Monday Helmet Stickers
Ray Rangel, the Ivy League's leading rusher
Columbia's coaches haven't given out those helmet stickers players get for good work in games in many years.
But I'd like to acknowledge a few players I did and did not already mention in my game write-up yesterday:
-Ray Rangel was the only Ivy rusher to gain 100 yards or more in week 1, as he gained 118 against Fordham. He leads Yale's Jordan Farrell for the league lead by 27 yards.
-Andy Shalbrack played an exhausting game against the Fordham onslaught in the secondary. And he also got his hands on the last-second field goal attempt by the Rams at the end of the first half. The kick failed thanks to that effort.
-Calvin Otis was also running all over the field at corner... he also recovered a fumble at the end of the game.
-Adam Mehrer is tied for the Ivy lead in tackles with 16.
-Erase the yards lost in sacks, and Millie Olawale actually had 93 yards rushing. Yards lost from sacks should be a separate stat in my opinion. If it's a sack, it's getting to the QB as a passer, not a runner.
-Craig Hamilton was fantastic as a kick returner. If he's going to put up those kinds of numbers when people kick away from Austin Knowlin... this is going to be a rough year for Columbia's opponents.
-Mike Stephens isn't a big guy, but he looked very strong grabbing a ball away from a defender for a key first down late in the game.
-David Brekke made a few big tackles on special teams. He is the kick off coverage specialist par excellence!
-The JV team went right back to Fordham on Sunday and beat the Rams 14-12 in another nail-biter!
And speaking of helmets...
It looks like Brown has a new helmet... at least for road games. The Bears were wearing a decal that featured a large "B" with ivy draped around it.