This year’s leadership group is made up of Mitch Moyer, Stew Newblatt, Scott Valentas and Ryan Young.
NEW YORK – Patricia and Shepard Alexander, head football coaches at Columbia Al-Bagnoli has announced four captains for the upcoming 2022 season. The quartet includes defensive lineman Mitch Moyeroffensive lineman Newblatt Stewlinebacker scott valentas and running backwards ryan young.
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During his two-year career, Moyer had 40 tackles (15 solo), 6.0 tackles for loss for 25 yards, 2.0 sacks for 13 yards, interrupted two passes and forced a fumble. The Wilmington, Delaware native started all 10 contests in 2021 and won the David W. Smyth Memorial Cup after the season, making him a standout player who displays intangibles like spirit, leadership, sportsmanship and loyalty.
Newblatt is only the eighth student-athlete to be selected as a two-time captain and the first since Alex Gross (2009-10). He anchored an offensive line at left tackle that turned in just 11 sacks in 10 games last season, setting a new program record for fewest sacks allowed. Hailing from Clarkston, Michigan, Newblatt was recently named the program’s nominee for the prestigious Campbell Trophy, which is considered the “Academic Heisman” in college football.
Valentas is a two-time All-Ivy League honoree (2019 and 2021) and earned Third Team Freshman All-America honors in 2019. In 18 career games, he has amassed 116 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks. Despite missing two games last season, Valentas led the team in tackles (56).
Young has 29 career games and 17 starts under his belt, leading the program in rushing in 2018 and 2019. In his three years, Young has rushed for 1,323 yards and seven touchdowns on 332 carries (4.0 yards per carry), and caught 42 passes. for 312 yards and three touchdowns. He was an All-Ivy League Honorable Mention selection in 2021 after setting a career high with 498 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 128 carries.
The Lions will debut at Marist on Saturday, September 17 for a 6 pm contest in Poughkeepsie. Two weeks later, Columbia opens its home slate against Ivy League rival Princeton on Saturday, October 1.
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