Providence, Rhode Island – Head coach Phil Estes' Brown football team will kick-off 12 days of Spring Football on Friday, April 8, beginning at 3:30 p.m. at Berylson Family Fields, and culminate with the annual Brown vs. White Spring Game on Saturday, April 30 at Brown Stadium, starting at 12:00 noon. The Bears are ready to make a run at the Ivy League title once again with the return of 10 All-Ivy players from last year's second place team that posted a 5-2 league mark.
Estes expects a strong passing game on offense, coupled with a talented veteran defense to allow the Bears to compete in the upper echelon of the league standings.
The Bears' offensive success will hinge on the successful return of first team All-Ivy quarterback Kyle Newhall-Caballero, who was able to play in parts of just two games last year, before being sidelined due to injury. Brown's offense also returns first team All-Ivy wide receiver Alex Tounkara, senior honorable mention All-Ivy wide receiver Jimmy Saros, senior honorable mention All-Ivy tailback Mark Kachmer, and senior honorable mention All-Ivy center Jack Geiger. Brown's ground attack will also be buoyed by the return of junior Spiro Theodhosi who missed all of last year due to injury.
Brown's defensive unit returns six starters, including three All-Ivy players, led by first team All-Ivy junior defensive back AJ Cruz, senior second team All-Ivy safety Steve Peyton and honorable mention All-Ivy defensive end Clay McGrath.
The Brown kicking game is in the capable hands of sophomore All-Ivy kicker Alex Norocea, and two-time All-Ivy senior punter Nate Lovett. Norocea, the Ivy League's kick-scoring leader with 7.1 points per game, connected on 15 of 21 field goals and 26 of 27 extra points in his inaugural season with the Bears.
2011 Brown Football Spring Practice Schedule
4/8 Fri. 3:30 p.m.
4/9 Sat. 10:00 a.m.
4/10 Sun. 10:00 a.m.
4/13 Wed. 3:30 p.m.
4/15 Fri. 3:30 p.m.
4/16 Sat. 10:00 a.m.
4/20 Wed. 3:30 p.m.
4/22 Fri. 3:30 p.m.
4/23 Sat. 10:00 a.m.
4/27 Wed. 3:30 p.m.
4/29 Fri. 3:30 p.m.
4/30 Sat. 12:00 noon Brown vs. White spring game at Brown Stadium
All practices are open subject to change. Please call the football office for details.