Saturday, July 12, 2008

An All-Star is Born

Christian Daniel's Stock is Rising (CREDIT:

Incoming freshman receiver Christian Daniel had a monster performance in the Orange County high school all-star game last night. Daniel caught the winning TD, (holding on even after getting slammed hard by the defender), and then made the game-icing interception a few moments later. He finished with five receptions, one TD and the INT.

You can read about his exploits in the game here. But what the article fails to tell you is that including Daniel, five Ivy-bound players were in the game, including Penn-bound QB Chad Miller, who's pass Daniel picked off to seal the game.

At 6"3 and 190 pounds, (some reports have him at 6"4), Daniel was already a highly-touted frosh, but now his stock his risen for sure. Remember when I first wrote about him in late January, I talked about how he had been hoping to walk on at UCLA and was recruited by Northwestern, Stanford, Harvard and Penn.

Camp Columbia, 2008 Version

The CU Athletics website has some nice pictures up showing day one of the Norries Wilson football camp for high school-aged kids. I wish I knew who thought of doing this at Columbia, I assume a number of people pushed for it, but it is a great way to to get a jump on recruiting and get more use out of our facilities.

Game of the Day (Day 70)

October 5, 2003

Columbia 33 Princeton 27

The Jersey Score

Fletcher comes down with the incredible grab (CREDIT: Daily Princetonian)

One of the Lions most improbable victories of all time took place on a drizzly night at Princeton Stadium.

New Head Coach Bob Shoop and the young Lions came into the game upbeat after nearly defeating a strong Fordham team at Fordham in week one, and then following that up with a last minute win over Bucknell in week two.

Columbia hadn't beaten the Tigers in Princeton since 1945, and this game started very much on the wrong foot as the Princeton rushed out to a 20-0 lead on three quick TD's in the first quarter.

The Lions settled down a bit with two field goals to make it 20-6, and it looked like that would be the halftime score when Travis Chmelka picked up a punt on a bounce at the Columbia 41 and raced all the way to the Tiger two before he was brought down. Ayo Oluwole then scored the TD from the 2 to make it 20-13 and Columbia was in business.

Columbia's defense then took over, causing multiple turnovers and stopping everything Princeton could throw or run at it. After the Lions tied it at 20, they would score the go-ahead TD with about nine minutes left in the game when QB Jeff Otis missed the handoff to Oluwole, but composed himself anyway and spun it for the score.

But the Tigers came back to life after that, executing a eight minute and 23 second drive to tie at 27-27 with just 26 seconds left.

No problem. After a decent kickoff return, Otis completed a short pass to get the Lions just beyond midfield. Then came one of the most dramatic single plays in Columbia history.

With no time left and Otis still dancing around looking for a receiver, he got an incredible block from his fullback and used the extra time to heave a classic "Hail Mary" into the Princeton end zone. Standing among a huge crowd of Tigers, including Princeton's 6"5 wide receiver B.J. Syzmanski who had been brought in especially to defend the final pass, was Columbia's star tight end Wade Fletcher. Fletcher somehow came down with the undeflected pass and the stunning game was over.


At Sun Jul 13, 12:27:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even with the injury to Nico Gutierrez, Columbia should have a very strong group of wide receivers this fall. Despite being double teammed, Austin Knowlin was practically unstoppable last season. Taylor Joseph is an outstanding receiver and Josh Williams, Derek Jancisin and Pyles are talented athletes. Christian Daniel seems to be a possession type receiver who will thrive in the Lion offense and take some pressure off Knowlin. I would not be surprised if Daniel sees immediate playing time.

At Mon Jul 14, 03:59:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is exciting to hear about all the talent coming in the freshmann class. Congrats to Daniel on a great performance!


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