April 22, 2009
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Brown's defending Ivy League Champion Football team will put the finishing touches on 11 days of spring football practice with the Annual Brown vs. White Spring Football Game on Saturday, April 25, 2009 a Brown Stadium. The game is free and open to the public, and all the action starts at 12:00 noon. The highlight of the spring so far was the special Ring Ceremony following the Bears' last organized practice scrimmage last Saturday, where the squad was presented with Ivy League Championship rings.
Head coach Phil Estes' football squad posted a 7-3 overall record last year, tying for the Ivy title with Harvard, despite posting a win over the Crimson. The Bears will look to get off to a fast start once again after posting four straight league wins for the first time ever to open the season.
Coming off its second Ivy League Championship in the last four years, Phil Estes is optimistic that his team will be in the mix to once again challenge for the Ivy title with the return of 10 starters that includes six All-Ivy players, including four first team All-Ivy selections.
Three of Brown's first team All-Ivy selections return to the offensive side of the ball, with senior wide receivers Buddy Farnham and Bobby Sewall back in the fold, along with senior offensive tackle Paul Jasinowski. While the Bears are solid at wide receiver and the offensive line, the biggest question mark comes at quarterback where the Bears will feature a quarterback who has never attempted a varsity pass.
Brown's defense also returns three All-Ivy players, senior defensive tackle David Howard, a first team selection, and second team All-Ivy honorees, senior defensive end James Develin, and senior safety Chris Perkins. The Bears will look to pick up where they left off last year with the Ivy League's stingiest defense against the run, allowing a league best 77.1 yards per game on the ground, fourth best in the nation. Brown's defense also allowed the fewest rushing touchdowns (3) in the nation.