We Have a Two-Deep!
After sitting out in 2006, Bayo Aregbe looked sharp against Fordham (CREDIT: Columbia Athletics/Ben Shyman)
The secrecy that surrounded the Columbia two-deep before last week's opener is not so much in evidence this time around. The two-deep was presented in the game notes released last night.
There were just a few changes from last week, some of which may have been the result of what happened in the Fordham and some of which may be due to injury.
Starting with the offense, Nathan Walcker is getting the start over Brandon Veldman at Left Guard. I'm not sure if Veldman got the start last week because Walcker was banged up, but Walcker was the presumed starter coming into camp.
Freshman Dan Cohen is getting the job backing up Ralph DeBernardo at Right Tackle. I can't think of a more unlikely place to find a big road grader offensive lineman than the swanky Horace Mann school in Riverdale, NY... but that's where the 6"5 275 lb. Cohen is from.
Freshman Zack Kourouma is getting the backup tailback nod over Ray Rangel. There's been a lot of talk about how Kourouma was the most impressive freshman runner in camp, so now he may get a chance to show it on the field.
Notable by his absence is tight end Jamal Russell who I'm guessing must not be 100%. Coach Wilson heaped a lot of praise on Russell during camp, but he didn't get on to the field in the Fordham game. Hopefully he is okay.
On defense, JoJo Smith is not on the two-deep and again, I presume injuries are a factor there, but hopefully he'll still get into the game. Grant Jefferson gets the nod in his stead with freshman Calvin Otis backing him up. It looks like all the other starters from last week are back for this game, so that front three of Phil Mitchell, Mack Loughrey and Lou Miller will get a chance at redemption.
Justin Masorti is still not starting at inside linebacker, but I expect him to get into most of the game again as he did against Fordham. Junior Corey Cameron is starting ahead of him once again.