Thursday, May 28, 2015

'A Pioneering Icon Of American Football In Brazil'

As a freshman playing on the Dartmouth junior varsity football team Casey Frost threw for 254 yards, averaging a full 28.2 yards per completion. While the 6-foot-3, 209-pound graduate of Los Angeles powerhouse Loyola High School switched to the defensive side of the ball for the rest of his collegiate career (posting 29 tackles and blocking two kicks as a senior in 2008) the quarterback bug never quite let go.

Seven years after graduation, Frost is still playing football and he's doing it as a quarterback. In Brazil where he is popularly known as "KC Frost."

Crowdfunding for a movie about Frost's Brazilian adventure tentatively titled Tackling Brazil appears to have come up short a little over two years ago but here's the trailer it used:

There also was a video of Frost explaining in English to a Brazilian TV audience how to throw a spiral:

Lest you doubt him, Frost has indeed learned to speak Portuguese ;-) Check out a quick TV interview HERE.

Find his Brazilian highlight video HERE and a quick brief with a photo of him from when he joined the Flamencg team HERE.

Here's a computerized translation of excerpts from Frost's Portuguese language Wikipedia page (and yes, the italics are mine ;-):
In 2010, after his graduation the player moved to São Paulo, Brazil and began its participation as team Quarterback Corinthians Steamrollers, which became known for its racing and long passes. As quarterback, safety and strike captain and Offensive Coordinator of the Corinthians Steamrollers, KC Frost won two unpublished titles with the team and a total of four titles, two national (Touchdown Tournament 2011 and 2012) and two state (Fefasp 2011 and 2012). 4 In 2013 he served in São Paulo Storm team as quarterback, where he won the Paulista title (LPFA) 5 in and played the CBFA.
Currently KC Frost operates in Flamengo Football team as quarterback, where he again contest the tournament Touchdown.6
The ability to integrate the Brazilian culture as well as its exciting plays and impressionantes7 5 consecutive titles drew the attention of the Brazilian media. As an athlete, the player participated in television shows and appeared in propaganda Open Inglês and Budweiser, which opposite the fighter Anderson Silva8. As a result, the player is now known as one of the pioneering icons of American Football in Brazil.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Sports Network writes about the top conference games in each FCS league and it pegs the Dartmouth-Harvard game on Halloween as the premier matchup in the Ivies this fall. (LINK)

Nothing surprising there.

What is surprising was a nugget within the TSN capsule:
Dartmouth has the most Ivy titles (17), but none since 1997. Since then, Harvard has won seven titles to close within one of the Big Green at 16 overall. 
I recall thinking when Penn won its 16th Ivy League title in 2012 that at long last someone was knocking on Dartmouth's door. For years, the Big Green publicity machine has been writing something along the lines of, "Dartmouth has won an unprecedented 'x' Ivy League championships," but now that superlative is being challenged on two fronts with both Harvard and Penn within one.

As it turns out, Dartmouth has been perched atop the "most Ivy League championships" standings for 50 years, ever since winning its fourth in 1965.

Thanks to five championships in seven years Yale was running neck-and-neck with Dartmouth in the early 1980s but could never quite catch the Big Green.

Harvard and Penn have come from way back to challenge Dartmouth. The Big Green once had a 17-8 lead over the Crimson and a 13-2 lead over the Quakers.

1956 Yale 1
1957 Princeton 1
1958 Dartmouth 1
1959 Penn 1
1960 Yale 2
1961 Harvard 1, Columbia 1
1962 Dartmouth 2
1963 Dartmouth 3Princeton 2
1964  Princeton 3
1965 Dartmouth 4
1966 Dartmouth 5Princeton 4Harvard 2
1967 Yale 3
1968 Yale 4Harvard 3
1969 Dartmouth 6 Princeton 5Yale 5
1970 Dartmouth 7
1971 Dartmouth 8, Cornell 1
1972 Dartmouth 9
1973 Dartmouth 10
1974 Yale 6Harvard 4
1975 Harvard 5
1976 Yale 7, Brown  1
1977 Yale 8
1978 Dartmouth 11
1979 Yale 9
1980 Yale 19
1981 Dartmouth 12Yale 11
1982 Dartmouth 13Harvard 6 Penn 2
1983 Harvard 7Penn 3
1984 Penn 4
1985 Penn 5
1986 Penn 6
1987 Harvard 8
1988 Penn 7Cornell 2
1989 Yale 12Princeton 6
1990 Dartmouth 14Cornell 3
1991 Dartmouth 15
1992 Dartmouth 16Princeton 7
1993 Penn 8
1994 Penn 9
1995 Princeton 8
1996 Dartmouth 17
1997 Harvard 9
1998 Penn 10
1999 Yale 13,  Brown 2
2000 Penn 11
2001 Harvard 10
2002Penn 12
2003 Penn 13
2004 Harvard 11
2005  Brown  3
2006 Yale 14Princeton 9
2007 Harvard 12
2008 Harvard 13,  Brown 4
2009 Penn 14
2010 Penn 15
2011 Harvard 14
2012 Penn 16
2013 Harvard 15Princeton 19
2014 Harvard 16

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Harvard, Yale And Dartmouth Picked 1-2-3

The Sporting News preseason magazine has hit the bookstores and grocery shelves and here's how the venerable publication sees the Ivy League football race shaping up:

Green Alert Take: There's a lot to quibble with in this prediction and the guess here is that TSN won't have much company picking a Yale team that lost the Ivy League's offensive player of the year (tailback Tyler Varga) and the two leading receivers in the conference (Grant Wallace and Deon Randall) ahead of Dartmouth. Slotting Brown ahead of Princeton might also raise a few eyebrows, and don't be surprised if a few handicappers have Columbia ahead of Cornell.

Monday, May 25, 2015

An Oldie But Goodie

Take a little time and watch this trailer for the 2008 film 8: Ivy League Football & America. If you know the Ivy League, you'll find yourself nodding in agreement. If you don't yet know the Ivies, this will help you understand the league a little better.

You can get the full 114-minute director's cut DVD of the film HERE.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Camp Town

There was a time when summer camps at colleges were a way for the coaches to make a little money on the side. They were overnight affairs populated for the most part by local kids looking to improve their blocking or tackling or spiral, a few alumni offspring and the occasional out-of-towner checking out the school.

These days a great many college football camps have morphed into one-day showcases that offer players a chance to show coaches what they are made of. It's not unusual for potential Ivy Leaguers to attend a handful or more Ivy camps. Some get "offers" while they are in town and some even commit.

A significant portion of the 2015 Dartmouth roster will have attended the Buddy Teevens Football Camp as well as other camps around the Ivies.

The 2014 Buddy Teevens camp was described this way online:
The skills camp is a 1 day prospect camp open to young men from rising 9th grade to rising 12th grade seniors in high school. Positions on the Offensive side of the ball are QB, RB, WR, TE and OL. On the Defensive side of the ball, positions include DB, LB, DL. Campers will be instructed and evaluated by the Dartmouth Coaching Staff and other college coaches.

For more information on the 2015 year's camp, CLICK HERE.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

A 'Game Changer'

Popping by Memorial Field yesterday afternoon the sun was in the wrong place to get a good picture and all I had was my iPod Touch, but I thought to snap this shot anyway as the final section of grandstand has now been put in place. Lots of work still to be done, obviously, but apart from the press box you now have a pretty good idea how the facility will look.

Interestingly, the old stands had six portals (also called vomitories, yuck) while the new grandstand has a whopping 11 entryways to the home stands.

BGA Premium featured a story about this in the spring, but as the San Diego Union-Tribune notes, six schools will be using cutting-edge technology for virtual training of their quarterbacks (and other players) in the coming season.

From the Union-Tribune (LINK):
Stanford, Vanderbilt, Clemson, Auburn, Arkansas and Dartmouth are STRIVR Labs’ first official partners.
Green Alert Take: Dartmouth's in with some fast football company. Kind of makes you think about the phrase, "One of these things is not like the other," doesn't it?

How did it happen? Derek Belch, who has pioneered using Oculus Rift goggles and virtual reality for football, was recruited to Stanford by Buddy Teevens when he coached the Cardinal.

More from the story:
(T)he forward-thinking coaches who’ve bought into Belch’s product can’t stop singing its praises.
“I put it on and I was shocked at how realistic it was. It was our guys, on video (Belch and Edwards) had shot,” said Dartmouth coach Buddy Teevens. “I’m an old quarterback, and my reaction when I was taking the snap was to move my hand and move my feet. I brought in our quarterback, and he had the same reaction.
“You can see it 360 degrees – check the motion, look behind you to see who the back is, and identify defensive personnel – it’s as though you’re standing on the football field.”
Near the end of Dartmouth spring football I had a chance to pull on the goggles and accompanying headset and step into the virtual world. Here's part of what I wrote about that on BGA Premium:
Looking left I could see linemen and receivers awaiting the snap. I felt like I could almost reach out and touch them. Ditto the guys on the right. 
Told to turn around I looked behind me I was surprised to see the Stanford tailback a few steps back. I half expected a tap on my backside. 
When I looked down the was turf below me. 
At the snap of the ball my receivers ran their routes and the defense reacted. 
Did I find the open receiver? Nope. It probably would have helped if my heart weren’t racing and I knew the play we were running. Instead I could feel panic coming on as the pressure built and the mythical internal clock ticked away. 
The bottom line? 
My first reaction when the virtual world click on in front of me was to say, “Holy crap.” (Belch said he’s heard that sentiment time and again, although frequently with a four-letter synonym.) 
My second reaction? I asked if I could buy stock in his company because if I had any extra money laying around, I’d be first in line. I was joking, sort of, but it is that promising an idea.
For what it's worth, Dartmouth quarterback Dalyn Williams had a chance to try the system and he thinks it will make a huge difference in helping QBs prepare. I'll be having thoughts from the All-Ivy League QB on the virtual trainer in another piece I am working on.
Speaking of quarterbacks, what Ivy League school do you think has the best combination of talent and depth at the position?

It might well be Columbia.

The long-suffering Lions posted their first roster for the fall on their website and it confirms that Stanford transfer Brett Nottingham has returned to the team. Nottingham was ranked as the fourth-best pro-style quarterback in the country when he switched his commitment from UCLA to Stanford. (LINK)

The Columbia roster does not yet include freshmen and transfers, but when it does a new name will be that of quarterback Styler Mornhinweg, a transfer from Florida. ESPNU had him ranked as a four-star recruit out of high school. (LINK)

Also on the Columbia roster are senior Trevor McDonagh, who passed for 1,349 yards and eight touchdowns last fall and promising soph Anders Hill, who threw for 310 yards a year ago.

Green Alert Take: Nottingham and Mornhinweg didn't live up to the hype at their previous stops, and what happens with the former after he left the team a year ago will be interesting to see. But clearly new coach Al Bagnoli has a lot to choose from heading into his first season at Columbia.

Friday, May 22, 2015

This And That

Another mic'd up from Dartmouth football, this time with coach Kyle Metzler:

Former Dartmouth fullback Ellis Rowe has been announced as one of three winners of  "the Dartmouth Alumni Award, established in 1954 to recognize long-standing and meritorious service to the College, career achievement, and other community service. Alumni are eligible for this award after their 25th class reunion."

Rowe was the leading rusher on the 1973 Big Green with 102 carries for 445 yards. He graduated with a degree a mathematics. Read about the award and check out a capsule bio of Rowe and the other honorees HERE.
Dartmouth coach Buddy Teevens and former Big Green receiver David Shula '81 had an eventful start of their bicycle ride down the coast of California.

If you look closely that's a small whale at water's edge behind them. Story is the fellows pulled it ashore for a better look before pedaling away.
Word yesterday was that the Memorial Field home grandstand project continues ahead of schedule. Here are a few more shots of the stands, which are slated to be ready to go for the Sept. 26 home opener against Sacred Heart.

Only a teeny-weeny section of stands at the north corner awaits bleachers.
A sneak-peak through the greenery behind the north end zone offers a different perspective.
Parts of the press box are lowered from  outside the historic wall.
Work is picking up on the stadium project across the state at the University of New Hampshire. Click HERE for an update as well as a note about a Salute to Service football ticket promotion for Memorial Day.
Dartmouth grad Kyle Hendricks '12 tossed a five-hit, complete-game shutout last night to lift the Chicago Cubs to a 3-0 win over the San Diego Padres with friends and family from his hometown of San Juan Capistrano in the stands. The Chicago Tribune called the effort a "107-pitch masterpiece." (LINK)

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Still More Wags

The Winnipeg Sun chimes in on the Blue Bombers drafting Garrett Waggoner HERE. The story includes this about the Bombers surrendering their regular first-round draft pick to select the former Dartmouth standout:
Some might consider it a high price to pay, but the Blue Bombers ultimately decided it was worth it to surrender their first-round choice in 2016.
“When you get a chance to add a Canadian player with this kind of talent, you really need to do your due diligence and really do your homework and see if this is a guy you want,” said (Blue Bombers general manager Kyle) Walters. “It's hard not to really fall in love with him, the more you talk to him and the more film you watch. He's intelligent and he's not just a hard-working kind of guy, his testing numbers would have put him at the top of the class for this draft, which was a deep draft.
“It's an aggressive play, but a play we were prepared to make and we're glad that we got him.”

Dartmouth coach Buddy Teevens and former standout Big Green receiver David Shula before they set off on their San Francisco-to-San Diego bicycle ride.

Green Alert Take: On my second cross-country bicycle ride I went up the West Coast. Teevens and Shula are smarter than I was ;-)
Saw this on FootballScoop:
Davidson is looking for a D-III game in 2016. We will either pay a guarantee or play a home and home…dates available are September 3rd, 17th & November 12th 2016.
Green Alert Take: I've been told in the past that Pioneer Football League teams play non-Division I opponents largely because there just aren't that many FCS teams they could play without traveling. Apparently that's not entirely the case . . .
From a Dartmouth release:
A total of 1,124 teams from across the NCAA Division I landscape were honored with Public Recognition Awards based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR). The total marks the highest ever in the decade since the NCAA began the program.
Once again, Dartmouth led the way with 26 teams earning recognition, marking the fourth straight year the college has topped the list.
The NCAA’s Public Recognition Awards have now been in existence since 2006 with the Big Green finishing in the top three each of the 10 years the honors have been bestowed. In that time, Dartmouth has a total of 234 awards, more than any other institution while Yale’s 215 rank second.
An NCAA release puts those numbers in perspective:
Dartmouth College had the most teams (26) recognized, followed by Brown University (19) and Bucknell University (19) and Stanford University (19). The Ivy League saw 110 teams recognized – the most of any conference – followed by the Patriot League (105), Atlantic Coast Conference (82) and Big Ten Conference (74).