Friday, July 10, 2015

Oh, Yeah

Matt Oh '11
Dartmouth grad Matt Oh and Columbia grad Alex Gross are teaming up at linebacker for the American team in the World Cup of American Football, which kicked off last night in Canton, Ohio with the U.S. team posting a 30-6 win over Mexico. The Americans play Japan Sunday at 7 p.m. That figures to be an interesting game for Oh, who has been playing professionally in Japan.

Oh had two tackles for loss against Mexico and Gross 1.5 TFLs.

All games are on ESPN3 (the Internet streaming network). The championship game is July 18.

The U.S. roster includes players from Boise State, USC, Mississippi State, Washington, North Carolina State, Colorado, San Diego State and Army, Brett Favre's nephew from Tennessee-Martin, and an assortment of players from other schools around the nation.

The U.S. Team
1 Bryan Douglas DB 5-9 175 Boise State Los Angeles, Calif.
3 Dylan Favre QB 5-10 195 Tenn-Martin Martin, Tenn.
4 Talir Satterfield-Rowe RB 5-10 200 West Virginia State Camden, N.J.
5 Drew Banks WR 5-9 165 Middle Tennessee State Brandywine, Md.
6 Mike Edwards DB 5-9 190 Hawaii Beachwood, Ohio
7 David Guthrie LB 5-10 205 New Mexico Albuquerque, N.M.
8 Calvin Burnett Jr. DB 5-10 180 Indiana State Orlando, Fla.
11 Kevin Burke QB 5-10 185 Mount Union Westlake, Ohio
13 Trent Steelman WR 6-0 205 Army Bowling Green, Ky.
18 Andy Erickson WR 5-10 175 Texas State San Marcos, Texas
20 Robert Virgil DB 6-0 205 Sioux Falls Sioux Falls, S.D.
22 Curtis Slater DB 5-8 185 West Texas A&M Houston, Texas
25 Larry Dixon RB 5-11 239 Army Bremerton, Wash.
27 Nick Griffin RB 5-11 233 Mississippi State New Augusta, Miss.
30 Cliff Stokes DB 6-2 185 Iowa State Tallahassee, Fla.
32 Dan Zeidman P-PK 6-0 205 Idaho State Charlotte, N.C.
34 Alex Gross LB 5-11 220 Columbia Kettering, Ohio
35 Scott Thompson LB 5-11 244 North Carolina State Laguna Niguel, Calif.
36 Jack Sherlock DL 6-4 250 South Dakota State Chicago, Ill.
40 Derrick Webb LB 6-0 225 Colorado Memphis, Tenn.
41 T.L. Edwards DB 5-11 184 Middle Tennessee State Moreno Valley, Calif.
42 Lucky Dozier DB 5-10 185 Northern Arizona Flagstaff, Ariz.
44 B.J. Beatty LB 6-2 235 Colorado Kaawa, Hawaii
45 Chad Young RB 5-10 255 San Diego State La Verne, Calif.
46 Talib Wise LB 6-1 205 Nevada Chicago, Ill.
50 Steven Kurfehs LB 6-3 233 Texas-San Antonio San Antonio, Texas
55 Chris Alvarez DL 6-2 240 Rowan Cliffside Park, N.J.
58 Matt Oh LB 6-2 230 Dartmouth Plano, Texas
61 Alex Land OL 6-3 298 Weber State Ogden, Utah
67 Mike Criste OL 6-5 316 Washington Seattle, Wash.
70 Randall Harris OL 6-3 295 Towson Lanham, Md.
71 Jeremy Galten OL 6-5 295 Southern Cal Foster City, Calif.
73 Zack Williams OL 6-4 300 Washington State Las Vegas, Nev.
74 Manrey Saint-Amour OL 6-2 285 Georgia Southern Suwanee, Ga.
76 Charlie Tuttle OL 6-2 300 Texas State San Marcos, Texas
77 Bryan Wick DL 6-4 280 Bemidji State Duluth, Minn.
79 James Atoe OL 6-6 375 Washington Marysville, Wash.
81 Kevin Cummings WR 6-1 184 Oregon State Corvallis, Ore.
83 Quillan Mathis WR 6-1 205 Northwood Mount Pleasant, Mich.
84 Ernst Brun TE 6-4 250 Iowa State Ankeny, Iowa
86 Carrington Hanna TE 6-2 218 Sioux Falls Phoenix, Ariz.
87 Brad Smithey WR 5-10 185 SW Oklahoma State Durant, Okla.
88 Luc Meacham WR 6-1 200 Mount Union Toledo, Ohio
91 Willie Mobley DL 6-2 280 New Mexico State Ladera Ranch, Calif.
92 Alec May LB 6-3 245 Georgetown Wrentham, Mass.

For a Q&A about the World Cup of American Football, CLICK HERE.
If there is a definitive source of news at the FCS level it is The Sports Network and when TSN was bought earlier this year by STATS LLC, there was some concern that the excellent coverage provided by Craig Haley and his staff would dry up. Fortunately that hasn't happened.

From a press release (LINK):
STATS LLC, the world’s leading sports technology, data and content company, announced its preseason Football Championship Subdivision All-America teams today to kick off a broad plan that will see it significantly expand its coverage of FCS. The 2015 group is headlined by Villanova quarterback John Robertson, the returning national player of the year, as well as five members of four-time defending champion North Dakota State across the three All-America teams.
STATS, which purchased The Sports Network (TSN) in February, will look to build on the momentum its acquisition has created for rich content in the FCS market. For almost three decades, TSN has served the FCS community with such staples as a pre- and postseason All-America team, weekly Top 25 poll, national players of the week, award watch lists and season-ending awards.
In addition, STATS is creating a dedicated FCS website featuring breaking news, real-time scores and other unique content that will combine the strengths of the company’s data, editorial and products expertise for players, coaches and fans.
Green Alert Take: This is very good news for everyone who follows teams in the Ivies, Patriot League, CAA, Northeast and the rest.

STATS has named its FCS Preseason All-America team and three Ivy Leaguers made the third team – none from Dartmouth.

Chosen were 6-foot-7, 295-pound Harvard offensive lineman Cole Toner, 6-4, 240 Princeton wide receiver Seth DeValve and Cornell punter Chris Fraser.

DeValve is an interesting choice after catching 19 passes and appearing in just two games last year before being lost to injury. He has caught 89 passes for 999 yards and four touchdowns in his career. He returns this fall as a fifth-year senior.

Overlooked at the wide receiver position was Dartmouth fifth-year senior Ryan McManus, who caught 68 passes last year with eight going for touchdowns. McManus has 125 catches for 1,670 yards and 10 touchdowns in his career.

Green Alert Take: Only the postseason All-America team matters ;-)
The Buffzone has a brief story (LINK) about Colorado football coach Mike MacIntyre limiting access to practice out of concerns that he "got burned" last year. Cell phone cameras and the Internet have made it easy for coaches to become paranoid about information getting out.

Green Alert Take: In 10 years of BGA I've been at EVERY full preseason or regular season practice and to his credit, not once has Dartmouth coach Buddy Teevens locked the gates. Things get a little squirrelly when the annual Dartmouth-Harvard preseason game rolls around but that's a whole different kettle of catfish.

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