NEW YORK—Quarterbacks Josh Bean, Dillon Davis
The game featured 66 total plays from scrimmage and was evenly distributed between rushing and passing plays. First-year Bean threw for three touchdowns and 116 yards as he completed 11 of 18 passes. His touchdown throws covered 14, 24 and five yards. First-year Davis completed four of nine passes for 71 yards and a touchdown. Junior Ryan Suitt finished the day with 87 yards passing on five of six completions. The quarterbacks wore red, so the defense was not allowed to deliver a hit.
Columbia’s offense tallied six touchdowns, including five passing scores. On the receiving end, sophomore Ronald Smith registered team-highs for receptions (five) and receiving yards (80) along with a 14-yard touchdown catch, first-year Emerson Kabus caught two touchdown passes of five and one yards respectively and made four receptions for 69 yards, sophomore Josh Wainwright finished the day with three catches for 19 yards and a 14-yard touchdown and sophomore Kaleb Pitts added three catches for 18 yards and a touchdown. First-year tight end Casey Mariucci caught two passes for a combined 75 yards. Sophomore running back Tanner Thomas rushed seven times for 15 yards, while first-year Alexander Filacouris scored Columbia’s lone rushing touchdown, a tough three-yard TD run.
Defensively, Columbia held the Lions’ offense to just 54 yards rushing on 36 carries (1.5 yards per
“We are still a work in progress,” Patricia and Shepard Alexander Head Coach of Football Al Bagnoli said. “Our young quarterbacks need all the work they can get. Our young corners need all the work they can get. The spring is for us to really try to get young kids under a little bit of stress to see what you have. For the most part, we have grown as a team, the young kids have taken another step forward and
Bagnoli was pleased with today’s results and the development of his team through 12 spring practices.
“It’s hard to tell without viewing the film,” Bagnoli said. “It gets a little bit tilted because there were a few times our quarterbacks would’ve been hit, but I like our skilled kids offensively. They can catch the ball and that’s a good thing. We’ve gotten better catching the ball from the tight end position with what you saw today from Casey Mariucci. We’re still doing a lot of things. I like the moves that we’ve made on the defensive line to bring Mike Hinton down inside and Ogonna Oraedu down inside to strengthen that area. We are tweaking a lot of things and we’ll look at it and continue to make adjustments. There were enough bright spots today and enough mistakes to point out. It’s exactly where you want to be.”
Bagnoli also spoke about the quarterback position.
“It will be a competition which will go into preseason camp,” he said. “We’ll have 29 fall practices to figure it out. All the young guys have done a nice job. It’s been good for them to get in there, it’s been good to put them in front of the team and it’s good to put them under some stress. They’re all talented kids, so you start off with that. They’re still a work in progress since they’re so young. They all have potential and we will continue to evaluate them.”
After Saturday, the next time Columbia Football will gather for a full practice as a team will be in mid-to-late August. The Lions will welcome the 2018 freshman class in August prior to its season opener at Central Connecticut State on Saturday, Sept. 15.
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In a team meeting prior to the scrimmage, Bagnoli announced the Lions’ 2018 team captains. The four players who will enter the fall as captains are senior defensive back Landon Baty, junior wide receiver Kyle Castner, junior defensive lineman Mike Hinton and senior offensive lineman Markham Paukune. Baty has been named team captain for the second consecutive season. He becomes the first player since Sean Brackett in 2011 and 2012 to be named team captain in back-to-back years. Castner has one more year of eligibility following the 2018 season.
The team voted on captains.
“I thought they were four good choices,” Bagnoli said. “When the voting tally came in, those four were clearly out in front, 30 votes more than the next guys. It’s a good combination of real maturity with two fifth-year players and two four-year players. All four have distinguished themselves.”
OFFENSIVE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Ronald Smith, Junior
Smith caught five passes for a team-high 80 yards and a 14-yard touchdown grab from quarterback Josh Bean. He was disruptive all day long.
DEFENSIVE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Columbia’s defensive line registered 10 negative yardage plays on the day, mostly on rushing plays. The unit lost three of its four starters to
SCRIMMAGE STATISTICS AND PLAY-BY-PLAY
Defensive Statistics: Team tackles: 14; Benjamin McKeighan 4 tackles, pass breakup; Jacob Young 4 tackles; Justin Woodley 3 tackles; Alex Robin 3 tackles; Cooper Wilson 3 tackles; Arman Samouk 3 tackles; Sean White 3 tackles; Mike Hinton 3 tackles; Jalen Williams 2 tackles; Cameren Carter 2 tackles; Ian VanDenBerg 2 tackles; Ben Mathiasmeier 2 tackles; Ryan Gilbert 1 tackle, pass breakup; Ogonna Oraedu 1 tackle; Andrew Nichols 1 tackle; LinDon Harris 1 tackle; Cal Falkenhayn 1 tackle; Will Allen, INT, 37-yard return; Note: several tackles missed.
Offensive Starters: Josh Bean (QB), Tanner Thomas (RB), Rory Schlageter (TE), Ronald Smith II (WR), Josh Wainwright (WR), Kyle Castner (WR), Parker Coogan (C), Joseph Scowden (LT), Tyler Schonewolf (RG), Isaac
Defensive Starters: Daniel DeLorenzi (DL), Arman Samouk (DL), Mike Hinton (DL), Cooper Wilson (DL), Jacob Young (LB), Justin Woodley (LB), Sean White (LB), Benjamin McKeighan (DB), Justin Hill (DB), Ryan Gilbert (DB), Ben Mathiasmeier (DB).
1-10: Tanner Thomas 1-yard run (Team tackle)
3-4: Josh Bean 5-yard run (Team tackle)
2-13: Dillon Davis incomplete pass
3-13: Dillon Davis pass complete, penalty: false start
2-10: Dillon Davis 1-yard scramble (Team tackle)
2-9: Offsides penalty
1-10: Dillon Davis 7-yard pass
1-10: Dillon Davis pass incomplete
4-3: Dillon Davis pass incomplete
1-10: Josh Bean pass incomplete
2-10: Josh Bean pass incomplete
2-12: Josh Bean pass incomplete
1-10: Van Neils no gain (Team tackle)
2-10: Dillon Davis pass incomplete
3-10: Dillon Davis pass incomplete up middle
2-G: Jalen Allen run, no gain (Team tackle)
1-10: Marquavious Moore 1-yard run, offensive penalty
2-20: Ryan Suitt 5-yard scramble run, offensive penalty
2-15: Suitt 45-yard pass complete to Mariucci (Team tackle)
1-10: Jalen Allen 3-yard run (Team tackle)
2-7: Marquavious Moore 5-yard run (Team tackle)
3-2: Suitt incomplete pass
4-2: Dame incomplete pass