Aug. 20, 2003
Providence, RI -
Sixth-year head football head coach Phil Estes will welcome 96 players to the beginning of Brown's 2003 pre-season camp. The Bears will undergo physical testing on Thursday, August 21, with full practice beginning on Saturday, August 22 with split squad practices at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Estes' squad will open its season on Saturday, September 20 at the University of Albany (NY). The Bears will play a pre-season game against Dartmouth on Saturday, September 6 at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. Estes has his work cut out for him this season to restore the Brown program to its upper echelon status in the Ivy League with the loss of 16 starters and 28 lettermen. Brown's football program had been the most successful program in the Ivy League for eight straight years, from 1994-2001. While last year's 2-8 record and 2-5 Ivy League mark was disappointing to the Brown faithful, four of Brown's five Ivy League losses came by a combined 11 points.
The key to the Bears' high-powered offense is the quarterback position, and senior tri-captain Kyle Slager looks to have another record-breaking season at the helm. Slager, the nation's fifth leading passer last season, finished the 2002 season with 230 completions and 2,609 yards.
Since 1996, Brown has been known as Receiver U., with three first team All-Americans and several NCAA receiving leaders grabbing footballs for the Bears. With the graduation of Chas Gessner, the nation's number one receiver, the next great wide receiver for the Bears could come from a crop of several talented underclassmen, including sophomores Jarrett Schreck and Lonnie Hill.
Estes is optimistic about his running game after an injury-plagued season where his top four runners were out of the lineup at the same time. Several talented backs saw valuable playing time a year ago, including highly-touted sophomore Tristan Murray.
Despite the loss of its top three tacklers from a year ago, coach Estes is optimistic about his linebacking corps with the return of senior Jermain Griffin and junior Angel Guiterrez to the outside. Brown's defensive secondary returns two of three starters, including two-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week Jason Ching, and senior Darren Carmon. The Bears will have to replace both inside linebackers, but will be buoyed by the return of senior Andrew Gallagher, who missed all of last season due to injury. On the defensive line, 6-2, 250 senior tri-captain Christian Garnett returns as a down lineman, and senior Jessie Hawkins returns as an end.
BROWN UNIVERSIRTY FOOTBALL - 2003 PRE-SEASON PRACTICE SCHEDULE
Thursday, August 21 1:00 p.m. PhysicalTesting
Wednesday, August 22 1:00 p.m. Split Practice 3:00 p.m. Split Practice
Saturday, August 23 9:00 a.m. Split Practice 11:00 a.m. Split Practice
Sunday, August 24 1:00 p.m. Split Practice 3:00 p.m. Split Practice
Monday, August 25 9:00 a.m. Split Practice 11:00 a.m. Split Practice
Tuesday, August 26 8:30 a.m. Practice 3:05 p.m. Practice
Wednesday, August 27 9:00 a.m. Practice
Thursday, August 28 8:30 a.m. Practice 3:00 p.m. Practice
Friday, August 29 8:30 p.m. Practice
Saturday, August 30 1:00 p.m. Intra-squad scrimmage
Sunday, August 31 3:00 p.m. Practice
Monday, September 1 8:30 a.m. Practice 3:00 p.m. Practice
Saturday, September 2 3:30 p.m. Practice (first day of classes)
Other Important Pre-Season Dates: Saturday, September 6 1:00 p.m. Pre-season game vs. Dartmouth At Phillips Exeter Academy (NH)
Friday, September 12 3:00 p.m. Team Photo Day (media invited) at Brown Stadium
All practices are held at the Erickson Athletic Complex unless otherwise noted
2003 Brown Football Schedule
9/20 Sat. at Albany 1:00 p.m. 9/27 Sat. at Harvard 1:00 p.m. 10/4 Sat. &RHODE ISLAND 1:00 p.m. 10/11 Sat. FORDHAM 1:00 p.m. 10/18 Sat. #PRINCETON** 1:00 p.m. 10/25 Sat. at Cornell 1:00 p.m. 11/1 Sat. &PENNSYLVANIA 12:30 p.m. 11/8 Sat. at Yale 12:30 p.m. 11/15 Sat. DARTMOUTH 12:30 p.m. 11/22 Sat. at Columbia 12:30 p.m.
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