Day 38: Bob Asack
Bob Asack immortalized on a football card
Several newspapers and Websites across the country have pieces today stemming from the Ivy League Football Media Day event yesterday. It does seem like there are more items published this year than last, which seems to indicate the teleconference idea led to more exposure in the media.
One of the articles is by Joshua Robinson from The New York Times, who I think got most of his points exactly right, (he even used the quote about running QB's from Al Bagnoli which was the response to my specific question), but I think he also misunderstood Coach Wilson, (or didn't hear him right), when he said that Millie Olawale is the starter going into camp. It really seems like the reporters on the call chose to focus on last year's dual QB situation only.
School of (Smoothed Out) Hard Knocks
There's an interesting story today out of Salt Lake City about an area school called Layton Christian, which specializes in giving many of its students a second chance. Academics are fiercely emphasized, so much so that a starting QB was recently benched from the football team when his GPA dipped below 4.0!
At the end of the piece they mention senior wide receiver Malik Sawyer, the big star on the team, who has received interest from Columbia and Harvard. We'll keep an eye on Malik.
Our Opponents Begin
Fordham started training camp in the super-humid and hot conditions here in New York City yesterday.
The above linked-to article about the Rams includes some quotes from Lion-kiler Xavier Martin.
Central Connecticut's preseason camp is also underway. Like Fordham, the Blue Devils season begins on September 5th. CCSU is playing Lehigh in Bethlehem, PA.
Lafayette's camp begins today, and the Leopards will be utilizing the writing talents of senior defensive lineman Andrew Poulson to guide the fans through the preseason. The Leopards begin their season on September 12th with a night game at Georgetown.
Bob Asack '62
Defensive tackle Bob Asack is another one of the members of th 1961 Ivy championship team who is too often overlooked because that team truly was a team and not a collection of individuals. But he deserves some time in the sun on his own.
Asack was a two-way star at tackle in football and a champion for the wrestling team as well. He came to Columbia in 1958 from Raynham, Massachusetts just as Head Coach Aldo "Buff" Donelli was building a winning program in Morningside Heights.
After just one varsity season, Asack was featured in Sports Illustrated, where writer Roy Terrell wrote: "He is not the fastest tackle around and he has a lot to learn, but opposing teams have discovered that this big boy from Raynham, Mass. is hard to run over; against Columbia, they usually go the other way."
Stats are hard to come by for defensive players in college football during the 1960's, but suffice it to say that Asack, who made All Ivy 1st Team in 1960 and 1961, was the leader of a punishing Lion line that allowed very few yards and just 13 points per game. His younger brother Lou Asack was also a football and wrestling star at CU.
For his efforts, Bob was drafted in 1962 by his hometown Boston Patriots of the AFL in the 22nd round.