Thursday, July 23, 2015

Still More Pix

Wednesday was a gorgeous day to grab a few shots of the new home football stands at Memorial Field. The timing was right with the seat benches going in and the brick work nearing completion. (Click photos to supersize them.)

While the glamour work was taking place on the other side of the stadium, the visiting stands were getting a power washing.
Dartmouth is adding another member of the Class of 2019 with intriguing walk-on David Emanuels will be joining the team. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound linebacker from Mercer Island, Wash., was a member of the Class 3A all-state first team after making 103 tackles last fall and returning two interceptions for touchdowns. He can also line up at wide receiver.

Here's his highlight video:

Dartmouth quarterback Dalyn Williams is the preseason Ivy League offensive player of the year and linebacker Will McNamara the defensive player of the year in the view of the College Sports Madness website. All totaled, Dartmouth had 16 players honored including nine on the first team. Find a Dartmouth release HERE and the full CSM preseason team HERE.

Now it is the New England Patriots who are jumping on the virtual reality bandwagon with STRIVR. From the Boston Globe:
The Cowboys and 49ers, along with programs at Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Dartmouth, Stanford, and Vanderbilt, started working with STRIVR this year. In the coming months, the company — at the moment, the only virtual reality firm working with NFL clubs to create footage with real players, not avatars — expects to add a dozen or more pro teams and at least 10 colleges to its roster.
The Globe story included the following video that gives a glimpse at how the system works:

From an Advocate story out of the Louisiana High School Coaches Association’s Coaches Clinic yesterday (LINK):
Dartmouth football coach Buddy Teevens said it isn’t hard to explain his no tackling in practice philosophy to current players who are destined to be doctors, lawyers and heads of industry.
Teevens was part of the “Practice Like Pros” presentation aimed at reducing concussions along with former LSU and New York Giants star Leonard Marshall. The initiative is aimed at reducing concussions in football by limiting contact in practice.
“I tell them, ‘Protect your head … you’re going to make a living with it,’ ” Teevens said.
The Lehigh Football Nation blog has an exhaustive look at disappointing attendance at Lehigh's football games and others in the FCS and offers a few ideas on how to drum up more fans. (LINK)

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