Columbia Football BIO
55 Zach Olinger

Spring 2013
Coach Mangurian on Zach Olinger: Unquestioned leader of our defense. Smart, tough and productive. Plays with a physical style and relentless attitude. Needs to improve underneath pass coverage. Will overpursue at times. A three down linebacker with tremendous instincts. Dependable, full tilt, full time.

2012: Named second team All-Ivy… ranked third overall in the Ivy League in total tackles with 89 … played in all 10 games … contributed 5.5 tackles for loss and one sack … had double-digit tackles in five games … forced one fumble and recovered another … intercepted three passes … had 10 tackles (six solo), two tackles for loss, forced a fumble and intercepted a pass against Marist … recorded a season-high 14 tackles (five solo) and a quarterback hurry against Fordham … notched 12 tackles (10 solo) and returned an interception for a touchdown against Lehigh … posted 10 tackles (five solo) at Penn … had six tackles and a pass breakup versus Yale … matched his season-high with 14 tackles (six solo) at Harvard … snagged third interception to go with seven tackles against Cornell.

2011: Played in seven games ... totaled 51 tackles with two tackles for loss .. forced 2 fumbles and recoved one fumble.

2010: Played in four games ... totaled 16 tackles with four tackles for a loss and one sack ... named to the Ivy League Honor Roll after 10 tackle, one sack, and three tackle for loss performance in week seven vs. Yale.

At Spain Park: Three-year football letterwinner ... 2010 Team Defensive Player of the Year ... registered 118 tackles, four sacks, 13 tackles for a loss and two safeties as a senior ... led team to 6A state runner-up finish in 2007 and a quarterfinal appearance in 2009 ... three-time first team all-academic selection ... two-time Birmingham News Academic Athlete of the Week ... Over the Mountain Touchdown Club Academic Athlete of the Week ... Pat Patrick Promotions All-American Team ... All Hoover/South Team honorable mention ... Summa Cum Laude ... National Honor Society ... Bob Finley Award for Outstanding Character ... Mu Alpha Theta.

Personal: Economics major.

Year GP Solo Tackles Ast Total TFL-Yards Sacks-Yards Passes Broken Up Passes Defended Fumbles Recovered -Yards Fumbles Forced
2010 4 10 6 16 4-11 1-9 0 0 0 0
2011 7 24 27 51 2-2 0-0 1 1 1-0 2
2012 10 42 47 89 5.5-8 1-1 1 4 1-0 1
Total 21 76 81 156 11.5-21 2-10 2 5 2 3
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 227
Year: Senior
Hometown: Hoover, Ala.
High School: Spain Park
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