Sunday, May 01, 2016

NFL News

Eagle eyes have uncovered a little news about two Dartmouth seniors chasing their pro football dreams. (Thanks for the help ;-)

• Corner Vernon Harris has signed with the Kansas City Chiefs.

• Quarterback Dalyn Williams will have tryouts with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears.

More to come when it comes this way . . .

Disappointing Draft

OK, here's how it works. When the NFL draft comes around, add up the number of Ivy League players being labeled potential draft picks, divide the total by that sum and in a good year add one. By that definition this was a good year.

Chosen from the Ancient Eight this year were 6-foot-4, 245-pound Princeton receiver Seth Devalve by the Browns in the fourth round (138th overall) and 6-5, 306 Harvard offensive tackle Cole Toner, chosen in the fifth round by the Cardinals.

That's it.

Devalve wasn't  highly regarded on the pre-draft sites, in part because his 33 receptions for 337 yards and one touchdown last fall left him out of the Ivy League top 10 in each of those categories. (His numbers suffered because of injuries that cost him the better part of four games.)

No word yet on the Dartmouth pro hopefuls, but four other Ivy products have agreed to free agent deals so far according to internet reports:

Harvard
Adam Redmonds, OT, Colts
Anthony Fabiano OG, Ravens
Ben Braunecker TE, Bears

Penn
Ryan O’Malley TE, Raiders

Expect news to break before long about Dartmouth players signing or agreeing to tryouts.

Now, to put things in perspective, here's a partial list of schools not exactly known for football that have already had players agree to free agent deals:

Ferris State
Wingate
Gannon
Cumberlands
Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Shepard
Sioux Falls
Michigan Tech
Nassau
Mars Hill
Campbell
Incarnate Word
Kutztown
Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Ruston
Wesley

Go figure.
Dartmouth baseball swept Harvard yesterday in Massachusetts and closes out the regular Ivy League season with a doubleheader against the Crimson in Hanover that has been postponed until Tuesday. With a sweep the Big Green will grab the Red Rolfe (north division) title over Yale. A split would mean a playoff with the Bulldogs and a double-dip would see Yale take the title. Dartmouth has won the Rolfe for eight years running.

Dartmouth softball, meanwhile, dropped two games at Harvard yesterday to fall a game behind the Crimson with two games left between the rivals. They also will play Tuesday in Hanover with Dartmouth needing a sweep to win the north and Harvard needing just one win to clinch.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Draft Primer

It's Day Three of the NFL draft with rounds 4-7 on tap. By most accounts defensive lineman AJ Zuttah seems to be the best bet to end Dartmouth's drought in the draft.

The last Big Green draft pick was tight end Casey Cramer, who was chosen by Tampa Bay in 2004 as a fullback and played in a total of 36 games for the Panthers, Titans and Dolphins before retiring following the 2008 season.

Dartmouth in the NFL/AFL Draft:
2004 – TE Casey Cramer, Buccaneers, 7th round, 228th pick
1998  – LB Zack Walz, Cardinals, 6th round, 158th pick
1978 – DE Gregg Robinson, Jets, 6th round, 143rd pick
1976 – LB Reggie Williams, Bengals, 3rd round, 82nd pick
1976 – WR Tom Fleming, Browns, 17th round, 465th pick
1971 –  DB Willie Bogan, Colts, 8th round, 207th pick
1968 – DB Gordie Rule, 11th round, 299th pick
1963 – LB Don McKinnon, Patriots
1960 – RB Jake Crouthamel, Chargers
1939 – RB Bob McLeod, Dodgers

The Harvard duo of tight end Ben Braunecker and offensive tackle Cole Toner are widely regarded as the Ivy League's most likely draft picks.

No Ivy Leaguers were chosen last year.

Ivy League Draft Picks By School Since 2000
4 – Yale
3 – Harvard
3 – Princeton
2 – Brown
2 – Cornell
1 – Dartmouth
1 – Penn
0 – Columbia

Ivy Draft Picks Since 2000, starting with the most recent:
2014 – Princeton DT Caraun Reid, 5th round, 158th pick, Detroit Lions
2013 – Cornell T JC Tretter, 4th round, 122nd pick, Green Bay Packers
2013 – Harvard TE Kyle Juszczyk, 4th round, 130th pick, Baltimore Ravens
2013 – Princeton DE Mike Catapano, 7th round, 207th pick, Kansas City Chiefs
2011 – Yale FB Shane Bannon, 7th round, 223rd pick, Kansas City Chiefs
2010 – Brown DT David Howard, 7th round, 241st pick, Tennessee Titans
2007 – Brown LS Zak DeOssie, 4th round, 116th pick, New York Giants
2006 – Harvard QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, 7th round, 250th pick, St. Louis Rams
2005 – Cornell OG Kevin Booth, 6th round, 176th pick, Oakland Raiders
2004 – Yale TE Nate Lawrence, 6th round, 181st pick, Tampa Bay Bucs
2004 – Dartmouth TE Casey Cramer, 7th round, 228th pick, Tampa Bay Bucs
2002 – Penn OT Jeff Hatch, 3rd round, 78th pick, New York Giants
2001 – Princeton OT Dennis Norman, 7th round, 222nd pick, Seattle Seahawks
2001 – Yale DB Than Merrill, 7th round, 223rd pick, Tampa Bay Bucs
2001 – Yale TE Eric Johnson, 7th round, 224th pick, San Francisco 49ers
2000 – Harvard LB Isaiah Kacyvenski, 4th round 119th pick, Seattle Seahawks

Ivy League Draft Picks By NFL Team Since 2000
3 – Tampa Bay
2 – Seattle Seahawks
2 – Kansas City Chiefs
2 – New York Giants
1 – Baltimore Ravens
1 – San Francisco 49ers
1 – Oakland Raiders
1 – St. Louis Rams
1 – Tennessee Titans
1 – Green Bay Packers
1 – Detroit Lions
You can't buy publicity like this piece in the Chicago Tribune:



That's Colin Boit, left, and Charles Mack, right, tackling the MVP in a Chicago Tribune editorial.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Draft Time

With Round One of the NFL Draft completed and two more rounds tonight, the nailbiting starts tomorrow for Ivy League hopefuls.

Draftsite.com has a list of what it considers the top "small school" prospects in the draft and three players from Dartmouth make the list:

Overall
19. Cole Toner, Harvard

Tight End
2. Ben Braunecker, Harvard

Offensive Tackle
4. Cole Toner, Harvard
5. Ryan O'Malley, Penn

Defensive Tackle
4. AJ Zuttah, Dartmouth

Defensive End
8. Cody Fulleton, Dartmouth

Safety
7. Anthony Gaffney, Princeton

Corner
10. Vernon Harris, Dartmouth
Rob Talley, who spent eight years on the Dartmouth coaching staff under John Lyons, eventually serving as defensive coordinator, is stepping down as head coach at Division II Stonehill to become the director of development for the athletics department at California State University-Chico.

Stonehill had suffered through 10 consecutive losing seasons prior to Talley's arrival, going winless one time and twice posting just a single victory. Talley told the Enterprise News:
“My first season, we were 5-5 and you thought we won the Super Bowl the way everybody was so excited about it. This past season, we were 7-4 and there was disappointment."
The New England Football Writers coach of the year in 2013 finished 48-46 overall and 39-36 in conference play.

From the story:
After nearly a decade at Stonehill, Talley and his family were looking to move to the West Coast. His wife, Sarah, is from northern California, and they have two young sons, Jackson and Spencer.
“I knew at some point I wanted to transition out of coaching,’’ said Talley, a standout defensive back at Boston University. “I didn’t know it was going to happen this early, but the opportunity came and we feel real good about it."
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BGA Premium got a few thoughts on the Dartmouth offensive line last night from David Morrison (above), a returning starter up front along with Zach Davis.

Tight end Stephen Johnston gets height and extension to make a grab Thursday under the watchful eye of position coach Kyle Metzler.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Interesting Dalyn Williams Mention

Veteran Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Bob Ford has piece under the headline, History will tell whether Eagles are right on Wentz.

I stumbled across that story after a Google search turned up this excerpt:
The sad part about reaching for a guy like Wentz is they could have gotten a better one in the latter rounds, his name is Dalyn Williams. While he doesn't have the stature of Wentz I'll argue that he's just as good if not better. I checked him out in ...
I thought it was in Ford's column but couldn't find it because, well, because Ford didn't write it. You have to click down through the comments to find the full mention, which goes like this:
The sad part about reaching for a guy like Wentz is they could have gotten a better one in the latter rounds, his name is Dalyn Williams. While he doesn't have the stature of Wentz I'll argue that he's just as good if not better. I checked him out in the past month and he has the arm strength, he's way more accurate, has better field/ pocket presence and he has more game experience but you won't here (sic) about Williams much because the hype machine is strongly behind Wentz and Goffe. (sic) We passed on a guy in a previous draft similar to Williams and ended up with a guy similar to Wentz, does Russell Wilson ring a bell I sure know Nick Foles does so here we go again. Anyway check Williams out hes (sic) more than hype.
If you believe the pundits Dalyn doesn't have much of a chance of being picked in the draft, but clearly he has a big fan in Philly. ;-)

More Honors

Three seniors on the 2015 Ivy League championship Dartmouth football team have been named to the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame's 2016 Hampshire Honor Society.

Chosen were tailback Kyle Bramble, center Jacob Flores and wide receiver/returner Ryan McManus.

From a National Football Foundation release:
Qualifications for membership in the NFF Hampshire Honor Society include: 
•  Being a starter or a significant contributor in one’s last year of eligibility (or a senior who has declared for the NFL Draft) at an NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III or an NAIA college or university;
• Achieving a 3.2 cumulative grade point average throughout entire course of undergraduate study; and 
• Meeting all NCAA/NAIA-mandated progress towards degree requirements.
Find the full release HERE.
From a mailing sent out by the Friends of Dartmouth Football:
Head Coach Buddy Teevens '79 on the Road
The Friends of Dartmouth Football are thrilled to announce the 6th Annual Dartmouth's In Town Again series!

Coach Teevens will once again travel to several cities to meet with loyal supporters of Dartmouth Football.  He will talk about spring practice, this year's recruiting class, program updates and a "what-to-look-for" preview of the upcoming season.
All are welcome and we hope you can join us if we are coming to your area.  Please see below for details and kindly RSVP so that the hosts can plan ahead. Each is event is $35 and all proceeds directly support the Friends of Dartmouth Football.
Monday, May 9 - Boston, MAReception at Clery's (113 Dartmouth Street, Boston, MA) from 6:00-8:00pm. To RSVP, please Click Here. Hosted by the Friends of Football.
Tuesday, May 10 - Summit, NJReception at Canoe Brook Country Club (1108 Morris Turnpike, Summit, NJ) from 6:00-8:00pm. To RSVP, please Click Here.
Hosted by Ish McLaughlin '88.
Wednesday, May 11 - New York, NYReception at The Liberty (29 W 35th St, New York, NY) from 6:30-8:30pm. To RSVP, please Click Here. Hosted by the Friends of Football.
Thursday, May 12 - Greenwich, CTReception at Innis Arden Golf Club (120 Tomac Ave., Old Greenwich, CT) from 6:00-8:00pm. To RSVP, please Click Here.
Hosted by Ryan Spayde '94.
Saturday, May 14 - Los Angeles, CAReception at Bel-Air Bay Club (16801 Pacific Coast Hwy, Pacific Palisades, CA) from 2:00-5:00pm. To RSVP, pleaseClick Here.
Hosted by Tim Meier '91 and Dennis Durkin '93.
Sunday, May 15 - Palo Alto, CAReception at the home of Peter & Anne Anderson P'18 (2080 Tasso St, Palo Alto, CA) from 5:00-7:00pm. To RSVP, pleaseClick Here. Hosted by Peter & Anne Anderson P'18.
Tuesday, May 17 - Houston, TXReception at the home of Geoff Bracken '81 (606 West Friar Tuck Lane, Houston, TX) from 6:00-8:00pm. To RSVP, pleaseClick Here. Hosted by Shelley and Geoff Bracken '81.
Wednesday, May 18 - Dallas, TXReception at the home of Fraser Marcus '76 (4254 Ridge Road, Dallas, TX) from 6:00-8:00pm. To RSVP, please Click Here.
Hosted by Fraser Marcus '76.
Thursday, May 26 - Fort Lauderdale, FLReception at Shula's Hotel & Golf Club (6842 Main St, Miami Lakes, FL 33014) from 6:00-8:00pm. To RSVP, please Click Here. Hosted by Dave Shula '81.
Speaking of mailings, a renewal notice for Dartmouth football season tickets went out this week. It confirms that the opener against New Hampshire will be played at night and includes this brief look at the team:
Look for the Big Green defense to be led by sack machine Folarin “Flo” Orimolade (36 tackles, 8 sacks, 12 TFL) coming off the edge, and the offense to be paced by returning contributors Ryder Stone (375 rushing yards, 8 TD’s), Jon Marc Carrier (23 receptions, 313 yards, 1 TD), and Houston Brown (17 receptions, 255 yards, 4 TDs). 
It also includes this:
 If you would like to change your seat location please let us know via phone or email.  We will try our best to accommodate your request. 
For more information about renewing your tickets, CLICK HERE.
The Yale Daily News takes an exhaustive look at Yale/Ivy/football recruiting HERE.
There's a link to this much longer story inside a FootballScoop posting about what happens at a ProDay, but you can find the gist of the longer story HERE. Included is a mention of a pro hopeful's cooking skills, or lack thereof. I'm not making that up ;-)

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Who Are They Playing?

There have been times in the past when Dartmouth was opening against a team that already had played three games. This year the Big Green will kick off against a New Hampshire team that will have two games under its belt, including its annual FBS contest.

Curious how Dartmouth fits into the non-conference opponents' schedules? Take a look:

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Sept. 3 at San Diego State
Sept. 10 HOLY CROSS
Sept. 17 at Dartmouth
Sept. 24 at Rhode Island
Oct. 1 WILLIAM & MARY
Oct. 8 at Elon
Oct. 15 JAMES MADISON
Oct. 22 at Towson
Oct. 29 STONY BROOK
Nov. 12 ALBANY
Nov. 19 at Maine

HOLY CROSS
Sept. 3 at Morgan State
Sept. 10 at New Hampshire
Sept. 17 at Albany
Sept. 24 DARTMOUTH
Oct. 1 at Lafayette
Oc. 8 BUCKNELL
Oct. 15 HARVARD
Oct. 22 LEHIGH
Oct. 29 at Colgate
Nov. 5 at Georgetown
Nov. 12 Fordham (Yankee Stadium)

TOWSON
Sept. 3 at South Florida
Sept. 10 ST. FRANCIS
Sept. 17 at Villanova
Oct. 1 at Richmond
Oct. 8 STONY BROOK
Oct. 15 at Dartmouth
Oct. 22 NEW HAMPSHIRE
Oct. 29 at Delaware
Nov. 5 ELON
Nov. 12 WILLIAM & MARY
Nov. 19 at Rhode Island

It's over there on the side of this column, but in case you didn't notice it, here's the Dartmouth schedule:

Sept. 17 NEW HAMPSHIRE
Sept. 24 Holy Cross
Oct. 1 PENN
Oct. 8 at Yale
Oct. 15 TOWSON
Oct. 22 at Columbia
Oct. 29 HARVARD
Nov. 5 at Cornell
Nov. 12 BROWN
Nov. 19 at Princeton

(Don't be surprised if at least one of those games gets shifted to a Friday night for TV purposes.)
Digging back through the SI Vault uncovered an interesting story about Dartmouth product Nick Lowery '78 – a former teammate of Big Green head coach Buddy Teevens – who unseated legendary Jan Stenerud as the Kansas City Chiefs kicker. Find the story HERE.
Speaking of Dartmouth opponents, several UNH football players quietly did the right thing for a police officer who needed help. Find the story on UNH Insider HERE.
Blue skies this morning. It's chilly but this should be a much better day for practice than yesterday would have been. Check BGA Premium tonight for coverage of practice No. 7 of 12 this spring.

An Audible

Tuesday's miserable weather forced practice to be rescheduled for Wednesday. Check BGA Premium for coverage tonight.

Thursday's and Saturday's practices will go on as planned barring more inclement weather.