The majority of Dartmouth practices during the preseason are slated for afternoons on the Blackman Practice Fields. That's to acclimate to the kind of heat the Big Green may face in its opener at Stetson (although it might not hit 70 degrees in Hanover today) and to prepare on the same surface they will play on in Florida.
There's another advantage to Blackman and it is this: It consists of two full-sized fields. While the consistent surface of Memorial Field is a plus for practice it's still only one field, which requires a lot of organization to run different positional drills. (Click the photo above to supersize it.)
•The local Valley News covers the opening of Dartmouth practice HERE.
•STATS apparently thinks Dartmouth's nonconference schedule is manageable. Today it predicts Stetson will finish 10th in the Pioneer Football League, ahead of only Davidson. (LINK)
The leading source for FCS football previously pegged Holy Cross (Sept. 23) for a fourth-place finish in the seven-team Patriot League and Sacred Heart (Oct. 14) for fourth in the seven-team Northeast Conference.
•Speaking of the Patriot League, it's kind of hard to believe that Dartmouth practiced for the first time yesterday and old friend Colgate will be playing for the first time in two days. The Raiders face off against Cal Poly Saturday at 7 p.m., and if you just can't wait for some football you can catch the game on ESPNU.
•Dartmouth will be back on the field today at 2 p.m. As always, check BGA Premium for full coverage of the second practice of the preseason camp.
|That's defensive line coach Duane Brooks with his stylish hat running his group through its drills Wednesday.|