Providence, R.I. - Brown opens its 137th season of intercollegiate football in the nation's capital, traveling to Washington, DC to battle the Georgetown Hoyas on Saturday, September 20, with kick-off at 12 noon. Brown head coach Phil Estes, now in his 17th season at the helm of the Bears' football program, has posted 98 career wins, 10th best in Ivy League football history. Brown fans can listen to the game live on WPRV-AM 790 with Scott Cordischi, the voice of Brown football, calling the play and John Anderson P'11 providing the analysis.
Bears' Opening Day Items:
• Brown has posted six straight winning seasons under head coach Phil Estes, the best streak of winning seasons since Brown posted eight winning records from 1973-1980. Last year, Brown posted a 6-4 overall record, 3-4 in the Ivy League, good for fourth place in the Ivy standings.
• Brown will be launching its 137th season of intercollegiate football on Saturday.
• Brown head coach Phil Estes is 12-4 lifetime in season-opening games, including eight wins in his last nine opening-day games.
• The Bears and Hoyas will be meeting on Brown's opening day for the second straight season.
• The Bears are riding a nine-game non-league winning streak and have posted a 41-18 non-league record since 1994, including a 3-0 non-league mark in 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
• Next week's home opener against Harvard will be played under the lights at Brown Stadium with fireworks immediately following the game. Brown will also wear throwback uniforms to commemorate Brown University's 250th Anniversary celebration.
• Next year, Brown opens its 2015 season at home against Bryant.
The Brown vs. Georgetown Series History – 5th Meeting: Brown and Georgetown have met four times dating back to 2005 with the Bears holding a 4-0 series advantage. Last year, Brown posted a 45-7 win over the Hoyas in Providence. In 2005, the Bears defeated the Hoyas in the nation's capital, 34-3; in 2006, Brown earned a 34-21 decision over Georgetown in Providence; and the Bears captured a 37-10 decision over the Hoyas in 2012 in Washington, DC.
The Records: Brown opens its 137th season of intercollegiate football on Saturday against the Georgetown Hoyas, who will be playing its fourth game. Georgetown (1-2), a member of the Patriot League, is coming off a 27-7 win over Marist last Saturday evening after falling to Wagner, 21-3, and beating Dayton 23-14.
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 9/11 terrorist attack, with the Bears actually opening the season against Harvard the following week. Brown has posted an 11-3 record in non-league openers since 2000.
Fuller Takes Over At Quarterback: Senior co-captain Marcus Fuller (Ashland, OH) earned the starting nod at quarterback with an outstanding spring and preseason camp. A Business Entrepreneurship and Organizations concentrator, he appeared in two games in 2014, completing 2-of-2 passes against Georgetown, while also competing against Bryant. He can use his athletic ability to offer pass or run options for the Bears. Junior Seth Rosenbauer (Lima, OH) and sophomore Kyle Moreno (Pleasanton, CA) will back-up Fuller.
Running back Options: Senior Brian Strachan (Wellesley, MA), who made 33 catches as a wide receiver a year ago, made the transition to tailback in the spring and has earned the starting nod. Junior Andrew Coke (Andover, MA) is the top returning tailback after rushing for 292 yards a year ago. Both are looking to replace graduating senior John Spooney, the Ivy League's top rusher.
All-Ivy Alex Jette Returns: Sophomore wide receiver Alex Jette (North Attleboro, MA) is the lone returning All-Ivy player on offense after being named First Team All-Ivy as kick returner, becoming the first freshman in Brown history to earn first team all-league honors. He has explosive speed and could be a game changer for the Bears.
The Defensive Line: Junior Chad Berry (East Lyme, CT), Brown's most physical player, will move from inside linebacker to defensive end where he could end up being a dominant player in the Ivy League. Junior defensive tackle Ludovic Richardson (Killingsworth, CT- 18 tackles, 2.5 TL) is also an impact player, who earned a starting role a year ago, while junior tackle Jake Walther (Pittsburgh, PA) made 22 tackles, including six tackles for a loss. Sophomore tackle Thomas Kutschke (Lake Forest, IL - 7 tackles) and senior end Zach Sparber (Norwood, NJ) - 12 tackles, 3 sacks) all saw valuable playing time at tackle a year ago and are expected to emerge as everyday linemen. Junior Henry Bumpus (Concord, MA) has earned a starting role at defensive end, and sophomore Robert Hughes (Long Valley, NJ - 2 tackles) will also see action.
The Wide Receiving Corps: Senior Reiley Higgins (Coto de Caza, CA) and senior Stian Romberg (Maryville, TN) have earned the starting nod at the wide receiver position. Junior Troy Doles (Saratoga, CA) has explosive speed at wide receiver and is a kick-off return specialist. He saw action on special teams a year ago, returning eight kicks for a team leading 218 yards. At tight end, senior Alexander Viox (Cincinnati, OH) is coming off a solid spring and pre-season.
Giovacchini Headlines Linebacker Corp – Named Co Captains: An honorable mention All-Ivy inside linebacker, senior co-captain Daniel Giovacchini (Acton, MA) is a two-year starter for the Bears and has played in all 30 games of his career. A National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete award nominee and Business Entrepreneurship and Organizations concentrator at Brown, he led the defensive unit with 66 total tackles a year ago, making 43 solo hits and assisting on 23 tackles. His two interceptions ranked second on the 2013 Brown team.
The Kicking Game: Junior Grant Senne (Winter Park, FL) returns to the punting duties after averaging 37.3 yards per punt a year ago. Estes will also look at Senne for place-kicking duties with the graduation of record-setting kicker Alex Norocea.
Outside Linebackers To Look For: Senior Eric Armagost (Fayetteville, GA) returns after intercepting two passes and making 53 total tackles, but is expected to make the move from safety to outside linebacker. Junior Michael Walsh (Swampscott, MA - 4 tackles) and junior Ryan McDonald (Falmouth, ME - 3 tackles) will both be starting on the outside.
Brown Head Coach Phil Estes: 17th-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 five times, while compiling an impressive 98-61 overall mark (.610) in 16 seasons, including a 67-45 Ivy League mark. Estes' 67 career Ivy League wins are the most ever at Brown and rank sixth in the Ivy League record book, while his 98 career wins overall rank 10th all-time in the Ivy League. Estes' 159 career games coached at Brown are ninth in Ivy football history. 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)
2013 Brown 6-4 3-5 (Fourth)
The Secondary: Senior Patrick O'Neill (Honolulu, HI - 29 tackles), and Jacob Supron (Mansfield, OH- 28 tackles) have considerable experience at defensive back, while junior Will Quigley (Marblehead, MA) made 18 tackles at safety last year.
Russo At Linebacker: Senior Xavier Russo (San Francisco, CA) started all 10 games for the Bears a year ago, making 46 total tackles. An imposing figure at 6-5 and 255 pounds, Russo also had three quarterback sacks and intercepted a pass against Harvard.
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.
Family Matters: Freshman kicker Brett Estes (East Greenwich, RI) is the son of Bears' head coach Phil Estes. Brett punted and was the place-kicker for East Greenwich High School.
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, an engineering concentrator at Brown, is the New England Patriots starting fullback.
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 18, 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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Next Week – Brown Hosts Harvard With 250th Anniversary Fireworks: The Bears open their Ivy League season at home against Harvard under the lights at Brown Stadium on Saturday, September 27th as Brown University celebrates its 250th Anniversary. Kick-off is scheduled for 6:00 pm. A huge fireworks display will follow the game.