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For Your Consideration: Columbia Lions' Top Performers

Jake NovakSenior Analyst INovember 24, 2008

We should get the All-Ivy and Bushnell-Cup honoree names sometime today or tomorrow. Even though Columbia was a 2-8 team, the Lions should be well represented on the list.

Some of our players that should be in the running for All Ivy consideration are:

First Team

Lou Miller, DE

Led the Ivies in sacks, tackles for a loss, total tackles for a defensive lineman. He should be a no-brainer first teamer.

Alex Gross, LB

Led the Ivies in tackles. Had 17 more than the number-two tackler in the league. Only Yale's Bobby Abare had more solo tackles.

Ralph DeBarnardo and Mike Brune, OT

Columbia went from dead last in rushing yardage to fourth. They also allowed the third-fewest sacks for the season. Much of that was thanks to DeBernardo and Brune.

Second Team

Drew Quinn, LB

Fourth in the Ivies in total tackles. Led a defense that went from dead last in rush defense to third.

Austin Knowlin, Special Teams

All-around weapon had fewer catches this season, but he was explosive in limited duty as a punt and kick returner. Led the league in punt-return average, and had two 76-yard TD's.

Evan Sanford, C

Contributed to Columbia's new rushing success. Steady in a storm.

Owen Fraser, NT

Made an immediate impact as a freshman, plugging up the Lions' pourous middle. Can also be considered for Rookie of the Year.

Honorable Mention

M.A. Olawale

Proved to be the best running QB in the Ivies, and maybe the best runner overall. He had longest run from scrimmage in the league this year with his 70-yarder for a TD versus Brown.

Adam Mehrer, S

Finished tied for second in the league with four interceptions. Improved with more playing time as a sophomore.

Calvin Otis, CB

Sophomore starter shut down sideline patterns and delivered several lethal hits.

Jon Rocholl, K/P

Solid punter who also nailed the longest field goal in the Ivies this season, (a 47-yarder against the wind versus Cornell). Overall, went nine for 11 in FG kicks.

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