So How Ya Feelin'?
Time to take our temperature
Three days after Columbia's close loss to Princeton, ae you feeling more encouraged about the rest of the season or starting to get worried?
It appears the offense is really coming together, the offensive line especially. But the defense is clearly not as effective as it was in 2006.
Craig Hormann hasn't missed a snap despite his ACL tear early this year, but injuries seem to taking a much bigger toll than they did last year. Several players on defense are out and many others are playing banged up.
The Lions are still showing no let down as they keep fighting in every game, but they haven't shown any signs of being able to stop the run.
In general, I'm very encouraged about the future... but the present season, one that I think where it's very important that Columbia goes 5-5 or better, is more worrisome.
So I think this weekend's matchup at Lafayette becomes a lot more important than it looked like in preseason. After coming so close but coming up empty at Princeton, the Lions need to prove they're still hungry and never give up.
It would also be a statement game for a Columbia team that has NEVER WON at Lafayette despite playing there about 20 times.
Bits and Pieces
Columbia gave some different looks to the Tigers on Saturday, most notably a two-tight end formation where both Jamal Russell and Troy Evangelist lined up a little bit behind the rest of the O-line and got down in a three-point stance! The formation worked very well when they ran the ball that way, and a little less well when Hormann looked to pass to one of them coming out of that look. But I liked the way it seemed to cross up the defense big time.
Jordan Davis' option pass for a TD to Russell is just the kind of razzle-dazzle the Lions haven't had the O-line or the confidence to try for years. Now that the big guys up front are looking stronger, I expect more experimentation with options, reverses, and end arounds.
About 8,000 people showed up to the game at Princeton, which is not terrible but also not good. They scheduled the game at 3:30 in hopes of grabbing more bodies, but that was the same attendance they had for the Columbia game at PU in 2005.