Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Hailin' Dalyn

Back in the Upper Valley after a week-plus on the road (and rails ;-).
Chicago's own Don Dobes, the Dartmouth defensive coordinator, stands with former Big Green quarterback Dalyn Williams at the Bears' minicamp. (Photo from Twitter)
By most accounts, Dalyn Williams followed a solid tryout with the Pittsburgh Steelers with a terrific minicamp with the Chicago Bears. Unfortunately, when the Bears released the names of the three undrafted players they signed, Williams wasn't one of them. From the Bears' camp report posted by ESPN:
Rookie minicamp ran smoothly. That’s due in part to tryout quarterbacks Sean Goldrich (New Hampshire) and Dalyn Williams (Dartmouth). When the rookie-camp quarterbacks struggle to complete fundamental passes (which often happens at this camp), the whole workout is bogged down. Goldrich and Williams had enough zip and accuracy on their passes for the coaching staff to get a good look at the receivers, tight ends and tailbacks. “We minimize the total install for the quarterbacks,” (coach John) Fox said. “It’s not like we give them our whole playbook. We just see how they can take it from the meeting room on to the field. I thought they did a good job.”
Green Alert Take: Reading that, the idea is growing that rookie minicamp quarterbacks are like a lot of catchers in low minor league baseball. Even if you have don't necessarily think you are interested in investing in them, you can't play without 'em. That's something a local high school product explained to me after he played a year of rookie ball as a catcher and was released.
Dartmouth football players look after their own. Former linebacker Justin Cottrell '08, now has running back Dominick Pierre '14 and linebacker Eric Wickham '15 – a member of last fall's Ivy League championship team – working with him at Talener technology staffing, in Washington, D.C. Cottrell is listed as the firm's regional vice president with Pierre and Wickham listed as relationship managers.

Just a couple more pictures from my quick trip to Yellowstone and visit with That Certain '14-turned-ranger. Click to enlarge:
A couple of elk visit the travertine terrace at Mammoth Hot Springs.
A herd of bison passes nonchalantly through the center of Mammoth village.