Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Another Name

Yet another incoming freshman with intriguing credentials has expressed an interest in walking on to the Dartmouth football program next fall.

Joshua Davis is a 5-foot-11, 165-pound corner from Garfield HS in Los Angeles who hopes to become a psychiatrist. An honorable-mention Eastern League pick, he had 26 tackles, three pass breakups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery last year. Find his highlight video here.

Although he is a walk-on and has been tentatively penciled in not as a corner but as a receiver, Davis already has overcome a great deal in his young life according to a compelling blurb from the Los Angeles Times.
Working on freshman bios that were posted last night on BGA Premium I came across several video interviews with incoming players who are clearly at ease in front of a camera. Check out interviews with tight end Ben Hagaman, offensive lineman Tanner Aiono (scroll down to Week 4), and wide receiver Emory Thompson.

Sitting with Coach Buddy Teevens after practice last evening I learned that 6-foot, 190-pound Porter Ontko of Naperville, Ill., and Benet Academy will get his first look at running back, not safety as previously reported.
Former defensive back Eric Hageman '90 will likely be at the NFL Draft in New York City for a very good reason. His adopted son Ra'Shede has been invited to the event (LINK) by the NFL as a probable first-round draft pick out of the University of Minnesota. Ra'Shede Hageman is a 6-foot-6, 310-pound defensive lineman. BGA linked to his dramatic life story last month. LINK
According to reports out of Philadelphia yesterday longtime Penn football coach Al Bagnoli will announce today that he is stepping down after the 2014 season. LINK

Bagnoli has won nine Ivy League championships in his 23 years with the Quakers. His overall record is 142-66 and he's 110-44 in Ivy League play. His .714 winning percentage in Ivy League games is the best by any coach since the start of former conference play. (It is not the best by a coach at one school, however. Counting his tenure at Cornell, Bob Blackman's winning percentage against Ivy teams is 67.0. But it was 76.7 percent at Dartmouth from 1956-70).

Another report out of Philly says defensive coordinator Ray Priore will succeed Bagnoli after 28 years on the staff.

Green Alert Take: Does anyone else find it interesting that a succession plan may have been put in place ahead of the arrival of new Athletic Director Grace Calhoun?