Friday, July 22, 2011

Invisible Men

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Steele List Looks Past Columbia

This morning, I noticed that Harvard’s web site was trumpeting the fact that eight Crimson players are on Phil Steele’s preseason All Ivy team.

I couldn’t find that release anywhere, so I asked the people at Phil Steele to forward me some info and they did right away!

As a way to thank them for their help, I want to help them sell a few more copies once the Phil Steele FCS preview comes out. So, go ahead and pre-order it here!

So here’s the deal for Columbia on the Phil Steele preseason All Ivy team:

Most of the news is not good. Only two Lions made the list, but both were on the first team.

For the record, here’s how many players from each school made it on the list of the combined first and second teams:

Dartmouth: 11

Yale: 9

Brown: 8

Harvard: 8

Penn: 8

Princeton: 7

Columbia: 2

Cornell: 2

QB Sean Brackett, who many of us contend is the best all around QB in the league, is not on the first or second team. Yale’s erratic Patrick Witt was the first team choice, Penn’s Billy Ragone was the second team QB.

A pleasant surprise was junior DL Josh Martin making the first team. Jeff Adams, already a two-time 1st Team All Ivy honoree, was a no-brainer as Columbia’s other preseason first team pick.

Other than Brackett, I think the most snubbed Lions on this list are PK Luke Eddy, and RG Bob Hauschildt.

Steele’s preseason picks have been pretty good over the years, and I’ve written about that in the past

For the record last season, seven players on Steele’s preseason list of 11 first team offensive players made the real 1st Team All Ivy list, and six of the players on Steele’s preseason list of 11 first team defensive players made the real 1st Team All Ivy list.

That’s really a good percentage.

Here’s hoping this will be a really OFF year for them!

Top 100 Moments of 2010

#58: Missed Opportunity

Columbia’s rush defense wasn’t always weak in 2010.

What could have been a key sequence in the Penn game proved that.

Trailing 14-3 and needing a spark early in the 2nd quarter, the Lions defense denied the Quakers on a 4th and six play when Penn RB came up three yards short to the Quaker 39.

That gave Columbia a 1st down and a real chance to get back in the game.

But a Penn sack highlighted what turned out to be a three-and-out for the Lions and the chance was missed.

As good as Columbia’s rush defense was at that moment, the Quakers’ defense was better.


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

Depressing to get so little respect.

At Fri Jul 22, 08:26:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake, I certainly hope Steele is way off in his predictions, otherwise I will get the feeling that you are raising our hopes for next season too much. I would like to know for instance why someone like Eddy is overlooked: is he "invisible" because--even tough he is excellent--because there were other Ivy kickers who fared even better than he did last year?

At Fri Jul 22, 05:19:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

While we all want our players to be recognized we should take a lesson from last season's baseball. Hated Princeton had fewer players selected All Ivy than we did and they also had statistics for offense and pitching that were only in the middle of the pack. The only thing they did was to WIN more games than anyone and grab the title!! Teams win games
Go Lions

At Fri Jul 22, 08:04:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger cathar said...

I don't care about the opinions of a bunch of removed statisticians who sit in an office somewhere and have likely never even set foot at Baker Field. (As best I recall from those pre-season magazines, too, the Ivy League rates no more than a paragraph or two as usual.)

I just want a wining season. And if we have one, I'd be very happy to attend a ritual burning of these magazines.

At Fri Jul 22, 09:55:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agreed. Win games and the post season stuff takes care of itself. What does it mean to be preseason All Anything anyway?

At Sat Jul 23, 09:30:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe Steele is on to something with Dartmouth. I think that except for Colgate they could run the table.

At Sat Jul 23, 10:05:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dartmouth is the same team that we should have beaten last year. I do not get the buzz about Dartmouth. And from my tales with a few players we will have a great season.

At Sun Jul 24, 02:23:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Dartmouth runs the table, that would be very imrpessive, considering they had a 17 game losing streak only two seasons ago.

At Mon Jul 25, 10:09:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not a real surprise. You perform badly as a team and you get lower 1st team numbers. To be honest I am surprised any of the players were named 1st team. There are several players that weren't used properly last year (defense in particular - 2nd string players that should have been 1st string, etc.) and that shows in a lack of named 1st team players. Poor play selection on the offensive side hurt Brakett’s chances which is disappointing, but, not a real surprise. Spring game didn't help the cause with very little change in the lineup. I am hoping to be pleasantly surprised and see major changes at game 1.


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