Saturday, April 07, 2007

Times Announced

It looks like the game times have been set for Columbia's home games at Wien Stadium this fall, (see below), while the road games are still officially "TBA." Yes, I am bummed that the home opener against Marist will be at 12:30 instead of a night game to avoid the Yom Kippur conflict... but what can you do?

Sat, Sep 15 Fordham at Bronx, N.Y. TBA
Sat, Sep 22 MARIST Lawrence A. Wien Stadium 12:30 p.m.
Sat, Sep 29 Princeton * at Princeton, N.J. TBA
Sat, Oct 06 Lafayette at Easton, Pa. TBA
Sat, Oct 13 PENN * Lawrence A. Wien Stadium 1:30 p.m.
Sat, Oct 20 Dartmouth * at Hanover, N.H. TBA
Sat, Oct 27 YALE * Lawrence A. Wien Stadium 12:30 p.m.
Sat, Nov 03 HARVARD * Lawrence A. Wien Stadium 12:30 p.m.
Sat, Nov 10 Cornell * at Ithaca, N.Y. TBA
Sat, Nov 17 BROWN * Lawrence A. Wien Stadium 12:30 p.m.

I like the idea of continuing to start four of the five home games at 12:30, while allowing the homecoming crowd a little extra time with the 1:30 start versus Penn.

David Brekke (CREDIT: Columbia Athletics Dept.)

Brekke's Shift

Most high school QB's usually don't last very long at that position in college. And rising sophomore David Brekke joins that group, as he is now listed as an outside linebacker on the Columbia roster.

This wouldn't be worth too much of a mention if it weren't for the fact that Brekke is willing to make the switch to linebacker, where his brother Adam was such a standout player for four years at CU. David Brekke can't do much to avoid being compared to his older brother anyway, but by deciding to join the same linebacking corps, he will invite even more comparisons. To be clear, Adam was a middle linebacker and the OLB position at Columbia has become much more like a safety slot, but I think this takes guts. I just hope the younger Brekke's friends and family, and all the Columbia fans, give him the chance to be his own player while recognizing how tough it is to live up to an older sibling's reputation. But David has already won my added respect for taking on the challenge. (And if he turns out to be 75% of the player his brother was, the Lions will be the big winners).


At Sat Apr 07, 06:53:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are the Spring practices closed? If not, do we have any inf. on how we look? Especially concerned about whether any of our OLs have benefitted from some weight training.

At Sat Apr 07, 07:13:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Playing Marist at 12:30 PM on Yom Kippur makes little sense to me. Why alienate your fan base. I wonder why the game couldn't be played at night at Baker Field. Looking at the Columbia roster, one big question is whether Grant Jefferson is ready to go at running back rather than defensive back. Has he recovered from his senior year ACL? Jefferson was a tremendous running back his junior year in a very strong league in Houston,Texas, so you know he has the credentials to be an outstanding tailback at Columbia.

At Sat Apr 07, 08:01:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hasn't Jefferson been moved to safety? We have Rangel backing up Jordan Davis at RB; we need to get Jefferson on the field. As for the Marist game, I certainly agree about moving it to an evening game.

At Sat Apr 07, 08:56:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jefferson played defensive back last year, but that might have been because of his injury. I'm hoping that he can play running back where his high school stats in Texas show that he's capable of making a tremendous impact in the Ivy League. Rangel looked very good on short flareouts last year, but did not carry the ball much. Anyway, you need at least three experienced tailbacks going into the Fall season so someone other than Davis and Rangel will have the opportunnity to play tailback this Spring, and hopefully that will be Jefferson.

At Sat Apr 07, 10:03:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fair enough. I have a lot of confidence in htis staff to put players where they maximize our chances for success as a team. In Carm Cozza's great years, with rare exceptions he always put his best players on defense (except for Cal Hill, etc). In the Ivies, defense keeps you in everygame.

At Sun Apr 08, 01:20:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

I think we will get some new weights and other info on the CU website in the next couple of days.

Perhaps they will change the Marist game time, but it's possible this is being done to accommodate the road team in some way, or simply to make it easier to staff the game, which is never easy... stay tuned.

As far as Jefferson goes, let's see how he performs in spring practice. If he is ready to excel at RB, it would be a big bonus for us.

At Mon Apr 09, 09:57:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most high school QBs are switched to other skill positions. Jordan Davis was a QB in hs, as I recall.

At Mon Apr 09, 10:01:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

That's exactly right. In high school, a QB is often the main cog in the running game as well as the passing game, so guys with good running ability get a preference.

I would rate offensive lineman and QB as the two high school positions that undergo the most attrition at the college level.

At Fri Apr 20, 05:06:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

check out the columbia lacrosse men's team. they are playing at Baker Field Friday 4/20 in the semi-finals then Sunday in the finals. (many ex-football players)


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