Friday, September 18, 2009

Game Notes Released

Leading the troops into battle

The Game Notes and Two-Deep are now available here.


-Senior Millie Olawale gets the start at QB, sophomore Jerry Bell listed as the #2.

-The offense is listed as a one-back set, with senior Ray Rangel as the sole setback. Junior Zack Kourouma is his backup.

Three starting WR's are not a surprise in seniors Austin Knowlin and Taylor Joseph and junior Mike Stephens. It's good to see Nico Gutierrez as a backup WR, leading to more hopes that he has recovered fully from his 2007 ACL tear. Coming as a big surprise in the two-deep is sophomore WR Mark Muston, who played in just one game in 2008.

-No suprises on the O-line. Seniors Will Lipovsky, John Seiler, and Evan Sanford are joined by junior Ian Quirk and sophomore Jeff Adams. This is the starting front five we've projected since late last year.

-The defensive "Front 4.0," (my nickame, all imaginary rights reserved), is also not a surprise. 2008 stars senior Lou Miller and sophomore Owen Fraser are joined by senior Matt Bashaw at end and sophomore Chris Groth at tackle. Miller and Bashaw feature super outside passing rushing speed, combining nicely with the bulk and power of Fraser and Groth in the middle. But don't be fooled by Fraser... he's super fast too.

-No big surprises at linebacker either, but it appears 5th-year senior Corey Cameron has at least for now beaten out returning junior Matt Moretto for one starting slot. Moretto missed 2008 with an injury after an encouraging frosh season in '07. Marc Holloway is at Mike and All Ivy Alex Gross is at SAM.

-Another surprise is not seeing sophomore Kalasi Huggins at the corner slot. We'll keep an eye out for him. Senior Jared Morine gets the nod after earning nothing but praise from Coach Wilson during his training camp missives the last two years.


At Fri Sep 18, 07:33:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some surprises here; Huggins not on the two deep; Bell over Kelly; no first years on two deep as position players.

At Fri Sep 18, 07:52:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

PS, one back set--no FB

At Fri Sep 18, 08:02:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake, a few players seem to have come up by surprise--Muston,Josh smith, Hamilton, Morand, Hauschildt were flying under my radar at least. It would be nice to know who will be at FB when we go into the two back set.

At Fri Sep 18, 08:50:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

19 out of 22 starters are jrs. or srs. When was the last time the Lions had such an experienced team.
Now all eyes may be on the freshmen kicking game!

4th and Ten

At Fri Sep 18, 09:34:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Morand is not a surprise n the two-deep. He saw considerable playing time as a freshman and is an outstanding athlete. Hamilton and Morine are not very big, but they are two of the fastest players on the team and have the abiiltiy to make big plays. Hauschildt is a hugh young player with great potential. Same for Dan Cohen. Muston made some nice catches in the pre-season and is a good athlete. Smith is a solid defensive lineman who can make plays. Keep in mind that the competition has been fierce this pre-season as the Lions have more size and depth on the two lines than ever before. And behind the defensive line we have the best linebacker in the Ivy League in Alex Gross. However, even with all the veteran talent, the key to tomorrow's game may be whether our three new kickers will come thru in their debut collegiate performance.

At Fri Sep 18, 09:46:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I note with pride for my fellow Columbia's football fans with ties to Ohio, that five players from the Buckeye State are listed in the two-deep for tomorrow's football game against Fordham: Lou Miller, Evan Miller and Ross Morand from St. Xavier's in Cincinnati, Alex Gross from Fairmont High School in Kettering and Shane Selsor from Piqua High School in Piqua.

At Fri Sep 18, 09:47:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent coverage in the on-line version of the Spec today.

At Fri Sep 18, 11:57:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for mentioning the Spec football coverage which I looked at on line and found to be excellent indeed. Of course, there are few mix-ups here and there, such as confusing linebacker Clark Koury, who graduated last year with fifth year Corey Cameron who thankfully has returned to help lead the linebacking corps. Overall, however, the stories are quite good, interesting and well-written. Since Spec Sports has a remarkable exclusive when it comes to Columbia Sports coverage, (no realistic competition from any other newspaper), Spectator/Spectator Sports would be smart to parlay that advantage into a huge readership on and off campus, in this "little" city of 8,000,000 with all the related financial benefits that would be certain to follow from increased sports advertising in Spec.

At Mon Sep 21, 04:12:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Morine came through and earned the praise he has gotten, atta boy!


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