Saturday, June 25, 2011

Enter Gerst

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Top 100 Moments of 2010

#84: Gerst's Real Debut

Midway through the third quarter in week 2 and leading 14-3, the Lions had a chance to put Towson away when they took over at their own 22.

The defense had just forced a Tiger three-and-out and Nico Gutierrez had a nice 10 yard return of a long Towson punt.

That's when highly-touted sophomore Nick Gerst got his first real work of his Columbia career.

Gerst hadn't played much up to that point, with just one carry for one yard earlier in the game, (a nice 13 yard run had been wiped out by a holding penalty).

But there was no holding back #34 at this point, as he took the first down carry for an explosive 12 yard run.

On the next play, he burned Towson for another eight yards to the Columbia 42.

Gerst had already become a major fan favorite on the Internet, where his supporters constantly praised his talents.

But these back-to-back carries in the third quarter were the first evidence of what he really could do.

Gerst finished the game with 73 yards on 11 carries and had 350 yards on just 69 carries for all of 2010.

What will he be able to do with what should be many more carries in 2011?


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At Sat Jun 25, 06:32:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Schwieger of Dart ran the ball 26 times per game and led the league.
You could look it up!

At Sun Jun 26, 03:21:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow Jake, Gerst had only 69 carries in 2010? An average of only 7 per game (6.9). Wow again.
What is the matter with our coaches? Coaching football is the last thing I claim to be an expert on, but sometimes cold stats make a
point. This is like telling Nowitzki he's limited to six or seven shots a game, or telling the baseball batting champ he can swing only once in each at-bat.

At Sun Jun 26, 09:19:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gerst was hurt much of the season.

At Sun Jun 26, 12:23:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Columbia has the 2nd smallest recruiting class in the Ivy League with 28 recruits (not counting Chambliss since he's technically a soph)... Cornell has the smallest number of recruits (26) ... the others are Brown (34),Harvard/Penn (33 each), Yale (32), Princeton (31), and Dartmouth (30) ...

Frank F '70C

At Sun Jun 26, 03:54:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous someone keeps saying Gerst was hurt. Who are you and how do you know this? What injury?

Chen 82

At Sun Jun 26, 08:45:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

First, Columbia has a small recruiting class in part because its retention program has been so strong. Last year, the roster was larger than the NCAA preseason camp limit. Several players had to sit out the first few days and pay ther own fares to Baker Field. Besides, the league recruiting limits are over four year periods. Fewer this year means more next year.
Second, based on the spring game, I would not be surprised if Garret is ahead of Gerst. No knock on Gerst's ability, but Garret looked fast, strong and versatile. And Chao is due for a look, as well. Nice to have a few quick, fast options in the backfield for a change!

At Mon Jun 27, 03:30:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Garrett and Gerst will likely split most of the carries. Chao is more of a power runner who should be in the mix. The unresolved question is TE. Will we use an H back fir our basic set? Will we convert a big OL to TE for short yardage situations? Blocking from the TE position is a tall order for a freshman.


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