Sunday, October 03, 2010

Kennedy Call Out & Ivy Power Rankings

Kennedy's New Frontier: 148 yards receiving

I chose Sean Brackett as the MVP of yesterday's 42-14 win over Princeton because he threw 5 TD passes to four different receivers and no interceptions.

But it was hard not to give it to TE Andrew Kennedy, who made a number of tough catches and became the primary receiver Columbia needs him to be.

His most impressive play may have been the first play from scrimmage in the second half when he caught a bomb from Brackett and then dragged numerous defenders all the way down to the Tiger three... and they never actually brought him down, just shoved him out of bounds.

Columbia has had some great tight ends in the not-so-distant past like Wade Fletcher, Matt Less, and Brian Bassett. But I can't remember the last time a Lion TE racked up 148 yards receiving in one game. Just to compare, Kennedy had 316 yards receiving all of last year.


1. Brown (last week, #1)

Losing to URI in OT on the road is not a disgrace, but Brown barely holds on to the top spot this week.

2. Penn (2)

The Quakers offense gets going, but how bad is Dartmouth's defense? And will Keiffer Garton ever play?

3. Columbia (5)

A 42-14 pummeling of Princeton sends Columbia back into the first division, and sends some worries across the rest the league about what to do about all the Lion running weapons.

4. Harvard (4)

A big win over Lafayette isn't as impressive as it used to be. Is Andrew Hatch's injury going to keep him out of next week's game against Cornell... or the early bird special at the Sizzler in West Roxbury? By the way, with Hatch hurt and Collier Winters out for the season, do you think Coach Murphy wishes he had Sean Brackett about now?

5. Dartmouth (7)

Good effort against Penn proves the Big Green aren't bottom feeders, but something has to be done about the defense.

6. Yale (4)

Losing at home to Albany is not something a good Ivy team does. The Bulldog O-line is suspect.

7. Princeton (6)

The Tigers are probably not as bad as they looked yesterday at Columbia, but they're not much better either.

8. Cornell (8)

The Big Red look a little better now, but Bucknell is very weak this season.


At Sun Oct 03, 06:24:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right on Jake. I have been blogging for a long time about how Kennedy creates match up nightmares because he can't be covered by a LB. One suggestion for the coaches--Kennedy is much more effective when he runs vertical routes. The only time is is stopped is when they try to get him the ball on those two yard tosses. He reminds me of the TE who now plays for the Jets in his game. And PS, he has great hands.

At Mon Oct 04, 04:15:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Hatch eligible for another redshirt year if he is unable to play for Harvard for the remainder of the season.? If so, will he hold the record for the longest number of years any quarterback has been in college?

At Mon Oct 04, 04:20:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Despite its lose to Columbia, my guess is that Princeton will rebound somewhat to defeat both Yale and Dartmouth. If Columbia wins at Penn two weeks from now, then it is likely the Lions will be playing Brown for the Ivy League Championship in the last game of the season.

At Mon Oct 04, 04:25:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Only a few quarterbacks listed on the Harvard roster. What happened to the seven or eight quarterback they recruited two years ago. Incidentally, the Harvard quarterback, Chapple, only threw 11 passes against Lafayette. Apparently, all he did was hand the ball off to the running backs most of the game. Is Lafayette's defense against the run that bad or is Harvard's running game that good?

At Mon Oct 04, 06:06:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger dabull said...

Harvard could not run at all against Brown. Don't know but Lafayette could be bad.

At Mon Oct 04, 07:13:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The kicking game against Princeton was perfect. The kickoffs were great, and so were the punts. The PAT's were right up the middle. These fundamentals are solid and can carry a team. Nice work, Special Teams!

At Mon Oct 04, 08:55:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Matt O said...

Sure wish I could've seen that blow any time the lios take it to the tigers.

Speaking of great tight ends, didn't Bert Bondi have a record setting day for receptions back in '96 or '97? I wonder how many yards he had that day?

Regardless, 148 is a great day for any Ivy receiver, let alone tight end.

At Mon Oct 04, 09:59:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

how did the jv game go...

At Mon Oct 04, 10:06:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what about jv game

At Mon Oct 04, 11:14:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems like everyone played well against Princeton. Terrific individual performances and outstanding team effort. On defense I keyed in on the defensive ends and was impressed by the play of sophomores Ryan Murphy and Josh Martin. Murphy spent most of the game in the Princeton backfield. He's got great acceleration and is an excellent tackler. Martin didn't have any sacks this week, but had another strong all-around game and is poised to become one of the defensive linemen in the Ivy League.

At Mon Oct 04, 11:14:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Dr. V.! Any word on the JV game? Can't get enough!!

At Mon Oct 04, 11:25:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enjoyed Craig Hamilton's big kickoff return. He reminds me of Travis Chemelka and may be even as fast as Chemelka although Chemelka was a bit bigger and had those sensational little side to side moves.

At Mon Oct 04, 12:57:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

from Monday's Princetonian:
“Columbia plays their responsibilities better than most professional defenses,” said Surace, who came to the Tigers from the Cincinnati Bengals. “They play their gaps extremely sound. I’m thoroughly impressed with how their players adapt to their system.”

and, “Columbia runs a terrific offensive scheme,” Surace said. “They really cause you to defend the entire field. They have a very good offensive line, probably the best we’ve seen.”

At Mon Oct 04, 07:22:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

JV tied 14-14. P seemed to have more energy and consistently drove down the field against us. What killed P was 3 turnovers, 2 lost fumbles (maybe 3) and an int that stopped their drives. Our O and D lines did not impress. P ran through our middle and on O our RBs didn't have much room. We scored on a 1 ft QB sneak and on a long pass play from Rapka to Andrada. Our O line also had 3 motion penalties.
Nor sure what the thinking is behind this, but QBs rotated, sometimes after just a series. Lenehan and Rapka got most of the time. Carter not there.
Impressions: two positions played well: WRs and DBs. DBs covered well and hit hard. Andrada had the best day--caught the long TD in the end zone and also a 50 or so yd pass on which he was caught at about the 10-15. He is not the fastest guy around but has great concentration and good hands. Both long passes had DBs around them but A brought them in. Rothschild and Grant also had nice catches and runs.
This is probably the last JV game I can attend, so hope others will cover rest.

At Mon Oct 04, 07:33:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing but praise this year from Princeton's new Head Coach, Bob Surace and the Daily Princetonian. No lame excuse and derogatory remarks that got the last guy fired. As a result, I'm now rooting for Coach Surace to regroup his forces and bring back Princeton into a second place finish in the Ivy League, right behind the first place Columbia Lions.

At Mon Oct 04, 07:43:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One caveat; we actually had two bad punts, which will need to be corrected before next week.

At Mon Oct 04, 07:45:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks, Dr. V for the info on the junior varsity game. Joey Andrada posted terrific numbers as a wide receiver in high school in Northern California. It sounds like he's on his way to becoming a fine receiver at Columbia. Rothschild and Grant also have the speed and talent to develop into outstanding wide receivers at Columbia. Did Lou DiNovo play? What about Marcorus Garrett? He looked tremendous in the fourth quarter of the varsity game against Princeton, racing for 36 yards on his first carry from scrimmage. Are you allowed to play in both varsity and junior varsity games the same weekend?

At Mon Oct 04, 07:52:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

However, the six PAT's were picture perfect and the equivalent of much longer field goals. We didn't need to kick any field goals against Princeton, but the capability is certainly there.

At Mon Oct 04, 09:39:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's not get crazy with the JV game(s)! This was not played as a game but a scrimmage. No kickoff's, no live punts, they did not have a punter or kicker, hence no PAT's for Princeton, they were given a point w/o kicking, we kicked our PAT's and no punts. C's Coaches shuffle players without consideration for consistency. Also, the linebackers played pretty well along with D backes and recievers.
For P they look to have a couple of pretty big and good young O lineman who controlled the line of scrimmage and we looked to be undersized on D line. P also has a couple of good looking QB's in their future especially a tall, 6'4with rocket arm and very fast.
It has always appeared that C does not consider the JV game as important as some other's, i.e. P and Brown.
Our JV has some good players that are looking for an opportunity at the next level but do not get too excited or depressed with JV results!

At Mon Oct 04, 10:29:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm grateful for the last poster's attempt at clarification, but confused by some of his information. Question #1 is what does he mean by statement that "C does not consider the jv game as important as some other, i.e. P & Brown." I assume that what he is saying is the Lions are more interested in giving everyone playing time than winning or losing the jv game, but I'm not sure. Question #2 is how can we be "undersized on D Line" when none of our defensive linemen are under 225 pounds.

At Mon Oct 04, 11:06:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake, just read that Harvard, which has already been embarrassed, by an NCAA recruiting violation in basketball, now has to deal with the public reaction to today's disclosure in the Harvard Crimson that quarterback Andrew Hatch was allowed to play the entire game against Brown even though he suffered a serious concussion on the first play of the game. Lafayette's head coach said it was one of the worst helmet to helmet hits he ever saw. Moreover, he couldn't believe no penalty was called on the Brown defender. Even the Harvard cowtailing folks at the New York Times might have a problem with the latest "win at all cost" nonsense coming out of Cambridge. Poor Hatch transfer back to Harvard from LSU and gets slammed in the head by an Ivy League football player and no penalty is called and the Harvard physician/coaches keep him on the field. Wow!!

At Mon Oct 04, 11:22:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

from AD: NEW YORK – Sophomore quarterback Sean Brackett is the Football Championship Subdivision National Performer of the Week, as selected by

Senior tight end Andrew Kennedy and junior defensive lineman Ben Popeck were also honored as performers of the week at their respective positions.

At Tue Oct 05, 12:40:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apparently the rule re playing in JV games is that a player can play in x number of games per season (I don't know whether x is 10 or more) and it can be a combination of both varsity and JV. There were apparently two players who played in the JV game who had seen action the day before. Re Garret, I think he played, but am not sure. An African-American RB wearing # 1 played and looked good on a couple of runs, but that's not his number.

At Tue Oct 05, 02:19:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll give Coach Surace credit. Considering the short time he has had with the team, the blow out really isn't a true indicator of their capabilities. They will be a team to watch out for in the future.

At Tue Oct 05, 02:24:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marcorus Garret (#23) was wearing #1 in the JV game.....something about his jersey not coming along with him. He did a great job in the JV game.

At Tue Oct 05, 02:46:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lafayette game on ESPN3.

Ivy players of the week:
Columbia sophomore quarterback Sean Brackett (Brooklyn, Conn.) had a career day Lions' 42-14 win over Princeton, going 18-of-24 for 273 yards and five touchdowns. Brackett totalled over 300 yards of total offense adding eight rushes for 48 yards.

Andrew Kennedy, Columbia, Senior, Tight End (Westport, Conn.)
7 rec. for 148 yds., 2 TDs

Ryan Murphy, Columbia, Sophomore, Linebacker (San Antonio, Texas)
9 tkls. (4 solo), 1 sack, 2 TFLs, 2 PBUs

At Tue Oct 05, 03:01:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ivy FB weekly report cites
Blaise Deal, Harvard, Junior, Linebacker 10 tkls. (4 solo), 1 sack, 2 PBUs in Lafayette game.

But, Gross had 13, 4 solo, vs. an Ivy, yet didn't make the weekly honors list.

At Tue Oct 05, 07:13:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apparently Hatch has had concussions before. There is a Youtube clip of him being hammered in an LSU game in 2008: Go to Youtube and type:

" LSU at Auburn 2008 Hatch Concussion" LSU at Auburn Jerrod Powers of Auburn puts a huge hit on LSU QB Andrew Hatch in the 3rd quarter. Hatch stumbled around the ...


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