Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Brief Glory

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Football Scoop is reporting that Columbia tight ends coach Tony Brinson is being considered for the defensive coordinator position at Wagner College on Staten Island.

Check out the four new freshman profiles on GoColumbiaLions.com.

Mike Stephens (CREDIT: Columbia Athletics)

Top 100 Moments of 2010

#96: Stephens’ First, (and only) TD

Just three plays after Neil Schuster’s fumble recovery, (see moment #97 below), Columbia scored its first TD of the 2010 season via a 14 yard Sean Brackett-to-Mike Stephens TD pass.

Stephens was not wide open, but a pinpoint throw by Brackett made it possible for Stephens to leap just a bit over his cover man for the spectacular play.

The score would be the first 6 of 58 points Columbia scored off turnovers last year. That’s not a bad total considering the Lions grabbed just 20 takeaways all season.

58 points on 20 takeaways is roughly three points per opponent turnover.

By contrast, the Lions turned the ball over 29 times and allowed just 45 points off those turnovers, or just 1.5 points per giveaway… equal to “half” a field goal.

In that sense, Stephens’ TD catch was a good harbinger of things to come in 2010.

The bigger story is this would be Stephens’ one and only catch and score for the season as he was about to go down for the year.

But more about that later…


At Tue Jun 14, 11:06:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Concerning today's freshmen profiles on the Columbia Athletics website, it seems to me that Tom Callahan, Ryan Thomas and Malcolm Thaxton all have to be considered among the top incoming players. Callahan has very good size for his position, Thomas was a highly recruited offensive lineman in Florida and Thaxton is a talented all-around player with 4.5 speed.

At Tue Jun 14, 11:26:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Solid group of incoming freshman offensive linemen. Good recruiting job there by the Lion coaching staff. Ryan Thomas played center in high school. I'm uncertain what positions the others played, although I suspect that at least Callahan and Parker played tackle. I'm looking forward to watching this group develop at Columbia.

At Tue Jun 14, 06:56:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree, but a few of the rising seniors have said that our talent level is so much higher now than it was a few years ago that it is unlikely that any first years are going to make the two deep.

At Tue Jun 14, 08:04:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree that the talent level is much higher, and with the exception of Childress, who is a transfer, it is unlikely that any of the new linemen will make the two deep until maybe the last few weeks of the season. However, an exception may be the tight end position we do not have much experience or depth. Also, there is not much experience or depth behind Brackett and Bell at quarterback. And, finally, I would not rule out the possibility that one of the new wide receivers or kickoff returners sees some varsity action this year. Keep in mind that freshmen broke into the starting lineup last year at several Ivy League schools including Yale (Randall and Gavin) and Dartmouth (linebacker).

At Tue Jun 14, 08:33:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree on Childress; I see him in the rotation at DE.

At Wed Jun 15, 04:17:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our defense is loaded, and Childress is going to be a stud. We will have the best defense we have had since Wiley and Wilfork. We have only one obvious gap in our team: we are going from having the best TE in the Ivies to one huge question mark. Who is going to play TE? It isn't just the pas catching aspect of it, but the blocking aspect. My guess is that we will be playing with an H back rather than a TE as our basic offensive set.

At Wed Jun 15, 07:16:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not at all sure our LBs are loaded.

At Wed Jun 15, 08:30:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At LB, look for Mistretta to have a huge senior year. Olinger will be a sophomore, and he had a great frosh campaign.

At Wed Jun 15, 08:42:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also, Ryan Murphy will be back at his natural LB position, and he have Evan Miller, who is also talented. We'll be running a 3 5 as our base defense. On epoint which was overlooked in the analysis of our Spring game was the dominance of our defense against a very potent offense. And I am told that Childress is on campus working with our guys, that he is just plain huge, and that he will be a complete stud on the DL for us.


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