Thursday, March 20, 2014

Catching Up With Cato

Missed this earlier . . .

A web arm of the Charlotte Observer featured a story earlier this month about Davidson's hiring of former Dartmouth defensive tackle and assistant coach Derham Cato to coach offensive line and tight ends.

From the story:
“Our goal is to put up a fence around the state for the elite academic kids,” Cato continued. “We want to keep those kids that we’re losing to Ivy league schools in this area. Playing at Dartmouth, and beginning my coaching career there, I understand what it takes to get young men here that can also handle the academics.” 
Find Cato's Davidson bio here.

Not much more to the story but The Tennessean writes about Dartmouth recruit Ben Hagaman of Franklin, Tenn., getting together with a couple of other Ivy recruits from that part of the state so they would know each other in advance of their college careers. The lede of the story:
A meeting of some brilliant minds took place last week when three former high school football players from Williamson County got together to talk about their future.
I don't do it every day this time of year but I occasionally visit Ivy League football websites to see if there's anything new to pass along. It's gotten really tricky at most schools the last few years because rotating stories and pictures make it impossible to tell what's new without clicking through a whole cycle. Very annoying.

Anyway, visiting the Cornell pages I found something perhaps of note on the updated 2014 roster (sans freshmen), and also discovered something silly.

First, the silly.

NFL prospect Jeff Mathews had the lowest pass completion percentage on the Cornell roster last year, hitting 228-of-360 of his passes (63.3 percent) for 2,953 yards, with 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions Rising junior James Few was 15-for-19 (78.9 percent) for 193 yards and two TDs without an interception while rising soph Robert Sanborn was 3-for-3 for 49 yards. Heck, even punter Chris Fraser had a better completion rate than Mathews with 2-for-2 for 21 yards.

What was of note on the roster was the absence of 6-foot-5, 221-pound quarterback Sam Wood. Not that I usually notice such things, but for some reason his name rang a bell (think about it, folks), plus I'd heard he could be the frontrunner to replace Mathews next fall. Might be an oversight or he might be taking the spring off in anticipation of a fifth fall given that he missed all but one game of his freshman season. From his 2012 bio:
An excellent developmental quarterback behind Jeff Mathews, Wood will have a chance to compete for the backup spot and eventually become the Cornell signal-caller.
Dartmouth football fans who listen to games on the Internet or watch the streaming broadcast have been lucky to have veteran New Hampshire broadcaster Dick Lutsk calling the games the past several years and no doubt look forward to hearing him again this fall.

Turns out, he's not the star of the family. That honor belongs to his son, Steve Lutsk, a personal trainer in Los Angeles. The younger Lutsk was scheduled to be on The Hallmark Channel's Home & Family Show today exercising with "muscle ropes."

Dartmouth football players know all about those things. Check out the Lutsk Training video on rope exercises and his Lutsk Training website.
Kudos to Abbey D'Agostino for being named the USTFCCCA 2014 Women's Division I Indoor National Track Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row, to the Dartmouth softball team for winning at San Diego, and to the Big Green baseball team for a 10-3 win over a good Nebraska-Omaha team at Kansas University.

Wide receiver/outfielder Bo Patterson had two hits and two RBIs in a seven-run seventh inning that lifted Dartmouth to the win. Patterson finished with three hits and three ribbies.

Here are pictures of the baseball team on the field at Kansas and enjoying a meal at KU (thanks for the photo):

And the beat goes on. Six more inches of snow last night.