NEW YORK—Columbia Football senior Patrick Eby was named a First Team All-America long snapper by HERO Sports on its 2018 FCS Preseason All-American team, the organization announced Tuesday morning. The HERO Sports FCS preseason All-American teams can be accessed by clicking this link.

 

A 6-foot-3-inch, 240-pound senior from Towson, Md., Eby has seen action in 30 consecutive games as Columbia’s long snapper. Over his three-year career, he has snapped 194 punts, 60 point after attempts and 40 field goals for the Lions. A Psychology major, Eby has also registered four career tackles on special teams coverage. He also played a key role in Columbia ranking among national leaders in both punt return defense (No. 4 at 3.33) and net punting (No. 13 at 38.59).

 

Eby was one of three long snappers named to the preseason All-America team, topping Jacksonville State’s Josh Brady (Second Team) and North Carolina Central’s Erik Schlecker (Third Team).

 

Columbia returns six All-Ivy League players, 15 of 22 starters (eight on offense and seven on defense) and 58 total lettermen from a team that completed its most successful season in 21 years. The 2017 Lions posted an 8-2 record and finished second in the Ivy League with a 5-2 record for their winningest season since 1996. In addition, Columbia began a season with six straight wins for the first time since 1996, completed the school’s longest win streak since 1935 (seven games) and posted one of the nation’s top-five best yearly comebacks in the FCS with a with a five-win improvement from 2016 to 2017.

 

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