April 27, 2007

Brown Football Spring Game Slated For Saturday, April 28

April 27, 2007

Providence, Rhode Island - Head coach Phil Estes and the Brown Football team will culminate 11 days of spring football practice with the Annual Brown vs. White Spring Football Game on Saturday, April 28th at Brown Stadium, beginning at 1:00 p.m. The game is free and open to the public.

Following a disappointing 2006 season where the Bears posted a 3-7 record, Brown will look back to rebound with the return of six starters on offense, eight starters on defense and four special teams starters. Estes and his coaching staff hope to return the Bears to their Ivy championship form of two years ago with a strong, experienced defense and a talented, but young offense.

Estes may look to throw the ball more in 2007 with a group of talented receivers, as the Bears return to their Receiver U. nickname. Senior Paul Raymond is a two-time Ivy League/Heptagonal indoor champion in the 60-meter dash, who had a break-out year in 2006, making 45 receptions for 654 yards, both fifth in the Ivy League. Sophomore Buddy Farnham, who finished with 14 receptions for 191 yards, was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week after a strong performance against Rhode Island, while sophomore Bobby Sewall, who can also play quarterback, is another speedy wide-out, who grabbed 7 receptions for 55 yards, and played a key role in Brown's win over Penn. At tight end, 6-3 sophomore Colin Cloherty is a big, rugged player, who made 18 receptions for 244 yards and four touchdowns as a wide receiver a year ago.

Headlining the defensive effort are three All-Ivy players - inside linebacker Eric Brewer, senior safety Jose Yearwood and senior tackle Kai Brown. Brewer earned All-Ivy honors after making 82 total tackles, eighth best in the Ivy League. Brown's defensive secondary looks especially strong and will be led by Yearwood (66 tackles, one interception), senior corner back Matt Mullenax (20 tackles, 3 interceptions), and junior corner back Darrell Harrison (56 tackles, 1 interception). Three of four starters return to the Bears' front line, headlined by senior end Patrick Fisher (19 tackles), tackle Kai Brown (30 tackles) and junior tackle Joseph McPhee (15 tackles).

Three-time All-Ivy and All-New England kicker Steve Morgan is one of the top kickers in Ivy League football history, giving the Bears a long- range scoring threat. Morgan's 211 career points as a kicker rank third best in Ivy League football history, while his 39 career field goals are also third in the Ivy League history.