PRINCETON, N.J.—Columbia freshman wide receiver Ronald Smith II was named the Ivy League’s Football Rookie of the Week, the conference office announced this afternoon. Smith becomes Columbia’s third Ivy League Rookie of the Week honoree this year as freshman placekicker Oren Milstein earned the honor two different times on Oct. 10 and Oct. 24.
Smith set career-highs for receptions (11) and receiving yards (195) and scored a touchdown in Columbia’s 42-40 loss to Cornell on Saturday. Smith’s 195 receiving yards were the most totaled at Columbia since Terry Brown finished with 207 yards vs. Cornell on Nov. 12, 1988. The 195 yards rank as the fifth all-time best performance in school history. The last time a Columbia player finished with more than 150 yards receiving in a game was on Nov. 12, 2011 when Kurt Williams registered 191 yards vs. Cornell.
Smith’s touchdown reception came on an 11-yard pass from quarterback Anders Hill in the fourth quarter. He also registered a career-long 44-yard reception in the second quarter, which surpassed his previous long of 39 yards.
On the year, Smith has 20 receptions for 331 yards and leads Columbia in receiving touchdowns (four), receiving yards per game (82.8) and yards per reception (16.5). In only four games and one start, Smith also leads the Lions in most 100-yard receiving games with two (195 yards vs. Cornell and 114 yards vs. Yale).
Four Columbia football players were mentioned on the Ivy League’s Honor Roll including junior quarterback Anders Hill, senior linebacker Gianmarco Rea, senior running back Alan Watson and freshman placekicker Oren Milstein.