New Two-Deep Release
Bayo Aregbe is apparently still not ready to start (CREDIT: Columbia Athletics/Ben Shyman)
The two-deep and game notes are now available for the Lafayette game this Saturday night. The lineup looks the same, as we're still missing Bayo Aregbe but we do get JoJo Smith back as the starter, (although JoJo played most of the game against Princeton, including the first series, despite not being listed at all). Hopefully, whatever nagging injuries are still in effect will dissipate by Saturday.
I thought Eli Waltz did an excellent job at nose tackle last week and he gets the nod again with freshman Brian England backing him up.
Lafayette's multi-faceted running attack poses a big challenge to starting inside linebackers Justin Masorti and Drew Quinn. Quinn was listed as the starter last week against Princeton but I'm pretty sure he didn't get into the game. Alex Gross performed very well in his stead, but the Lions need a healthy Quinn and Aregbe... and soon!
After such a close call at Princeton, I would be very impressed with these players and the coaching staff if Columbia posts a strong performance under the lights at Lafayette. So should everyone else.
Another note: there is a mistake in the game notes and the media guide regarding our road record against Lafayette. We have actually NEVER won in Easton. *UPDATE: This has now been fixed in the game notes.