Aug. 23, 2002
Coming off a 6-3 season and a 5-2 Ivy League mark, expectations are high for the Brown University football team as fifth-year head coach Phil Estes welcomes 105 players to the beginning of pre-season camp. The Bears will undergo physical testing on Monday, August 26, with full practice beginning on Tuesday, August 27th at 3:30 p.m.
Estes' squad will open its season on Saturday, September 21 at Towson State University in Towson Maryland. The Bears will play an pre-season game against Susquehanna on Saturday, September 7th at Brown Stadium.
Since Brown instituted its offensive philosophy in 1994, no team in the Ivy League has been able to match Brown's success. The Bears' 53-26 (.671) record over the last eight years, makes Brown football the most successful football program in the Ivy League.
The Bears led the Ivy League and ranked 10th nationally in total offense (447 yards per game) last year, and were number one in the league and ranked 13th nationally in scoring offense with 35.4 points per game.
Individually, senior All-American Chas Gessner led the nation in receiving yards, the second straight year a Brown receiver has led the nation in receiving. A first team All-Ivy and All-New England selection and second team All-American by The Sports Network and AP, Gessner was a finalist for the prestigious Walter Payton Award, presented annually by The Sports Network to the nation's top I-AA player.
Senior runningback Joe Rackley may have been listed second on the Brown depth chart last season, but he was hardly a back-up. Rackley rushed for 415 yards in 2001.
The starter at quarterback probably won't be determined until mid-September with junior Nate Poole and University of Arizona transfer Kyle Slager battling for the starting job. Both Poole and Slager played in the same high school football league in Ohio.
The engine that drives Brown's explosive offense is its offensive line that was the Ivy League leader in scoring offense (35.4 ppg), passing offense (264,8 yards per game) and total offense (446.9 yards per game). The Bears are led by senior tackle Dan Startsman (6-1, 300), who was a second team All-Ivy selections last year.
Brown's much-improved defensive unit returns eight starters, including its entire linebacking corps. Senior Joel Barone, an honorable mention All-American and second team All-Ivy selection, came off the bench to lead the Ivy League and rank sixth nationally in tackles, making 12.9 tackles per game for the Bears, finishing with 103 tackles (53 solo, 50 assists). Senior linebacker Jeremiah Watts earned honorable mention All-Ivy honors last season after making 92 total tackles, second best in the Ivy League. Senior linebacker Hunter Young, a second team All-Ivy selection, was Brown's third leading tackler last year with 73 total hits - 48 solo and 36 assists. Senior safety Bobby Parisien ranked fourth on last year's team in tackles with 57 total hits, while junior Jermaine Griffin picked-off a team high four passes last season.
BROWN UNIVERSIRTY FOOTBALL - 2002 PRE-SEASON PRACTICE SCHEDULE Monday, August 26 8:30 a.m./3:30 p.m. PhysicalTesting
Tuesday, August 27 3:30 p.m. Practice
Wednesday, August 28 8:30 a.m. Practice 3:15 p.m. Practice
Thursday, August 29 8:30 a.m. Practice 3:15 p.m. Practice
Friday, August 30 8:30 a.m. Practice 3:15 p.m. Practice 7:00 p.m. Practice
Saturday, August 31 8:30 a.m. Practice 3:15 p.m. Practice 7:15 p.m. Special Teams Practice
Sunday, September 1 9:00 a.m. Walk-through 2:00 p.m. Practice
Monday, September 2 8:30 a.m. Practice 3:30 p.m. Practice
Tuesday, September 3 3:30 p.m. Practice (First day of classes)
Wednesday, September 4 3:30 p.m. Practice
Thursday, September 5 3:30 p.m. Practice
Friday, September 6 3:30 p.m. Walk through
Saturday, September 7 12:15 p.m. Pre-Season Scrimmage vs. Susquehanna At Brown Stadium
Sunday, September 8 12:00 p.m. TEAM PHOTO DAY - Brown Stadium 3:00 p.m. Practice
All practices are held at the Erickson Athletic Complex unless otherwise noted
2002 BROWN UNIVERSITY FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
9/21 at Towson 1:00 p.m. 9/28 HARVARD* 1:00 p.m. 10/5 at Rhode Island 12:00 p.m. 10/12 at Fordham 1:00 p.m. 10/19 at Princeton 1:00 p.m. 10/26 CORNELL** 1:00 p.m. 11/2 at Penn 1:00 p.m. 11/9 YALE 12:30 p.m. 11/16 at Dartmouth 12:30 p.m. 11/23 COLUMBIA 12:30 p.m.
*Homecoming **Parent's Weekend