Friday, March 24, 2017

It's Miller Time

Flo Orimolade isn't the only graduating Dartmouth senior getting an NFL look. So is All-Ivy League safety Charlie Miller, whose time in the 40 has opened a lot of eyes. The NFL Draft Scout site lists him with a 4.45 but a low of 4.35 and a high of 4.54, whatever that means ;-)

NFLPA Game scout Josh Buchanan is high on the former Big Green standout, Tweeting (italics are mine):
Top 5 non FBS SS: 1.Lorenzo Jerome SFPA 2.Austin Tennessee Stevenson 3.Charlie Miller Dart 4.Nick Morrow Greenville IL 5.Casey DeAndrade UNH
Scroll down this NFL Draft Line posting for an analysis of Miller.

To watch Miller's highlight reel (above), CLICK HERE.

For what it's worth Buchanan, the NFLPA Game scout, also is high on Oriomolade, Tweeting:
Grambling's Chad Williams is very good as well. He deserved a combine invite along w/ Dartmouth's Folarin Orimolade. Both should make teams.
Draft Countdown has Flo the No. 31 available inside linebacker in the country, sandwiched between players from Penn State and South Carolina. (LINK)

Draft Countdown has Harvard's Anthony Firkser as the No. 4 fullback available, Cornell's Chris Fraser as the No. 9 punter, Penn's Alek Torgersen as the No. 12 quarterback and Harvard's Max Rich as the No. 36 offensive tackle.

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Naperville North High School in Illinois holds its Signing Day ceremony in March to recognize more athletes. Among the no fewer than 18 players going on to play some level of college football is 6-foot-3 260-pound offensive lineman Evan Hecimovich, who will be in Hanover the next four years.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Catching Up With Flo

Former Dartmouth linebacker Flo Orimolade talks about his St. Vincent Sports Performance training regimen in anticipation of his upcoming pro day and the NFL draft:

Flo also made the Steel City Underground 2017 NFL Draft All-Names team along with others such as Chunky Clements, Younghoe Koo, Fish Smithson and Maximo Espitia. Find that team HERE.
Pro Player Insiders' updated list of the 2017 NFL Draft Top 500 has Orimolade coming in at No. 414. While you may not be impressed by that consider that he's one spot below Penn State starting linebacker Brandon Bell and among the first 10 players listed after him are former standouts at Oklahoma State, Auburn, Colorado State and Michigan.

Penn quarterback Alek Torgersen comes in at No. 299, Harvard tight end Anthony Firkser at 383 and Cornell punter Chris Fraser at 447 in the PPI list.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Class Of '22 . . . Believe It Or Not

Sharper eyes than mine have zoomed in on an early recruit for the next Dartmouth football class. Thanks for the heads up ;-)

Marka'il Nixon, a 6-foot, 165-pound wide receiver/cornerback from Iowa High School in Iowa, Louisiana, Tweeted his commitment to Dartmouth HERE. Nixon hasn't yet finished his junior year of high school.

Here's his junior year highlight video:

It's a little late for Dartmouth, which visited Georgetown in 2015, but the Hoyas' much-anticipated, much-delayed stadium (?) appears to be on the way. Find a story with photos HERE.
Dartmouth freshman Trevor Johnson, son of record-setting quarterback-turned-major leaguer Mark Johnson '90, is the reigning Ivy League baseball rookie of the week. (LINK) Through 11 games Johnson is third on the Big Green with a .368 batting average and is tied for the team lead with two homers. He leads the team with 11 walks and has a team-high five stolen bases in six attempts, showing some of his mom's foot speed. Jennifer (Signori) Johnson '90, once held Dartmouth's 400 hurdles, heptathlon and pentathlon records. The Big Green is off to a 7-4 start this season.
Johnson isn't the only offspring of a Dartmouth big leaguer swinging a bat in the freshman class. Softball outfielder Sophia Ausmus is the daughter of Brad Ausmus '91, manager of the Detroit Tigers and former catcher for the Astros, Padres, Tigers and Dodgers. She's appeared in two games with one start for the Big Green, which is 0-14-1.
It was an accident of timing but old friends Gordy Quist '02 and Trevor Nealon '02 and the Band of Heathens happened to be playing a tribute to Chuck Berry on the night before the rock and roll legend died and that coincidence led to a video of their performance showing up on the Rolling Stone website. (LINK) Quist and Nealon were Dartmouth football teammates.

That's Gordy making the guitar sing in the middle of the shot below.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

It Won't Be Long

Here's a graphic from the Dartmouth football office with the spring football schedule, which kicks off two weeks from today. It's kind of hard to read but printed in green between each Tuesday and Saturday is a Thursday practice. In other words, practices are scheduled for Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday for the entire month of April. Keep in mind, however, that this is northern New England and   the schedule is likely to change ;-)

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People who follow Dartmouth football closely believe the Big Green has won 18 league championships. That's true, and not true.

It's true that Dartmouth has won 18 Ivy League championship. But the Big Green has won 26 league championships overall.

How can that be?

Long before the Ivy League came along Dartmouth was a member of the Triangular Football League, sharing the title with MIT in 1888 and winning the undisputed title in 1889, 1893, '94, '95, '96, '97 and '98. That's eight championships followed by 18 in the Ivy League for a total of 26.

The 1895 Dartmouth team, by the way, played a school-record 13 games.

As Casey Stengel was reported to have said, "You could look it up."

Dartmouth's home games in Triangular League play were held in front of the covered grandstand at Alumni Oval, which debuted in 1893. (Dartmouth photo; click to enlarge.)
Dartmouth football coach Buddy Teevens will be back in Washington, D.C. Thursday taking part in a program headlined, Can Technology Make Sports Safer? Among the other panelists will be Derek Belch, co-founder and CEO of STRIVR, the virtual reality system that Dartmouth uses.

The program is being put on by Future Tense, a partnership of Slate, New America and Arizona State University. For more details, check out the New America site HERE.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring Has Sprung . . . On The Calendar

Welcome to the first day of spring and no, this wasn't shot here. We're still a long way from flowers . . . but not that far from the first day of spring football. In fact, barring a change it's only 15 days away with the Big Green slated to be on the field for the first time on April 4. The spring "game" is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, April 29.
Missed this while we were away but the American Sports Network is shutting down. (LINK) ASN televised seven Ivy League football games in 2015 including the Dartmouth-Princeton in Hanover. Last year it did the Penn-Princeton game and Rhode Island at Harvard game.
An opinion piece in the Yale Daily News last month argued that the school should stop recruiting athletes. (LINK) From the piece:
Yale could still be a great school if it never produced another good athlete. Actually, Yale could be a great school if it never produced someone who had ever watched a football game.
Check out Yale baseball coach John Stuper's response in a letter to the paper HERE.
Spotted this framed artwork in the Dartmouth football office recently.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Catching Up With . . .

The Winston-Salem Journal writes about quarterback Bruce Dixon IV, who started Dartmouth's game against Harvard last fall but transferred to WSSU and is going through spring practice at the Division II school. Back home in North Carolina, he told the paper he was "tired of being that far up north."

“It’s been a great transition, and I found a major I enjoy here. I was majoring in government at Dartmouth, but here I’m majoring in political science, and I think law school would be something I would go into if football doesn’t work out at the next level.”
Find the full story and a video that includes a quick interview with Dixon HERE.
Former Dartmouth football players Gordy Quist '02 and Trevor Nealon '02 continue to get it done with Austin-based The Band of Heathens.

A friend of BGA recently shared this clip from the Kansas City Star showing Quist, center, and Nealon, right, relaxing before a gig at Knuckleheads in KC:

Here's how the Star billed their appearance:
Long before Austin became a tech industry hub and the host of the sprawling SXSW music conference, the likes of Willie Nelson and Jerry Jeff Walker made the city the capital of outlaw country. The Band of Heathens maintains that ornery Austin tradition with twang-laden rock songs about burning the candle at both ends.
Another Friend of BGA shared this photo from a Houston-area show, noting that the former Big Green players are: "a shining example of what a Dartmouth Football player can become." That's Gordy on the right with Trevor out of the picture on keyboards:


Thanks for sharing! 

Here's a pretty slick Band of Heathens music video posted last month. Gordy is the first face you'll see and Trev shows up at the 1-minute mark:

Saturday, March 18, 2017


While we were away an email went out announcing that the 2017 Dartmouth Football Golf Classic and Auction will be held at Hanover Country Club on Saturday, June 17. Online registration kicks off on April 3. All spots in last year's event filled up so don't miss out ;-)

If you have a donation for the auction, be sure to touch base with Curt Oberg '78 or Sam Hopkins.

While we were in San Diego we spent one day at Pacific Beach where something that had been left alongside the beach over night caught my eye. Hard to believe. It was gone within an hour of this picture.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday Notes

From the Dartmouth football  office. Usual warning apply regarding the volume control on your speakers ;-)

Congratulations to former Dartmouth and NFL defensive back Lloyd Lee '98 on being named outside linebackers coach at Holy Cross. (LINK)

Lee, a two-time All-Ivy League pick for the Big Green, coached with the Chicago Bears from 2004-08 and most recently was vice president of football operations for USA Football.

Holy Cross and Lee will visit Memorial Field on Sept. 23.

(Thanks for the link!)

Here's Lee's media guide bio from his senior year at Dartmouth:

Click to enlarge. (On a Mac, at least, if you click a second time it expands to full size.)
Incoming Dartmouth receiver Masaki Aerts and Hanover-bound running back Dakari Falconer helped the St. Peter's Prep 4x200 team to fourth place in the finals at the New Balance Nationals, earning All-America honors. Along the way Aerts (running the first leg) and Falconer (running anchor) and their two juniors who also played football for St. Peter's broke the school indoor and outdoor records with a time of 1:29.13. Check out their record-setting prelim HERE.

Aerts qualified for the nationals in the 200 the week before, running the second-best time in New Jersey (21:93) in his first individual 200.
From a story in
In the Ivy League they don’t award athletic scholarships. Do they search out great players, compete against the best Division I schools, and win championships in various sports? Absolutely. Well, if they don’t award scholarships, how do they compete and get good players to join their teams?
Want to guess which school they use as a case study in how the Ivy League competes for top student-athletes? Yup. Dartmouth.