Sept. 18, 2001
BROWN (0-0, 0-0 Ivy) vs. HARVARD (0-0, 0-0 Ivy)
Saturday, September 22, 2001, 1:00 p.m.
Harvard Stadium, Cambridge, Mass.
The Season Opener: Brown will be opening its 2001 season against Harvard after canceling its trip to San Diego last week and its game against the University of San Diego in the wake of the terrorist attack on the United States.
The Bears Last Year: The 2000 Brown football team ended its the season on a three game winning streak and set an all-time Ivy League record with 375 points scored, posting a 7-3 overall record and finishing third in the Ivy standings with a 4-3 mark. Brown's football program has been the most successful in the Ivy League over the past seven years. Its 47-23 overall record since 1994 is tops in the league, with the Bears winning the Ivy Championship in 1999. Brown has posted an 18-3 non-league record since 1994.
The Series Record: Brown and Harvard have met 100 times, dating back to 1893, with the Crimson holding a 70-28-2 series advantage. Last year, Harvard defeated the Bears 42-37 in Providence. Brown, winner of six of the last eight games against the Crimson, including the last three games in Cambridge, defeated Harvard in 1999 when the Bears came away with a 17-10 victory in Providence.
All-Ivy Returnees: The Bears return eight All-Ivy players from last year's team: senior runningback Michael Malan (first), senior tight end David Brookman (second), senior fullback Michael Borgonzi (second), senior offensive lineman Dan Startsman (honorable mention), junior offensive lineman Nick Bardo (honorable mention), senior kicker Sean Jensen (honorable mention), senior defensive end Uwa Airhiavbere (honorable mention), and junior outside linebacker Bobby Parisien (honorable mention).
Brown Head Coach Phil Estes: Fourth -year head coach Phil Estes , the 19th head coach in Brown football history, has compiled an impressive 23-7 record at Brown, including an Ivy League Championship in 1999. His nine wins (9-1) in 1999 were the most since the 1926 Iron Men (9-0-1). Estes' 23 victories in his first three seasons, joins Penn's Al Bagnoli as the only coaches to win that often in their first three years since the official formation of the Ivy League back in 1956. A former offensive coordinator at the University of New Hampshire, Estes was also the Bears' recruiting coordinator for four years and coached the runningbacks for three years.
Tri-Captains: Senior linebacker Uwa Airhiavbere, senior defensive tackle Dewey Ames, and senior wide receiver Travis Rowley have been elected tri-captains of this year's team.
Malan Rushing Toward Career Mark: There have been two 1,000 yard rushers in Brown's 122-year football history - senior Michael Malan (1,213 yards) and Jamie Potkul '86 (1,015 yards) in 1985. Malan needs to rush for 891 yards this season to catch Brown's all-time career rushing leader, Marquis Jessie '97, who ran for 3,098 yards from 1993 - 1996. A first team All-Ivy selection and honorable mention All-American last season, Malan also tied the school record for points scored last year with 90. He had a five touchdown day vs. Cornell in 2000, rushing for three touchdowns, passing for one and making a catch for another in being named the Sports Network National Player of the Week. The 235-pound Malan worked hard in the off season and now runs the 40 in 4.43.
Malan's100 Yard Games 9/25/99 vs. Lafayette 100 yards
10/3/99 vs. Cornell 138 yards
10/16/99 vs. Rhode Island 143 yards
10/23/99 vs. Penn 136 yards
10/30/99 vs. Fordham 216 yards
11/20/99 vs. Columbia 119 yards
9/16/00 vs. San Diego 183 yards
9/23/00 vs. Harvard 190 yards
10/21/00 vs. Cornell 243 yards
11/4/00 vs. Yale 103 yards
11/18/00 vs. Columbia 138 yards
Rowley at Quarterback: Senior Kyle Rowley has nailed down the quarterback job and comes into the season with a tremendous knowledge of the offense. Rowley, a fifth year senior who missed his freshman season due to injury, completed 11 of 19 passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns in Brown's pre-season intra-squad scrimmage on September 1st. He completed 8 of 14 passes for 98 yards in a backup role a year ago. His brother, Travis, is starting for the Bears at wide receiver.
Gessner Receives Pre-Season Honors: Junior Chas Gessner was named the top offensive player in the Ivy League by Street & Smith's College Football Preview. An honorable mention All-American last year, Gessner caught 52 passes for 500 yards and five touchdowns in 2000. He was named Brown's second ever Ivy League's Rookie of the Year in 1999 after making 43 catches for 560 yards and eight touchdowns. His 97 career receptions are 7th best in Brown Football history.
Parisien For the Defense: Junior safety Bobby Parisien took the long road to earn All-Ivy (honorable mention) honors last year, starting out the season at quarterback and moving over to be the backbone of the Bears' defense. Parisien led last year's team in tackles, making 71 total hits, while making two interceptions and knocking down six passes.
How Do You Say That? Senior linebacker Uwa Airhiavbnere (pronounced aria-vair-ee) was an honorable mention All-Ivy selection last year after making 42 total tackles. He was second on the 2000 squad with 12 tackles for a loss of 50 yards.
Buchanan Utrilizes Speed: Junior Brandon Buchanan's 97 yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Fordham last year was the sixth longest kickoff return in Brown football history and the longest of the season in the Ivy League. A first team All-Ivy selection in the 60 meters for the Brown track team, Buchanan led last year's team with 24.9 yards per catch, including an 65-yard reception for a touchdown against Dartmouth.
Plowing the Road: Clearing the way for the Brown skill players is a record-setting offense line that was completely rebuilt last year and loses just one player, All-American tackle Drew Inzer, who now plays for the New England Patriots. Headlining the offensive line is senior Dan Startsman (6-3, 295) and junior Nick Bardo (6-4, 285), both honorable mention All-Ivy selections.
Kicking Up A Storm: The Bears boast a strong place kicking game with senior Sean Jensen, an honorable mention All-Ivy selection, jumping on board the record train last season, setting a new Brown record for extra points in a season with 44, while booting 5 of 6 field goals. He also handled Brown's punting duties last year.
Listen To Brown Football: Brown's 10-game football schedule will be aired on the Brown Sports Radio Network which can be heard throughout Rhode Island and Southern New England. WSKO-AM 790 The Score (Providence) will continue to broadcast Brown Football, along with new partners WOON-AM 1240 (Woonsocket), and WARL-AM1320 (Attleboro/Providence). The Brown football broadcast team features Scott Cordischi, the popular host of the SportsBeat show on WSKO-790 The Score, calling the play-by-play, and former URI quarterback Steve Holland providing the color commentary.
Brown Football on the Internet: Brown fans can now listen to all Brown football games live via the internet throughwww.brownbears.com
The Phil Estes Show: For the latest on the Brown Football team, listen to the Phil Estes Show every Thursday evening, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., during he season on WSKO, Sports Radio 790, The Score, and WARL-AM1320. The show is hosted by The Score's Scott Cordischi. The show can also be heard live on the internet on www.onworldwide.com
TEAMLINE: Listen to live radio broadcast of all Brown Football games from anywhere in the United States or internationally, charge the call to your Visa or Mastercard. Call 1-800-846-4700, ext. 5281.
Next Week: Brown will battle the University of Rhode Island on Saturday, September 29 in the 66th renewal of the Governor's Cup game between Rhode Island's two Division I football schools. There will be a press conference for the game on Thursday, September 27 at the Pizzitola Sports Center, beginning at 12:00 noon. All media members are invited to attend.