•Week 5 Dartmouth opponent Towson has named its starting quarterback and to the surprise of few it's redshirt sophomore Morgan Mahalak, a transfer from Oregon. Yes, THAT Oregon.
Towson returns 10-of-11 starters on offense (including a two-time 1,000-yard rusher) and quarterback was the only question area.
Mahalak was the No. 5 dual-threat quarterback in the nation as a senior. A story out of South Florida, which will get the first look at Mahalak Saturday night, includes this from USF defensive coordinator Raymond Woodie:
"We have been watching Morgan's high school film," said the first-year coordinator. "He is a scary player. We need to be on top of our game and play hard."
•Week One opponent New Hampshire's game notes are up for Saturday's contest at San Diego State and the Wildcats' roster includes players from 19 states. It used to be that no schools had the geographical diversity of the Ivy League but that's changing.
•It's always a jarring site to see huge buses coming down our little dirt road to drop members of the Class of 2020 off for one of the freshman hikes. On our hikes down from the South Peak of Moose Mountain, Griff the Wonder Dog and I have run into several groups of excited freshmen hiking up Moose on their way to the Dartmouth Skiway.
Perhaps some of these same kids will one day hike The 50, the 54-mile, overnight hike from campus to Mt. Moosilauke. Dartmouth News has a story about the latest edition of The 50.
(That Certain '14 hiked The 50 when she was at Dartmouth and told us something about believing she saw a huge, lighted bridge – The George Washington? – sometime during the middle of the night ;-)
•Speaking of Moosilauke, here's video of players from last year's senior class hiking to the top with the Ivy League championship trophy:
•The second double session of the Dartmouth preseason will take place today. As always, BGA Premium will be there with reports after each session.
Yesterday's BGA story, by the way, noted that the Dartmouth coaching staff has spent a combined 137 years in Ivy League football ;-)