NEW YORK—Columbia Football completed its second full practice day of the 2017 season on Tuesday at Robert K. Kraft Field at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium. The day marked the second 24 preseason practices before Columbia opens its 2017 season on Saturday, Sept. 16 against Wagner at Robert K. Kraft Field at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium (Broadway and 218th Street).
Wearing shorts, jerseys and helmets, the Lions underwent a two-and-a-half-hour afternoon practice which included skill drills and position group work. The practice also included position stations, offense/defense drills, special teams and featured a 20-minute scrimmage at the conclusion.
Following practice, players attended a team meeting and special team’s meetings. The morning saw the Lions go through an hour-long weightlifting session, along with team meetings.
On Wednesday, Columbia will practice between 3-5:30 p.m. at Robert K. Kraft Field. All practices are open to the public. Click here for a complete schedule of Columbia’s preseason practices.
Columbia will practice in pads for the first time on Friday, August. 25 and will host Montclair State in a preseason scrimmage at Robert K. Kraft Field on Friday, Sept. 1 at noon. Admission is free and open to the public.
PRACTICE TWO NEWS & NOTES
Photos are now posted on the Columbia Football roster. To take a look, click here.
Columbia Football was recognized by Hero Sports for being ranked among the nation’s top-5 teams in third down percentage defense last year. The Lions ranked No. 5 nationally last year with a 0.293 percentage.
Columbia Football has three players currently on National Football League rosters: linebacker Josh Martin (New York Jets), offensive lineman Jeff Adams (New York Jets) and offensive lineman Kendall Pace (Washington Redskins). Martin is in fifth year in the NFL, Adams is in his third and Pace graduated from Columbia in May.
GETTING TO KNOW THE FIRST-YEARS
Columbia welcomed its recruiting class of 2017 to preseason training camp. Following are some quick facts on each of Columbia’s newcomers:
Scored four times on returns as a high school senior and described by USA Today as one of the nation’s “best high school return men.”
Class Valedictorian with a 4.35 high school GPA and three-year high school football team captain.
Battled back from an injury to play in his team’s final seven games as a high school senior; Career-best high school game was a 255-yard, two touchdown performance vs. Detroit Allen.
22-Will Allen III
Father William Allen, Sr. played defensive back in the NFL for 11 years with the New York Giants, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots and in college at Syracuse (1996-2000). He was selected in First Round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the New York Giants; Part of the nation’s best high school secondary at American Heritage High School and guided the school to two state titles; Played at same high school as fellow Columbia football players Oren Milstein and Blake Wooden.
Led his high school team from a 4-5 record to a 9-1 record as a senior quarterback; Detroit sports fan (Lions, Pistons, Red Wing, Tigers) as both parents attended the University of Michigan.
Father Hector Carter is a 1991 Columbia graduate who played wide receiver for the Lions from 1988-89; Four-sport athlete at Duluth High School (football, basketball, lacrosse and track and field).
Youngest of four brothers who have all played college football: Dayne at Harvard (2012-15), Daythan currently at TCU after transferring from Southern Miss and Devin at Lindenwood, Missouri (2010-14); All four brothers also won state high school championships as senior at Aledo High School and have collected 10 state title rings, six state titles over the last eight years and won 111 football games; Threw for over 6,000 yards and 70 touchdowns during high school football career.
Became the first player at Walter Payton College Prep High School in Chicago to enroll at an Ivy League university; Favorite all-time sports figure: Walter Payton; Named for the famous musician Myles Davis.
Offensive lineman from Kentucky; Participant in the Kentucky Governor Scholar Program.
Once scored a career-high six touchdowns as a senior; Three-sport standout in football, basketball and lacrosse; Father played college baseball.
Guided his high school team, Benedictine College Prep to back-to-back state titles; Hobbies and interests include fishing and cooking; Richmond, Va. native.
Transfer from Auburn University, where he played one season on the scout team; High school quarterback who accounted for over 6,100 yards and 60 touchdowns and led his team to a 20-1 career district record; Is a second-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
Also recruited to play lacrosse in college; Father played college football.
Favorite sports figure is Lionel Messi; Has a pet bird.
Attended Seton Hall Prep, where he was a football and track and field standout in the throws; Hobbies and interests include playing the bass guitar, fishing, music, weightlifting and reading; Played high school football with Columbia teammate Rory Schlageter.
Towering tight end at 6-foot-5, 240 pounds; Hobbies and interests include art and music; Has worked as a summer counselor and warehouse worker.
Four-sport athlete who competed in football, basketball, baseball and track and field; Hobbies and interests include surfing, snowboarding, playing the guitar and pickup basketball; Traveled to Tanzania where he helped build a library, cleaned and volunteered around the town he visited; Father is third cousin to former San Francisco 49ers coach Steve Mariucci.
Father played football at Texas Tech (1986-89) and was an Academic All-American and All-Southwest selection for the Red Raiders. He was also awarded the prestigious NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship; Hobbies and interests include basketball, golf and fishing; Met Columbia Offensive Coordinator Mark Fabish at a camp in Texas, then attended summer football camp at Columbia.
Once ran for a career-high 363 yards in a high school game; Enjoys writing poetry as he won first runner-up at the National Civil Rights Museum Poetry Slam; Hobbies and interests include playing the piano, singing and writing poetry; Nickname is “Quay.”
Named the Arizona National Football Foundation Defensive Player of the Year as a senior; Three-star recruit by Scout.com; Played on a Pop Warner team, the Arizona Grand Snakes, that captured a national title on national television; Hobbies and interests include go-cart racing and zip-lining.
One of four siblings; Parents are from Africa and both earned undergraduate degrees in Africa; Father completed his residency at Columbia University; Also competed in basketball and track and field in high school.
Nominated for Florida’s Mr. Football Award as a senior; Two-year team captain as a safety, linebacker and running back, who made a career-high 16 tackles in a game; Brother Austin attended the University of Pennsylvania and was named the Ivy League Player of the Year in golf.
Has several extended family members who attended Columbia University; Hobbies and interests include film and movie production and collecting shoes; Has worked painting houses and at a friend’s restaurant.
Offensive lineman who attended Ardrey Kell H.S. in Charlotte, N.C., a school known for producing offensive linemen; Also competed on the track and field team in throws; Hobbies and interests include fishing, gaming, reading and working jobs; Has lived in seven different states.
Top-10 nationally ranked punter from San Diego, Calif. who received an invitation to compete at the NoKaOi Senior Bowl in Hawaii; Hobbies and interests include graphic design, yoga, traveling and the beach; Has worked as a DJ and stand-up comedian; Brother Zach is a punter at Harvard.
Running back from Holly Springs, N.C.; Once ran for a career-high 375 yards and three touchdowns, including a 93-yard TD during his senior year; Sister Reili Richardson plays basketball at Arizona State University; Hobbies and interests include video games as he was named the Best Madden Player in Holly Springs, N.C.
Offensive lineman from Lawrenceville, Ga.; Led Buford High School to a state title as a junior and state championship game appearance as a senior; Great grandfather invented the opening mechanism on the school bus door.
Hobbies and interests include trap and skeet shooting, karting, golfing and surfing; Third degree blackbelt in Tae Kwon Do and is registered with the international Tae Kwon Do Federation; Nickname is Coop because of his name; Father attended Liberty on a football scholarship.
Offensive lineman who attended the Brunswick School in Greenwich, Conn.; Selected to play in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl at AT&T Stadium; Father competed in swimming & diving at the University of Texas.
Father Shawn is a nine-year NFL veteran who played for the Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bears and played collegiately at Notre Dame (1991-95); Hobbies and interests include reading, skiing and playing basketball; Played at same high school, American Heritage as Columbia players Oren Milstein and Will Allen.
Totaled 309 total tackles, 22.5 sacks, nine interceptions and forced four fumbles in four-year varsity career at The Bishops School; Four-sport athlete who earned 11 varsity letters in football, lacrosse, basketball and volleyball; Played at same high school as Columbia teammate Chris Alleyne.