I was a psychology major at Dartmouth, and I probably use my degree here for work more than anything else. Coaching at this level is more motivation and how to get guys to play and how to do things. It’s such a diverse group of guys we’ve got, and part of it is figuring out how guys tick and what motivates them. I’d like to think some of my actual scholastic work has an impact on that. I joke it’s probably the best use of my psychology degree.
•The D has opened voting for its 2016-17 Dartmouth sports rookie of the year. Among the five finalists are athletes from the tennis, skiing, track, baseball (Trevor Johnson, son of former Dartmouth quarterback/baseball standout Mark Johnson) and football receiver Hunter Hagdorn.
Hagdorn was the Ivy League football rookie of the year. From the story:
“Just because I had one good season, I can’t be complacent,” Hagdorn said. “I need to work harder and fight for three even better seasons.”
Personally, Hagdorn wants to score 10 touchdowns and surpass 1,000 yards receiving next season, though he places more significance on team success than individual statistics. In his second season with the team, he hopes to become a more vocal leader and help Dartmouth football rebound from a disappointing 4-6 season.
•At least two transfers from FBS programs are headed to Dartmouth's Ivy League opponents and will be eligible this fall.
Suiting up for Penn will be 6-foot-5, 300-pound defensive lineman David Ryslik, formerly of Connecticut. Find his UConn bio HERE. From the New Haven Register:
Ryslik saw time in practice with the second-team defense as a true freshman although UConn resisted the temptation to use him in a game and lose a season of eligibility.Joining the Columbia team this fall will be Carson Griffis, a wide receiver at Auburn team last season. From Al.com:
Griffis signed with Auburn in 2016 as a preferred walk-on but did not see the field while redshirting for the Tigers.There has been message board speculation that the 5-foot-10, 169-pound transfer may give quarterback a shot, fueled perhaps by this from the Al.com story:
He was a standout at quarterback for Homewood, accounting for more than 6,100 yards of total offense and 60 touchdowns rushing and passing.Find his Auburn bio HERE.
•Dartmouth, of course, is expected to have quarterback Jimmy Fitzgerald joining the program from Illinois of the Big Ten. (BGA link)
•From Upstate Medical University News via MDLinx:
Researchers at SUNY Upstate Medical University and Penn State University have identified a novel and accurate biomarker that both identifies concussion in children, and predicts the length of recovery.
•And finally, Upper Valley locals sometimes refer to the section of Interstate 89 around New London as the "Bermuda Triangle" of New Hampshire weather and it lived up to it yesterday with heavy, wet snow lining the roads as we passed through on the way to celebrate Mother's Day with Mrs. BGA's family. Check out the snow totals and picture HERE.