires of two assistant coaches. I suppose it's possible these hires were made weeks or even months ago, but the wording of the release really makes it sound like these hires just happened. If so, that's a heck of an adjustment for those players to make so close to the start of the season.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Peter Wise Commits

Peter Wise

6-5, 290 pound OL Peter Wise, an All  State player from the Brunswick School in Connecticut, has committed to Columbia.

He had offers from Brown, UNH and several other schools.

Here's his highlight reel:  

Wise will be the fourth documented Brunswick School grad to come to Columbia football, and the first since the lightly used Vaughn Hodges '10.

Our current list of unofficial commits now stands at 10

1) Josh Bean QB 6-2 200 lbs. Hinsdale HS Hinsdale, IL

2) Seth DeVary OL 6-4 275 lbs. Larue County HS Hodgenville, KY

3) Josh Kaminsky DL 6-4 280 lbs. Seton Hall Prep West Orange, NJ

4) Cameron Lipton-Martinez TE/DE 6-5 225 lbs. Montclair HS Montclair, NJ

5) Jake McCurry WR/DB 6-0 180 lbs. Solon HS Solon, OH

6) Carson Powell DB 6-0 190 lbs. Cardinal Newman HS Palm Beach, FL

7) Bailey Rotsky DB/WR Mayfield Heights HS Mayfield Heights, OH

8) Drew Schmid P 6-0 205 lbs. La Jolla Country Day La Jolla, CA  

9) Hank White OL 6-6 250 lbs. Buford HS Buford, GA

10) Ashton Cooper Wilson DE/LB 6-3 230 lbs. Merritt Island HS Merritt Island, FL
11) Peter Wise OL 6-5 290 lbs. Brunswick School Greenwich, CT

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Down on the Farm

A brief look at how some of Columbia's 2017 commits fared in their high school contests

-With QB Josh Bean acting as the sole starter for the first time, Hinsdale HS (Illinois), destroyed visiting American Fork HS from Utah, 42-12. 

-WR Jake McCurry had three receptions for 81 yards including a 39-yard TD in Solon High School's 36-6 win over Aurora. 

Friday, August 26, 2016

Make this Go Viral!

If you haven't seen this William Tell act by Columbia sophomore long snapper Patrick Eby yet, prepare to be very amazed!  https://mobile.twitter.com/CU_Specialists/status/768858111104942080