Wednesday, January 18, 2017

In The News



A three-minute video about the impact Dartmouth football has had on their lives features former Big Green players Clayton Smith '05, Bronson Green '14, Jay Fiedler '94, and Ryan Spayde '94.
From the Star-Telegram in the Dallas Metroplex:
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones led a first-of-its-kind “Football Summit” at The Star on Tuesday. Seventeen influential football minds joined Jones for three hours to address concerns about the game, identify strategies to grow the game and communicate the benefits of the game. . . . 
Among those attending the "Summit" was a certain former Dartmouth player featured prominently in the Star-Telegram story:
“There’s kind of a lot of conversation about how do you bridge the sport from when a young boy first starts playing all the way up through high school and then to college,” said Jeff Immelt, the chairman and CEO of General Electric who played football at Dartmouth.
“How should the rules be different? How do you play seven-on-seven or change the size of the field and make it safer and more let’s say contextually appropriate as the time goes on in terms of how you elevate yourself into the game?
“Then, how do you a better job of outreach in the communities with mothers and linking them up with coaches on what’s the right way to think about the safety of the game and the physical fitness of the game and things like that.”
Speaking of the future of football, the Mobile Virtual Player made an appearance at the American Football Coaches Association convention earlier this month:

Pictured from left to right are Elliot Kastner '13, Rod Fletcher TU '86, John Currier '79, Buddy Teevens '79, Ryan McManus '15 and David Shula '81.
Graduating Dartmouth safety and NFL prospect Charlie Miller gets a little hometown press HERE.
Incoming defensive back Darren Stanley of Conway, S.C., is featured in a story posted by Myrtle Beach Online. From the story:
According to the Tigers standout, what really made a difference to him was what he could achieve at Dartmouth, as well as beyond his days at the school.
“The thing that made me commit to Dartmouth was the quality of people there and all of the connections I could have being a Dartmouth grad,” Stanley said. “The people at Dartmouth definitely make the school a great place and environment for a young man like me to succeed.
“This was too good of an opportunity to pass up for not only myself, but my family and other people I inspired to come to Dartmouth or any Ivy League school. (Dartmouth) made me feel like I have a purpose in life, not only in football but in academics also.”
Dan Nichol, who served as Dartmouth's strength and conditioning coach in 2006-07, has been named head of that department by new Minnesota head coach PJ Fleck. Nichol had worked under Fleck at Western Michigan. (LINK)
A terrific win last night for Dartmouth men's hockey (7-8-3, 4-5-2 ECAC), which erased a  2-0 deficit to knock off No. 6 Harvard (11-5-1, 7-4-1 ECAC) before 1,579 at Thompson Arena. The Big Green is now 2-0-2 in Ivy League play while Harvard is 3-1.
Also in the headlines is Dartmouth men's basketball coach Dave McLaughlin, subject of a Brockton Enterprise story under the headline, Former Stonehill coach David McLaughlin looks to turn Dartmouth around. Dartmouth is 3-11 overall (0-1 Ivy) but 3-2 in its last five games.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Once And Future Teammates

Two high school football teammates headed to Dartmouth are making headlines together on another kind of team.

Wide receiver Masaki Aerts and running back Dakari Falconer have helped the St. Peter's Prep post New Jersey's fastest time to date in the 4x200 relay per a story on NJ.com. Their time of 1:30.39 is the fifth best in the country so far.

From the story:
Falconer ran the first leg in a time of 22.8 seconds, followed by (Cameron) Blair (22.9), (markus) Bagley (22.6) and Aerts, who ran the anchor in a sizzling 22.0 seconds flat. The team has now qualified for January’s New Balance Games in New York.
All four played football at St. Peters Prep.

Aerts is generally listed on recruiting sites at 6-foot-2, 170 pounds and Falconer at 5-11, 180.
Whatever InstantScouting is, it has named Dartmouth linebacker Flo Orimolade to its FCS All-American team. So what is InstantScouting? Glad you asked. From its website:
InstantScouting is a Canadian based independent global scouting service that is committed to helping aspiring athletes at the collegiate and free agent level showcase their abilities to professional football teams in North America, Europe, Asia, South America and Australia. We offer coaches and professional scouts the opportunity to view some of the best football talent from around the world.
Orimolade also gets a mention in a Foxsports story about the upcoming NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in Carson City, Cal., Saturday. The story reminds us that the game "at the StubHub Center (4 p.m. ET, FS1) will conclude a week’s worth of practices, meetings between players and scouts, and sessions from the NFLPA on playing at the next level."
Check out the last sentence in this blurb from Fansided:
Oregon Football has already taken Defensive Coordinator Jim Leavitt from Colorado and has now offered a Colorado Defensive Commit. 
Morrell Osling is a 3-Star Athlete and is rated the 60th best out of California. He has been committed to the Colorado Buffaloes since July and Willie Taggart and Jim Leavitt offered a the Lancaster, California native on Monday. 
Osling was offered by Oregon Defensive Coordinator Jim Leavitt and Charles Clark according to 247Sports. He was also shown interest with an unofficial visit to Eugene under previous Head Coach Mark Helfrich last year. He also holds offers from Dartmouth and UNLV.
The current recruiting cycle hasn't yet been completed and already stories are starting to bubble up about players in the next cycle, including a 6-4, 306-pound high school junior who took a visit to Virginia Tech and "is hearing from NC State, Purdue, Duke, Dartmouth and Virginia." (LINK)

Monday, January 16, 2017

Big Green Bound

Miles "Mac" Battle, Hazel Green, Ala., 6-1, 193 linebacker/safety headed to Hanover. His Tweet is HERE.

Reported to have offers including Cincinnati, Troy and Army. Second-team All-Huntsville region football team.

Battle's 247Sports listing is HERE.

QB Bonanza

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, what's to come is flattering of FCS information leader STATS, which has a posting under the headline, Wealth of QBs returning to FCS leaders. The STATS story notes that:
"The only Top 20 team that is losing its starting quarterback is No. 7 Jacksonville State - Eli Jenkins, a 3 1/2-year starter. It's an incredible amount of returning quarterbacks at football's most important position."
As it turns out the situation in the Ivy League is pretty similar. If reports about Harvard senior Joe Viviano and Princeton senior Chad Kanoff getting medical redshirt seasons are correct, every quarterback who led his team in passing last year returns – with the notable exception of Penn's Alex Torgersen (who has been invited to the East-West Shrine Game).

Here are the stats for the leading quarterbacks returning for each Ivy League team (again, including likely fifth-year seniors):

Brown
• Thomas Linta, 1,074 passing  yards, 6 TDs, 9 interceptions

Columbia
• Anders Hill, 1,651 yards, 10 TDs, 8 interceptions

Cornell
• Dalton Banks, 2,514 yards, 18 TDs, 14 interceptions

Dartmouth
• Jack Heneghan, 2,725 yards, 11 TDs, 14 interceptions

Harvard
• Joe Viviano, 2,013 yards, 15 TDs, 8 interceptions

Penn
• Michael Collins, 17 yards, 0 TDs, 0 interceptions

Princeton
• Chad Kanoff, 1,741 yards, 6 TDs, 6 interceptions
• John Lovett 582 yards, 10 TDs, 2 interceptions

Yale
• Kurt Rawlings 754 yards, 5 TDs, 3 interceptions
• Tre Moore 551 yards, 2 TDs, 3 interceptions
• Rafe Chapple, 185 yards, 1 TD, 5 interceptions

And what's the situation with Dartmouth's nonconference opponents?

Stetson returns its three leading quarterbacks:
• Gavin DeFilippo 1,272 yards, 9 TDs, 8 interceptions
• Nick Andreas 618 yards, 5 TDs, 5 interceptions
• Cole Martin 326 yards, 1 TD, 0 interceptions

Holy Cross is bringing back Peter Pujals, hurt last year against Dartmouth, for a fifth year. (Click HERE for video confirmation on that from coach Tom Gilmore). The Crusaders also returns both players who stepped in for Pujals:
• Peter Pujals 1,110 yards, 10 TDs, 5 interceptions
• Geoff Wade 1,184 yards, 7 TDs, 3 interceptions
• Blaise Bell 348 yards, 1 TD, 4 interceptions

Sacred Heart loses record-setting RJ Noel and will have a new starter:
• Kevin Duke 229 yards, 2 TDs, 1 interception
Lest the old traditions fail: The Dartmouth follows up on news that there will be no snow sculpture in the middle of the Green this year. From The D:
The Winter Carnival Council announced in an email to campus on Friday afternoon that this year’s Carnival will focus on events other than the traditional snow sculpture on the Green.
As reasons for its decision, the Council cited limited snowfall, declining student participation and a lack of student leadership to plan this year’s sculpture.recruits 2017.
Green Alert Take: The "limited snowfall" excuse is just that. While the snow has been melting, there's a reason why Memorial Field had to be cleared at the end of last week to show it off for the recruiting weekend. For what it's worth, there's plenty of snow here on Moose Mountain, 7 1/2-miles from campus. If they've been able to continue the tradition with little more than shavings from Thompson Arena in the past they absolutely could have managed with the snow left in town and/or a few truckloads of the white stuff from up here. I'm not even a Dartmouth grad and this makes me sad.
Speaking of traditions, the official NCAA website has a story under the headline, Some of the best college hockey traditions that leads off with a video of tennis balls being launched onto the Thompson Arena ice after Dartmouth's first goal against Princeton. While the "tradition" may be entertaining to the fans, there's a reason why Dartmouth Athletic Director Harry Sheehy has asked that the practice be stopped. (LINK)

Green Alert Take: It has to be maddening in Alumni Gym that an official NCAA posting labels something Dartmouth is trying to end one of the "best" traditions.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Two More And Counting . . .

Via Twitter:

Darren Stanley , 6-0, 175 cornerback/wide receiver from Conway HS in Conway, S.C. Find a video from when he was named Teammate of the Week HERE.

Jackson Yost , 6-3, 274, defensive tackle/offensive guard from Archbishop Murphy HS, Everett, Wash. Find his highlights HERE.

And Another

Something I realized about Twitter only today: A high school senior may not have Tweeted about his commitment, but if he retweets someone else's congratulations, that's pretty much a confirmation.

Right?

If it is, add Harrison Herskowitz to the growing Dartmouth list because he retweeted a teammate's congratulations on choosing Dartmouth HERE.

Herskowitz is a 6-foot, 180-pound defensive back from Gulliver Prep in Miami who talks in this VIDEO about his first offer from Fresno State.

MaxPreps lists Herskowitz with 37 tackles and two interceptions HERE. He's also listed as catching a team-high 18 passes with two touchdowns, rushing 15 times for 77 yards and completing seven passes for 93 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the Miami Herald.

Find his Hudl highlights HERE.
Again, here's what we know (*=confirmed early decision) and what we think we know (mostly via Twitter) about the Dartmouth recruiting class. Thanks for the clarification on a couple of positions and folks, keep those tips and links coming because this is only about half of the anticipated class. The educated guess here is that with recruiting weekends in full swing, there are more commits out there, but I can't find 'em all ;-)

WR Masaki Aerts, 6-2, 170, St. Peters/Jersey City, NJ*
DE Nathanael Boone, 6-3, 225, Penn HS/Mishawaka, Ind.*
OL Donny Carty ,  6-7, 265, Episcopal HS/Dallas*
DL Thomas Ciesla, 6-3, 240, Neuqua Valley HS/Naperville, Ill.
LB Tanner Cross, 6-2, 220, Northside HS/Fort Smith, Ark.
OL Sean Dowling, 6-4, 284, St. Stephens/Alexandria, VA*
RB Dakari Falconer, 5-11, 180, St. Peters/Jersey City, N.J.
OL/DL Jake Guidone, 6-4, 275, Xaverian Brothers/Westood, Mass.*
OL Evan Hecimovich, 6-3, 260, Naperville North HS/Naperville, Ill.*
DB Harrison Herskowitz, 6-0, 180, Gulliver Prep/Miami
DL Miles Sanders, 6-3, 290, Parkway Center/Chesterfield, Mo.
DB DeWayne "DJ" Terry,  6-1, 174, Gulliver Prep/Hialeah, Fla.
TE Holden Wilmsen, 6-4, 250, Priory HS/St. Louis*
OL Hunter Ziegelmeyer, 6-6, 270, Covington Catholic/Park Hills, Ky.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Another Name

Thomas Ciesla, a 6-foot-3, 240-pound defensive lineman from Neuqua Valley HS and Naperville, Ill.,  has Tweeted his commitment to Dartmouth HERE.

Ciesla was named the DuPage Valley conference co-defensive player of the year in a vote by the coaches after posting 11 tackles for loss among his 52 stops. He had three sacks.
A Dallas Morning News story about Texas being an Ivy League recruiting hotbed includes a chart with the number of Texans on each Ivy team. Harvard leads with way with 16 followed by Columbia with 13. Dartmouth has eight while Yale and Cornell have seven apiece. Brown has the fewest at three.

The story includes another chart with the number of players from the home state of each Ivy school (Dartmouth is the only school with no home-grown talent, while Princeton and Penn lead the way with 14 each from New Jersey and Pennsylvania).

Harvard coach Tim Murphy quoted in the story:
"When I was head coach at the University of Maine or the head coach at the University of Cincinnati, in essence, you're the dean of admissions and the dean of financial aid. 'Hey you've got a scholarship, and you're in.' Obviously that's not the way it works in the Ivy League."
USA Today has a version of the same story that includes this:
The league’s Rookie of the Year this past fall was Dartmouth freshman Hunter Hagdorn, a wide receiver and return specialist out of Manvel (Texas). A two-star recruit according to the 247 Sports Composite, Hagdorn was offered scholarships by Colorado State and Illinois as well as Harvard and Lamar before heading to the school in Hanover, N.H., to play for the Big Green.
Here's what we know (*=confirmed early decision) and what we think we know (reported on Twitter) about the Dartmouth recruiting class:

WR Masaki Aerts, 6-2, 170, St. Peters/Jersey City, NJ*
DE Nathanael Boone, 6-3, 225, Penn HS/Mishawaka, Ind.*
OL Donny Carty ,  6-7, 265, Episcopal HS/Dallas*
DL Thomas Ciesla, 6-3, 240, Neuqua Valley HS/Naperville, Ill.
LB Tanner Cross, 6-2, 220, Northside HS/Fort Smith, Ark.
OL Sean Dowling, 6-4, 284, St. Stephens/Alexandria, VA*
RB/DB Dakari Falconer, 5-11, 180, St. Peters/Jersey City, N.J.
OL/DL Jake Guidone, 6-4, 275, Xaverian Brothers/Westood, Mass.*
OL Evan Hecimovich, 6-3, 260, Naperville North HS/Naperville, Ill.*
OL Miles Sanders, 6-3, 290, Parkway Center/Chesterfield, Mo.
DB DeWayne "DJ" Terry,  6-1, 174, Gulliver Prep/Hialeah, Fla.
TE Holden Wilmsen, 6-4, 250, Priory HS/St. Louis*
OL Hunter Ziegelmeyer, 6-6, 270, Covington Catholic/Park Hills, Ky.

Keep those emails with names and links a comin' ;-)



Friday, January 13, 2017

Miles And Miles

Add the name Miles Sanders to the Dartmouth recruiting list per his Twitter feed.

If the name is familiar, a different Miles Sanders was the top high school running back in the nation last year and just finished his freshman season at Penn State ;-)

The Dartmouth-bound Miles Sanders is a 6-foot-3, 290-pound offensive lineman from Parkway Central HS and Chesterfield, Mo., who also happens to be a talented singer.

St. Louis Today did a story about him under the headline: Parkway Central's Sanders a star on stage and football field.

Find his Hudl highlight film HERE.

The other Miles Sanders' highlights can be seen here ;-)