Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Fordham and Family

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The Pesanello Boys

Week 1 opponent Fordham continues to provide regular updates on its training camp, now entering its second week.

This write up of the first intrasquad scrimmage has some interesting tidbits:

-There still is no clear winner of the QB starting job in the Bronx. But my money is on Griffin Murphy, who at 6-2 and 235 pounds seems to have a size advantage going for him.

-One of the top tacklers in the scrimmage was LB Anthony Pesanello, who is either big brother or big cousin to incoming Columbia LB Ray Pesanello. Both hail from Mahwah HS in New Jersey. If anyone can help me nail down the relationship, (I’m guessing big brother), please let me know.


Ray and Anthony are indeed brothers.

Incidentally, Anthony Pesanello comes in at 6-2 and 240 pounds, while our Pesanello comes in at 6-1 and 215 pounds. So, whatever Mrs. Pesanello is feeding her boys, let’s hope she evens things out soon!

-Ram late addition recruit running back Vaughn Scott, a young man a lot of opposing defenses are already worried about, did not get any carried at RB and only got his name in the stat page with a defensive tackle. I’m not sure if that means Scott got a special teams tackle, but I can’t believe he’s been moved to the defensive side of the ball.

-Starting RB Darryl Whiting seems to be in top shape as he tore off 58 yards on just nine carries for a 6.4 yards per carry average.

Fordham gets things going in just 17 days with the season opener at UConn.

Big Green Preview

Fellow blogger Bruce Wood of Big Green Alert has gone live with his 2011 preview of our Lions on his premium site. I have to strongly recommend signing up for Bruce’s premium service as he keeps as good a track on the league as a whole as anyone. His Columbia previews are also very strong too as he usually brings up a point or two I haven’t noticed or maybe understated during the long offseason.

Top 100 Moments of 2010

#33: Fumble Parade Marches On

Already trailing 17-0 after Yale converted a Sean Brackett fumble into a TD, the Lions took the ensuing kickoff and was promptly penalized on the return and had to start the drive at their own 13.

Then things got really bad.

On 1st and 10, FB Nathan Lenz fumbled the ball and it was recovered at the 15 by Adam Money.

One play and a PAT later, it was now 24-0 Elis.


At Tue Aug 16, 02:17:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, they are brothers! 13 mos. apart. Both LB's.

At Tue Aug 16, 04:47:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read the BGA. Didn't know we were second to last in pass defense efficiency last season. Hope the new defense is a start to turning that around.

At Tue Aug 16, 04:53:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anything of note at Wilson's meeting Friday evening?

At Tue Aug 16, 05:48:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

... Albany (our 2nd opponent) will have 2 games under their belt before playing in the home opener ... they just had their first scrimmage ... see http://www.ualbanysports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_LANG=C&ATCLID=205242673&DB_OEM_ID=15800 ...

At Tue Aug 16, 10:59:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

... I think the BGA has it about right .... our success does depend on a lot of "if's" .... if we can run the ball with Gerst .... if we have a TE to replace Kennedy ... if the D Line can stop the run ... BGA also pointed out we need to have an improve D backfield ...

At Tue Aug 16, 07:05:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here are tidbits from Coach Wilson at the Friday nite get together. He said that while the coaches considered using a third tackle as tight end, they feel that sophs Zack McKown and Hamilton Garner can handle the position off their spring performances. He mentioned frosh WR Nelligan and a kid from Minnesota switching from RB or DB (I don't remember which, so not sure if this is the all-state DB or the recent addition to the roster) to WR as frosh who had the best chance of seeing playing time, along with transfer Childress at DE. Also, Coach Wilson was very high on new OLBs Josh Martin and Ryan Murphy.

At Tue Aug 16, 10:19:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

On the BGA assessment of our pass defense: Actually, our pass defense last year was quite stellar, but the overall numbers were skewed by our weak pass rush. The question this year is how we will do without Otis and Mehrer, but I think the secondary is still very solid.

On Coach Wilson's comments at the get together at the Village Pourhouse: It sounds like the DB-turned-RB-turned-WR for us is Augie Braddock.

At Wed Aug 17, 01:33:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree the secondary is solid. Just surprised by the stat from last year. Also interested in how the new defense works out both against the pass and run.

At Wed Aug 17, 04:47:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our Pesanello looks good and wearing the Light Blue in his high school tape doesn't hurt. Jake, our roster says he's 225, not 215. If true he could be as big as his brother by the time he gets here, if not soon thereafter.

Albany will certainly be tough with big linemen and Dillon Romaine at TB (from Don Bosco where he was 1st Team All-State and league rookie of the year as a freshman at Albany).

At Wed Aug 17, 11:42:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

7:30 PM Fordham vs. Connecticut (Exclusive)

At Wed Aug 17, 11:51:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...


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