Thursday, August 27, 2009

Better Showing

Dave Coulson's Ivy League preview for The Sports Network predicts Columbia to come in fourth... about the highest I've ever seen us picked since the glory days of the mid-1990's.

Coulson makes some good arguments, and he seems to be pretty well informed about the league overall. His focus on the Lions defense and the return of all the elements of an improved running game were spot on.

Still, his pick of Princeton for 3rd place was a surprise, though he makes a decent case for the Tigers.

Daily Weather Report: 100% Awesome!!

The weather today for day four of training camp is about as good as it can possibly be in New York City. It should be very nice out on Kraft Field today.

Day 23: Tim Coleman '83

Tim Coleman is one of those names that gets lost in the shuffle for even hard core Columbia fans. It may have something to do with the fact that he never made All Ivy, or perhaps it's because he played defense when John Witkowski '84 and pals were making history week after week on offense.

The funny thing is, Coleman could have cashed in on that offensive juggernaut because after his freshman year, Head Coach Bob Naso wanted to move him to Tight End.

But Coleman, who came to Columbia in 1979 from nearby Westwood High School in New Jersey, was a speedy force at defensive end and racked up big stats anyway. Game after game, he used his 6-3 210-pound frame to get into the backfield before the blockers could stop him.

In 1981, Coleman had an excellent junior year with 63 tackles, five forced fumbles, five recovered fumbles, and three sacks. He was the key to the 20-9 win over Penn that season with a sack and two fumble recoveries, and he was named All-Defense by ECAC for that week.

As a senior, he had 65 tackles and two fumble recoveries. But 1982 was about the dozens of passing records broken by Witkowski and Coleman was mostly forgotten.

Not anymore.


At Fri Aug 28, 10:44:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

His name is TIM, not Tom

At Fri Aug 28, 10:46:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

His name really got lost in the shuffle. It is TIM Coleman not Tom. We jsut called him Deke.

At Fri Aug 28, 10:52:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

Sorry, typo fixed on his name! His nickname was "Deke" because his dad was a church Deacon.


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