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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:
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.