Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Spirit of '75

Ray Rangel (CREDIT: Columbia Athletics/Gene Boyers)

Just in case anyone is wondering about where Ray Rangel stands in all-time Lion history, the last time Columbia had the Ivy League's leading rusher for a season was 1975 when Doug Jackson '76 rumbled for 914 yards in nine games. Jackson won the Bushnell Cup as the Ivy MVP that season, but '75 was an otherwise disappointing year as the Lions finished 2-7 with wins over only Cornell and Penn.

The last and only time Columbia has sported a 1,000-yard rusher was 2000 when Jonathan Reese '02 had 1,330 yards on the year. But Reese finished behind Brown's Michael Malan for the rushing title that season.

If Rangel and the great starting O-line of John Seiler, Evan Sanford, Jeff Adams, Will Lipovsky, and Ian Quirk can keep it up, their names will forever be remembered on the Hudson Shore.


At Tue Sep 29, 11:35:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rangel seemed to have his greatest success running right (behind Adams?) in the first half.

At Wed Sep 30, 12:28:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The strength of this group is shown in the fact that we have so much depth for a change. Even highly regarded players like Veldman (a former starter) are back-ups. I am also impressed by the size; everybody goes at least 290. One area for improvement, however, is in pass blocking. I thought that the front five didn't give Millie much time in the second half especially.

At Wed Sep 30, 01:30:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger friend12 said...

Most of the 2nd half, they were loading the box and there is just so much the front 5 can do when they are sending up to 7-8 players almost every play. We need to do a better job adjusting the plays in those types of situations.

At Wed Sep 30, 02:01:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Spec_Football said...

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At Wed Sep 30, 02:32:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake, do we suffer from a lack of team speed? The CC QB made us look like we were going in slow motion. The CC head coach basically came out and said as much in his less than gracious post-game comments.

At Wed Sep 30, 01:12:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I disagree about the CCSU coach. I heard his pregame interview show and he was very respectful, gracious, and knowledgeable about the Lions.

And his post game comments don't seem to me like CU-bashing. Plus he's a pretty good coach, doing exactly what it took to help create a victory by putting in Norris and firing his team up.


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