Wednesday, April 11, 2012

On The Field

Alex Park, left, and Andy Gay deliver passes during spring drills yesterday.

New tight ends coach Kyle Metzler, a former Yale standout and assistant coach, watches Jackson Floyd grab a pass during the first day of spring drills.

From Tuesday's Green Alert Premium:
Tuesday was the first day on the field for defensive line coach Kevin Lewis, who takes over for Calvin Thibodeaux, now at Tulsa.

“He has done a nice job,” Teevens said. “He has a nice personality and works well with the guys. He played professionally and has a lot of experience. He’s a Virginia Tech guy that played for Frank Beamer and Frank was huge in terms of recommendation with him.”

With Steve Cully now at Holy Cross, Yale grad Kyle Metzler has slid in as tight ends coach.

“Kyle was at Yale in the same capacity a year ago,” Teevens said. “(Offensive line coach) Keith Clark knew him. He was actually a lineman for Keith way back when. He has been a real pleasant addition.”

The third new coach is Mike Bruno, who came to Dartmouth a year ago as an operations and film specialist and has been promoted to defensive assistant.

Because of Saturday's track meet, Dartmouth is practicing Tuesday-Thursday-Friday this week.

Is Harvard joining the matte-black helmet movement? Maybe. Check this link.

I've been looking in occasionally on former Columbia standout Alex Gross' blog about playing for the Graz Giants of the Austrian Football League. Although he played on the other side of the ball in college he is averaging a team-high 74.3 yards per game rushing (9.3 yards per carry) with five TDs in three games while also leading the Giants with 33.5 tackles (the next player has 10). The fun in checking in on Alex's blog comes from posts like his latest about going to a teammate's house for Easter dinner. A year playing pro football in Europe isn't a bad gig.

Kudos to former Yale star Jesse Reising '11, who has teamed with a couple of other Elis to turn the team's April 21 Blue-White Game into a fundraising effort for the Warrior-Scholar Project. link

Reising, you may remember, was planning on joining the Marine Corps until suffering a serious injury in the 2010 Harvard game. link