Looking for Deliverance
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Columbia fans could sure use a bit of deliverance after our disappointing 0-2 start.
And now we’ll need a little more help in the passing game.
Don’t expect WR Mike Stephens to be in the lineup anytime soon after he came up limping on a kickoff return against Albany Saturday.
His absence means QB Sean Brackett and the offense will need to lean on some of the other guys in the receiving corps.
Against Albany, Stephens’ fellow fifth year senior Paul Havas came up big with some key grabs including a one yard TD catch and another tough reception that set up the Lions first score.
Freshman Connor Nelligan made a great impression too. The fact that he was on the field for the end of the 1st half Hail Mary play says a lot about him. The fact that he made one of the most heads up plays in recent memory to scoop up the Albany fumble on that play and take it in for the TD says even more.
I have to think Kurt Williams was fighting the humidity Saturday with cramping issues, and that’s why he wasn’t more of a factor. But under the cooler night skies at Princeton he could have a big game. He certainly burned the Tigers a few times last year at Wien Stadium.
And with sophomore TE Hamilton Garner getting into the mix, Brackett has a new big target to look for on designed plays and in a jam.
Another possibility is that we could see a new face in the running game too. If Nick Gerst and Marcorus Garrett are still not 100%, we might see freshman Alec Fisher get some carries after he too was impressive in limited duty against the Great Danes.
But true deliverance will not come until the offensive line and Brackett get back on the right track. And Princeton, a program that is really struggling too, may provide the best opportunity to do that.
Player of the Week Awards
Yale QB Patrick Witt won his second straight Ivy Offensive Player of the Week award and Harvard’s Bobby Schneider took defensive honors.
For some reason, no Columbia player was even mentioned in the Honor Roll. That may have been our own call since the honor roll is usually just sent in by each individual team.
Princeton Tailgate Countdown
There are just a few days left to register for the cool Columbia tailgate event at Princeton Stadium.
Click HERE to register/RSVP for the event online NOW.
This is a good deal and a great way to eat before the game.
Ivy Football Event in NYC!
My good friend Erik Anjou, who directed and co-wrote the excellent film, 8: Ivy League Football and America, is behind a special Ivy football networking event this October 13th here in Manhattan.
Click on the picture above for info on how to attend.
The keynote speaker will be Jay Fiedler, Dartmouth '94, who is certainly one of the most successful Ivy football grads in recent years... but Ryan Fitzpatrick is certainly giving him a run for his money on that one!
Some fun pictures from the game this Saturday:
The strong stick together!
Partners in crime
Strategically covering the scoreboard
New best friends