Sunday, July 01, 2018

Grad Notes Galore

Missed a Pittsburgh Sports News Daily Q&A from Dartmouth safety Colin Boit's tryout with the Steelers. Check it out HERE.
Flo Orimolade, who had been inactive for the Calgary Stampeders' previous game, deflected a pass that was intercepted by a teammate in a 24-14 win over the Ottawa Redblacks. (LINK) The defensive end also recorded his first tackle on special teams.
This fall Columbia grad Parker Thome will be punting at Vanderbilt and Penn grad Louis Vecchio will be setting up on the Commodores' defensive line. has a story about the two All-Ivy League first team selections joining forces at Vandy. Both are pursuing Masters of Marketing degrees from Vanderbilt’s Owen School of Management and while they didn't know each other before they are now roommates.

Ironically, Thome is the third Columbia punter in two years to go the grad transfer route.

Last year Columbia grad Cameron Nizialek punted six times for Georgia in its national championship loss to Alabama and fellow Columbia product Matthew Panton was the starting punter for Kentucky.

Green Alert Take: Given the success of players like Nizialek and Panton, don't be surprised if the "Earn an Ivy League degree and then experience big-time football while getting your masters paid for," strategy starts to catch on.
It's not exactly the big time but Brown quarterback TJ Linta, who demonstrated his courage while taking a beating from Dartmouth in last fall's Freezing Fenway game, will continue his career as a grad transfer at Wagner. (LINK)
Back on the topic of grad transfer kickers, this is a great story. A former Army West Point kicker is returning to football at Wake Forest after five years of active duty. (LINK)