Craig Hormann showed measurable improvement at quarterback during the course of his junior season in 2006. He threw for 2008 yards – fourth-best in the Ivy League – and was 30-of-43 for 285 yards in the team's season finale victory at Brown. He is expected to return by the start of the 2007 campaign after missing the spring due to injury. "Craig is a great leader," Wilson notes. "He has a chance to come back and improve on his junior season."
Drew Quinn will be the lone junior captain of the threesome, marking the Lions' first junior captain since Rashad Biggers '05 in 2003. "Drew is a leader on the defense through his play, and the guys look to him for answers," Wilson says. "He is able to get people in the right place." Quinn also showed the ability to get himself in the right place with 82 tackles and nine for a loss, ranking him second on the team in both categories. He had interceptions vs. Fordham and Cornell, and forced fumbles vs. Princeton and Iona.
JoJo Smith may be the smallest player on the Lions' roster, but it is testament to his determination that he is among the Lions' best as far as his leadership and skill. "He wins on effort," Wilson says, "and his effort is the driving force behind his play and overcoming his physical limitations." The rising senior cornerback was eighth on the team with 41 tackles, including seven vs. both Georgetown and Yale, and forced fumbles vs. Fordham and the Hoyas.
Columbia posted a 5-5 record in 2006, marking the team's first .500-or-better record since 1996.