Thursday, August 25, 2011

Weight Wish List

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Okay, since we're still waiting for the new weights to be listed on the Columbia football roster, why don't I just print my personal wish list for 10, off the top of my head, key players and the changes I'd like to see them make.

1) Jeff Adams: Currently 305 lbs.

Adams is currently listed at 305 lbs. He's more than okay at that weight, but imagine him 10 pounds heavier and even stronger!

2) Seyi Adebayo: Currently 260 lbs.

If Seyi can get it up to 270 or more, and maintain his speed, that would be devastating,

3) Tom Callahan: Currently 290 lbs.

Could a freshman OL really get some playing time? If Callahan adds muscle and goes over 300 lbs, he might have a chance.

4) Xander Frantz: Currently 280 lbs.

Love to see him break the 290 lb. level.

5) Owen Fraser: Currently 265 lbs.

Fraser needs to get back up to 275 lbs., maybe more. He could be a great nose tackle if he's healthy.

6) Hamilton Garner: Currently 225 lbs.

To be a great and effective blocking TE, he needs to get above 230 or so.

7) Nick Gerst: Currently 190 lbs.

If he can keep his speed at the 200 lb. level... watch out!

8) Alec Kosminskas: Currently 285 lbs.

Another OL who needs to get into 295 lb. territory.

9) Nick Melka: Currently 240 lbs.

A possible candidate for nose tackle if he can gain 30 pounds or so.

10) Jimmy Yukevich: Currently 275 lbs.

Yukevich is 6-7... so he needs to be 295 minimum to really get his body into proportion as an OL.

Top 100 Moments of 2010:

#24: Brackett Forces One

Sean Brackett threw just six interceptions in 2010.

But four of them came in back-to-back games against Yale and Harvard.

Perhaps the costliest pick came early in the 3rd quarter at Harvard Stadium with the Lions at the Crimson four and trailing 16-0.

On 2nd and Goal from the four, Brackett was picked off by Alex Gedeon. Gedeon then ran it back 29 yards to the Harvard 32.

The turnover marred a drive that had begun at the Columbia 23 and included four first downs.


At Thu Aug 25, 03:50:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake, I have to take issue with your apparent fixation on weight as it al=pplies to the OL. Check the average weight of Penn's OL last year. On the offensive side Penn was no bigger tha we were. the key is strength and muscle, not just weight. On voyforums a former lineman from one of our opponents and a recent grad said that Columbia, Cornell and Dartmouth were at the bottom rung in terms of strength on the lines when he played. We want guys who are strong, not just big. Adams at 305, for example is plenty big. He is also strong, and that is the key. I don't want some guy who is naturally around 6'2" and 240 to just gorge himself to get up to 280 if it isn't muscle that he is building.

At Thu Aug 25, 04:04:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hear pro scouts have been at camp to check out Adams. Great news for the little guy!

At Thu Aug 25, 04:47:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake, if you have a fixation on weight, good for you, because success in College Football begins with the weight of the players, because your linemen will be worn out eventually if they are underweight. The poster who mentioned that strength and muscle are also key factor is also right, but a linemen is going to have a problem regardless of his strength and muscle if he is underweight for his position. Add agility, technique and smarts to the attributes of a great lineman.

At Thu Aug 25, 04:50:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My feeling is that all five of our freshman linemen are studs, although I love Callahan's size and the fact that he attended the same high school in Illinois as Adams. Considering Adams and Callahan's size, I would say that it is one great "feeder school" for Columbia.

At Thu Aug 25, 05:03:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Center is the only position on the offensive line where a player in the Ivy League can be a star even if his weight is under 280. I haven't seen our freshman center Ryan Thomas play yet, but he made second team all-state in Florida, which is a great high school football state, so you have to consider him to be one of our top prospects.


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