NEW YORK—Columbia Football completed its third practice of the 2017 training camp on Wednesday afternoon at Robert K. Kraft Field at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium. The session marked the third of 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 shoulder pads, shorts, jerseys and helmets, the Lions underwent a two-and-a-half-hour practice which included skill drills and position group work. The practice also included special teams situations, position stations and offense/defense drills.

 

Following practice, players attended a team meeting and special team’s meetings. Earlier in the day, the Lions went through an hour-and-a-half walkthrough and meeting, along with treatment and unit/position meetings.

 

Thursday’s practice, set for 3-5:30 p.m., is the Lions’ final scheduled non-pad sessions. 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.

 

Kickoff times and television designations for Columbia’s 2017 Football schedule were announced on July 24. Click here for Columbia’s complete 2017 football schedule.

 

PRACTICE THREE NEWS & NOTES

 

All individual headshots are now posted on the 2017 Columbia Football roster. To take a look, click here.

 

At some point in the next 1-2 weeks, www.gocolumbialions.com will post a roster with updated heights and weights. We are waiting for the official totals.

 

Senior quarterback Anders Hill has been nominated for the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award. Each institution is able to nominate one student-athlete for the prestigious national award. The nominee must be a senior or graduate student and carry a minimum 3.2 grade point average.

 

Earlier this evening, media consultant and former Boston sports television reporter Mike Dowling spoke to the entire team about the importance of social media presence, online presence and how to handle media interviews. Dowling has spent the past three years as a media consultant for the Boston Celtics and has given presentations on media and social media presence for such organizations as the Celtics and the New England Patriots, along with other colleges and universities. A 29-year television sports news reporter at WCVB Television Channel 15 in Boston and winner of numerous media awards, he has covered a total of 10 world championships won by the Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins and Celtics.

 

Quarterbacks coach Ricky Santos is the subject of today’s Mic’dUp installment. We kicked off training camp coverage with linebackers coach/special teams coordinator Justin Stovall. Tomorrow we will air a segment on running backs coach/passing game coordinator John Audino. Last spring, we aired segments with defensive line coach Darin Edwards, secondary coach/recruiting coordinator Jon Poppe and wide receivers coach Todd Gilcrist.