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There's still no definitive word on Penn's Garton... but this year he is wearing #14
... the Penn game notes have an excellent little "expect to see" feature every week that usually blows through the potentially confusing smoke screens out there.
Here's what that section says this week:
-QB Keiffer Garton will attempt to play. If they let him dress this week, he’ll see some snaps.
-QB Kyle Olson will attempt to play. He’ll warm up and be a game-time decision.
-Time in the pocket: Columbia is last in the FCS in tackles for loss and 98th in the nation in sacks.
-A plethora of running backs. Penn has many options and will use all of them.
-Bradford Blackmon may go at wideout, running back, taking direct snaps and returning kicks.
-LB Jake Lewko will make a play. He’s had 10 or more tackles in three of the fi rst four games.
-Owen Thomas has a great chance to get a sack. It’ll be tough to bring down Olawale, but he has one in every game thus far.
I have found that it's impossible in the Ivy League to make predictions about which injured players will play, which ones will sit out, and which ones are already done for the year and won't even travel with the team. So I'm not going to lay any odds on which QB will be under center for the Quakers Saturday.
But I do know that Penn is not passing the ball very much or really that effectively this year no matter who's the QB. Columbia's run defense may be able to take advantage of that knowledge.
I also know that no matter who is playing, the Quaker defense has been stellar this season and seems to be gleefully taking on the job of bailing out the offense. The Lions will need all their offensive weapons humming to beat this unit.