Friday, April 29, 2011

Using Your Assets

Bruce Woods’s Big Green Alert blog reports that Dartmouth is getting a good looking wide receiver transfer from Clemson . His name is Robbie Anthony.

Anthony should help the Big Green put together a nice wide receiving corps for 2011. Now the question is whether the QB will be able to take full advantage of that corps. There are some misgivings about whether Conner Kempe can take the Green to the next level.

The Kempe story is something everyone should remember considering the fact that all eight Ivy teams have starting QB’s returning this season.

Just because those starters are back, it doesn’t mean they’ll all begin the new season in the top spots… but most probably will.

Draft Potential, and Ivy Promise

There’s a good chance that not one, not two, but three Yale players will be picked in the NFL draft this weekend or signed to free agent contracts.

They are Tom McCarthy, Adam Money and Sean Williams

That would be an impressive for them, but kind of embarrassing for Eli head coach Tom Williams and his predecessor Jack Siedlecki.

How a team with three decent NFL prospects playing for it at the same time could produce just 11 Ivy wins over the past three years makes little sense.

It makes even less sense that Yale has not been a serious contender for the Ivy title, (despite a decent 5-2 Ivy performance last season),

To be fair, Williams seems to have improved the team after a disappointing 2008 campaign. But he still hasn’t produced a win over Harvard and losing to the Cantabs is what got Siedlecki fired.

Perhaps Yale can fire Siedlecki again.


At Fri Apr 29, 09:11:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake, I love what you do for Columbia football, but I think you may be underestimating what it takes to make it in the NFL. I really don't think that Yale has any NFL prospects; that's not to say that somebody will not get a cup of coffee. But you have to dominate at this level (the Ivies) to get a serious look by an NFL club.

At Fri Apr 29, 09:17:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger dabull said...

Anthony looks like he could be a big time playmaker in the Ivy league. I think he sets up defenders well to get into his desired route and gets off the line nicely and was able to get good seperation pretty quickly on Clemson db's.

At Sat Apr 30, 01:35:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It would be a huge surprise if any of those Yalies were drafted. They'll get in camps and might make a practice squad, but there are no draftable players in the Ivy League this year.

At Mon May 02, 08:15:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A little dose of reality. Until the Ivy schools start acting like D1 schools and provide full rides (probably won't happen in my life time) the odds of being drafted are slim to none. Even if we were scholarship schools the battle would be up hill. Northwestern in the Big Ten is a good example of a high academic school. Very few players from Northwestern get drafted. The Ivy schools have very talented intelligent players, but, those going to the NFL are for the most part athletically at a much higher level. Just compare stats and you will see that. Ivy players for the most are there because they are looking at their education first. Players that were being recruited with potential scholarships have ended up on Ivy League teams because they got hurt in High School which took the scholarships out of the picture. Many could have been preferred walk ons with a chance of the full ride later. That is rare also (I think we have a few of those). The best chance for an Ivy player to make it to the NFL would be an eye opening performance at the NFL combines. I haven’t seen that reported in years.

At Tue May 03, 02:12:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yale's Shane Bannon was in fact drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs last week. A pleasant surprise that any Ivy Leaguer was drafted, but amazing that, while a Yale player, Bannon was not on the list of three nominated by Jake. In other words, Yale had four seniors on their arguably underachieving team who, while of course not certain NFL draftees, at least were probably keeping their cell phones close at hand during the draft process.

At Tue May 03, 03:58:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wiley did just that. A great combine moved him almost into the first round. ovent


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