NEW YORK—Columbia Football returns to the gridiron for 12 days of spring practice during the months of March and April and will host its annual Spring Game on Saturday, April 15, Patricia and Shepard Alexander Head Coach of Football Al Bagnoli announced on Thursday.

Columbia Football’s spring practice schedule will begin on Tuesday, March 21 with a non-pads session. The Lions’ first spring practice in full pads is slated for Tuesday, March 28. All practices will take place at Robert K. Kraft Field at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium and are open to the public.

Columbia’s spring football game is scheduled for Saturday, April 15 at Robert K. Kraft Field. Kickoff is at noon. The program’s spring cookout will be held directly following the scrimmage. Admission to the spring game is free.

Columbia will return 12 starters (six on offense and six on defense) and 61 letterwinners to a youthful and talented team that finished 3-7 overall and tied for a sixth place finish in the Ivy League with a 2-5 record. The 2016 Lions concluded their season with a victory at Brown, while five of their seven losses were decided by 10 or fewer points.

Three All-Ivy League picks return in freshman placekicker Oren Milstein, junior defensive back Cameron Roane and junior defensive lineman Lord Hyeamang. Additionally, Columbia will return players who accounted for 88 percent (162 of 185) of its points scored, 82 percent (1,651 of 2,014) of its passing yards, 51 percent (1,037 of 2,014) of its receiving yards, 60 percent (3 of 5) of its starters on the offensive line and 49 percent (333 of 680) of its tackles in 2016.

Columbia will announce its 2017 fall schedule and ticket availability at a later date.

On Friday evening, Columbia Football will honor its 22 outgoing seniors at its annual team awards banquet. Twelve team awards will be announced by members of the Lions coaching staff. More information on the team banquet is available at this link.

2017 COLUMBIA FOOTBALL SPRING PRACTICE SCHEDULE

(as of February 2, 2017)

Day, Date

Practice Note(s)

Time

Tuesday, March 21

Practice 1: Helmets

2:45-5:15 p.m.

Friday, March 24

Practice 2: Helmets

3:45-6:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 26

Practice 3: Helmets

3:45-6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 28

Practice 4: Full Pads

2:45-5:15 p.m.

Friday, March 31

Practice 5: Full Pads

3:45-5:15 p.m.

Sunday, April 2

Practice 6: Full Pads

3:45-6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 4

Practice 7: Full Pads

2:45-5:15 p.m.

Friday, April 7

Practice 8: Full Pads

3:45-5:15 p.m.

Sunday, April 9

Practice 9: Full Pads

3:45-6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 11

Practice 10: Full Pads

2:45-5:15 p.m.

Friday, April 14

Practice 11: Helmets

3:45-5:15 p.m.

Saturday, April 15

Practice 12: SPRING GAME: Full Pads

Noon-3 p.m.

 

Spring Cookout directly following practice

 

All practices will take place at Robert K. Kraft Field at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium. All practice times subject to change.