09-16-2011 05:57 AM

As every team in the conference seems to have a competent signal caller, having a solid defense, especially a competent secondary, is more important than ever before.

In football, the job of the defense is simple: get off the field and allow your offensive skill players to win the game. If Columbia’s defense can put the football in the hands of Sean Brackett, one of the elite quarterbacks in the Ivy League, the Lions have as good a shot as any team to contend for the title in 2011. Whether or not they do depends largely upon the success of the Lions’ secondary.

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