Sunday, December 17, 2017

Another All-America Team

The estimable Phil Steele has released his FCS All-America team and Ivy Leaguers dot the four (four!) teams:

Offensive Player of the Year: QB Chris Streveler, South Dakota, Sr.
Defensive Player of the Year:: LB Brett Taylor, Western Illinois, Sr.
Offensive Lineman of the Year: OT Brandon Parker, North Carolina A&T, Sr.
Freshman of the Year: LB Bryson Armstrong, Kennesaw State

WR Keelan Doss, UC Davis, Jr.
WR Justin Watson, Penn, Sr.
WR Neil O'Connor, New Hampshire, Jr.
TE Dallas Goedert, South Dakota State, Sr.
OL Brandon Parker, North Carolina A&T, Sr.
OL Timon Parris, Stony Brook, Sr.
OL Jamil Demby, Maine, Sr.
OL Austin Kuhnert, North Dakota State, Sr.
OL Skyler Phillips, Idaho State, Sr.
QB Chris Streveler, South Dakota, Sr.
RB Josh Mack, Maine, Soph.
RB Roc Thomas, Jacksonville State, Sr.
FB Cal Daniels, Stony Brook, Jr.

DL Darius Jackson, Jacksonville State, Sr.
DL Jonathan Petersen, San Diego, Sr.
DL Ahmad Gooden, Samford, Jr.
DL Dalton Keene, Illinois State, Sr.
LB Darius Leonard, South Carolina State, Sr.
LB Brett Taylor, Western Illinois, Sr.
LB Nick DeLuca, North Dakota State, Sr.
LB Sione Teuhema, Southeastern Louisiana, Sr.
DB Davontae Harris, Illinois State, Sr.
DB D'Montre Wade, Murray State, Sr.
DB Taron Johnson, Weber State, Sr.
DB Mike Basile, Monmouth, Sr.

K Lorran Fonseca, Nicholls, Jr.
P Joe Zema, Incarnate Word, Sr.
KR Juwan Petit-Frere, Southeastern Louisiana, Soph.
PR Justice Shelton-Mosley, Harvard, Jr.
AP John Santiago, North Dakota, Jr.

WR Elijah Marks, Northern Arizona, Sr.
WR Nathan Stewart, Sam Houston State, Soph.
WR Davion Davis, Sam Houston State, Jr.
TE Andrew Vollert, Weber State, Sr.
OL Justin Lea, Jacksonville State, Sr.
OL Jacob Ohnesorge, South Dakota State, Sr.
OL Aaron Stinnie, James Madison, Sr.
OL Alex Thompson, Monmouth, Sr.
OL Zach Larsen, Southern Utah, Soph.
QB Kyle Lauletta, Richmond, Sr.
RB Detrez Newsome, Western Carolina, Sr.
RB Dominick Bragalone, Lehigh, Jr.
FB Connor Wentz, North Dakota State, Sr.

DL P.J. Hall, Sam Houston State, Sr.
DL Andrew Ankrah, James Madison, Sr.
DL Anthony Ellis, Charleston Southern, Sr.
DL Richard Jarvis, Brown, Sr.
LB Jared Farley, Northern Iowa, Sr.
LB Warren Messer, Elon, Jr.
LB Garrett Dolan, Houston Baptist, Sr.
LB Christian Rozeboom, South Dakota State, Soph.
DB Tremon Smith, Central Arkansas, Sr.
DB Elijah Campbell, Northern Iowa, Sr.
DB Danny Johnson, Southern, Sr.
DB Marlon Bridges, Jacksonville State, Soph.

K Lane Clark, Tennessee State, Sr.
P Ian Berryman, Western Carolina, Jr.
KR Darius Floyd, Prairie View A&M, Jr.
PR Davion Davis, Sam Houston State, Jr.
AP Detrez Newsome, Western Carolina, Sr.

WR Jaelon Acklin, Western Illinois, Sr.
WR Troy Pelletier, Lehigh, Sr.
WR Jake Wieneke, South Dakota State, Sr.
TE Andy Schumpert, Furman, Sr.
OL Alex Light, Richmond, Sr.
OL Jacob Judd, Western Illinois, Sr.
OL Mitchell Sweigart, Princeton, Sr.
OL John Cook, Central Arkansas, Jr.
OL Matthew Schmidt, Furman, Sr.
QB Hayden Hildebrand, Central Arkansas, Sr.
RB De'Lance Turner, Alcorn State, Sr.
RB Zane Dudek, Yale, Fr.
FB Andre Stoddard, Wofford, Jr.

DL Abdullah Anderson, Bucknell, Sr.
DL Khalen Saunders, Western Illinois, Jr.
DL Bilal Nichols, Delaware, Sr.
DL Eric Jackson, Central Arkansas, Sr.
LB Nick McBeath, Holy Cross, Sr.
LB Brandon Bryant, Lafayette, Sr.
LB Josh Buss, Montana, Jr.
LB Matthew Oplinger, Yale, Sr.
DB Tre Dempsey, North Dakota State, Sr.
DB Rashad Robinson, James Madison, Jr.
DB George Odum, Central Arkansas, Sr.
DB Jordan Brown, James Madison, Sr.

K Trey Tuttle, Weber State, Fr.
P Austin Bernard, Samford, Sr.
KR Desmond Hite, Incarnate Word, Soph.
PR Xequille Harry, Weber State, Sr.
AP Davion Davis, Sam Houston State, Jr.

WR Kelvin McKnight, Samford, Jr.
WR Jesper Horsted, Princeton, Jr.
WR Daurice Fountain, Northern Iowa, Sr.
TE Ross Dwelley, San Diego, Sr.
OL Ben Huss, Duquesne, Sr.
OL Iosua Opeta, Weber State, Jr.
OL Daniel Cooney, San Diego, Jr.
OL Stetson Dagel, South Dakota, Sr.
OL Ross Demmel, Wofford, Sr.
QB Jeremiah Briscoe, Sam Houston State, Sr.
RB Corey Avery, Sam Houston State, Sr.
RB A.J. Hines, Duquesne, Soph.
FB Anthony Manzo-Lewis, Albany, Sr.

DL Chris Stewart, Sam Houston State, Jr.
DL Chris Terrell, Central Arkansas, Soph.
DL Darin Greenfield, South Dakota, Soph.
DL Jaison Williams, Austin Peay, Soph.
LB Thomas Costigan, Bryant, Jr.
LB Mario Jenkins, Idaho State, Sr.
LB Shaheed Salmon, Samford, Sr.
LB De'Arius Christmas, Grambling State, Jr.
DB Rock Ya-Sin, Presbyterian, Jr.
DB Jimmy Moreland, James Madison, Jr.
DB Malik Duncan, Saint Francis (PA), Sr.
DB Raven Greene, James Madison, Sr.

K Gunnar Raborn, McNeese, Jr.
P Keith Wrzuszczak, Eastern Kentucky, Sr.
KR Jean Constant, Bryant, Soph.
PR Khris Gardin, North Carolina A&T, Sr.
AP Elijah Marks, Northern Arizona, Sr.
A name that might have been on the list if Dartmouth could have convinced him to come to Hanover? Brian O'Neill, son of former Big Green halfback Brendan O'Neill '72. The younger O'Neill, an All-ACC offensive tackle for Pitt, has declared for the NFL draft after earning his degree in finance. (LINK)

O'Neill is a former winner of the "Piesman Trophy." (LINK)
Hanover High School, directly behind the south goal post at Memorial Field, offers the closest parking for Dartmouth football games. Not sure how much the school brings in, but the guess here is it's probably not quite what a high school near a Big Ten school rakes in each year ;-)

Pioneer High School's take for allowing cars to park on its property before the six Michigan Wolverine football games last fall? A cool $1.014 million dollars!
Kudos to the Dartmouth men's ice hockey team for a headline-grabbing win. From the Dartmouth release (LINK):
Down three goals after the first period to the defending champion and second-ranked team in the nation? No problem.
That’s what the Dartmouth men’s hockey team managed to do on Saturday night at Magness Arena against No. 2 Denver, erasing a 3-0 first-period deficit to win, 5-4.
Dartmouth improved to 3-8-1 while denver dropped to 10-4-4.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Recruit Honored

Incoming Dartmouth running back Zach Bair of New Jersey's Red Bank Catholic High School was the Shore Conference offensive player of the year per Asbury Park Press "People's Choice Award" voting.

The 5-foot-10, 186-pound Bair piled up 1,090 yards on 79 carries (13.8 yards per) along with 15 touchdowns in seven games before being lost to injury. He had 85- and 86-yard touchdown runs in one game last fall. He also had a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, a 78-yard punt return for a touchdown and one receiving score.
Speaking of talented young running backs, Yale's Zane Dudek is the national freshman of the year as selected by College Sports Madness.

CSM All-America honorees from the Ivy League:

Second team:
LB Matthew Oplinger, Yale
PR Justin Shelton-Mosley, Harvard

Third team:
RB Zane Dudek, Yale
And speaking of Yale, the Yale Daily News has an in-depth profile of head coach Tony Reno, who led the Bulldogs to the outright Ivy League championship this fall.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Don't Miss This Story

The Washington Post embedded this fall with the Quince Orchard (Maryland) High School football team led by senior quarterback Doc Bonner, a Dartmouth commit, following the team through the season and all the way to the state championship game. By all means, take the time to read the tremendously well-done story (LINK) and meet a very impressive student-athlete headed Dartmouth's way. From the story:
As he tells Buddy Teevens he is coming to play for the Big Green, with a swinging handshake in the hallway outside the coach’s office, (the father's) eyes start to water. He drove Doc up and down the East coast, searching for offers and opportunity, sometimes sharing a bowl of food from KFC when money was short. And now his son, a son of Edenton, is going to an Ivy League school to play quarterback and study . . .
Speaking of Bonner – who has more than a touch of Dalyn Williams in his style of play – he was chosen to the Post's highly regarded All-Met team. (LINK)

(Thanks for the heads up ;-)
Dartmouth's first road game next fall will be at Holy Cross, which might not have to pay much in the way of moving expenses for the new coach it has chosen to replace Tom Gilmore. Taking over will be Bob Chesney, 40, who went 44-16 in five years as head coach at Assumption, a Division II school also located in Worcester, Mass., about seven miles from Holy Cross. The Worcester Telegram has the story HERE.
A story and photo in the Seattle Times Pacific NW Magazine details the opening of the University of Washington's football stadium, which was "barely completed in time for the transcontinental visit of the Dartmouth College team on Nov. 27, 1920." (LINK)

Dartmouth beat the wonderfully named (for Seattle) "Sun Dodgers," 28-7, in the stadium's first game. U-Dub became the Huskies several years later.
On the subject of facilities, Princeton has joined Penn, Columbia and Harvard with the installation of a bubble.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Three Ivies Earn All-America Honors

Three Ivy Leaguers are AP All-America selections. Yale running back Zane Dudek and linebacker Matthew Oplinger were chosen to the second team and Penn wide receiver Justin Watson was named to the third team.

The full team:

QB – Chris Streveler, senior, South Dakota.
RB – Dominick Bragalone, junior, Lehigh; Josh Mack, sophomore, Maine.
OL – Brandon Parker, senior, North Carolina A&T; Austin Kuhnert, senior, North Dakota State; Jacob Ohnesorge, senior, South Dakota State; Aaron Stinnie, senior, James Madison; Justin Lea, senior, Jacksonville State.
TE – Dallas Goedert, senior, South Dakota State.
WR – Keelan Doss, junior, UC Davis; Davion Davis, junior, Sam Houston State.
All-purpose – John Santiago, junior, North Dakota.
K– Trey Tuttle, freshman, Weber State.
DL – Andrew Ankrah, senior, James Madison; Jonathan Petersen, senior, San Diego; Darius Jackson, senior, Jacksonville State; P.J. Hall, senior, Sam Houston State.
LB – Brett Taylor, senior, Western Illinois; Darius Leonard, senor, South Carolina State; Nick DeLuca, senior, North Dakota State.
DB – Mike Basile, senior, Monmouth; George Odum, senior, Central Arkansas; Taron Johnson, senior, Weber State; Jordan Brown, senior, James Madison.
P– Joe Zema, senior, Incarnate Word.

QB – Jeremiah Briscoe, senior, Sam Houston State.
RB – Roc Thomas, senior, Jacksonville State; Zane Dudek, freshman, Yale.
OL – Stetson Dagel, senior, South Dakota; John Cook, junior, Central Arkansas; Timon Parris, senior, Stony Brook; Ben Huss, senior, Duquesne; Matthew Schmidt, senior, Furman.
TE – Andrew Vollert, senior, Weber State.
WR – Neil O’Connor, junior, New Hampshire; Jaelon Acklin, senior, Western Illinois.
All-purpose – Elijah Marks, senior, Northern Arizona.
K – Gunnar Raborn, junior, McNeese State.
DL – Anthony Ellis, senior, Charleston Southern; Ahmad Gooden, junior, Samford; Jaison Williams, sophomore, Austin Peay; Abdullah Anderson, senior, Bucknell.
LB – Matthew Oplinger, senior, Yale; Jared Farley, senior, Northern Iowa; Brandon Bryant, senior, Lafayette.
DB – Marlon Bridges, sophomore, Jacksonville State; Phillip Parham, senior, senior, Lafayette; Davontae Harris, senior, Illinois State; Rashad Robinson, junior, James Madison.
P – Ian Berryman, junior, Western Carolina.

QB – Chandler Burks, junior, Kennesaw State.
RB – De’Lance Turner, senior, Alcorn State; Detrez Newsome, senior, Western Carolina.
DL – Skyler Phillips, senior, Idaho State; Zach Mitchler, junior, Kennesaw State; Alex Thompson, senior, Monmouth; Iosua Opeta, junior, Weber State; Ross Demmel, junior, Wofford.
TE – Ross Dwelley, senior, San Diego.
WR – Nathan Stewart, sophomore, Sam Houston State; Justin Watson, senior, Penn.
All-purpose – Khris Gardin, senior, North Carolina A&T.
K – Lorran Fonseca, junior, Nicholls State.
DL – Darin Greenfield, sophomore, South Dakota; Chris Terrell, sophomore, Central Arkansas; Ben Sorensen, senior, Sacramento State; Nick Wheeler, sophomore, Colgate.
LB – Garrett Dolan, senior, Houston Baptist; Thomas Costigan, junior, Bryant; Christian Rozeboom, sophomore, South Dakota State.
DB – Elijah Campbell, sophomore, Northern Iowa; Franklin McCain III, redshirt freshman, North Carolina A&T; Tremon Smith, senior, Central Arkansas; Davanta Reynolds, junior, North Carolina Central.
P – Austin Barnard, senior, Samford.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

All-Ivy League Returnees

Here are the 2017 All-Ivy League returnees (not counting fifth-year seniors). Number after school name is returning points on a totally arbitrary scale that awards five points for each first-team selection, three for second and one for third:

Princeton (24)
First Team
WR Jesper Horsted
LB Tom Johnson
Second Team
OL Reily Radosevich
RB Charlie Volker
WR Stephen Carlson
RS Tiger Bech
Honorable Mention
TE Graham Adomitis
DB CJ Wall

Yale (20)
First Team
RB Zane Dudek
Second Team
OL Sterling Strother
DE Charle Callender
DE Kyle Mullen
P Alex Galland
Honorable Mention
OL Dieter Eiselen
QB Kurt Rawlings
DB Malcolm Dixon

Dartmouth (19)
First Team
OL Matt Kaskey
LB Jack Traynor
Second Team
OL Patrick Kilcommons
WR Hunter Hagdorn
DB Isiah Swann
Honorable Mention

Penn (19)
First Team
LB Nick Miller
K Jack Soslow
Second Team
OT Tommy Dennis
DB Sam Philippi
Honorable Mention
OT Greg Begnoche
RB Karekin Brooks
LB Jay Cammon

Harvard (12)
First Team
RB Charlie Booker
RS Justice Shelton-Mosley
Second Team
Honorable Mention
WR Justice Shelton-Mosley
DT Richie Ryan

Cornell (9)
First Team
Second Team
OL Edward Keating
K Nickolas Null
Honorable Mention
DB David Jones
DB DJ Woullard
P Nickolas Null

Columbia (8)
First Team
WR Josh Wainright
Second Team
Honorable Mention
WR Ronald Smith
LB Michael Murphy
RS Will Allen

Brown (1)
First Team
Second Team
Honorable Mention
WR Jakob Prall

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Nothing But Net

A couple of notes out of the Dartmouth basketball world this morning.

Evan Boudreaux, the 6-foot-8 junior who left the Big Green program shortly before the first game, has committed to play his final two years as a "graduate transfer" at Xavier of the Big East. Find a story HERE.
Flinder Boyd '02, the terrific point guard at Dartmouth who went on to have a 10-year professional career in Europe, is also a gifted writer. A Sports Illustrated listing of the great sportswriting of the past year includes Boyd's long-form story about Joe McKnight, the onetime NFL running back who was shot and killed last year in what has been termed a road-rage incident in New Orleans. Find the must-read story HERE.

As an aside, Boyd's name is actually Isak Justin Flinder Boyd. The Isak? He was named after the writer Isak Dinensen.
OK, as long as today's theme is basketball, here's one more. The Dartmouth women's basketball team stunned Colorado in Boulder last night, 81-75. The Buffaloes came into the game with a 7-1 mark. Dartmouth is now 7-2. Colorado's only previous loss was at North Carolina in overtime. Find a story HERE.

Monday, December 11, 2017

FCS Coaching Update

Holy Cross and Fordham of the Patriot League and Davidson of the Pioneer Football League are among the Football Championship Subdivision schools still looking for new a new coach. Six of the 19 openings have been filled:

Alabama A&M
Alabama State
Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Central Arkansas
Delaware State
East Tennessee State
Florida A&M
Holy Cross
Incarnate Word
Mississippi Valley State
North Carolina Central
Northwestern State
Prairie View A&M
Robert Morris
Tennessee Tech

Sunday, December 10, 2017


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As we were heading out to get our Christmas tree yesterday Mrs. BGA commented that it still looked more like November than December in the Upper Valley. To the relief of the fellow who plows our driveway, it looked a lot more like December when we got up this morning. About five inches of pure powder fell here on the mountain and while it was so fluffy that it didn't really need to be plowed the holidays are coming for plow drivers and their kids, too ;-)
New Hampshire's run through the FCS playoffs ended with a thud yesterday as South Dakota State pounded the Wildcats, 56-14. Credit UNH's Sean McDonnell, who has led his team to a national-best 14 consecutive trips to the playoffs, for embracing the challenge. Here's what he said postgame:
“Have some work to do to get to the top echelon of FCS football … you see the way (SDSU) played the game of football, as I told the players in the locker room, we’ve got to regroup, come back and figure out how to get to this spot. So that’s what our job is. That’s what our mission is from now on.”