Sunday, August 17, 2014

Around the Ivy: COLUMBIA

Around the Ivy: A look at Columbia

Coach: Pete Mangurian

Last year: 0-10 (0-7 Ivy)

Preseason prediction: No. 8

Opening game: Sept. 20 vs. Fordham 

About the Lions: Columbia was one of three teams in the FCS to go winless last season. The Lions will continue to rebuild under Mangurian. DT Niko Padilla was an All-Ivy pick last season and leads the defense. Mangurian likes aggressiveness and depth of the secondary. Both the DL and the OL will continue to be areas where Columbia will struggle. Stanford transfer QB Brett Nottingham was injured in the season opener and missed the rest of the season. He’s bounced back with a strong spring and has a better understanding of the offense. He has a strong group of WRs highlighted by Ryan Flannery and Connor Nelligan. This group of WRs may be the team’s biggest strength. Cam Molina will lead the rushing attack. Mangurian says he sees the field well and has improved ball security.

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