Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Spring Sprung

Dartmouth held its first of 12 spring practices Tuesday. Above, All-Ivy League receiver Ryan McManus catches a pass during drills. A welcome sight for Big Green fans was tailback Kyle Bramble running well on the sidelines after undergoing reconstructive knee surgery for an injury suffered in the season-ending win over Princeton. While several prominent players were missing, others were back in action including McManus, quarterback Jonathan DiBiaso (below) and former starting corner Chai Reece. Check out BGA Premium for full coverage of yesterday's session and each of the dozen practices this spring.

The official Dartmouth website had a practice preview yesterday. LINK The release notes the Big Green . . .
. . . has starters returning at eight offensive positions and six defensive spots, as well as the kickers and return specialists. Of the 15 Big Green athletes to earn All-Ivy honors last season, eight will return to the field this fall. With that experience returning along with numerous reserves that saw time a year ago, Dartmouth has many of the pieces in place to challenge for its 18th Ivy crown.
Dartmouth players bringing "tsunami" bars in from practice reminded
coach Buddy Teevens of another kind of guard, from the Wizard of Oz. 
See the similarity?
Among those back from injury was freshman quarterback Jonathan DiBiaso.

About Rack And Zack

Former Dartmouth and then Princeton assistant coach Dave Rackovan has been named head football coach at The Hill School in Pottstown, Pa., according to LINK

The story notes that Rack . . .
. . . was the head football coach and athletic director at Central Bucks South High School in Warrington, Pa., for three years. Rackovan was 26-18 at CB South, including a 10-2 record last fall. His no-huddle, spread offense shattered CB South records.

Rack was a member of the Dartmouth staff when the Big Green went 10-0 in 1996 and won its last Ivy League title.

The headmaster of The Hill School is Zack Lehman '95, a former nose guard who played at Dartmouth when Rackovan was on the coaching staff.

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Practice resumes tomorrow. Be sure to visit BGA Premium to stay up to speed on all things Dartmouth football. (Editor's Note: If you forgot your password and username, there is a link to have them sent to you.)