That's COLUMBIA's Tyler Hamblin
An extraordinary young man from Minnesota joins our unofficial list of incoming Columbia football freshmen.
He is Cretin-Derham Hall's co-captain Tyler Hamblin, a stellar cornerback who has already written a few books.
Yep, he's an accomplished author.
Coming in at 6-0 and 190 lbs, he also made 2nd Team All State at defensive back.
Hambling will be the third documented Cretin-Durham Hall grad to join the Lions, including rising sophomore LB Eddie Hitchcock.
And how's this for odd?:
There is another young man named Tyler Hamblin from the Syracuse area and he is going to play for Harvard!
What are the odds of that?
My UNOFFICIAL incomplete list of our incoming class of 2015 is now at 23:
Colton Bishop DB 5-10 180 lbs. Chaparral HS Scottsdale, AZ
John Brady LB 6-2 220 lbs. Lakota East HS Liberty Township, OH
Tom Callahan OT 6-6 280 lbs. Lyons Township HS LaGrange Park, IL
Wells Childress* DE 6-4 263 lbs. Kinkaid HS Houston, TX
Sean Coffinger LB 6-4 215 lbs. Desert Vista HS Phoenix, AZ
Ryan Flannery WR 6-3 185 lbs. North Attleborough HS North Attleborough, MA
Percee Goings QB 6-1 180 lbs. Friendship Collegiate HS Washington, DC
Tyler Hamblin CB 6-0 190 lbs. Cretin-Durham Hall Eden Prairie, MN
John Keefe WR 6-1 185 lbs. Choctawhatchee HS Ft. Walton Beach, FL
Josh Keiles 6-3 OL 295 lbs. Lakewood HS Lakewood, CA
Joe Kopp OL 6-4 260 lbs. Arundel HS Gambrills, MD
Hunter Little DL 6-4 225 lbs. The Webb School Knoxville, TN
Connor Nelligan 6-2 190 lbs. Benet Academy Lisle, IL
Ijeoma Odigwe DL 6-2 220 lbs. Chandler HS Chandler, AZ
Ray Pesanello LB 6-2 215 lbs. Mahwah HS, Mahwah, NJ
Kal Prince QB 6-4 198 lbs. Owensboro HS Owensboro, KY
Vinny Pugliese LB 6-1 210 lbs. Walsh Jesuit HS Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Roy Schwartz DL 6-2 240 lbs. Westlake HS Austin, TX
Mike Skalitzky DB 6-1 180 lbs. Marist High School Chicago, IL
Dan Slivka WR 6-3 196 lbs. North Allegheny HS Wexford, PA
Malcolm Thaxton CB 6-0 190 lbs. Fuquay-Varina HS Fuquay-Varina, NC
Ryan Thomas OL 6-4 275 lbs. Buchholz HS
Chad Washington DL/TE 6-2 220 lbs. Bishop O'Dowd Oakland, CA
*=Transfer from Texas A&M
Fordham has announced its 2011 schedule and it turns out both the Rams and the Lions will be opening the season against each other. Every other season since 2000, Fordham has played at least one game before taking on Columbia in what has always been the Lions' season opener, (with the exception of the 2001 season, when the Lions-Rams game was postponed until Thanksgiving Day because of 9/11).
It will be very interesting to see how this change affects the game if at all.
I’ve made a huge deal about how important it is for Columbia to do a better job of stopping the run in the coming season.
Here’s another great piece of evidence for my case:
Just look how the league’s top rushing defenses over the past 19 seasons have fared in the standings
(Year, Top Rushing Defense Team, Finish)
2010 Penn, 72.0 YPG, Champion
2009 Penn, 63.2 YPG, Champion
2008 Brown, 77.1 YPG, Co-Champion
2007 Harvard, 77.5 YPG, Champion
2006 Harvard, 73.7 YPG, 3rd Place
2005 Cornell, 88.3 YPG, 4th Place
2004 Cornell, 101.1 YPG, 3rd Place
2003 Penn, 92.9 YPG, Champion
2002 Penn, 55.8 YPG, Champion
2001 Penn, 58.4 YPG, 2nd Place
2000 Harvard, 115.9 YPG, 3rd Place
1999 Harvard 80.2 YPG, 5th Place
1998 Princeton, 72.9 YPG, 4th Place
1997 Harvard, 81.9 YPG, Champion
1996 Harvard, 91.0 YPG, 6th Place
1995 Dartmouth, 103.0 YPG, 4th Place
1994 Penn, 95.7 YPG, Champion
1993 Penn, 63.4 YPG, Champion
1992 Princeton, 58.6 YPG, Co-Champion
I’d take this list back further, but I only have full league stats from 1992-on.
More than half of those past 19 seasons have seen the top rushing defense win the championship, including the last four in a row.
Only two of the last 19 rushing defense leaders didn’t finish in the first division.
Meanwhile in that same period, Columbia has only finished in the first division three times and no higher than the 2nd place finish in 1996.
Columbia’s rushing defenses may be the #1 reason why.
The Lion rush defense has finished 6th the last two seasons in a row after an encouraging third in the league in 2008.
Before that, Columbia finished dead last in rush defense in 2007, 2006, 2005, and 2004.
They were 7th in 2003, last in 2002, 7th in 2001, 6th in 2000, and last in 1999.
The exciting 1998 squad was 3rd against the run, but the Lions were last in 1997, 5th in 1996, 7th in 1995, 5th in 1994, last in 1993, and 6th in 1992.
I listed each of these rough numbers to hammer the point home as much as I can.
In basketball they say: “No rebounds, no rings.”
In Ivy football, if you don’t stop the run you won’t win.
Stopping the run, or at least getting a lot better at it, should be job #1 this year.