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I must say I was blown away when Phil Steele’s new FCS preview magazine picked week 2 opponent Albany as one of the top 40 FCS teams in the nation, AHEAD of Penn and Harvard!
Not that I thought Albany was going to be a pushover, but if Steele is even close to being right Columbia is in for a very tough home opening game on September 24th.
The biggest reason for Steele’s enthusiasm is Head Coach Bob Ford, who has been the only head coach for the Great Danes for the last 38 years. Ford also has an incredible .608 winning percentage in that span.
Another big reason is senior defensive end Eddie Delaney, an inspiring young man who is a fearsome player despite being born with just one hand.
The Great Danes already shook up this league a bit when they beat Yale in New Haven last year.
Here’s a look at how Albany is doing in training camp so far.
The Great Danes begin their season at Colgate under the lights on September 3rd.
Witt vs. Brackett et al
Yale QB Patrick Witt is being touted by many as the Ivy passer who will have the best season this fall.
I’d say he’s getting about 5 to 6 times the attention as Columbia’s Sean Brackett and maybe 10 to 20 times the ink as Brown’s Kyle Newhall-Caballero or Penn’s Billy Ragone.
There’s only one problem with that.
Witt has NEVER been a 1st Team All Ivy QB, Brackett, KNC, and Ragone all have.
Witt’s record as a starter is a “lofty” 7-8.
That’s about the same as Brackett’s 6-7 record as a starter and way below the strong winning records Ragone and KNC have in their careers.
If anyone has any GOOD reason why Witt should be picked over these other gentlemen as the best preseason QB, OTHER than the lame argument that a Nebraska transfer MUST be better than anyone who was an Ivy player from the beginning… well, please share that reason here.
Top 100 Moments of 2010
#32: Signs of Life in New Haven
Trailing 24-0 midway through the second quarter, it seemed things just couldn’t get any worse for the Lions at Yale in week 7.
But thanks mostly to some great efforts by senior RB Zack Kourouma, Columbia started to make a game of it at the Bowl.
On the first play of a drive that began way back at the Lion 11, Kourouma busted off a 19 yard run.
Two plays later he ran for 11 yards and another 1st down to the Yale 36.
Two plays after that, Kourouma grabbed a nine yard pass from QB Sean Brackett.
It was Kourouma again three plays after that with an eight yard run to the Eli 16.
Columbia finally score a few plays later on an eight-yard Brackett-to-Andrew Kennedy TD pass.
But while Kennedy got the score, Kourouma was the workhouse racking up 47 of the yards in an 89 yard TD drive.