2012 Ivy League Football Preview: The Columbia Lions
Columbia has hit a rough spot as far as football is concerned.
Last year’s team almost went the whole season without a single victory. The Lions had an impressive home win against Brown in double-overtime to wrap up a season they would prefer to forget.
Barely falling to Princeton by a field goal, Columbia had higher expectations than a last-place finish in the Ivy League.
Returning quarterback Sean Brackett looks to lead this year’s offensive charge. A dual threat, who serves as an effective passer and an average rush option, he will have a lot of responsibility under center as far as the Lions offense is concerned.
In order to improve the offense as a whole, Columbia should look toward a running back that complements Brackett in order to provide an additional element to the offense and keep opposing defenses off guard.
Defensively, senior Josh Martin will lead the way. Whether at linebacker or at defensive line, Martin is a tackling machine and will have to step up as the leader on a unit that will have to make drastic improvements in order to lead the Lions to victory in Ivy League play.
Columbia is not necessarily the worst team in the Ivy League. They have the ability to beat Princeton and Dartmouth and possibly even upset a contender like they did to Brown last season.
If they can beat Princeton in their first game of Ivy League play, the Lions will not be finishing at the bottom of the table this year. If they lose, it might be another long season for Columbia.
Projected Finish: 8th Place
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