Friday, February 12, 2016

Check It Out

It was 10.2 degrees below zero when I brought Griff the Wonder Pup outside for his morning, uh, constitutional. Fortunately, he took care of business pretty quickly. Fingers crossed that he's as attentive to detail over the weekend when it's supposed to actually get cold. ;-)

The Jackson (Ohio) High School football page (above) has coverage of 6-foot-1, 190-pound Massilon quarterback/safety "signing" with Dartmouth. Jackson football coach Tim Budd quoted in the story:
Jake represents everything right about Jackson High School, the community, and our football program.  His work ethic, discipline, and competitive nature will carry him to many future achievements both in football and in the classroom.  We all look forward to watching him excel at Dartmouth and beyond."
Check out the story HERE.
FootballScoop covers NCAA meetings that recommended a strengthening of the targeting rules. From the Scoop:
“The targeting rule is serving the game well, and has enhanced player safety,” said committee chair and South Dakota head coach Bob Nielson. “Because this is such a severe penalty, we are instructing replay officials to review plays to ensure that the required elements of targeting exist. We are also adding the ability for the replay official to stop the game when a potential targeting foul is not detected on the field.”
This being the NCAA, nothing is ever final. The rules committee’s proposals will now be forwarded for membership comment, and then move before the Playing Rules Oversight Panel on March 8. If and when approved, the new rules will go into effect for this season.
Green Alert Take: OK, this is just me talking but with the Ivy League eager to be on the front lines of the fight against concussions and with video streaming technology around the conference now in place . . .

Is it time for the Ivy League to pull out the stops and expedite plans for instant replay so as to allow officials the chance to make on-site decisions regarding targeting? If you haven't been around you may not know that there are already replays at Ivy basketball and hockey games. Granted, no one at a game likes having it delayed by officials "going under the hood," but when it's player safety that's at stake it's a different matter.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Be Careful In 140 Characters Or Less

While chasing down recruiting information the past couple of months I spent a lot of time on the Twitter accounts of current Dartmouth and Ivy League football players as well as potential Ivy League football recruits. Given that I saw way too much that made me shudder I'm thinking the time has come for my annual reminder about the dangers of Tweeting without thinking.

Guys, be careful. Remember that your family, your teachers, your coaches, admissions directors, journalists and potential future employers can see what you write and will form opinions about you based on what they read. Everything you worked for can be jeopardized by 140 characters tapped out on your phone without thinking about how it will be perceived. And keep this very important thing in mind: Even when you retweet something distasteful that someone else said, YOU own it.
Incoming wide receiver Hunter Hagdorn is one of 13 players from Manvel High School in Texas who formalized their college commitments last week. While Hagdorn chose Dartmouth over several big-time offers, no fewer than 10 of his teammates are going on to FBS schools, with two each to Mississippi and Houston, and one each to Texas, TCU, Indiana, SMU, Memphis and New Mexico State. The Houston Chronicle has the story about a remarkable yield from one high school's senior class.
The Yale Daily has a story about football recruiting classes that includes the following, along with a chart of top recruits for each school:
Yale headlined not only the Ivy League but also the entire FCS, according to the 247Sports Composite Team Rankings. Columbia came in the No. 2 spot, and Harvard was at No. 5. In another review of FCS recruiting classes, Brian McLaughlin of HERO Sports ranked Yale at No. 2, Harvard at No. 8 and Columbia at No. 18.
Green Alert Take: Given that the Ivy League doesn't recognize the Letter of Intent and no school has released its full recruiting classes this is nothing more than silly season speculation. It's fun to talk about but it's absolutely meaningless. Having followed Ivy League recruiting with BGA for more than a decade I am here to tell you that when it comes to the Ivy League, and rating Ivy League football recruits, the so-called recruiting services are clueless.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Dalyn Williams Podcast

From the C.S. Podcast, which runs a little more than 18 minutes:
2016 NFL Draft Prospect, QB out of Dartmouth College, Dalyn Williams joined Chris Shanafelt on The C.S. Podcast on February 8, 2016 for an interview to talk about his overall experience quarterbacking the Big Green over the past 4 years, the College Gridiron Showcase in which he participated in last month, how he looks at having the "small-school" label as he pursues a professional football career, why an NFL G.M. should want him a part of their squad & more!
Dalyn notes that he is training in Boca Raton, Fla., and working hard on improving his 40 time. He says he will have his pro day at Dartmouth on April 2.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

A Look At The Defense

Here's a completely unofficial look at how the 2016 Dartmouth defense shapes up. Tomorrow: A look at special teams.
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Morgan Roberts had a terrific career after transferring from Clemson to Yale but transfers aren't always that successful.

Dartmouth discovered that several years before Buddy Teevens returned to Hanover when a potential Big Ten starter struggled after transferring to Dartmouth, eventually leaving the program during the season.

Towson, which will visit Dartmouth on Oct. 15, 2016, learned the same lesson a year ago when Kevin Olsen, a onetime top-100 recruit who had transferred  from the Miami Hurricanes, was dismissed from the Tiger program before ever playing a game. (LINK)

Turns out Towson is giving it another shot with the addition of Morgan Mahalak, a four-star recruit who redshirted one year at Oregon and ran the scout team last fall. Mahalak was the nation's fifth-ranked dual-threat quarterback as a senior according to Oregon Live.  (LINK)

Monday, February 08, 2016

Looking Ahead

With the regular-decision recruiting class unofficial but now pretty much identified, this is the way the Dartmouth offense appears to shape up for next fall. Check out the defense tomorrow. The key word: unofficial ;-)

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The Dartmouth Review has a lengthy look back at the 2015 Big Green football season with a quick glimpse ahead. The story includes this quote from Coach Buddy Teevens:
“People look at us and say, ‘Wow Dartmouth is a number one school in football and number one in terms of graduation rate. Man, it’s an Ivy institution with world class intellects and the football team is in that group while playing pretty physical and successful football. That’s where we’d like to be. We’ve got a number of engineers and pre-med kids with high 3.0’s, with 3.5’s, 3.6’s, 3.7’s in GPA. Our team GPA has been over 3.0 for the past 11 years. I want great players who are intellectuals at all times and great guy at all times. When people see my players, my kids, they say ‘Oh he’s in my class. Pretty cool dude.’ If you expect excellence and you preach and prod that and encourage that, you get what you ask for. I think that’s where we are right now.”
The Dartmouth writes about the fact that there will not be a snow sculpture on The Green for Winter Carnival this year. From the story:
“The main factor obviously was weather — the Green is greener now, there’s not really any snow,” chair of the Winter Carnival Council Harrison Perkins ’18 said. “The second factor was a lack of student support in building the actual sculpture in the past few years.”
Green Alert Take: Sorry, but I'm not buying the lack of snow argument. That has never stopped the sculpture before. In the past snow has been trucked in and that was a possibility this year. We live less than eight miles from campus and there's plenty of snow here. Around Dartmouth they like to say, "Lest the old traditions fail." They failed.
The beauty of having a DVR hooked up to your TV is the ability to zip through commercials. We didn't do that during the Super Bowl but I freely admit we started to think about it. You may disagree but here on the shoulder of Moose Mountain there was agreement that this was easily the least entertaining group of Super Bowl commercials in recent memory. The other advantage of a DVR? The ability to zip through overblown halftime shows. Thanks to the fast forward button while we didn't hear one note of halftime music we didn't miss a snap. 

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Super Sunday

Happy Super Bowl Day ;-)

Harvey Frommer, who does some teaching at Dartmouth, has a new book When It Was Just A Game: Remembering The First Super Bowl.
With a handful of graduating Dartmouth seniors having NFL dreams one site I came across has a Dartmouth player pegged for one of today's Super Bowl teams.

That would be DraftSite, which sees the Denver Broncos using their sixth-round selection to choose Dartmouth defensive tackle AJ Zuttah with the 219th overall pick. (LINK) It's as speculative as speculative can be, but on this Sunday it's fun stuff.
Speaking of the draft, another site called Pro Player Insiders posted its NFL Draft Small School Position Rankings prior to last season. Here are Ivy League players mentioned by school. Where they make the top rankings their rank is listed. Otherwise they are the "Others to watch."

No. 5 DT AJ Zuttah
QB Dalyn Williams
LB Will McNamara
LB Zach Slafsky
CB Vernon Harris

(Notably missing is Cody Fulleton, who is deserving of being on the list.)

Toba Akinleye

CB Jarrod Watson-Lewis
OG Zach Wilk

No. 1 C Anthony Fabriano (7th round)
No. 4 TE Ben Braunecker
No. 5 OT Cole Toner
OT Adam Redman
TB Paul Stanton, Jr.

TE Ryan O'Malley

No. 2 WR Seth DeValve
No. 3 FS Anthony Gaffney
OT Britt Colcolough
TB DiAndre Atwater
RS Dre Nelson

QB Morgan Roberts
SS Cole Champion

Enjoy the commercials ;-)

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Simply Beautiful

Here's a guarantee. If you have a soft spot for Dartmouth you are going to share a link to this video with someone else. It's that beautiful. My goodness what you can do with a drone and some ridiculously amazing scenery!

(By the way, if I'm recruiting for Dartmouth, I'm going to make sure potential Dartmouth students and student-athletes see it.)

Have a nice weekend!

Friday, February 05, 2016

Signing Week ;-)

Signing Day photos continue trickling in. Again, thanks to all for sharing . . .

Linebacker Andrew Lemkuil
Defensive Back Isiah Swann
Here's an unofficial look at the Dartmouth recruiting class identified through Twitter, the recruiting sites newspapers and via emails. (Corrections and additions invited.)

Cole Douglas, 6-1, 200 Irmo, S.C./Dutch Fork

Jared Gerbino, 6-4, 220 Rochester, N.Y./Rush-Henrietta
Jake Pallotta, 6-1, 190 , Massillon, Ohio/Jackson

Jordan Argilagos, 5-11, 185, Norcross, Ga./Wesleyan
Caylin Parker, 6-0, 205, Belle Chasse, La./Belle Chasse

Tyler Addison, 6-1, 185, Destrehan, La./Destrehan
Drew Estrada, 6-0, 186, Argyle, Texas/Argyle
Hunter Hagdorn, 6-0, 180, Manvel, Texas/Manvel
Zach Hawkins, 6-2, 195, Potomac, Md./Bullis
Brandon Hester, 5-11, 180, El Cajon, Calif./Christian

Hamilton Day, 6-6 1/2, 240 Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha
Connor Rempel, 6-4, 215, West Long Branch, N.J./Shore Regional
Tucker Spears, 6-5, 225, Dakota Dune, SD/Bishop Heelan/Avon Old Farms


Ben Culmer, 6-5, 300, McLean, Va./Langley
John Lass, 6-5, 280, Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill East
* Anders Peterson 6-6, 265, Leesburg, Va./Tuscarora
* Tanner Aiono, 6-5, 305, San Diego, Calif./Frances Parker

Jordan McGriff, 6-2, 300, Willingboro, N.J./Hun
Niko Lalos, 6-5, 239, Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary's
Seith Simmer, 6-4, 250, Kennesaw, Ga./Harrison
Tamerick Simpson, 6-3, 225, Miami, Fla./Berkshire/Miami Central

Nigel Alexander, 6-2, 225, Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips
Ross Andreasik, 6-2, 210 Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West
Colton Forster, 6-3, 235, Napa, Calif./Napa
Arthur Kaslow, 6-3, 225, Calabasas, Calif./Calabasas
Andrew Lemkuil, 6-3, 210, West Hartford, Conn./Kingswood-Oxford
DJ Avery, 5-6, 180, Douglasville, Ga./Douglas
Micah Croom, 6-2, 190, La Mirada, Calif./La Mirada
Michael Gordon, 6-2, 170, Marietta, Ga./Choate-Rosemary Hall
Isiah Swann, 5-11, 170, Chandler, Ariz./Chandler
Ryan Roegge, 6-2, 210, Marietta, Ga./Walton


Davis Brief, 6-1, 180, Warwick, N.Y./Warwick Valley


Grant Jaffe, 6-5, 225, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif/ Santa Margarita

* Will enter as freshman this fall after two-year LDS mission
A story in the Napa Valley Register about linebacker Colton Forster "signing" with Dartmouth included this disappointing news:
Forster, unfortunately, suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee last week at Vintage during a basketball Big Game. He is still awaiting more results from an MRI and to hear from his orthopedist, but expects to redshirt next fall.
Not sure whether it was reporter error or a head coach at a prominent prep school making the mistake is uncertain, but quotes like this from an story bring a grimace (italics are mine):
"Over the past two years, Jordan McGriff dedicated himself in the weight room and completely transformed his body. He is one of the most athletic linemen in the state. His work ethic in the classroom earned him the right to attend Dartmouth University. I think he could make an impact in the Ivy League right away."
Of course, that's not as hard to read as something else I came across digging up recruiting information. For the first time ever, I saw someone refer to, "The University of Dartmouth."

n case you are wondering how much people pay attention to recruiting at this level, Signing Day "hits" on BGA Daily were the highest since . . . last Signing Day. There were roughly five times as many hits as on a normal Wednesday during the offseason. writes about Bob Cordy, a starting guard on the nationally ranked 1970 Ivy League championship team, retiring from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
When the NCAA Football Rules Committee meets next week replay/targeting will be on the agenda according to an NCAA release. Speaking of which, don't be surprised if the Ivy League implements replay in football before long. It's already in use in basketball and ice hockey. The committee will also discuss the possible use of computers and tablets on the sidelines according to the release.