Thursday, August 18, 2011

It Begins...

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Camp about to Begin

I received the big Columbia football fundraising mailing yesterday and it confirms that training camp officially begins tomorrow for the Lions.

Of course, the first day of training camp is usually just a check in day and I don’t expect the team to actually hit the field until Friday or Saturday.

But tomorrow is the true beginning of the season for the players and coaches and all the staffers who make Columbia football go.

Time to get serious.

I also have to say I am flattered that a short blurb by Head Coach Norries Wilson that appears in the mailing is almost completely identical to the top three goals I listed for the football program way back in December.

Collier Winters

Why Collier Winters Gets No Love

There’s still a lot of preseason hype surrounding Yale QB Patrick Witt and whether he is the best player at his position in the Ivies.

Yesterday, I pointed out that Witt is NOT among the three returning Ivy QB’s who have been a 1st Team All Ivy honoree.

Those three young men are Columbia’s Sean Brackett, Penn’s Billy Ragone, and Brown’s Kyle Newhall-Caballero.

So what about Harvard’s Collier Winters?

At least one reader thinks we’re giving him short shrift too.

Are we?

Well, Winters is definitely a good QB and he sure has a strong arm.

There’s just one problem: he hasn’t been able to beat Penn

In two crucial starts against the Quakers in 2009 and 2010, with the Ivy title on the line, Winters has come up short.

Last season at Franklin Field, Winters went 21-44 and threw three interceptions in the Crimson’s 34-14 loss.

In 2009 at Harvard Stadium, Winters went just 10-23 for just 135 yards passing in a 17-7 loss to Bagnoli’s Bruisers.

Based on the way he talks and acts, I think Harvard Head Coach Tim Murphy believes Collier Winters is a nice kid, a talented kid, but just not a kid who can bring the Crimson a title.

Why else would Murphy welcome two-time transfer Andrew Hatch back on the team with open arms last year. Yes, Winters got injured in the preseason, but that was AFTER Murphy brought Hatch back in. Of course in the ultimate case of poetic justice, Hatch got injured himself early in the season, Winters got better and Murphy had to go back to him for the remainder of the season.

So in summary, it’s not ME anyone needs to convince about how good Collier Winters is… it’s Tim Murphy who needs to be convinced.

Or maybe just Penn.

Top 100 Moments of 2010

#31: One Step Forward, two Steps Back

After Columbia showed signs of life with a determined drive to make it 24-7 Yale, the defense stepped up with a three-and-out and forced the Elis to punt from their own 38.

But Nico Gutierrez, who did a super job filling in for the injured Mike Stephens all year in punt returns, had a rare mistake and he fumbled the kick back over to Yale at the CU 22.

Three plays later, the Bulldogs had another TD pass and upped their lead to 31-7 at halftime.


At Thu Aug 18, 06:51:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake, I thought players were to check in on Saturday with camp starting on Sunday.

At Thu Aug 18, 07:07:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

Yes, it really doesn't start today. The fundraising letter was kinda wrong... BUT most of the players start trickling back in today or earlier this week.

At Thu Aug 18, 08:16:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most of the starters have been around all summer working out together. Super transfer Childress has been around as well.

At Fri Aug 19, 01:03:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

But who has beat Penn recently?

At Fri Aug 19, 01:04:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

Good point. Penn is on a 15-game Ivy winning streak right now.

At Fri Aug 19, 03:24:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hear Nick Gerst is 100% for the first time in 2 years.
If this kid really is healthy the IVY league is in for a treat this year. This is D1 thoroughbred that can lite up any team in the Ivy's with a little blocking and the right play selection.


At Fri Aug 19, 06:48:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marcorus Garrett is also going to make some noise.

At Fri Aug 19, 09:25:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger dabull said...

D1 thoroughbred? A lot of us need to rein in the hyperbole til we start kickin tail on the field and producing in the win column. Too many players are way overhyped simply for steppin on the field in light blue and playing a game. Let em play a full schedule and start turning this program into a winner before we annoint them the second coming.

At Sat Aug 20, 04:07:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have to agree with last poster about too much hyperbole. Nick Gerst has been hurt since his senior year in high school which may not say much for his durabilibty. He definitely needs to prove himself and we all hope he does and wish him well. Chao, Garrett, and Grant also have potential to be quality backs, so let's spread the hopes and cheers around a bit more.

At Sat Aug 20, 04:40:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't have any problem with poster D1 thoroughbread. I understand he had many big D1choices coming out of one of the top high school football programs in the country along with all state honors and chose Columbia.

We have seen only glimpses of his electric ability.
Hopefully we get the healthy Nick Gerst this year.


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