Providence, R.I. - Brown kicks-off its 136th season of Brown Football on Saturday, September 21 against Georgetown at Brown Stadium, starting at 12:30 pm. Coming off its fifth straight winning season, head coach Phil Estes' Brown team will look to challenge for the Ivy title once again after placing in the top three in the Ivy standings in each of the last six years. The Bears feature a senior laden lineup on the field with 18 seniors in its starting lineup, including seven All-Ivy players. All Brown home games and Ivy League road games can be viewed on Brownbears.TV with a multi-camera production. Brown football will also be on the air at WPRV-AM 790, with Scott Cordischi calling the play and John Anderson P'11 providing the color analysis.
• Last year, Brown posted a 7-3 overall record, 4-3 in the Ivy League, good for third place in the Ivy standings.
• Brown will be launching its 136th season of intercollegiate football on Saturday against Georgetown, the first time the teams have met in the season-opening game.
• Brown head coach Phil Estes is 11-4 lifetime in season-opening games, including seven wins in his last eight opening-day games.
• Georgetown is Brown's third consecutive different opponent on opening day. The Bears opened against Stony Brook in 2011 and Holy Cross in 2012.
• The Bears are riding a six game non-league winning streak and have posted a 38-18 non-league record since 1994, including a 3-0 non-league mark in 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2011 and 2012.
• Brown opens its 2014 season in the nation's capital against Georgetown on September 20.
• The Bears will start 11 seniors on offense, six more on defense and one in the kicking game.
The Brown vs. Georgetown Series History – 4th Meeting: Brown and Georgetown have met three times before with the Bears holding a 3-0 series advantage. Last year, Brown earned a 37-10 decision over the Hoyas in Washington, DC. In 2005, the Bears defeated the Hoyas in the nation's capital, 34-3, and in 2006, Brown earned a 34-21 decision over Georgetown in Providence.
The Records: While Brown opens its 136th season of intercollegiate football on Saturday against the Hoyas, Georgetown will be playing its fourth game. Georgetown (1-2) is coming off a 43-23 loss to Marist last Saturday evening after falling to Wagner, 28-21, and beating Davidson 42-6.
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, RI. The 2001 game against the Toreros in San Diego, CA was cancelled due to the September 11th terrorist attack, with the Bears actually opening the season against Harvard the following week. Brown has posted a 10-3 record in non-league openers since 2000.
Donnelly At The Helm: The Bears feature one of the Ivy League's top quarterbacks with the return senior captain Patrick Donnelly (Longmeadow, MA), who found his stride in the last several games of the 2012 season after missing most of the 2011 season due to injury. Donnelly threw for over 300 yards twice, with 336 yards against Harvard and 312 yards against Ivy Champion Penn. He ranked third in the Ivy League in total offense (236.8 yards per game) and passed for 2,264 yards and 15 touchdowns, while completing 61-percent of his passes (219-of-357). Donnelly was named the Ivy League and New England Player of the Week for his effort against Dartmouth where he completed 20-of-32 passes for 233 yards, throwing for two touchdowns and running for two more.
BROWN PASS COMPLETIONS - CAREER
1. 789 James Perry 97-98-99
2. 520 Jason McCullough 94-95-96
3. 517 Kyle Newhall-Caballero 09-10-11
4. 487 Michael Dougherty 06-07-08
5. 449 Kyle Slager 02-03
5. 401 Joe DiGiacomo 04-05-06
7. 306 Eric Webber 97-98-00
8. 262 Patrick Donnelly 10-11-12
9. 232 Joe Potter 81-82-83
10. 226 Pete Beatrice 72-73-74
Lundevall Among Brown's All-Time Leading Receivers: At the head of the class of Brown's receiving corps is second team All-Ivy senior wide receiver Tellef Lundevall (Highland Park, IL), who had a terrific 2012 season for the Bears, making 72 catches for 718 yards. His 72 receptions were second in the Ivy League and rank 10th best in Brown football history. He also moved into fifth place in Brown career receptions with 155 catches. Lundevall's 7.2 catches per game ranked 14th nationally. He turned in a record-setting performance against Penn with 17 catches for 170 yards and a touchdown. His 17 receptions rank sixth best in Brown football history.
BROWN PASS RECEPTIONS - CAREER
1. 305 Stephen Campbell 97-98-99-00
2. 294 Chas Gessner 99-00-01-02
3. 251 Sean Morey 95-96-97-98
4. 229 Buddy Farnham 06-07-08-09
5. 210 Bobby Sewall 06-07-08-09
6. 155 Tellef Lundevall 10-11-12
155 Lonnie Hill 03-05-06
8. 145 Jarrett Schreck 02-03-04
9. 127 Rodd Torbert 89-90-91
10. 116 Paul Raymond 04-05-06-07
BROWN YARDS RECEIVING - CAREER
1. 3,850 Sean Morey 95-96-97-98
2. 3,555 Stephen Campbell 97-99-99-00
3. 3,408 Chas Gessner 99-00-01-02
4. 2,895 Buddy Farnham 06-07-08-09
5. 2,440 Jarrett Schreck 02-03-04
6. 2,144 Lonnie Hill 03-05-06
7. 2,141 Bobby Sewall 06-07-08-09
8. 1,651 Rodd Torbert 89-90-91
9. 1,604 Tellef Lundevall 10-11-12
10. 1,483 Mike Geroux 88-89-90
Veteran OL: Three returning starters - senior first team All-Ivy tackle Cole Hooper (Oklahoma City, OK), senior All-Ivy guard Dan Austin (Franklin, TN), and senior left tackle Clay Paino (Tarpon Springs, FL) will anchor Brown's offensive line. The three were key cogs in the Brown offensive line that yielded just one sack per game, 18th best in the nation. With injuries to the offensive line and tailback position, the trio helped the offensive line to four straight games without a sack to end the season, and did not allow a sack in 7-of-10 games. In addition, Brown's 4.4 yards per rush ranked second in the Ivy League. The Bears will look for senior Nathan Svensson (Provo, UT) to step in at the center position, with senior Ryan McCourt (Scituate, MA) stepping in at guard.
Polley 27th Nationally In Interceptions: Senior All-Ivy defensive back Emory Polley (University Heights, OH), who led the Ivy League in passes defended, knocking down 11 passes, will look to fill the shoes of graduated All-Ivy DB AJ Cruz. He intercepted four passes, second most in the Ivy League, and made 32 tackles for the season, including 22 solo stops. Polley had a season high six tackles against Harvard and Penn. The versatile Polley also returned kickoffs late in the season and averaged a team high 24.7 yards per return.
Brown Head Coach Phil Estes: 16th-year head coach Phil Estes, the 19th head coach and second winningest 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 outright Ivy 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 four times and third four times, while compiling an impressive 92-57 overall mark (.610) in 15 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.
Phil Estes' Career Coaching Record:
Year School Overall Record Ivy League Record
1998 Brown 7-3 5-2 (Second)
1999 Brown 9-1 6-1 (First) Ivy League Champions
2000 Brown 7-3 4-3 (Third)
2001 Brown 6-3 5-2 (Third)
2002 Brown 2-8 2-5 (Sixth)
2003 Brown 5-5 4-3 (Second)
2004 Brown 6-4 3-4 (Fourth)
2005 Brown 9-1 6-1 (First) Ivy League Champions
2006 Brown 3-6 2-5 (Sixth)
2007 Brown 5-5 4-3 (Third)
2008 Brown 7-3 6-1 (First) Ivy League Champions
2009 Brown 6-4 4-3 (Third)
2010 Brown 6-4 5-2 (Second)
2011 Brown 7-3 4-3 (Second)
2012 Brown 7-3 4-3 (Third)
Giovacchini Leads Linebacker Corps: Among the emerging players for the Bears, junior linebacker Dan Giovacchini (Acton, MA) started last year as a sophomore and has all the tools to be an outstanding inside linebacker. He ranked sixth on the Brown team with 61 tackles, while his 13.5 tackles for a loss were second on the Brown team and fifth in the Ivy League.
Yules 18th Nationally in Tackles For Loss: Senior defensive end Michael Yules (South Dartmouth, MA) had a breakout year for the Bears and ranked 13th nationally with 13 tackles for a loss of 59 yards. He had 32 tackles overall, and ranked fourth in the Ivy League with 6.5 quarterback sacks. Yules, an Academic All-Ivy selection, was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week after he led the Brown defense that held Georgetown to one yard of total offense in the second half and zero first downs after halftime. He had two quarterback sacks for a loss of 13 yards and added another tackle for a loss against the Hoyas.
Video Scoreboard At Brown Stadium: Brown Football's LED video display scoreboard from Daktronics, has 15HD pixel spacing, that shows live video and instant replays, scoring information, sponsor advertisements, vivid graphics and colorful animations. Measuring more than 18 feet high by nearly 36 feet wide, the video scoreboard also displayed a variety of marketing and promotional vignettes, real-time game statistics and player features.
Norocea Gets His Kicks: One of the Ivy League's top kickers for the last three years, Bears' senior Alex Norocea (Hermosa Beach, CA) was the Ivy League's second ranked kick-scorer with 5.3 points per game. He connected on 9-of-11 field goals and 26-of-26 extra points in 2012, and converted 31-of-45 career field goals. He booted 46-yard field goals vs. Penn and Yale, the longest in the Ivy League this season, and 12th longest all-time at Brown.
Bears In The NFL: Brown has two of its former players on NFL rosters in 2013. Zak DeOssie '07 is a two-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time Super Bowl Champion for the New York Giants. Fullback James Develin '10 is on the New England Patriots' active roster.
Freshman To Watch: Bears' freshman Alex Jette (North Attleboro, MA) is the only first year player on Brown's 2-deep depth chart. Jette will return punts and kickoffs for the Bears and will be the Bears' back-up punter.
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 John Anderson P'11 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, the play-by-play voice of Brown football, and will be broadcast live from area restaurants. The first five Estes Coaches Shows of the season, starting September 19, will be held at Hope Street Pizza, located at 772 Hope Street in Providence. The Estes Show can also be heard live on the internet on www.brownbears.com.
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Brown Athletics To Host Rhode Island Legends Day at Brown Stadium: Bringing together the legends of Rhode Island sports for an evening of celebration, Brown Athletics will host Rhode Island Legends Day at Brown Stadium on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at Brown's football game against URI. The Governor's Cup football game between the Bears and Rams will kickoff at 6:00 p.m. Among the Ocean State sports legends already committed to the weekend's events are: Major League baseball and Brown standout Bill Almon '75 (Warwick); Oakland Raiders runningback and Super Bowl Champion Mark van Eeghen (Cranston); Hobey Baker winner and NHL standout David Emma (Cranston); PGA Tour Champion and CVS Charity Classic founder Brad Faxon (Barrington); Olympic gold medalist and Providence College standout Sara DeCosta-Hayes (Warwick); Providence College NCAA Final Four guard and NBA Rookie of the Year Ernie DiGregorio (North Providence); amateur golfing great and RI Hall of Fame member Nancy Chaffee (Barrington); LPGA standout and former NCAA Division I Champion Anna Grzebien (Narragansett); Providence College and NBA standout Joe Hassett (Providence); and Providence College Head Men's Basketball Coach Ed Cooley (Providence).
Next Week – National TV: Brown travels to Boston, Mass. to face Harvard on Saturday evening, September 28, in a nationally televised game on NBC Sports. Kick-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.