NEW YORK—Columbia Football returns to the gridiron for the first of 12 spring practices on Tuesday afternoon at Robert K. Kraft Field at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium. Tuesday’s non-pads practice begins at 3 p.m. ET.
Columbia’s spring practice schedule is listed below. All practices are open to the public. Practice will take place at either Robert K. Kraft Field or the Bubble at Baker Indoor Practice Facility, located at Columbia’s Baker Athletics Complex (corner of 218th & Broadway Avenue).
Columbia’s spring football game is scheduled for Saturday, April 21 at Robert K. Kraft Field. Kickoff is at 11 a.m. ET. The program’s spring cookout will be held directly following the scrimmage. Admission to the spring game is free.
Columbia Football has also scheduled a Bone Marrow Drive, slated to be held on the Morningside Heights campus on Friday, April 20. More details will be released at a later date.
Columbia returns 15 of 21 starters (eight on offense and seven on defense) and 58 total letterwinners to a program that experienced its best season in 21 years. The 2017 Lions finished with their best season since 1996 as they posted an 8-2 regular season, a second place finish in the Ivy League and a 5-2 Ivy League record. In addition, Columbia began a season with six straight wins for the first time since 1945, put together the school’s longest win streak (seven games) for the first time since 1935 and its five-win turnaround from 2016 to 2017 ranked among the top-five best yearly comebacks in the FCS.
Six All-Ivy League picks return in First Team wide receiver Josh Wainwright (78 catches for school-record 1,001 yards, 8 TD), Second Team safety Landon Baty (66 tackles, 4 INT, 1 FR, 2 FF) and Honorable Mention picks wide receiver Ronald Smith (31 catches for 437 yards and 4 TD in only 7 GP), linebacker Michael Murphy (42 tackles, 6.0 TFL, 2 FR in 8 GP), offensive lineman Markham Paukune (10 consecutive starts) and kick returner/defensive back Will Allen (507 yards on 21 KOR).
Returning offensive starters also include wide receiver Kyle Castner (24 catches, 286 yards, TD), tight end Rory Schlageter, left guard Charlie Flores (23 career starts), center Tyler Schonewolf (20 consecutive starts), right guard Parker Coogan (10 consecutive starts) and on defense, right end Mike Hinton (18 career starts, 25 tackles), linebacker Jalen Williams (32 tackles, 2.0 sacks), linebacker Sean White (48 tackles, 5.0 TFL, 2 INT), defensive back Ryan Gilbert (team-leader with 95 tackles) and defensive back Benjamin McKeighan (37 tackles, 2 INT). In addition, a variety of other key players who saw extensive action return in 2017.
Columbia will announce its complete 2018 fall schedule and ticket availability/information at a later date.
2018 COLUMBIA FOOTBALL SPRING PRACTICE SCHEDULE
(as of March 19, 2018, practice times and dates subject to change)
Tuesday, March 20, Practice One, 3:00 p.m.
Friday, March 23, Practice Two, 3:45 p.m.
Sunday, March 25, Practice Three, 3:45 p.m.
Tuesday, March 27, Practice Four, 3:00 p.m.
Friday, March 30, Practice Five, 3:45 p.m.
Tuesday, April 3, Practice Six, 3:00 p.m.
Friday, April 6, Practice Seven, 3:45 p.m.
Tuesday, April 10, Practice Eight, 3:00 p.m.
Friday, April 13, Practice Nine, 3:45 p.m.
Sunday, April 15, Practice 10, 3:45 p.m.
Tuesday, April 17, Practice 11, 3:00 p.m.
Friday, April 20, Bone Marrow Day, TBA (planned to be held in Morningside Heights)
Saturday, April 21, Spring Game, 11:00 a.m.; Spring Cookout, 1:00 p.m.
All practices will take place at Robert K. Kraft Field at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium or the Bubble at Baker Indoor Practice Facility (corner of 218th & Broadway Avenue in Manhattan).