Brown Picked Fourth In Ivy League Football Media Poll

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Providence, RI -- The preseason prognostications are in and, for the eighth time in the last nine years, Brown has landed in the top half of the Ivy League in the annual Ivy League Football Media Poll.

Coach Phil Estes' Brown squad has finished second in the Ivy League standings for the last two years, and last captured the Ivy League title in 2008. With 84 points, Brown (7-3, 4-3 Ivy in 2011) was chosen to finish fourth in the league standings by the Ivy League media.

The Bears will look to their undisputed leader on defense, senior defensive back A.J. Cruz, a pre-season All-American who is also a threat in special teams as one of the League's top kickoff returners, to battle among the title contenders this season. A three-time All-Ivy selection, Cruz ranked fourth in the nation and led the Ivy League in kick-off returns, averaging 31.15 yards per return.

Estes will look for senior quarterback Patrick Donnelly to direct the Bears' offense.  Donnelly missed most of last season due to injury, but gained valuable experience as a signal-caller in 2010.  The Bears are deep at the runningback position, and will be led by senior Mark Kachmer, a two-time All-Ivy tailback, who led the Bears in rushing with 569 yards on 126 carries. He rushed for a career high 192 yards against Yale, including a Brown and Yale Bowl record 95-yard run for a touchdown, the fourth longest run in Ivy football history.

2012 IVY LEAGUE FOOTBALL PRESEASON MEDIA POLL
 PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH First-Place Votes in Parentheses

Rank

School

Points

1.

Harvard (13)

132

2.

Penn (2)

111

3.

Cornell (2)

100

4.

Brown

84

5.

Yale

66

6.

Dartmouth

52

7.

Columbia

36

8.

Princeton

31