Columbia Football Preview 2014

After an embarrassing 0-10 season head coach Pete Mangurian and the Columbia Lions have no where to go but up this coming season. The Lions will look to avenge their most lopsided losses to in conference rivals Dartmouth (0-56), Harvard (0-34), and Brown (7-58). Columbia is returning 18 seniors who all share a do or die attitude to not repeat the fiasco that was their winless junior year.
This season coach Mangurian will bring in 15 new recruits on the offensive side of the rock. Of these 15 newcomers there are seven offensive lineman, three running backs, two tight ends, as well as a new QB with a rocket arm and four new targets to link up with down field.
On the defensive side the coaching staff has 17 new pieces to fit into the scheme. Mangurian brought in 17 recruits there, seven defensive linemen, five line backers, and five new resources for the secondary. After the disappointment the 13-14 season brought, most of the changes this off season will be seen on defense considering last year’s defense was far from stellar.
Overall the team is looking forward to rebounding and bringing pride back to their program. Camp this summer is going to be a battle to say the least. When you consider last season’s results you realize no one’s job is safe, the best players will take the field, seniority will not play a role in 2014. After not winning a single game last season the Lions’ seniors have no choice but to be true leaders and bring their team to more respectable standards of competition. If they manage to pull even a .500 season in 2014 they will be commended for their growth and development, an evident sign of real progress.
The Lions have to come out the gates swinging against NYC rival Fordham if they want to stay in the game, after losing 52-7 in last year’s season opener. A big win week one will give the Lions a pinch of momentum and keep fans behind them as the season progresses albeit temporarily. This is a team that will need every advantage it can obtain to succeed this go around.
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