Wednesday, November 23, 2011


All Ivy Football 2011

Chuck Dibilio, Princeton (Fr., RB, Nazareth, Pa.)

Jack Templeton, Brown (Jr., OL, Ramsey, N.J.)
Jeff Adams, Columbia (Sr., OL, Western Springs, Ill.)
Ryan O'Neill, Dartmouth (Sr., OL, Orland Park, Ill.)
Kevin Murphy, Harvard (Sr., OT, San Clemente, Calif.)
*Greg Van Roten, Penn (Sr., OL, Rockville Centre, N.Y.)
Jeff Mathews, Cornell (So., QB, Camarillo, Calif.)
*Nick Schwieger, Dartmouth (Sr., RB, Norton, Mass.)
Kyle Juszczyk, Harvard (Jr., H-Back, Medina, Ohio)
Chuck Dibilio, Princeton (Fr., RB, Nazareth, Pa.)
Shane Savage, Cornell (Sr., WR, Leesburg, Va.)
Ryan Calvert, Penn (Sr., WR, Studio City, Calif.)
John Gallagher, Dartmouth (Sr., TE, Salem, Ore.)

Kyle Rettig, Brown (Sr., DL, Clearwater, Fla.)
*Josue Ortiz, Harvard (Sr., DL, Avon Park, Fla.)
Eddie Smith, Dartmouth (Sr., DL, Louisville, Ky.)
Brandon Copeland, Penn (Jr., DL, Sykesville, Md.)
Caraun Reid, Princeton (Jr., DL, Bronx, N.Y.)
Brett Wyman, Brown (Sr., LB, Bridgewater, Mass.)
Alex Gedeon, Harvard (Sr., LB, Hudson, Ohio)
*Erik Rask, Penn (Sr., LB, Newport Beach, Calif.)
Jordan Haynes, Yale (Sr., LB, Folsom, Calif.)
A.J. Cruz, Brown (Jr., DB, Lake Forest, Calif.)
Stephen Peyton, Brown (Sr., FS, Woodland, Calif.)
Shawn Abuhoff, Dartmouth (Sr., CB, Hialeah, Fla.)
*Matthew Hanson, Harvard (Sr., DB, Lafayette, Colo.)

Special Teams
Brad Greenway, Cornell (Sr., PK, Encinitas, Calif.)
Nathan Lovett, Brown (Sr., P, East Providence, R.I.)
Rashad Campbell, Cornell (Sr., RS, Cheltenham, Pa.)
Shawn Abuhoff, Dartmouth (Sr., RS, Hialeah, Fla.)

J.C. Tretter, Cornell (Jr., OL, Akron, N.Y.)
Austen Fletcher, Dartmouth (Sr., OL, Old Brookville, N.Y.)
Jack Holuba, Harvard (Jr., OL, Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.)
Matt Allen, Princeton (Sr., OL, Tulsa, Okla.)
Jack Geiger, Brown (Sr., OL, Whitefish Bay, Wis.)
Gabriel Fernandez, Yale (Sr., OL, Honolulu, Hawaii)
Collier Winters, Harvard (Sr., QB, Claremore, Okla.)
Trevor Scales, Harvard (Jr., RB, Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Alex Thomas, Yale (Sr., RB, Ansonia, Conn.)
Alexander Tounkara-Kone, Brown (Sr., WR, Staten Island, N.Y.)
Kurt Ondash, Cornell (Jr., WR, New Canaan, Conn.)
Chris Smith, Yale (Jr., WR, Midlothian, Va.)
Cameron Brate, Harvard (So., TE, Naperville, Ill.)

Clayton McGrath, Brown (Sr., DL, Longmeadow, Mass.)
Nnamdi Obukwelu, Harvard (Jr., DT, Brockton, Mass.)
Jared Sholly, Penn (Sr., DL, Clear Lake, Iowa)
Mike Catapano, Princeton (Sr., DL, Bayville, N.Y.)
Jake Stoller, Yale (Sr., DL, Shaker Heights, Ohio)
Josh Martin, Columbia (Jr., LB, Aurora, Colo.)
Steven Cody, Princeton (Sr., LB, Midlothian, Va.)
Andrew Starks, Princeton (Jr., LB, Plainfield, Ill.)
Will McHale, Yale (Jr., LB, Old Greenwich, Conn.)
Daniel Smithwick, Brown (Sr., DB, Danville, Calif.)
Rashad Campbell, Cornell (Sr., CB, Cheltenham, Pa.)
Brian Owusu, Harvard (Jr., DB, Oxnard, Calif.)
Matt Hamscher, Penn (Sr., DB, Whitehall, Pa.)
Drew Baldwin, Yale (Sr., DB, Alexandria, Va.)

Special Teams
Patrick Jacob, Princeton (Sr., PK, Solon, Ohio)
Joe Cloud, Princeton (Jr., P, Edwards, Ill.)
Gio Christodoulou, Yale (Sr., RS, Miami)
Chris Smith, Yale (Jr., RS, Midlothian, Va.)

Scott Ward, Columbia (Jr., OT, Costa Mesa, Calif.)
Kyle Cook, Dartmouth (Sr., OT, Anaheim, Calif.)
Joe Bonadies, Penn (Jr., OL, Leonia, N.J.)
Kyle Newhall-Caballero, Brown (Sr., QB, Gilbert, Ariz.)
Sean Brackett, Columbia (Jr., QB, Brooklyn, Conn.)
Patrick Witt, Yale (Sr., QB, Atlanta)
Mark Kachmer, Brown (Jr., RB, Wheaton, Ill.)
Brandon Colavita, Penn (Jr., RB, Sewell, N.J.)
Luke Tasker, Cornell (Jr., WR, East Aurora, N.Y.)
Chris Lorditch, Harvard (Sr., WR, Chalfront, Pa.)
Deon Randall, Yale (So., WR, San Diego)
Hamilton Garner, Columbia (So., TE, Duluth, Ga.)
Ryan Houska, Cornell (Sr., TE, Plymouth, Mich.)
Luke Nawrocki, Penn (Sr., TE, Syosset, N.Y.)
Zack Imhoff, Cornell (Sr., DE, Cincinnati)
John Lyon, Harvard (Jr., DE, Durham, N.C.)
Matthew O'Donnell, Brown (Sr., LB, Tipton, Iowa)
Brandon Lainhart, Cornell (Sr., LB, Cincinnati)
Bronson Green, Dartmouth (So., LB, Los Angeles)
Joshua Boyd, Harvard (Jr., LB, Hyde Park, Mass.)
Alexander Norman, Harvard (Jr., LB, Lewisville, Texas)
Joey Casey, Dartmouth (Sr., DB, Noblesville, Ind.)
Dan Minamide, Harvard (Sr., DB, Escondido, Calif.)
Foley Schmidt, Dartmouth (Sr., PK, Inver Grove Heights, Minn.)
Jacob Dombrowski, Harvard (Jr., P, Gaylord, Mich.)

*Unanimous Selection

Not surprisingly, Columbia's only first teamer is Jeff Adams.

Junior Josh Martin was the only second teamer. He was on the 2nd team last year as well.

QB Sean Brackett was an honorable mention.

I was happy to see junior Scott Ward and sophomore Hamilton Garner on the honorable mention slate, hopefully leading to a very strong 2012 seasons for them both.


At Wed Nov 23, 02:19:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The silver lining for Columbia is that four of its five All-Ivies will return next year.

In fact, of the 32 All-Ivies who will return next year, Columbia has four, which is one-eighth of the returning talent and exactly proportional to the number of teams in the league. So the cupboard will not be bare for our new head coach.


At Wed Nov 23, 02:21:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations to all of Columbia's All-Ivy selections

At Wed Nov 23, 02:42:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with Leonidas. Josh Martin has been a tremendous player for Columbia right thru the last play of the season against Brown. He is a great example of a tough, hard-nosed Columbia Football Player. Scott Ward will be one of the leaders of another huge offensive line which hopefully will be healthier than this year's group. Three talented starters are returning on the offensive line along with several other upperclssmen who missed a substantial portion of the season due to injury. An outstanding group of freshman offensive linemen will join them as well. The new head coach will find himself surrounded by a host of big, strong offensive linemen ready to roll. Of course, we will lose our three time first team All Ivy League Offensive Tackle, Jeff Adams. However, as he presumably moves on to Sunday Football, he will leave behind a legacy of being the best of Coach Wilson's giants. Then there is Sean Brackett. Thankfully, there were ten games this season, because we obviously did not see a reasonably healthy Sean Brackett until Game Ten. But Sean was magical in Game 10, running for four touchdowns as the leader of a dynamic Columbia Offense that fulfilled every rabid Columbia Football Fan's Dream on the final day of our football season. And finally, congratulations to our fearless young tight end, Hamilton Garner, who caught numerous touchdown passes this year. Garner is our only sophomore honoree so whomever coaches Columbia will have the benefit of coaching this terrific player the next three years.

At Wed Nov 23, 02:56:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The thrilling final game victory against Brown is a sign of great things to come for Columbia Football. The Greek Gods have finally decided to reward the Columbia Football Faithful for being the only Ivy School that takes them seriously. Let the Gods now bless our future head coach, whomever he might be, and give him the wisdom and strength to lead us to the top of the mountain. And, if the Gods really want to be nice, let them help us recruit some impact players.

At Wed Nov 23, 03:30:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are some very good players on this list. Look at the Honorables alone: KNC? Colavita? The league has very good talent. The games I watched were very entertaining and compelling for the most part. Other than Dartmouth and Albany, CU was right there in every game. I re-watched the Harvard game last night as well as Brown highlights and some of the Yale game. This had to be the best 1-9 team in the history of college football. The 3rd quarter blues sunk them. The coach that gets this group should be excited. Another good result of the season was the playing time given to sophomores and freshmen. They now have game experience and confidence. Pick out a coach worthy of these players, please.

At Wed Nov 23, 04:19:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One key to our lack of success this year was the fact that we had only one defensive player, Josh Martin, on the All Ivy list. We had no DL and no DB. So we came up very short on the defensive side of the ball. On the offensive side our best player only made HM because he played hurt all year. When he is healthy he keeps the defense off the field. Also significant is that no RB and no WR made the list. So we have a good TE, a good Ol and a great QB coming back. We need help at WR (somebody who can stretch defenses) and a legitimate running threat. Is Lowry that guy? On defense, we need somebody like Childress to emerge, plus we need a few corners who can cover. Our corners played soft this year because they lacked speed. I could not believe the cushion we were giving the other team's WRs. That is why we were killed on the short and medium passing game. Our DBs were slow and thus had to play back to prevent to long pass, which by and large we were able to do. Speed is our biggest need at this point. We were a slow team except for Martin on defense and Brackett.

At Wed Nov 23, 05:47:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Santa,

I've been good this year and have been at or watched every Columbia game this year. I've been a loyal fan for more that 40 years (though the Streak tested my loyalty). I have not asked you for anything in a long time. I had high hopes this year, but injuries took a toll on my lions. So I'd like to ask for a few things to be placed under the tree this year for the upcoming season. Namely,

1) I'd like a backup QB for Sean Brackett,
2) I'd like to see frosh Nelligan, Silvio, and Slivka get a lot of playing time next Fall,
3) I'd also like a defensive backfield that can stop the pass in the flat (as well as cover deep),
4) I'd like a healthy O-line,
5) 1'd like a D-line that stuff the run,
6) I'd like aggressive LB's who fill holes and don't sit back to make tackles, and lastly
7) I'd like a really good coaching staff with a proven track record of performance.

I know the list is long, but like I said, I haven't asked you for much in the past. I promise to be good, and keep a positive attitude about Columbia football. We have a great bunch of kids on the team and they deserve to be as successful on the field, as they are off the field.

An old Lion fan

PS .... I'll make sure I leave plenty of milk and cookies under the tree this year

At Wed Nov 23, 06:59:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Old Lion Fan,

Unfortunately the change in leadership is going to dramatically hurt recruiting. I have talked to a number of my fellow high school coaches around the north east who confirmed that their players with offers from Columbia will no longer be considering Columbia as an option in the Ivy League.

Santa (HS coach in Mass, also a huge lions fan)

At Wed Nov 23, 07:06:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

... And I can confirm that when Columbia names our new head coach he will bring with him some awesome recruits we never would have had a shot at before! Remember, when Norries came from UConn, he brought Huskie recruit Austin Knowlin with him! If we get Gilmore, he'll have some great guys with him, Toal has HS all-Americans who will follow him. Don't worry!

At Wed Nov 23, 07:33:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 1:19, spot on, you're obviously a coach or a CU player from the '70s

At Wed Nov 23, 07:40:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous A REAl Columbia supporter said...

Hey Santa (hs coach in Mass, huge lon fan) if your a such a huge lion fan then why are you NOT talking to your fellow Mass coaches and and telling them that Columbia will offer a great opportunity for incoming recruits with a new coach with plenty of opportunity to play right away? AND an Ivy education?
DO NOT call yourself such with that shitty attitude! We do not need "fans" like you. Hmm, Maybe you were/are a NW fan with an "axe to grind" and not a true lion fan?
Nothing like a positive attitude dude! Thanks for your support. Good riddance.

At Wed Nov 23, 07:42:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes 4:06 if the players can get through CU admissions! Sadly, there is not much wiggle room there.

At Wed Nov 23, 09:26:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Santa, it would seem to me that any high school football player who is interested in attending Columbia would realize that he should wait to make his decision until after the new head football coach is appointed. I seriously doubt that any player who has received an offer from Columbia would decide to eliminate the Lions from his list at this time unless he was applying solely because of his relationship with the now former head coach. I have no doubt some recruits have met and liked Coach Wilson, but a much greater number of recruits have probably not met him and in any event they would want to see who the new head coach is going to be before making their decision.

At Wed Nov 23, 09:28:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A new coach means tremendous opportunities for recruits because he will have no preconceived notions as to who deserves to be on the field. Right now, we are in an interregnum, and until we name a new HC most recruits obviously will not consider us unless they already have a Columbia connection. As soon as we name our HC we will open the floodgates. One priority is speed. We have not had much speed at least since Knowlin graduated. We have recruited for size in recent years, especially on the OL, but we were a very slow team. That is why our DBs played 12 yards off the receiver. That is why our RBs were slow in turning the corner. That is why our WRs could never get separation.

At Wed Nov 23, 09:46:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I assume that most of the candidates for the head coaching position at Columbia will be either head coaches or assistant coaches at colleges in the Northeast. There will certainly be some candidates from outside the Northeast, but not as many. In any event, in this internet age, information on practically every high school football player is readily available by subscription, so it is likely that whoever steps in as the new head coach at Columbia will be familiar with all or most of the high school seniors applying to Columbia.

At Wed Nov 23, 09:55:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats to the All Ivies. I hear Agho (sp?),leading Ivy hoop scorer,tore his patella tendon and is out for the season? If that is true, what a terrible break for a terrific player and will make for a very long basketball season. CU sports snake bitten again.

At Wed Nov 23, 10:03:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the comments of poster 6:28. Also, I would note that if Columbia hires a coach who favors one type of offense over another that might have a bearing on the type of players that he recruits particularly for the skills positions. This year the Lions obviously lacked speed at several skills positions and that problem has to be addressed by the new coach. As they say, you "can't teach speed," so it must be recruited. Of course, the new coach will be in a position to offer speedy recruits a chance to see immediate playing time, particularly on the special teams and at wide receiver. We do have some speed at running back, but those players were injured all or part of the year. In any event, the new head coach will need to bring in a number of speedsters to make the offense go.

At Wed Nov 23, 10:13:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, I don't understand why h.s. players would spurn Columbia because it's getting rid of a coach with a terrible W-L record.

At Wed Nov 23, 06:37:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For the record, Jack Templeton's (Jr. O-Line from Don Bosco) first choice was Columbia, but we didn't think he could play. I KNOW that it's water under the bridge, and that we must move on, BUT we CANNOT keep Coach Nugai (Running Backs, Special Teams Coach and recruiting coordinator). Look at the "challenges" that we have at running back - to put it mildly. The Special Teams was equally challenging. I hope they ONLY retain Argast. Others may know more...

Jake/BLOG - thoughts on who we should retain?

At Wed Nov 23, 06:39:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake, just wanted to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.How lucky we are that you have made it posssible for us to have this blog to vent! And even though I do not agree with all the comments made here, I wish all the loyal Columbia football fans the same.Go Lions!

At Wed Nov 23, 07:13:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Goof idea... Jake, can you rate the staff and who you would recommend stay? Or just list pros and the ieverwhelming cons. I'm sure parents must have said something to you, along with your own observations...

At Wed Nov 23, 08:46:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope Argast stays

At Wed Nov 23, 09:25:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It continues to be a pet peeve of mine that so many All-Ivy players NOT on the Columbia roster are from New York and the outer boroughs. The next head coach needs to outrecruit the other Ivies and keep the good players from New York in New York

At Thu Nov 24, 12:16:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Coach Argast is a great guy and I also hope he is retained!

At Thu Nov 24, 12:56:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Few comments about the players annoy me more than the criticism about team speed. The strength program here is not designed to improve functional football speed, something that is a priority in most programs. You can't blame the players for following a program that does not help them maintain or improve speed.

I know this is one of those behind the curtain issues. People comment the the team is slow. People comment that we have a lot of injuries. Well, those issues are the direct responsibility of the trainer, who spends more time with the team than any other coach.

Get a new trainer and give the team a chance!


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