This opener is a great litmus test for people at certain positions to perform and evaluate a little more, so we can have the roster more firmed up for league competition. The non-league games also allow people to get a little more experience before we face off against the other Ivy League schools.
•The Harvard Crimson has the following quotes from unnamed players under a story headlined: Football Bracing for Lineup Changes Following Government 1310 Incident:
With the whole investigation going on, we realize that there are possibilities that our team is going to miss a few players.
And . . .
Coaches are taking certain steps to prepare us for the worst.
And . . .
There are guys at all positions on this team who are getting a chance to step up when they’re handed that ball. It’s a good opportunity for them to be able to contribute to the team in some way.
The story noted:
Some football players have said that coaches, expecting the loss of at least one major contributor on offense, are beginning to rethink strategy and the starting lineup.
•The Brown Daily Herald quotes Bear starting quarterback Patrick Donnelly:
A lot of people who write about Ivy League football have said Brown’s offense is down. But I think we can prove a lot of people wrong.
•Headline in the Daily Princetonian:
As fall camp winds down, QB situation remains unclear
The Ivy League website has a list of Ivy products playing in the NFL as the season kicks off:
Matt Birk, Harvard - Ravens (15th year)
Kevin Boothe, Cornell - Giants (7th year)
Desmond Bryant, Harvard - Raiders (4th year)
Colin Cloherty, Brown - Jaguars (4th year)
Zak DeOssie, Brown - Giants (6th year)
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Harvard - Bills (8th year)
Jeff Adams, Columbia - Bengals (1st year)
Kevin Murphy, Harvard - 49ers (1st year)
Greg Van Roten, Penn - Packers (1st year)
This week's Sagarin Ratings:
(Last week in parentheses)
117 (118) Harvard
150 (159) Brown
155 (164) Penn
187 (190) Dartmouth
196 (194) Cornell
207 (217) Columbia
218 (219) Princeton
202 (174) Holy Cross
214 (229) Sacred Heart
223 (230) Butler
And finally, Dartmouth women's cross country had its opening race Saturday and to the surprise of absolutely no one, Abbey D'Agostino was the individual winner. link
In case you were wondering where That Certain Older Hanover High Grad was, here's a picture. She was on a glacier in Canada as part of Dartmouth's legendary Stretch Program for Earth Science majors. They will be doing National Park studies and research segments at Bighorn Basin in Wyoming, in the White Mountains of California, at Death Valley and in Grand Canyon among other locations before finishing the off-campus term in November.