Providence, R.I. - Brown kicks-off its 2014 home football schedule on Saturday, September 27 under the lights at Brown Stadium against Harvard amidst a celebration of the University's 250th Anniversary. To commemorate Brown's year-long 250th Anniversary celebration, the Bears will be wearing throwback uniforms against the Crimson. The football throwback uniforms will be worn just once, and are fashioned after the uniforms worn by the Bears' 1976 Ivy League Championship team. Kick-off is 6 pm.
Postgame Fireworks: In conjunction with Brown University's 250th Anniversary Celebration, fireworks will light up the East Side nighttime sky immediately following Saturday's game between the Bears and Crimson. The fireworks display will be staged at Marvel Field, located across from Brown Stadium, and will be created, designed and choreographed to music by Pyrotecnico, specializing in pyrotechnic displays since 1889. The show begins approximately five minutes after the completion of the game and will last 8-10 minutes.
The Bears: Brown (0-1) opened its season with a 17-3 loss at Georgetown last week. Senior quarterback Marcus Fuller made his first collegiate start and passed for 202 yards. Junior tailback Andrew Coke rushed for a career best 72 yards. Brown's lone score was a 22-yard field goal by junior Grant Senne.
The Crimson: Harvard (1-0) passed for 227 yards and ran for another 211 yards in a 41-18 win over Holy Cross last week at Harvard Stadium.
The Brown vs. Harvard Series History – 114th Meeting: Brown and Harvard have met 113 times, dating back to 1893, with the Crimson holding an 81-30-2 series advantage. Harvard has won the last three games, including a 41-23 win over the Bears last year in Boston. In 2010, Brown grabbed an early 23-0 lead and cruised to a 29-14 Ivy victory over Harvard in the first night game at Brown Stadium.
Bears Under The Lights: Brown will be playing its sixth home game under the lights at Brown Stadium, dating back to 2010, with a 3-2 record. Brown's 2010 game against the Crimson was the first-ever night game at the historic East Side stadium.
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. He passed for 202 yards against Georgetown in his first collegiate start, completing 18 of 31 passes. 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) also saw action against Georgetown running for 12 yards. Sophomore Kyle Moreno (Pleasanton, CA) completed his first collegiate pass vs. Georgetown, throwing for 13 yards.
Running back Options: Junior Andrew Coke (Andover, MA) ran for a career best 72 yards on 13 carries vs. Georgetown, while also making three catches for 23 yards. He is Brown's top returning tailback after rushing for 292 yards a year ago. Senior Brian Strachan (Wellesley, MA), who had 33 catches as a wide receiver a year ago, made the transition to tailback in the spring. He had 14 rushing yards against Georgetown. 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 returned a punt 23 yards and had a reception for five yards vs. Georgetown.
Bear Facts: Junior tackle Jake Walther (Pittsburgh, PA) turned in a strong effort vs. Georgetown with his first career interception, a forced fumble and four tackles. Last year, he made 22 tackles, including six tackles for a loss…Senior end Zach Sparber (Norwood, NJ) made six tackles vs. Georgetown, including two solo hits…Senior Stian Romberg (Maryville, TN) earned the starting nod at the wide receiver position and had a team high six receptions vs. Georgetown... Junior Troy Doles (Saratoga, CA), who had four catches for 68 yards vs. Georgetown, has explosive speed at wide receiver and is a kick-off return specialist…Junior Will Quigley (Marblehead, MA) had eight tackles vs. Georgetown in a starting role.
Giovacchini Headlines Linebacker Corps – 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.
Senne Gets His Kicks: Junior Grant Senne (Winter Park, FL) was the Bears' player of the game against Georgetown, providing the Bears with their lone score, a 22-yard field goal, and punting for a 43.6 yard per punt average. He 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.
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)
Russo At Linebacker: Senior Xavier Russo (San Francisco, CA) had a strong game vs. Georgetown with a team high 10 tackles (9 solo), a quarterback sack and two tackles for a loss. He 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.
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.
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.
Supron Leads Secondary: Senior cornerback Jacob Supron (Mansfield, OH) made a team high 10 tackles vs. Georgetown, including eight solo hits. He had 28 tackles a year ago.
Freshmen To Watch: Brown featured five freshmen on its travel roster to Georgetown last week. Defensive back Isaac Whitney (Venice, FL), free safety Connor Coughlin (Medford, NY), offensive lineman Zachary Marti (Miami, FL), Oliver Bucka (Atherton, CA) and tailback Jake Hall (Tipp City, OH) all made their collegiate debut against the Hoyas.
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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Brown's Catena Named NFF Gold Medal Co-Recipient: A world-renowned doctor, global humanitarian and an All-America football player from Brown, Dr. Tom G. Catena has been named a co-recipient of the 2014 National Football Foundation (NFF) Gold Medal. Catena will be honored during the 57th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel in New York City. The highest and most prestigious award presented by the National Football Foundation, the Gold Medal recognizes an outstanding American who has demonstrated integrity and honesty, achieved significant career success, and has reflected the basic values of those who have excelled in amateur sport, particularly football.
Next Week – Governor's Cup Football Game: Brown travels to Kingston, Rhode Island on Saturday, October 4, 2014, to face the University of Rhode Island in the 99th renewal of the Governor's Cup football game between the two Rhode Island colleges. Game time is 1pm at Meade Stadium.