Wednesday, January 23, 2008

"We Need to Get Them Better"


And now a word from the Coach (CREDIT: Columbia Athletics)

For those of you who missed Coach Wilson's halftime interview a couple of weeks ago with Jerry Recco at the Columbia-American U. basketball game, you can hear it here on the SideLion Pass.

One quote I thought was interesting was when the coach responded to Jerry's question about whether he thought it was an advantage to have so many underclassmen with playing experience returning this coming season. To that, Wilson said: "We don't need to get them back, we need to get them better."

After a 1-9 season, that's for sure.

10 Comments:

At Thu Jan 24, 05:16:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great interview. I wonder who the prize defensive recruit who committed right before Xmas was. Interesting that we now have 27 and will probably be fully committed with our 32 by the weekend. Hopefully we will pick up a few more players who don't need to be designated as football players, like last year.

 
At Thu Jan 24, 06:46:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

NW said that AK is a potential player of the year but tha the needs to run better routes. He also said that or offensive coaches are going to have a more multi-faceted offense next year, whoever lines up over center.

 
At Thu Jan 24, 02:01:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Scootch said...

Need to get bigger and stronger on both offensive and defensive lines.

 
At Thu Jan 24, 09:13:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous doc said...

Multifaceted offense designed to play to our O-lines blocking ability. Coach Wilson"s plan seems realistic and well thought out.

 
At Thu Jan 24, 10:11:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Plenty of possibilities considering that all of our returning quarterbacks are highly mobile guys with good running ability. Any news about the incoming running backs?

 
At Fri Jan 25, 02:06:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apparently we have 2 excellent RBs coming in. Also a defensive stud who was a pleasant surprise tot he coaches since they thought he might be headed elsewhere. Two big and talented OLs are apparently also coming, but it takes at least5 a full year for an OL to contribute.

 
At Fri Jan 25, 06:20:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope we got Carlo Augdanotti as one of the RBs. He looks terrific on the Scout.com video clips. (His name reminds me of Greg Abruzzese ((sp?)), a real good one from the late 80s).

 
At Fri Jan 25, 09:50:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carlo Audagnotti looks like a very good running back, but I would also be happy with Harnish Ayora, Dan Cebula and Alan Williams, all of whom have expressed interest in Columbia. According to Rivals.com, we offered Ayora who runs the 40 in 4.55 so we know he has the speed to go outside and gain big yardage. A really fast freshman running back can make an immediate impact on offense as happened with that kid, Martin, at Fordham last season.

 
At Fri Jan 25, 11:22:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

With Pete Stoll returning and Nico Pappas coming in, we will have at least two outstanding fullbacks next year. I can't wait to see those two guys in the same backfield in short yardage situations with Shane Kelly or M.A. Olawale at quarterback. All of those guys are big, strong fast runnners. If the OL is ready, Columbia could be tough to stop on third and one.

 
At Mon Jan 28, 09:34:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Should be interesting next year. I'll be interested to see who has the the first group for the spring game at QB. There could be a lot of competition for that spot. Whoever wins the spot will have a chance to really change the complexion of the team. I also like the 2 back look for us next year. Pete Stoll could be a great lead blocker and H back. If we can play the tight end to block and catch, we'll be particularly formidable passing on running downs. With a more mobile quarterback we won't be playing 10 on 11 ( also v 8 in the box) on running downs. better down and distance situations will help the O-line on passing downs as well. We gave up too many sacks last year but what most lost sight of was the reason for the sack. The o-line took the heat but anybody that knows any football knows there are a lot of reasons for sacks and often it starts with the situation.

On defense it'll be interesting to see if they can find new interior guys that will allow Mitchell to move back outside or if they change the front up a bit. We should be strong on the second level this year!

One of our biggest sore spots was special teams last year, we need to return some punts next year, for positive yards. with JR in his senior year we should make some kicks!

 

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