April 29, 2005
Providence, Rhode Island - Head coach Phil Estes and the Brown Football team will culminate 12 days of spring football practice with the Annual Brown vs. White Spring Football Game on Saturday, April 30 at Brown Stadium, beginning at 12:00 noon. The game is free and open to the public.
It looks as though the 2005 Brown football team will have the tools to make a legitimate run at the Ivy League championship. After fielding a young team with raw talent a year ago, the Bears return of nine All-Ivy players - five on offense, three on defense and one special teams - and 18 of 24 starters overall (eight offense, eight defense, two special teams- kicker and punter). Brown posted a 6-4 record a year ago.
Estes returns three of the top skill people in the Ivy League, beginning with senior All-American and Walter Payton Award candidate Nick Hartigan, the Bears runningback who established new Brown records for points (102) and touchdowns (17) in a season a year ago, and needs just over 500 yards to become Brown's all-time career rushing leader. Brown's receiving corps may be the strongest in the Ivy League with return of two All-Ivy players - senior first team All-Ivy Jarrett Schreck, the league leader in receiving yards, and junior second team All-Ivy Lonnie Hill, the league's leader in receptions two years ago.
Junior Anthony Vita earned the starting nod at quarterback midway through the 2004 season after battling junior Joe DiGiacomo, who was named the starter at the end of pre-season camp. Vita's time as the starter was short-lived after being injured midway through his second start against Penn. He was named the Gold Helmet Award winner as the top player in New England following his first start against Cornell. DiGiacomo started seven games for the Bears, throwing for 1,514 yards and four touchdowns.
Brown's defense ranked second in the Ivy League a year ago (316.4 yards per game) and will be led by hard-hitting All-American junior linebacker Zak DeOssie, a first team All-Ivy and the league's fourth leading tackler with 98 total tackles, including 53 solo stops.
Senior James Frazier, a second team All-Ivy selection and the strongest member of the Brown team, led the Ivy League with 14 tackles for a loss of 61 yards, and was second in the Ivy League with nine quarterback sacks. Senior Jamie Gasparella, also a second team All-Ivy selection, emerged as one of the top cover cornerbacks in the Ivy League, making 58 total tackles, including 53 in Ivy League games.