Thursday, September 27, 2007


Coach Wilson addresses the troops (CREDIT: Columbia Athletics/Gene Boyars)

The two-deep for the Princeton game has some significant changes that could make a big difference on the field.

But first a word of caution: You have to take these two-deeps, released 3-4 days before the game, with a big grain of salt. A lot of the people who eventually get the Lions' share of playing time may not be listed and that can be due to team injuries and a lot other factors that change as gametime rolls around.

That said, here are the big changes:

1) Jamal Russell, who was in street clothes last week, is back on the two-deep officially backing up Troy Evangelist at tight end. We may finally see some of the rumored two tight end sets we heard about all summer.

2) On defense, Eli Waltz is getting the start at nose tackle with freshman Brian England backing him up. Weeks one and two starter Mack Loughrey is not listed.

3) Freshman Matt Moretto gets his first start at the inside linebacker position and he's backed up by another freshman, Derek Lipscomb. We heard a lot about how well both of them played in training camp, so this appears to be their reward. Bayo Aregbe may be injured, but I have no confirmation on that. Freshman Marc Holloway is off the two-deep at least for now.

4) Matt Bashaw is getting the start at right end over Lou Miller for the first time this season.

5) We saw Corey Cameron on cruthces at the end of the Marist game, so it's no surprise that Justin Masorti is starting at the other inside linebacker slot.

6) Freshman Alex Gross moves from backing up Andy Shalbrack at spur to backing up Drew Quinn at middle linebacker. Shalbrack's new backup is freshman Augie Williams.

7) Grant Jefferson is getting the start at corner again over a presumably banged up JoJo Smith. Smith did get into some of the game against Marist though.

I'm not sure if this is mostly because of injuries or simply a planned reshuffling, but lots more freshmen have cracked the two-deep and appear to be making a move. Perhaps that intensity and team spirit Coach Wilson said the freshmen were lacking coming out of camp has finally taken hold.


At Fri Sep 28, 01:28:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seiler and Kaskiw have been on the left side and Veldman and Walcker have been on the right side all season. The game notes for Marist (and maybe even Fordham)were wrong, either a misprint or an over site. There is no change. However, the guard line up is different than last spring with the exception of Seiler. Walcker was the one on the right, Kaskiw was the two on the right and Veldman was the two on the left. The are some other roster errors. If you look at the starting players roster from the Marist game program and the alphabetical roster from that program, some players are listed with one number in one of the rosters and a different number in the other roster.

At Fri Sep 28, 01:32:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

Thanks! I will fix that.

At Fri Sep 28, 02:30:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Put someone big in the middle to stop the run!

At Fri Sep 28, 05:22:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

NT=Brian England at 6'2" 265

At Fri Sep 28, 06:48:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It has only been 1 year since the posts on this blog site were whining about Craig Horman and wanted the super freshman Olawale to start in his place.

I don't here those remarks anymore, but now it is whining about our defensive line. Support your coaching staff and trust them to make the right decisions, unless, of course, you know more than they do.

At Fri Sep 28, 07:06:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the last 4 years we beat Princeton once, lost two games we copuld have won and arguably should have won, and were blown out once. We are due for a win. the key will be stopping the run on first down. Make no mistake: Princeton will test our run defense early and often. I applaud moving England into the rotation and getting more size with Bashaw, but the LBs -- all 5 of them -- will need to be flying over the field and laying on some big hits.

At Fri Sep 28, 07:34:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Word is that the NY Times was at practice today... anyone know what that was about?

At Fri Sep 28, 09:30:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, we all love Coach Wilson and the entire coaching staff. They are the greatest. Just because Columbia Boosters dialogue and make suggestions of various kinds on this Board does not mean that we do not suppport the coaches and players. In fact, I think the coaches and players are thrilled to know that there are many, many Columbia Fans out there who fervently support Columbia Football, and are very interested and knowledgable about what's happening on and off the field.

At Fri Sep 28, 09:01:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree. Questioning decisions doesn't indicate lack of trust or support for the coaches. I think it's fair to ask why it took three quarters last week to figure out that Marist ran to their left 90% of the time. That makes me wonder why we have,arguably,our three best defensive players on the same side of the field. Why not move Mitchell,Quinn,or Shalbrack to the other side. Maybe Marist thought of that before the game started. So,it's okay to ask questions! On the other hand it's obvious some of our posters have never played college football.
4th N Ten

At Sat Sep 29, 02:03:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And some of us have!!!

At Sat Sep 29, 08:40:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We should all (broadcasters, coaches and fans )have enthusiastic support for our players who are working their tails off to be good football players while keeping up with the demands of an Ivy League curriculum. I think keeping it in the positive is important for the coaches, players and the fans.

Look at the reaction to Coach Gundy at OKLA ST. I didn't read the article in question but I guarantee you his players would follow him into a fire! I have played college football and will tell you that often the difference between a winning team and a losing team is that bond between the groups. It is as crucial to success as x's and o's!!


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