Andrew Kennedy Profile
An anonymous reader sent in a link from the Westport News to a nice article about incoming freshman Andrew Kennedy.
Kennedy may be the top prospect in this recruiting class, but we can't forget how tough it is to make the transition from high school to college for linemen. Usually you can't expect very much until junior year. But the Columbia coaches could throw Kennedy into the mix as a linebacker first and see how he develops.
In any case, I'm still very concerned about the loss of Todd Abrams and Darren Schmidt from the front three. Replacing them may be defensive coordinator Lou Ferrari's biggest challenge for 2007.
And some eagle-eyed Columbia fans have pointed out that Ryan Mettee and Bayo Aregbe are back on the Columbia football roster. This is great news as total participation is always a problem for the Lions and we'd like to keep the total number of players as close as possibe to 90-to-95 all season.
Most fans will remember Mettee as the man who returned a blocked punt against Fordham in the 2004 opener at Wien Stadium, (Columbia almost erased a 17-0 deficit in that game before falling, 17-14). He's been out the last TWO seasons mostly due to injury, but if he if is truly healthy again he will be a big help in a secondary that lost Tad Crawford to graduation and Chad Musgrove, (presumably for personal reasons).
I think a combination of injuries and other reasons kept Aregbe off the team last season, but he played in all 10 games in 2005. If he bulks up a bit, he has the speed and the height to be a big contributor in the linebacker corps.