Wednesday, July 06, 2011

A Gerst Burst

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Columbia goes camping starting this Saturday

Camping Season

Most of the Ivy League schools that hold summer football camps have either wrapped them up or are conducting them right now.

Columbia is doing something different this summer by holding four one-day camp sessions and a fifth separate kicking session. The first camp session is this Saturday.

I wouldn’t know how best to evaluate a bunch of high school kids when it comes to deciding if they’re college football material. But I can tell you that with scorching and humid weather returning to NYC this week, any young athlete who looks good on the field right now is probably physically more than able to compete at the next level.

Top 100 Moments of 2010

#74: Another Burst of Gerst

If you ever read the comments section of this blog and scratch your head trying to figure out why junior RB Nick Gerst has such a loyal following, all you need to do is look back at what Gerst did on three consecutive plays late in the first half against Princeton in week 3.

With the score tied at 7 and just 3:19 left in the second quarter, Columbia got the ball after a Tiger punt at its own 20 yard line,

The Lions used three plays and no timeouts to eke out one first down to their own 35.

It appeared that Columbia was possibly content to let the clock run out and go into the locker room all tied up.

Then Gerst got into the act.

On 1st and ten Gerst exploded behind LT Jeff Adams for a 41 yard gain along the east sideline to the Princeton 24.

Suddenly Columbia got more of a sense of urgency, but Gerst didn’t need a rest.

On the next play, Gerst took the ball again and made a nice eight yard run to the 16.

And he wasn’t finished yet…

On the next play, QB Sean Brackett threw a short pass to Gerst who turned it into a 14 yard gain and 1st and goal at the Tiger two.

That ended an impressive flurry of offensive prowess from Gerst, three plays and 63 yards, and one play later it resulted in a TD.


At Wed Jul 06, 08:10:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I noticed the camps for grades 9 through 12. Are they intended to be recruiting camps? I thought those were primarily for rising seniors.

At Wed Jul 06, 08:10:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prior to your junior year students that are potential recruits will go to these camps to be unofficially tested, show their capabilities and allow the coaches to work with them. The same thing is true with combines. Many are already known by the schools and may have been contacted previously within the rules of the NCAA. The summer before the senior year especially at the scholarship schools the camps are essentially a unofficial recruiting visit that doesn’t count as one again to allow the coaches to see where you are at and in many cases end with offers. The younger players give the schools a first look and potential recruits. Even those already committed to schools like Michigan, USC, and Florida attend the camps for that added time with the coaches. Every once in a while you get an unknown at a camp that stands out. The camps are also a fund raising tool and a great PR tool. The camps are great conditioning and technique learn tool for players heading into High School. Working with college coaches and players can be a big help to a young kid. When it comes down to it the main purpose is recruiting and from a players standpoint a selling tool.

At Wed Jul 06, 09:56:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know a lot of the other Ivys including Penn get a number of players from these camps. I wonder what success we're having.

At Wed Jul 06, 11:13:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not the camp. Penn gets most of its players through its guaranteed admissions spots at Wharton undergrad.

At Thu Jul 07, 04:54:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not just wharton; it is the practice of the Penn staff to trash other Ivy programs. this is our year to beat Penn. We get them at home, and we are going to be very tough this year.

At Thu Jul 07, 07:09:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

enough about penn trashing other programs, thats college recruiting. negative recruiting happens everyday, and if our coaches aren't willing to make that sacrifice to get some of the top recruits, maybe some new coaching is in order. it may be called unethical or wrong, but penn has plenty of ivy league championships, while we have 1

At Thu Jul 07, 09:54:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chen 82 says (again) that whining about Penn and Bagnoli is getting real old. If you had to draw players to South Philly you'd have to use some technique other than a post card of the neighborhood to attract them. Expecting Penn not to speak meanly of other programs in recruiting is like asking players to restrict themselves to touch only on the field. Grow up everyone!

At Thu Jul 07, 10:37:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's go in a different direction here. I read that Yale's camp produced a pool of 25-30 players that either received offers or moved up on the recruiting board. I consider that a successful camp. Any idea how Columbia does with its camps?

At Mon Jul 11, 07:50:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...




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