Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Stainless Steele

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Steele Issue Stands Out

The first ever Phil Steele FCS College Football Preview issue arrived in my mailbox on Saturday, and I haven’t been able to put it down since.

Instead of relegating the entire FCS preview to just a few pages at the back of the magazine, or just one page like some other publications, Steele has a 240-page masterpiece so jammed full of information that I have never felt more confident about scouting Columbia’s opponents coming into a season.

Every school gets at least a full page of analysis and stats.

Every conference is analyzed and previewed.

Every top player is flagged and given special recognition.

I know some Columbia fans are a little bummed that the magazine picked Columbia for 6th and only two of our players made Steel’s preseason 1st Team All Ivy. But it also picks Jeff Adams as being on the entire FCS preseason 1st Team and considers him perhaps the best LT in all the nation at this level. There is also good recognition of the fact that Columbia has a true star in QB Sean Brackett.

There’s also fantastic information available from Columbia’s new opponents for 2011, Albany and Sacred Heart. Unlike the other pundits that chose Albany to come in the middle of the pack in the NEC, the Steele issue expects the Great Danes to win the NEC thanks to Head Coach Bob Ford.

But the take on Sacred Heart in the Steel issue is the same as it is everywhere else: bad.

The Pioneers are picked 7th out of eight.

There’s lots more to find out Don’t take my word for it alone, just click the link above and order the issue for yourself!

Ivy Media Day Set for Tomorrow!

All eight Ivy head coaches will be on the call tomorrow starting at 11am for the annual media day teleconference.

Due to a death in my family and a funeral I need to attend, I will not be able to participate for very long but I will do my best.

The IvyLeagueSports.com website will have an MPEG file of the event available for everyone to hear sometime in the late afternoon or early evening.

Big Green Podcast

Speaking of prime audio files, Bruce Wood at Big Green Alert has put together a 25 minute podcast previewing all of Dartmouth’s 10 opponents for 2011.

Since seven of Dartmouth’s opponents are also Columbia opponents this fall, this is a very informative podcast that every Lion fan should check out.

Top 100 Moments of 2010

#40: Big Conversion #1

After Columbia came all the way back to grab a 21-17 lead midway through the 4th quarter of the Homecoming game against Dartmouth, the Big Green began their ensuing drive at their own 31.

After two straight incomplete passes, Dartmouth faced a tough 3rd and 10 and the Lions looked like they might have their opponents badly on the ropes.

But in that super pressure situation, someone on the Columbia defense went too soft on their coverage and QB Connor Kempe found a very open Scott Tanner for a 16 yard first down pass.

It would be the first of many artful dodges by the Big Green offense on what would turn out to be a nightmare of a drive for the Lions and the huge Homecoming crowd.


At Tue Aug 09, 07:58:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

On Jeff Adams, he will have to dominate to get drafted. I think he will do so. Here is a question for those readers who know offensive line play: what is the best way to maximize the talents of a guy line Adams? It is an easier question when we discuss defensive linemen, because the coaches can call plays in which they line up where they can do the most damage. but with a dominating OL like Jeff, how do we take maximum advantage of his talents? Is it in calling run plays to his side? Do we pull him on sweeps?

At Tue Aug 09, 08:18:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most teams play their best rushing defensive end to the left (blind) side of right handed QBs. Adams should play left tackle and dominate that guy...no sacks. Drive block on run plays is always is always positive. Offensive tackles don't pull much, but getting down field on screens is good. Adams has ideal size for an NFL tackle and I'd guess that's where he'll get interest.

At Tue Aug 09, 08:44:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do remember he has been highly effective in those left side swing passes where he gets downfield and makes blocks. At least 5 TDs over is career were scored this way.

At Tue Aug 09, 09:18:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am really puzzled as to why we are not rated more highly. Everybody loves Dartmouth, but we played them even up last year and were one stop away from the W. The only real hole I see for us on offense is at TE. On defense I see us as bigger and stronger than last year, and with a healthy Fraser and newcomer Childress, and Martin at LB, we will be a terrific defense. We have the best QB in the league, the best left tackle, outstanding size and strength on the entire OL, and two RBs who can go the distance. Williams and Stephens are excellent WRs. So what gives?

At Tue Aug 09, 11:19:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No surprises in the media poll. We're picked 6th. Poll is identical to last year's final standings

At Wed Aug 10, 03:09:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Norries was a lot more succinct than the other coaches at media day, some of whom really ran their mouths.

At Wed Aug 10, 03:48:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: Dartmouth, I think people see that they return a big portion of their core, including Schwieger, who is the best RB in the league. They went 6-4 with a lot of underclassmen. We went 4-6 with more seniors in key roles. Thus, people are more optistic about them.

At Wed Aug 10, 06:48:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Better to under promise and over deliver. Screw the polls. We will have a winning season and finish in the top three in the league!


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