Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Jake's Honor Roll

These are the Lions who roared

Now that Zach Olinger has been named Ivy Defensive Player of the Week and Marcorus Garrett has made the weekly honor roll, I thought I'd add some names to my own list of players who should be singled out for their efforts Saturday.

(And after that, it's time to stop looking back and start focusing 100% on Fordham):

-Senior LB Mike Waller was all over the field, making some key tackles and tipping the pass late in the 4th quarter that Olinger intercepted to seal the game.

-Freshman WR Isaiah Gross made the most spectacular single play of the game with a diving catch in the going, and he also got open and forced a pass interference call late in the 3rd quarter. He did not score a TD, but this was the most spectacular debut for a freshman wide out since Austin Knowlin '10 burned Fordham in the 2006 season opener.

-Senior co-captain LB Ryan Murphy had six tackles including an 11-yard sack.

-Senior DL Josh Martin had seven tackles, one for a loss and a crucial fumble recovery. He also drew double-teams almost all day.

-Senior DL Seyi Adebayo was just living in the Marist backfield in the early part of the game and registered an eight-yard sack. Hopefully he will be fully recovered from his injury and we will find out his status soon.

-Sophomore CB Malcom Thaxton shined in his first start. He dropped a sure INT late in the game, but two plays later Olinger got his key INT. Otherwise, Thaxton was stellar in coverage and showed his considerable speed. He finished with five tackles as well.

-Senior CB Brian DeVeau played shut-down level ball as well, justifying all the confidence and praise Head Coach Pete Mangurian has very publicly put in him.

-Safety Marquel Carter played with obvious passion, making six tackles including one for a loss.

-We all know what junior DL Wells Childress did to save the game with that blocked PAT, but he also helped fill in for Adebayo when he went down.

Great Shots!

Make sure you check out the great photo gallery of the game now available on the CU website. One of the best shots is the very close up picture of Gross making that impossible fingertip catch.


RedTiger61 said...

Jake .... I believe you overlooked Nico Padilla .... besides the sack he had, Nico was in on a lot of those Marist running plays where they got 'zip' ... he did a great job stuffing up the middle of the line ...

Jake said...

RedTiger: let's hope there are more games with so many heroes that I can''t help leaving people out!

oldlion said...

Padilla is off to a strong start. Reminds me of Owen Fraser as a freshman, before injuries took their toll.

oldlion said...

The geniuses on Voyforums seem to think we will lose to Fordham, I imagine because Cornell lost to Fordham. They are underestimating our front seven on defense. Marist had some good players. While I think we will need to step it up on pass coverage, and Brackett will need a good game, we are playing them at home. I like our chances.

RedTiger61 said...

Forget Voy Forums .... it's a vile, nasty place ....