Aug. 22, 2005
Providence, RI - Amidst high expectations and optimism for the upcoming season, eighth-year Brown head football head coach Phil Estes will welcome 101 players to the beginning of pre-season camp. The Bears will undergo physical testing on Monday, August 22 at 10:00 a.m., with full practice beginning on Tuesday, August 23, featuring split squad practices at 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Estes' squad will open its season in Washington, DC against Georgetown on September 17 in the first ever meeting between the two teams. The Bears will play an intra-squad scrimmage on September 3rd at Brown Stadium.
Armed with the 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), Estes' squad is poised to make a strong run at the Ivy League title.
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 tailback 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. Add second team All-Ivy tight end David Turner to the mix, and the Bears have a formidable pass-catching group.
The quarterback position probably won't be determined until Brown's opening game against Georgetown. Juniors Anthony Vita and Joe DiGiacomo both earned starting roles last year and will battle for the starting nod. Brown's offensive line lost four players to graduation, but returns second team All-Ivy guard Alex Jury.
Brown's defense ranked second in the Ivy League a year ago and will be led by first team All-Ivy and All-New England junior linebacker Zak DeOssie, the Ivy League's fourth leading tackler with 98 total tackles. Senior OLB Tim Cotter made 61 total tackles, third best on last year's team. Senior defensive end James Frazier, a second team All-Ivy selection, led the Ivy League with 14 tackles for a loss of 61 yards. Senior Steve Storrs and junior Casey Dougan shared starting duties at the other defensive end position.
At tackle, seniors Pat Curran and Greg Burlin are coming off solid seasons as starters. In the secondary, senior Jamie Gasparella, also a second team All-Ivy choice, emerged as one of the top cover corners in the Ivy League. Sophomore Steve Morgan was the Ivy League Rookie of the Year in 2004, handling both the place-kicking and punting duties for the Bears.
BROWN UNIVERSIRTY FOOTBALL - 2005 PRE-SEASON PRACTICE SCHEDULE Monday, August 22 10:00 a.m. Physical Testing
Tuesday, August 23 8:30 a.m. Split Practice 10:30 a.m. Split Practice
Wednesday, August 24 8:30 a.m. Split Practice 10:30 a.m. Split Practice
Thursday, August 25 8:30 a.m. Split Practice 10:30 a.m. Split Practice
Friday, August 26 8:30 a.m. Split Practice 10:30 a.m. Split Practice
Saturday, August 27 8:30 a.m. Practice - Full squad 3:00 p.m. Practice - Full squad
Sunday, August 28 2:30 p.m. Practice - Full squad
Monday, August 29 8:30 a.m. Practice - Full squad 3:00 p.m. Practice - Full squad
Tuesday, August 30 2:00 p.m. Practice - Full squad
Wednesday, August 31 8:30 a.m. Practice - Full squad 3:00 p.m. Practice - Full squad
Thursday, September 1 3:30 a.m. Practice - Full squad
Friday, September 2 12:00 p.m. Practice - Full squad
Saturday, September 3 11:00 a.m. Intra-squad scrimmage at Stadium 1:00 p.m. BBQ at Stadium
Sunday, September 4 3:00 p.m. Practice - Full squad
Monday, September 5 11:00 a.m. Team Photo Day (media invited) Brown Stadium 3:00 p.m. Practice - Full squad
Tuesday, September 6 FIRST DAY OF CLASSES 3:30 p.m. Practice - Full squad
All practices are held at the Erickson Athletic Complex unless otherwise noted
2005 Brown University Football Schedule
9/17 Sat. at Georgetown 1:00 p.m. 9/24 Sat. at Harvard (Cox Sports TV) 1:00 p.m. 10/1 Sat. RHODE ISLAND (Cox Sports TV) 1:00 p.m. 10/8 Sat. FORDHAM 1:00 p.m. 10/15 Sat. PRINCETON * 1:00 p.m. 10/22 Sat. at Cornell 1:00 p.m. 10/29 Sat. PENN 1:00 p.m. 11/5 Sat. at Yale (YES Network) 12:00 p.m. 11/12 Sat. DARTMOUTH 12:30 p.m. 11/19 Sat. at Columbia 12:00 p.m.
Head Coach: Phil Estes
* Homecoming and Parents Weekend