Saturday, February 09, 2008

If You're Paying Attention...


New Names, New Faces

By now, I'm sure most of you have read about how Tim Waller is actually not coming to Columbia this fall. I urge you all to read the very forthcoming comments from Tim's father in the comments section beneath the previous post.

Also please check the comments section for more info on some of the new recruits who are coming in, including Sam Cecil an offensive lineman, linebacker Will Claunch, DB Kurt Williams, and DE/LB Alex Cornish.


A Little Perspective

The dream to play college football is intense for thousands of kids across this country. This story shows how sometimes that dream can get away from some of them and how hard it is to admit it.

We should all remember how lucky the kids who play at Columbia and every other college are. I'm sure just about all of them know, but we should always remember that.

29 Comments:

At Sat Feb 09, 12:25:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Big win over Penn in bball tonight. Suck it, Penn.

 
At Sat Feb 09, 12:36:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Old School Columbia said...

A little vulgar, isn't that? Or is this the new Columbia, new Ivy and new USA?

 
At Sat Feb 09, 01:10:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My experience at the Palestra is that the fans are downright nasty and the refs make some interesting calls.Not just in basketball, but other sports. Congratulations to Columbia for winning both the Men's and Women's Basketball Games against Penn tonight!

 
At Sat Feb 09, 01:46:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not much doubt that we've become more vulger as a culture.
Dr.V

 
At Sat Feb 09, 07:02:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's try to be a little bit more positive here.

Last night was a great team win for CU basketball marked by good defence and GREAT three point shooting!!

We should remember that these kids are mostly still teenagers who are gifted athletes working their butts off in school and on their teams for themselves (and the CU fans) .

 
At Sat Feb 09, 09:11:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice to see Penn learn a little humility. I'll bet that Glen Miller wishes he never left Brown.

 
At Sat Feb 09, 09:13:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interseting story about Tim Waller. He sounds like a tremendous player. If Norries turned him down, I can only assume that Norries has a dynamite class coming in and is loaded at theLB spot. Too bad, though, because this kid sounds like he could be a monster at strong safety.

 
At Sun Feb 10, 03:38:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree about Waller, except that, as his class surfaces, Wilson does seem to have put something possibly special together. If, as appears to be the case, Owen Frazier can play NT, we'll have recruited a 310 lb monster for that position, something we haven't ever had. If we get Chris Groth, that 295 lb. D lineman from MI. . . .

 
At Sun Feb 10, 09:05:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's my unofficial fan's list of our 14 new Lions:

1. Jerry Bell, 6'2", 206 QB, Corpus Christi, Texas, Ray H.S.; 2. Sam Cecil, 6'2", 250 OT/DT, Linsly School, W.Va; 3. Alex Cornish 6'1", 210 LB, Fredrick, Md; 4. Will Craunch, 6'2" 225, LB Florida; 5. Christian Daniel, 6'4" 195 WR, Canyon H.S., Calif. 6. Owen Frazer, 6-1. 300 NT/OG, Trinity-Pawling, Newburgh, N.Y; 7 Ryan Hazlett, 6'3", 210, QB, New Jersey; 8. Rafael Lopez, 6'4", 235, TE, Calif; 9. Nick Mistretta, 6'2", 225, LB, Nanuet, N.Y., Don Bosco Prep, N.J., 10. Evan Miller, 6'210" LB, St. Xavier's, Cincinnati, Ohio; 11. Ross Morand 6'1", 180, St. Xavier's, Cincinnati, Ohio; 12. Kevin Mulhearn, 5'11", 185 S, Lincoln Way H.S., Illinois, 13; Nico Papas, 6'1" 235, Buckingham & Nichols, FB, Cambridge, Mass; 14. Kurt Williams, 6'0, 190, DB, Don Bosco Prep, N.J.

 
At Sun Feb 10, 09:09:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Corrections: Sam Cecil is 6'5" 250, Evan Miller is 6'0", 210

 
At Mon Feb 11, 12:03:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

...and Craunch should be Claunch.

 
At Mon Feb 11, 02:59:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake, what do you hear about our weight training program this year? Also, any word on Masorti? Is he in school?

 
At Mon Feb 11, 03:16:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maddox from Texas is another recruit.

It looks like Masorti is in school (I check on the CU website).

 
At Mon Feb 11, 04:35:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous LionFan said...

A.J. Maddox played both ways, and was all-district as a defensive back. The following is his profile from his high school team page.





Anthony Maddox #32
DB, OLB, RB, H-Back/Slot
5'9'' 183 lbs.
Senior-2008


A legitimate division 1A prospect, A.J. was elected team captain, and is one of the Patriots' top prospects for 2007-08. He started at the SS position on defense, and was also a big contributor on offense at both the RB and Slot Receiver/H-back positions. He is 3rd in his class academically, and has scored 1200 (combined reading & math) on the SAT. He was selected to the pre-season academic All-state roster. A.J. was one of the leading tacklers on the Patriot defense in both 2007 and 2006. He developed a reputation as a big hitter and a play-maker. In his sophomore season, A.J. saw significant varsity playing time at RB, CB and OLB. He was named 2nd team All-District for 2005, and will be a strong candidate for all-district honors in 2007.. He has legitimate 1A ability and his academic achievement also makes him an excellent prospect for academically selective universities.

40 time: 4.4

Pro Shuttle: 4.09

Vertical: 35

Bench: 280

Squat: 415

Clean: 260

Incline: 225

 
At Mon Feb 11, 04:39:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If that 4.4 time is anywhere near right, wow!

 
At Mon Feb 11, 06:07:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm very happy to assign the #15 spot on our list to Anthony "AJ" Maddox of Lakeview High School in Garland, Texas. Anthony is listed on Lakeview's roster as a DB, RB and WR. This outstanding young man and football player has legitimate 4.4 speed as documented by his game film highlights, etc. He's the breakaway we needed and I'm sure the coaches and his new teammates couldn't be any happier, especially the quarterbacks.

 
At Mon Feb 11, 06:37:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger dabull said...

Don't know where they plan to use Maddox but he kind of reminds me of Knowlin as a receiver.

 
At Mon Feb 11, 07:31:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's probably faster than Knowlin, but speed alone doesn't make a great receiver. What Knowlin does so well is catch the ball in traffic, almost anywhere on the field. The point is that opposing team defenses won't be able to double team Austin any more, if they have to contend with AJ Maddow as well. Our wide receiver group is starting to look really good with guys like, Taylor Joseph, Nico Guiterrez, Josh Williams, and incoming freshman, Christian Daniel.

 
At Mon Feb 11, 07:31:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where did you guys see Maddox' game clips? Can you provide link?

 
At Mon Feb 11, 08:13:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger dabull said...

Google patriotpride and click on the highlights, then click Maddox name.

 
At Mon Feb 11, 08:16:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't Maddox going to play DB for us? We have plenty of talent at WR; we need a cover corner.

 
At Mon Feb 11, 09:56:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have some talented cornerbacks/defensive backs returning from last year's team such as Grant Jefferson, Calvin Otis, Dan Myers, Craig Hamilton, and Jared Morine, amongst others. That's even before you include senior, Chad Musgrove, who returns from the 2006 team and we all know what Chad is capable of doing at cornerback. Let's see who the remaining players are in the recruiting class before guessing where a multi-talented athlete like AJ will play at Columbia.

 
At Mon Feb 11, 12:55:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about kick returns? 4.4 speed up the sideline might be a nice sight.

 
At Mon Feb 11, 04:44:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speed at punt and kick returns is among our biggest needs.

 
At Tue Feb 12, 12:50:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I sat amid a passel of Penn fans Friday night. They really were all rather profane and tasteless. Similar to Cornell fans, I might offer up, but they at least have the excuse of a great season leaving their minds reeling. (It is never quite like that at Princeton.)Levien Gym may be a loud place lately, but it's not a place where one usually goes to hear rude catcalls and "dirty" words.

But it was great to see 2 consecutive Ivy wins, and to hear that the women's team accomplished the same thing. They're 4th in league standings at 4-2, the three teams ahead of them are 5-1 so far. So something's got to give there very soon.

Let us enjoy this basketball success and pray it continues through this coming weekend, please? A winning record remains possible for the men's team after some rough early going. (The losses to Albany and American, for example, even the sloppy struggle vs. NJIT.)

rs

 
At Tue Feb 12, 12:55:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I made the mistake of checking the Princeton and Penn student papers this morning. Completely classless statement by Glen Miller to the effect that KJ Matsui is not really a basketball player but just a guy who can shoot and do nothing else. This is the same Glen Miller who jumped from Brown two years ago, and who tried to run up the score against us last year with a dumb smirk on his face. That was topped by Lincoln Gunn's quote that Princeton was the better team. I hope that both Penn and Princeton lose all of their remaining games, with the exception of the two games they have against Cornell.

 
At Tue Feb 12, 03:45:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous doc said...

Princeton was clearly NOT the better team. If we hit any decent free throw percentage then its a double-digit margin of victory. And they couldnt shoot the 3's like we could.

 
At Wed Feb 13, 12:09:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I expect our men's BB team to put together a nice run. We should have beaten that Princeton team by 15 if our free throws went down, etc.

 
At Wed Feb 13, 01:49:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One thing the men's basketball team should be doing in toto this week is practicing their free throws. The margin of victory over Princeton would have been another 10 points had we made more foul shots.

The floppy-haired kid from Princeton really said he played for the better team? It's simply his callowness talking. And Penn's coach demeaned Matsui? The emergence of Matsui has been one of the nicest surprises of the last 2 seasons, he gives his all. But Coach Miller cannot plead callowness at his age, merely his stuoidity and resentment that his 5-victories team lost again.

rs

 

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