Ivy League Football Preseason Poll

Princeton, NJ – With the loss of 11 starters on offense and seven more on defense, Brown has been chosen sixth in the Ivy League preseason poll in a vote by a selected panel of media representatives. The Bears compiled a 6-4 record in 2013, posting their sixth straight winning season.

Princeton (8-2, 6-1 Ivy League) received nine of the 17 first-place votes and a total of 128 points, earning the preseason's top spot for the first time since 1992. Harvard (9-1, 6-1 Ivy) was just one point behind with the remaining eight first-place votes, making its seventh-straight year being voted either first or second in the League's preseason poll.

"I'm anxious to get started and can't wait for our team to report on August 21st," said Brown head coach Phil Estes, who has won three Ivy titles, finished second four times and posted 98 career wins. "We believe in the system we have and have had graduation losses in the past. We've always had players ready to step up and contribute."

Estes expects senior quarterback Marcus Fuller to direct the Bears' offense in 2014.  "Marcus had a tremendous spring," said Estes. "He's a Johnny Manziel type player who makes plays and has a sense of what's around him. Defenses will have to contain him and our job is to get him outside the pocket."

Estes believes the strength of this year's team will be at inside linebacker with the return of seniors Dan Giovacchini and Xavier Russo. "Dan is a real playmaker and a two-year starter for our team.  Xavier has tremendous strength and is a Zak DeOssie style player."

2014 IVY LEAGUE FOOTBALL PRESEASON MEDIA POLL
PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH First-Place Votes in Parentheses

Rank

School

Points

1.

Princeton (9)

128

2.

Harvard (8)

127

3.

Dartmouth

91

4.

Penn

79

5.

Yale

68

6.

Brown

65

7.

Cornell

34

8.

Columbia

20