Countdown to Spring
The official news release
about Chris Woods joining the CU coaching staff as defensive coordinator is now live on the GoColumbiaLions.com website.
Can you guess the three words I have for Mr. Woods?
You guessed it: “STOP. THE. RUN.”
The spring game is just 44 days away, which means spring practice is just about three weeks away.
Here are some key figures on the Lion squad going into the spring sessions:
Total Players: 82 (a nice high number, but it may be more like 79 or 80 once we see the roster updated in the days before spring practice officially begins)
Seniors: 24 (including two 5th year seniors)
Juniors: 30 (a bumper crop, considering that most players who do leave Ivy football teams usually leave between sophomore and junior year)
Sophomores: 28 (a mostly unknown resource right now… a lot of this is spring practice will be about finding some potential contributors from this crew, especially at linebacker, running back, and wide receiver)
About 20 of the returning players have at least some experience as starters, but the offense returns a great deal more experienced starters than the defense.
Thus, the practices and stretches in the spring game that pit the top offense against the top defense will be quite interesting.