Tuesday, September 27, 2016

This And That

Dartmouth has received a commitment from Evan Hecimovich, a 6-foot-3, 260-pound lineman from Naperville North High School in Illinois. Find his Tweet announcing his college intentions HERE. Find his HUDL highlight video HERE.
The new FCS polls are out and Dartmouth gets more respect in one than the other. Teams of interest:

25. Harvard
34. Dartmouth
43. New Hampshire
45. Towson
51. Georgetown

19. Harvard
38. Towson
40. Dartmouth

The early lines are in on this week's games:
Dartmouth by 14.5 over Penn
Princeton by 4.5 over Columbia
Brown by 12.5 over URI
Colgate  by 13.5 over Cornell
Harvard by 23 over Georgetown
Lehigh  by 6.5 over Yale

New Hampshire  by 4.5 over William & Mary
Richmond by 14.5 over Towson
The Cornell Sun has an Ivy League roundup HERE.
In addition to being named Ivy League defensive player of the week, Dartmouth linebacker Flo Orimolade was an honorable-mention selection for the STATS FCS National defensive player of the week. (LINK)
The Dartmouth junior varsity scrimmaged the combined Middlebury varsity and jayvees on Sept. 18 and the Midd quarterback was very impressive. A little Googling revealed that Ivy League teams in need of a quarterback might have missed out on a very interesting transfer who ended up with the Panthers.

Jared Lebowitz is a 6-foot-4, 200-pound junior who began his college career as a three-star recruit at UNLV. (Find his UNLV bio HERE.) Originally from Vermont, he played two years at South Burlington HS before finishing high school in California. In Middlebury's 40-3 win over Bowdoin Saturday all he did was go 26-for-39 for 369 yards and five touchdowns and run six times for 44 yards and another touchdown. Granted, Middlebury is a DIII program but those numbers are pretty hard to ignore and if he was able to transfer into Midd he would have been a strong candidate at an Ivy school as well.
Dartmouth grad and Cy Young candidate Kyle Hendricks lowered his major league-leading ERA to 1.99 last night with six shoutout innings in the Chicago Cubs' 12-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. From a Chicago Tribune story:
Hendricks (16-8) didn't walk a batter as he extended his streak of allowing three earned runs or fewer to 22 consecutive starts.
Tentatively scheduled to start the regular-season finale Sunday in Cincinnati, Hendricks is 12-2 with a 1.29 ERA over his last 18 appearances since June 19.
Cubs' starter Jon Lester, by the way, is in Hendricks' corner. From another Tribune story:
“If I had a vote, (Hendricks) would be my vote,” Lester said. “I get to see him every day. I see what he does, how he goes about it, how he prepares, how he goes out and executes. He’s my guy. He’s who I’d vote for right now, tomorrow, the next day, whenever.”
Cubs skipper Joe Maddon, a proud graduate of Patriot League member Lafayette, had a little fun with Hendricks during last night's game. From a CSN Chicago story:
 “After he did not go to third base on that groundball, I went up to him and said, ‘Now, if I were to go to Dartmouth and went to the bookstore…’” Maddon recalled. “And he says, ‘Yeah, I’d go…’
“I said, ‘No, it has nothing to do with going first to third. If I were to go to the bookstore and I picked up a T-shirt, what would the nickname say on the front of it?’ And he said: ‘The Big Green.’
“So I learned something.”
And this from the Tribune story:
“When you’re known as the Big Green, is that like Gumby?” Maddon asked. “Is he your guy? What does their mascot look like?
“Do they have one? They probably don’t because you don’t need to have a mascot if you’re at Dartmouth.”