Providence, Rhode Island - Brown kicks-off its 134th season of intercollegiate football on Saturday, traveling to Stony Brook, Long Island to battle the Stony Brook Seawolves on Saturday, September 17 at 6:00 p.m. Bears' head coach Phil Estes' squad, who finished second in the Ivy League a year ago, will face a veteran Stony Brook team, who already has two games under its belt.
Bears' Opening Day Items:
• In 2010, the Bears posted a 6-4 overall record, 5-2 in the Ivy League, good for second place in the Ivy standings.
• Brown will be launching its 134th season of intercollegiate football on Saturday against Stony Brook in the fourth meeting between the two teams.
• Brown head coach Phil Estes is 9-4 lifetime in season-opening games, including six wins in his last seven opening-day games.
• The Bears have posted a 32-18 non-league record since 1994, including a 3-0 non-league mark in 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2004 and 2005.
• Saturday's match-up between Brown and Stony Brook, located on Long Island, is the fourth and final game of a home-and away-series between the two teams. Saturday's game is the home opener for the Seawolves.
• Brown opens its 2012 season at Holy Cross (9/15/12), with Georgetown being added to the schedule on 9/29/12 in Washington, DC, to replace Stony Brook.
Night, Night, Night: Brown opens its season with three straight night games for the first time ever. The Bears play at Stony Brook on 9/17 (6:00 p.m.), open up their Ivy season at Harvard on 9/23 (7:00 p.m.), before returning home for the second ever night game at Brown Stadium against Rhode Island on 10/1 (6:00 p.m.) in the battle for the Governor's Cup.
Series History: Brown and Stony Brook have met three times, dating back to 2008, with the Bears holding a 2-1 series advantage. Last year, Brown came away with a 33-30 overtime victory over the Seawolves at Brown Stadium. In 2009, Stony Brook earned a 21-20 win at home over the Bears.
Stony Brook Playing Third Game: Stony Brook (0-2), a member of the Big South Conference, is coming off a 35-7 loss to FBS opponent Buffalo. In its first game against FBS member UTEP, Stony Brook led for most of the game before falling in overtime, 31-24.
Lighting Up The Night: Brown will host Rhode Island on Saturday, October 1, in the second ever night game at historic Brown Stadium. The game is presented by Dexter Credit Union, and will be televised live on myRITV with kick-off at 6:00 p.m. Temporary lighting will be installed for the Saturday evening match-up against the Rams. Four banks of Musco lights will illuminate Brown Stadium, with two banks of temporary lights towering above the stadium on either side of the field. Brown hosted Harvard in 2010 in the first night game played at Brown Stadium, drawing a crowd of 17,330, the largest crowd for a sporting event in the State of Rhode Island for 2010.
All-Ivy Returnees: The Bears' offensive fortunes could hinge on the successful return of first team All-Ivy quarterback Kyle Newhall-Caballero (Gilbert, AZ), 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-Kone (Staten Island, NY) senior honorable mention All-Ivy wide receiver Jimmy Saros (Grosse Pointe Park, MI) senior honorable mention All-Ivy tailback Mark Kachmer (Wheaton, IL), and senior honorable mention All-Ivy center Jack Geiger (Whitefish Bay, WI). Brown's defensive unit returns six starters, including three All-Ivy players, led by first team All-Ivy junior defensive back AJ Cruz (Lake Forest, CA), senior second team All-Ivy safety Steve Peyton (Woodland, CA) and honorable mention All-Ivy defensive end Clay McGrath (Longmeadow, MA).
Non-League Opener: Brown opened its season against Yale from 1976-1999, with each Ivy League school opening in league play. In 2000, the league schedule changed and the Bears opened the season against San Diego in Providence. The 2001 game against the Toreros in San Diego was cancelled due to the September 11th terrorist attack, with the Bears actually opening the season against Harvard the following week. Brown has posted an 8-3 record in non-league openers since 2000.
All-Ivy Kyle Newhall-Caballero Returns: The Ivy League's first team All-Ivy quarterback in 2009, senior Kyle Newhall-Caballero's (Gilbert, AZ) 2010 season was almost over before it started. He broke his hand in the first week of pre-season camp, returned to play half of Brown's win over Harvard, and broke his wrist on the last play of regulation in Brown's third game against Rhode Island, missing the remainder of the season. He passed for 325 yards and three touchdowns against the Rams. In 2009, Newhall-Caballero completed 259 of 413 passes for 2,709 yards and 18 touchdowns. He was second in the nation in completions (25.9 per game), 10th in total offense (281.4 yards per game), and 12th nationally in passing yards (270.9 yards per game). Newhall-Caballero's 259 completions in 2009 were seventh for a single season in the Ivy football history. He also set an Ivy League record with 46 completions against Holy Cross. Newhall-Caballero completed his first 11 passes in Brown's 2009 season opener against Stony Brook.
BROWN FOOTBALL RECORD BOOK: YARDS PASSING - CAREER
1. 9,294 James Perry 97-98-99
2. 6,739 Jason McCullough 94-95-96
3. 5,763 Michael Dougherty 06-07-08
4. 5,475 Joe DiGiacomo 04-05-06
5. 5,007 Kyle Slager 02-03
6. 3,313 Eric Webber 97-98-00
7. 3,116 Kyle Newhall-Caballero 09-10
8. 3,015 Pete Beatrice 72-73-74
9. 2,954 Joe Potter 81-82-83
10. 2,781 Larry Carbone 78-79-80
Quarterbacks In Waiting: Junior Patrick Donnelly (Longmeadow, MA), a passing and running threat, saw valuable action in 2010. Donnelly completed 43 of 81 passes for 411 yards and a touchdown, while running for 114 yards. Also competing for time under center are junior quarterback John Ryan (Exton, PA), who passed for one touchdown and ran for another in the Spring Game, and junior Alexander Phelan (Walpole, MA).
Offensive Front: Senior All-Ivy center Jack Geiger (Whitefish Bay, WI) returns to anchor the offensive line at center, the Bears will look to rebuild with the loss of two All-Ivy players. Geiger had a terrific season in helping Brown's passing offense to an Ivy League leading 244.3 yards per game, while allowing just 10 quarterback sacks. Senior Luke Landers (Friendswood, TX) had a solid junior campaign, and will start at right guard for the Bears, while senior Evan Johnson (Kettering, OH) also earned several starts at guard, and is Brown's starting left guard. Juniors Jack Templeton (Ramsey, NJ) and Cole Hooper (Oklahoma City, OK) have earned starts at the tackle positions.
Bears Deep At Wide Receiver: A bevy of wide receivers return to the a talented wide receiver corps, including Alex Tounkara-Kone (Staten Island, NY), who is considered an NFL prospect with good speed and a 6-4 frame. Tounkara, a first team All-Ivy and All-New England selection for the Bears, ranked among the nation's top wide receivers with 61 receptions, 18th best in the country and second in the Ivy League. His 84.20 yards per game were also second in the Ivy League and 19th nationally. Tounkara made 12 catches for 160 yards against Stony Brook. Senior All-Ivy Jimmy Saros (Grosse Pointe Park, MI), senior Jonah Fay (Brookline, MA) and senior Matt Sudfeld (Modesto, CA) also return to the lineup, along with junior Tellef Lundevall (Highland Park, IL) senior Nate Lovett (East Providence, RI), and sophomore Jordan Evans (Brentwood, TN). Saros had a solid junior campaign, making 42 receptions for 481 yards and four touchdowns. Fay saw the first significant time of his career and responded with 22 catches for 204 yards. Lundevall improved as the season progressed and impressed the coaching staff with 32 catches for 370 yards and two touchdowns. Sudfield missed all of last season due to injury after making nine catches for 205 yards and a 20-yard touchdown reception. Senior Nick Faber (Alamo, CA), a 6-2, 245 tight end, has earned a starting role.
Brown Head Coach Phil Estes: 13th-year head coach Phil Estes, the 19th head coach and second winningist coach in Brown football history, has brought the Brown football program to an unprecedented level of success, winning three Ivy League Championships (1999, 2005 and 2008), including Brown's first ever Ivy outright title in 2005. He helped guide Brown's Class of 2009 to two Ivy League titles, the first class in Brown football history to win two Ivy Championships. Estes' Brown teams have also finished second three times and third four times, while compiling an impressive 78-51 overall mark (.605) in 12 seasons. He has also coached and recruited Brown's only four Ivy Players of the Year: Sean Morey '99, James Perry '00, Nick Hartigan '06 and Buddy Farnham '10. A former offensive coordinator at the University of New Hampshire, Estes was also the Bears' recruiting coordinator for four years (1994-1997) and coached the running backs for three years.
Local Players To Contribute: Brown has two from Rhode Island on its 2011 roster: senior All-Ivy punter Nathan Lovett (East Providence) and sophomore defensive tackle Brett Polacek (Providence). Sophomore defensive end Michael Yules, hails from South Dartmouth, MA and played at Moses Brown. All three are listed on Brown's 2-deep this week.
Norocea Gets His Kicks: The Brown kicking game is in the capable hands of sophomore All-Ivy kicker Alex Norocea (Hermosa Beach, CA), the Ivy League's kick-scoring leader with 7.1 points per game, who connected on 15 of 21 field goals and 26 of 27 extra points in his inaugural season with the Bears. He ranked seventh nationally in field goals with 1.50 per game. His 15 field goals rank second best in Brown football history, and seventh in the Ivy League record book, while his 71 kick-scoring points are 15th in Ivy history. Additionally, Norocea's 12 field goals in Ivy games are second best in Ivy history. A two-time Ivy League Rookie and Special Teams Player of the Week, Norocea booted a Brown record five field goals vs. Harvard, and a season long 45-yard field goal against Cornell.
Gotta Lovett: Two-time All-Ivy senior punter Nate Lovett (East Providence, RI) ranked second in the Ivy League with an average of 42.1 yards per punt in 2010. He had four punts of 50 or more yards, including a season-long 57 yard boot against Harvard and 55-yards against Princeton. Lovett's strongest game came against Dartmouth where he punted for a 45.2 yards per punt average, with a 53-yard boot.
Two-Time All-Ivy AJ Cruz: Brown's defensive secondary ranked number one in the Ivy League in pass efficiency defense, and was led by junior two-time All-Ivy corner back AJ Cruz (Lake Forest, CA), who came on strong at the end of the season after playing through injuries in the early going. A first team All-Ivy selection in 2010 after earning second team All-Ivy honors in 2009, Cruz made 33 tackles, led the Bears with eight pass break-ups, and tied for the team lead with two interceptions. He also returned kickoffs for the Bears, with 13 kickoff returns for 295 yards, including a 45-yard return against Princeton.
Linebacker Corps Looks Strong: Four seniors will start in the Bears' linebacker cops, with Robert Gillett (Los Angeles, CA) and Daniel Smithwick (Danville, CA) starting on the outside, and Matt O'Donnell (Tipton, IA) and Brett Wyman (Bridgewater, MA) starting on the inside. Gillett, who missed Brown's last seven games in 2010, returns to buoy the Bears' defense at outside linebacker after making 32 tackles, four for a loss, and intercepting a pass in 2009. Cooney had 12 tackles a year ago. O'Donnell ranked 11th on the Brown team with 24 total tackles, including 18 solo stops, two tackles for a loss and an interception. Wyman came through with 14 tackles, seeing action in all 10 games.
How Do You Say That?
Caballaro ca – ba- yair – oh
Giovacchini joe-vack- keen-nee
Tounkara - Kone Toon-kara – conee
Top Tackler Peyton Returns: Senior All-Ivy safety Steve Peyton (Woodland, CA) headed the Bears' defense in 2010 with 79 total tackles, 7th best in the Ivy League. He came up big in Ivy games with 10 tackles against Dartmouth, and 12 total hits against Penn. Peyton was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week for his dominating play against Rhode Island, where he seemed to be everywhere on the field, leading the Bears with a career high 20 tackles in the battle for the Governor's Cup.
Co-Captains: Providing leadership for this year's team are senior quarterback Kyle Newhall-Caballero (Gilbert, AZ) and senior defensive tackle Kyle Rettig (Clearwater, FL).
Kachmer Top Tailback: Brown's ground attack will be led by junior All-Ivy tailback Mark Kachmer (Wheaton, IL), a versatile tailback, who led the Bears with 557 yards on the ground, sixth best in the Ivy League, while making 19 receptions for 131 yards. Kachmer rushed for a season high 89 yards in Brown's win over Harvard. Look for sophomore speedster John Spooney (Northfield, OH), considered the fastest man in the Ivy League after winning the Ivy Championship in the 100 and 200 meters, will back-up Kachmer.
Experienced Defensive Front: Senior All-Ivy defensive end Clay McGrath (Longmeadow, MA) and senior Joseph Rettig (Clearwater, FL) earned starting roles on the Bears defensive line a year ago, while senior Luke Miller (Bryn Mawr, PA) and juniors Ross Walthall (Carmel, IN), Stephen Fox (Winter Haven, FL) and Patxi Colburn (Anchorage, AK) all saw considerable snaps. McGrath was a key defensive force for the Bears, leading the Ivy League in tackles for a loss with 13.5 for a loss of 41 yards. His 6.0 sacks for the season led the Brown team and ranked third in the Ivies. McGrath was fifth on the Brown team with 42 total tackles. McGrath finished the season on a strong note with 3.5 tackles for a loss against Dartmouth and four more tackles for loss vs. Columbia. Also at defensive end, Miller registered four tackles, including 1.4 for a loss. Rettig was second among the Bears' defensive tackles with 29 total hits, including 14 solo stops, 3.5 tackles for a loss and two quarterback sacks. Fox was also a force on the Bears front line with 17 tackles, including 1.5 for a loss, while Colburn was impressive with 11 tackles, 3.5 for a loss and two quarterback sacks for a loss of 12 yards.
Three Rings: Three members of the Brown head coaching staff – head coach Phil Estes, assistant head coach Abbott Burrell and offensive coordinator Frank Sheehan – have earned three Ivy League Championship rings (1999, 2005, 2008) coaching the Bears.
Speaking of Rings: Bears' tight ends coach Joseph Leslie has earned nine Ivy League Championship rings, including two as a coach of the Bears in 2005 and 2008, three as a player at Dartmouth (1969, 1970, 1971), two as an assistant coach at Penn (1983, 1984), and two as an assistant coach at Dartmouth (1972, 1996).
Listen To Brown Football: Brown's 10-game football schedule will be aired throughout Rhode Island and Southern New England on WPRV-AM 790 (Providence). The Brown football broadcast team features Scott Cordischi calling the play-by-play, and former Brown All-Ivy fullback Mike Wall '99 providing the color commentary.
The Phil Estes Show: For the latest on the Brown Football team, listen to the Phil Estes Show every Thursday evening, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., during the season on WPRV-AM 790. The show is hosted by Scott Cordischi, who is the play-by-play voice of Brown football, and will be broadcast live from area restaurants. This Thursday's Coaches Show is at Hope Street Pizza at 720 Hope Street on the East Side of Providence.. The show can also be heard live on the internet on www.brownbears.com.
Watch Live Video of The Bears On The Internet: Brown Football fans can watch a live video and audio feed (WPRV - AM 790) of all home games through B2 Networks. All five home football games will be aired through Brown's athletic website http://brownbears.com. Fans wanting to watch Brown events via B2 Networks will need a high-speed Internet connection and a current version of Windows Media Player. Games will be sold on an individual basis at $7 per game or $30 for the season.
Ivy Opener Next Week vs. Harvard: Brown opens its Ivy League season next Friday evening, September 23, battling Harvard at Harvard Stadium. Game time is 7:00 p.m.