Thursday, June 30, 2011

Who's Your Front Three?

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Seyi Adebayo (CREDIT: Columbia Athletics)

The Front Three

Continuing on a theme I’ve been pondering all offseason…

Suddenly, the Columbia defensive line seems like it could quickly become a strength after being a nagging team weakness in 2009 and 2010.

The reason is depth and the change of the scheme from 4-3 to 3-4.

We already have four very good players returning to vie for those top three slots in Ben Popeck, Seyi Adebayo, Chris Groth, and Josh Martin.

Now throw in the wildcards of Owen Fraser, (if he’s healthy), and Wells Childress, (if he’s really ready to make the transition from Texas A&M to the Ivies). Both of them could throw the Lion D-line into a seriously higher gear.

I also love Will Patterson at DE, but he just seems more like a pure linebacker to me. It’s enough to make me wonder if he will officially change positions this summer.

But that’s seven very good players right there for a unit that needs three starters.

Let the competition begin.

Top 100 Moments of 2010

#80: Luke’s Field Goal

By the 4th quarter of the week two game against Towson, Columbia fans had already seen freshman Luke Eddy nail three PAT’s with lots of room to spare.

But after a 71-yard, eight-and-a-half-minute drive fizzled at the Tiger 20, Eddy was called on to make his first-ever collegiate field goal attempt.

And if there was any doubt left in anyone’s mind about his kicking ability, Eddy blew them away with a booming kick from 37 yards out that was picture perfect.

With five minutes left in the game, the kick basically iced the game for the Lions and put an exclamation point on the first win of 2011.


At Thu Jun 30, 09:27:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the fate of the defense will be determined by the linebacking corp. Remember we lost Gross and Moretto. In the spring game, Mistretta lined up several times on the nose of the center. So I think that he will be used in various positions in this new scheme. The key to this defense will be maturity and depth of the young linebacking corp.

At Fri Jul 01, 05:54:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger cathar said...

While I appreciate the pre-season optimism here, and of course know that hope springs eternal (to the point where several posters a few days ago seemed positive that we're "guaranteed" at least a 7-3 record this year), this is Columbia football we're tslking about, folks. And usually the one thing Columbia football is especially good at is breaking our collective hearts.

There was another poster about two weeks ago who made a cogent, strong-sounding case that Norries Wilson isn't all that outstanding a coach in the first place.

Let's just be cautious, then, okay? That last 8-2 record was quite a while ago, after all. and even then, we did not even share in an Ivy title.

I promise to celebrate as raucously as anyone else, however, if we do get so far as to have a winning record this fall, let alone a 7-3 or better version.

At Fri Jul 01, 08:22:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just give me a 6-4 record for heaven's sake! That's all I ask. Given the variables involved, and the recent past history, that will be a ENORMOUS task in and of itself, and anyone who thinks otherwise, is not being realistic I'm afraid. There is simply too much of coulda, woulda, shoulda in past games to think otherwise.


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