Penn Picked First
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There is an avalanche of news of this Ivy League Football Media Day.
You can click the link above to hear ALL the details for yourselves, so let me focus on what I think were the most important news items in bullet point form:
-Two-time defending champ Penn was the overwhelming choice to repeat as champions in the media poll, (*disclaimer: I participated in the poll this year for the fourth straight year). Columbia was picked 6th. Here are the poll results below:
1. Penn (12 1st place votes)
2. Harvard (2)
3. Yale (1)
4. Brown (2)
-A BIG HEADLINE is that this year and from now on, the Bushnell Cup will be given to one offensive player and one defensive player. This should go a long way towards negating the offensive skill player bias in awards voting.
-When penalties are committed with less than two minutes in the half, the non-penalized team can chose to take the yardage penalty and run 10 seconds off the clock, or just take the yardage.
-Head Coach Norries Wilson mentioned a number of names that maybe many of us didn't expect to hear. Mike Waller was mentioned as someone who stood out as an LB in the spring and perhaps in the mix to mentioned, Ross Morand mentioned as the leader of the secondary punt returner. Bob Hauschildt will play center this year, (he played that position as an underclassman), Scott Ward and Jimmy Yukevich are battling for the Right tackle spot. Wilson also mentioned that Alec Kosminskas and Joe Ghergurovich are coming along in the hunt for the guard spots. Zach Olinger was mentioned as a linebacker who has to step up along with Waller.
I'll have more analysis of Coach Wilson's comments and all the other coaches' comments throughout the coming days.
Top 100 Moments of 2010
#39: Pierre's Push
Just moments after Dartmouth icily converted a 3rd and 10, the Big Green faced another 3rd and 10, this time at the Columbia 41.
A short pass from QB Connor Kempe to Nick Schwieger almost produced another first down, but Shad Sommers and Alex Gross stopped him just a yard short of the marker at the Lion 32.
With the game on the line, Dartmouth head coach Buddy Teevens didn't hesitate to go for it on 4th and 1. He also didn't hesitate to give the ball to #2 RB Dominic Pierre, who easily picked up the three yards for a 1st down at the Lion 29.
It was a deflating moment for the Columbia defense, but there was more deflation to come.