NEW YORK—Sponsored by the Columbia Football Players Club, the Columbia Football program will celebrate the 2016 season with its annual awards banquet Friday evening at Low Library. Parents, guests and campus partners will be in attendance.
Patricia and Shepard Alexander Head Coach of Football Al Bagnoli, along with all nine assistant coaches will present each of the 12 individual awards.
In addition, Columbia will honor its 22-member senior class. Columbia’s 22-member senior class includes: Justin Aimonetti (DL), Keith Brady (LB), William Carson (OL), Mark Cieslak (FB), Christian Conway (LB), Jackson Conway (FB), Toure Douglas (WR), Cameron Dunn (WR), Nathan Gibbs (OL), Scooter Hollis (WR), John Hunton (TE), Ben Kaplan (WR), Jared Katz (DB), Brock Kenyon (FS), Tyler Kwiatkowski (TE), Skyler Mornhinweg (QB), Cameron Nizialek (P), Kendall Pace (OL), Matthew Panton (P), Willie Peoples (DB), Gianmarco Rea (LB), Alan Watson (RB).
Here is a brief recap of the 2016 Columbia football season:
2016 COLUMBIA FOOTBALL CAPSULE
RECORD: 3-7 (2-5 Ivy League, Tie-6th place)
HEAD COACH: Al Bagnoli (2nd Season)
PASSING: Anders Hill (144-268, 1,651 yards, 10td, 8int)
RUSHING: Alan Watson (133-627, 1td, 4.7ypr)
RECEIVING: Josh Wainwright (42-515, 5td, 12.3ypc)
ALL-PURPOSE: Alan Watson (816 yards, 627rush, 127rcv, 69kr)
SCORING: Oren Milstein (52pts, 12fg, 16pat)
TACKLES: Gianmarco Rea (108, 55solo)
TACKLES FOR LOSS: Gianmarco Rea (15.0)
INTERCEPTIONS: Brock Kenyon (3)
Awards and Honors
ALL-AMERICA: Oren Milstein (National Placekicker of the Year nominee)
FCA ADA ACADEMIC ALL-STAR: Gianmarco Rea
·Of Columbia’s seven losses in 2016, five were decided by 10 points or less.
·Won first Homecoming Game in 16 years.
·Won its final game of the season at Brown.
·Columbia featured a youthful team as 21 members its freshman class were key contributors.
·Eight Columbia players earned All-Ivy League honors including two First Teamers (Oren Milstein, Gianmarco Rea).
·Head Coach Al Bagnoli concluded 2016 ranked tied for No. 2 all-time in Ivy League coaching victories (115), No. 2 in all-time Ivy League football games coached (248) and No. 3 in all-time FCS wins (153). His nine all-time Ivy League titles are also a league-best among coaches.
·Oren Milstein earned two Rookie of the Week/Special Teams Player of the Week honors (Oct. 10, Oct. 24) while Ronald Smith was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week (Nov. 14).
·Milstein ranked No. 2 nationally in field goal percentage (.923) and No. 13 in field goals per game (1.33).
·Gianmarco Rea ranked No. 12 nationally in both total tackles per game (10.9) and solo tackles per game (5.8).
·Columbia’s defense ended year ranked No. 5 nationally in third down conversion defense (29.3%), No. 14 in team tackles for loss (7.6 per game), No. 7 in first downs defense (177.0).
·Columbia led the Ivy League in pass defense (203.2), kickoff returns (21.1), opponent third down conversions (29.9).
·Cameron Nizialek led Ivy League in punting (44.8), Milstein led Ivy League in field goals (1.23) and field goal percentage (.923), while Rea led Ivy League in tackles (108).
·On offense, Alan Watson led the Lions in rushing (133-627) and all-purpose yardage (816 yards), quarterback Anders Hill led in passing (144 of 268 for 1,651 yards and 10 touchdowns) and Josh Wainwright led the squad in receiving (42-515, 5 TD). Scooter Hollis also caught 36 passes for 363 yards. Cameron Dunn (32-332, 2 TD) and Ronald Smith (21-342, 4 TD in 5 GP) were also key receivers. Wainwright also accumulated 800 all-purpose yards.
·On defense, Rea and Daniel DeLorenzi led the team in sacks (5.0), Brock Kenyon had three interceptions and Rea totaled 15.0 tackles for loss. Other team tackles leaders included Kenyon (71), Keith Brady (71) and Christian Conway (65).