Saturday, August 19, 2017

Breaking: Harris Back In NFL

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that the team has signed tackle Austin Albrecht and cornerback Vernon Harris. . . .
Harris (6-1, 197) originally entered the league as a college free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2016 offseason. The Dartmouth product spent last season on the Chiefs’ Injured Reserve list, before being waived this offseason. Harris, a native of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, will wear No. 30 for the Buccaneers. 

See You There

Dartmouth football practice kicks off this Wednesday with the first full session on Memorial Field from 2:30-4:30 p.m. With the Sept. 16 opener against Stetson in Florida, the Big Green is eschewing the usual morning practices held at the start of camp in favor of afternoon practices to acclimate to the heat.

Keep in mind that changes to the practice schedule not only aren't unusual but are expected. That said, here's the current schedule:

Wednesday, Aug. 23 – 2:30-4:30
Thursday, Aug. 24 – 2:00-4:30
Friday, Aug. 25 – 2:00-4:30
Saturday, Aug. 26 – 2:00-4:30
Sunday, Aug. 27 – 2:00-4:30
Monday, Aug. 28 – 2:00-4:30
Tuesday, Aug. 29 – 2:00-4:30
Wednesday, Aug. 30 – 2:00-4:30
Thursday, Aug. 31 – 2:00-4:30
Friday, Sept. 1 – 2:00-4:30
Saturday, Sept. 2 – Green-White Scrimmage 10 a.m.
Sunday, Sept. 3 – No practice
Monday, Sept. 4 – 2:00-4:30
Tuesday, Sept. 5 – 2:00-4:30
Wednesday, Sept. 6 – 2:00-4:30
Thursday, Sept. 7 – Harvard Scrimmage (Memorial Field) 3 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 8 – No practice
Saturday, Sept. 9 – No practice
Sunday, Sept. 10 – Stetson week begins

A reminder that full coverage of practice will appear on BGA Premium each night.
How did a half-dozen Mobile Virtual Player units end up on practice field in Sasakatoon, Sask.? It doesn't hurt that Saskatoon businessman/philanthropist David Dube, who bought the motorized tackling dummies, is married to a Dartmouth alum.

The Saskatoon StarPhoenix takes a look at how the MVP is being received and even brings up its potential use on the ice north of the border.

Friday, August 18, 2017

TV Talk

Opponent previews continue on BGA Premium today with a look at Cornell. Each of the previews has a theme drawn from TV. Here are the shows mentioned so far, plus one from today's preview of the Big Red. Can you guess who each refers to and why?

• The Gong Show
• Roy Rogers
• Hill Street Blues
• Frasier
• The Apprentice
• Sale of the Century

Hill Street Blues is the easy one ;-)
Speaking of TV shows, CLICK HERE to watch a quick clip of the MVP in a short and funny segment from yesterday's Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Here's a screenshot from the video:

And speaking of the MVP, a Yahoo story under the headline Are robots a solution to reducing football concussions? begins with a few thoughts from Los Angeles Rams linebacker Flo Orimolade about the team employing the MVP in practice. Find that story HERE.
Finally, the always entertaining All About Circuits website has a Q&A under the headline, Timing, Crowdfunding, and Device Durability: Interview with Quinn Connell of the MVP Tackling Dummy.

From the story:
AAC: Yours is a unique product. Have you seen competitors pop up yet?QC: Not yet but it's very much a copycat industry. At all the conventions, you see a lot of equipment manufacturers. If they don't have a new product, come back a year later and all of a sudden, they've got one that looks identical to yours. We want to make sure that we're doing our due diligence, not only on the patent/IP side but also just trade secrets, making sure that everything that we do is protected. 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Flo By The Numbers

A friend of BGA has dug up a Turf Show Times participation breakdown from the first Los Angeles Rams preseason opener that offers an interesting insight to Dartmouth grad Flo Orimolade's chances to make the roster as an undrafted free agent. Here's the headline:

LA Rams-Dallas Cowboys Playing Time Breakdown: What The Snap Counts Say About The 13-10 Win

The piece lists Flo with 13 snaps at linebacker, representing 20.31 percent of the opportunities he had to be on the field at his position. He was on the field for 14 special teams plays, 46.67 percent of his opportunities in that capacity.

The post concludes:
I’m not going as far to suggest that (linebacker Andy) Mulumba, OL Folarin Orimolade or RB Lenard Tillery are going to make the 53-man roster. But I think it’s clear there’s a path to get there. And this is it.
We’ll have to see how the teams snaps develop over the course of the preseason, but if we’ve got a cluster forming among this group of players, I wouldn’t be shocked at someone to land on the final roster as a ST-only add.
On the flip side for Flo, he gets some mention (and shows up in a video) from the Dallas News SportsDay page after being burned for a TD by a Cowboys tight end. Check it out HERE.
The Mobile Virtual Player gave Baylor players and coaches a good laugh with its response to losing a race with the football program's operations assistant. Check out the story and video HERE. (Be sure to watch the second video for a great angle on what happened.)

Well, there is expected to be a revenge match between the ops assistant and the MVP on the Tonight Show tonight. Be sure to tune in!

Speaking of Baylor and the MVP, if you check out an story about tackling in football and keep reading you'll eventually get to this:
Baylor received its first MVP-DRIVE shortly before camp opened this month. The 190-pound dummy (retail price: $8,295) can cover 40 yards in seven seconds, and it can spin 360 degrees to evade a tackler—if the coach or manager handling the remote control has been practicing. “The players look at it like a pop-up dummy,” (Baylor equipment director Jeff Barlow) says. “All of a sudden they see it moving and their eyes get wide.” 
Bears coaches plan to use the battery-powered dummy as a kickoff returner, which would allow coverage team members a rare out-of-game opportunity to make a tackle on that play. The MVP-DRIVE can play other positions as well. “You can use it as a receiver, and a DB reacts off of it,” Barlow says. “It can break on a post. It can do a corner route. It can do a straight go route. That thing hauls butt.”
Preseason FCS Coaches Poll 
1 James Madison (20) 642
2 North Dakota State (2) 618
3 Sam Houston State (3) 577
4 Eastern Washington 525
5 Jacksonville State 493
6 South Dakota State (1) 479
7 Richmond 474
8 Youngstown State 450
9 Villanova 413
10 North Dakota 412
11 Wofford 381
12 The Citadel 333
13 Chattanooga 330
14 Charleston Southern 261
15 Central Arkansas 251
16 New Hampshire 244
17 Lehigh 177
18 Illinois State 149
19 Samford 144
20 Northern Iowa 136
21 Grambling State 133
22 Weber State 102
23 Cal Poly 85
24 North Carolina Central 83
25 North Carolina A&T 78
Others receiving votes: Fordham (63), Albany (62), Western Illinois (54), Montana (51), Northern Arizona (42), McNeese State (34), San Diego (33), Tennessee State (26), Kennesaw State (17), William & Mary (16), HARVARD (16), South Dakota (14), Saint Francis (8), Southeastern Louisiana (7), Dayton (7), Nicholls State (6), PRINCETON (5), Prairie View A&M (5), Colgate (5), Towson (2), Eastern Illinois (2), Southern (2), Southern Utah (2), Mercer (1).

Green Alert Take: Penn?

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Best

The best of Dartmouth football was on display last night at Memorial Field. Here's a video from the football office:

Back In The Saddle

After catching up on sleep in an honest-to-goodness bed after two weeks camping in the wilds I'm back at it with way too much to do in the next few weeks and way too little time to get it done. That's the price we pay for vacation ;-)
Catching up on a few things I missed when I was away, I'll start with this video featuring bearded former starting center Austen Fletcher '12 (thanks for the link):

Another emailer sent along a note about former Dartmouth strength coach Dan Nichol running the football strength program at the University of Minnesota and getting a few cameos on the  show, "Being PJ Fleck." Nichol was at Dartmouth from 2006-08. Find his Minnesota bio HERE.
An story under the headline, The Top 10 Mascots in College Football, Ranked by Someone Terrified of Mascots, includes Keggy, which to the chagrin of many at the college used to occasionally show up at Dartmouth events. The story includes this cheap shot:
It’s a shame Dartmouth isn’t better at sports, because Keggy deserves a much better platform than his current one.
For what it's worth, the mascot ranked just ahead of Keggy was the Fighting Okra of Delta State.
The Wisconsin Badgers have two MVP tackling robots rolling around practice. Scroll down HERE to read about it and see them in action.
Former Dartmouth quarterback Dave Bradley '58, a regular at practice and mentor of numerous Big Green players in recent years, was the grand marshal of the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl parade. (STORY). Bradley threw the winning touchdown pass for New Hampshire in the first game in its longtime series with Vermont.
The local Valley News writes about Dartmouth's continuing struggle to get its indoor practice facility built. The lede to the story:
A ruling by the Hanover Planning Board denying a permit for a proposed 70,000-square-foot practice facility east of downtown was based on a standard that was too subjective to enforce, a lawyer representing Dartmouth College argued in Grafton County Superior Court on Wednesday.
Robert Carey, a lawyer for the college, said the $17.5 million building, which Dartmouth officials said was needed for its athletes to practice in the winter, had met all relevant zoning codes, as well as all specific site plan regulations.
Read the full story HERE.
Dartmouth defensive back Jarius Brown writes about some of what he learned as an Under Armour Product Management Intern HERE.
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Homeward Bound

We landed in Boston at 1:53 a.m. – actually 4:53, but it felt three hours earlier. That's because of our successful adjustment to West Coast time during two weeks of camping in three national parks, national forests, state parks and a couple of other venues as well as a final weekend at a city hotel. While sitting at Logan waiting 90 or so minutes for the first morning bus to southern New Hampshire – where we left our car at a free park-and-ride facility – it's as good a time as any to get BGA Daily going again with a new name that will join the Dartmouth football program.
While we wait 6-foot-3, 240-pound , Robbie Mangas of Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C., has Tweeted his commitment to Dartmouth. (LINK) Although he's listed as a fullback on his Rivals page, his Hudl highlights also lists him at tight end so it shouldn't be a surprise if he ends up  there with his kind of size. Bowling Green, East Carolina and William & Mary are among the schools that offered him according to Rivals.

Check out his highlights HERE.
The Holy Cross preview is up on BGA Premium and Sacred Heart will go up later today. If you've sent in your membership and your account hasn't been activated, I'll be jumping on that after we finally get home (unless I fall asleep at the keyboard ;-).

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And finally, flying home last night we passed over northern California and waved down at That Certain Dartmouth '14, who shared this photo from the halfway point of her epic 2,650-mile hike up the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mexican border to the Canadian border:

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Here We Go

Still on the road but BGA Premium is now live with the Stetson preview kicking off the season. There will be previews for 10 consecutive days before daily coverage of practice begins.

If you signed up for the premium service and your account has not yet been activated I'll be able to take care of that after returning from vacation Tuesday afternoon. Thank you for your patience.

BGA Daily will resume Tuesday afternoon as well.

For what it's worth, we are in the city now and after two weeks in a tent in the woods I feel a little like Crocodile Dundee in the city. I'll take the woods . . .