Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Zuttah Getting Attention

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AJ Zuttah has been projected by at least a handful of online sites as a potential late-round draft pick. He is bidding to be the Big Green's first draft pick since tight end Casey Cramer in 2003.

For Zuttah, being one of the top Ivy League prospects is a two-edged sword. It means he gets a little more attention – and a little more critical scrutiny. He was the only Dartmouth prospect mentioned in the Pro Football Draft Guide 2016 magazine I saw in a bookstore over the weekend. Here's his entry, which listed him as the 27th best prospect at his position:

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STATS takes a look at prominent quarterback battles in the coming season and two Ivy League schools get a mention – Dartmouth and Harvard. (LINK)

Of the battle at Dartmouth, the former Sports Network writes:
With the Big Green home to a robotic tackling dummy, Dalyn Williams was anything but robotic as a 3 1/2-year starter, but he made some defensive players look like dummies. Bruce Dixon IV, a strapping 6-4, 230-pound Carolinian, who coach Buddy Teevens compares physically to Cam Newton, rates as the front-runner with junior Jack Heneghan in the mix.
Of Harvard:
Scott Hosch ended up as the Ivy League's offensive player of the year after the Crimson won a share of their third straight conference title, but he was supposed to be pushed for the starting job by Joe Viviano. However, Viviano suffered a season-ending broken foot in the preseason. An ESPN Top 50 quarterback coming out of high school, he has a good chance to win the No. 1 job as a senior over sophomore Tom Stewart. 
Worth noting is that while Viviano, "has a good chance to win the No. 1 job as a senior," the injury that kept him sidelined last year likely means he'll have a chance to play not just in the coming fall but the year after.

There also figures to be a pretty good battle this fall at Yale, where the Bulldogs will be replacing Morgan Roberts. Brown also will have a new quarterback with the graduation of Marcus Fuller.

There may be battles at Princeton and Cornell although both have starters back with Chad Kanoff and John Lovett both returning for the Tigers, and Robert Somborn back for the Big Red.

Although Skyler Mornhinweg is out because of injury this spring he gives Columbia a returning starter, and no school in the Ivies is more set at quarterback next fall than Penn, where All-Ivy League first-team member Alek Torgersen is back.
Dartmouth Now writes about Donnie Brooks leaving his position as assistant athletic director for Dartmouth's DP2 program to become athletic director at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss.

I freelanced a story about Donnie for the DP2 PEAK magazine that began this way:
Looming over the desk in Donnie Brooks’ tiny office on the top floor of Floren Varsity House is a double-hinged whiteboard whose three panels are overflowing with a little neat, and a lot of not-so neat writing.
In quiet moments between all of the emails and the phone calls, the meetings, the appointments and the random passersby who stick a head into his office simply to say hi, Dartmouth’s Assistant Athletic Director for Peak Performance will steal an anxious glance at the printing on the whiteboard.
Networking Fair. Jobs Report. Set Practice Meetings. Employer Recruiting Monday. Tuck Finance Panel. 
There’s a lot happening up on the board. And when something is wiped away it seems there’s always something else to take its place. Massage. Nutritionist. Sports Psychology.
It may be helpful to think of Donnie Brooks as one of the air traffic controllers of DP2. He’s not flying the planes but his role is to make sure everything is where it should be, when it should be.
  CLICK HERE to read the full story.