Ryan Paganetti '14, who showed brief flashes at running back before injuries led to him leaving the Dartmouth football program, is a game away from the Super Bowl as a behind-the-scenes assistant with the Philadelphia Eagles. From an ESPN story on the team's use of analytics:
The situations in which the Eagles decide to strike might seem random, but in fact they are quite calculated. And they're often decided before the start of the game -- or even before the start of the season. The approach is driven by an analytics team so involved in the operation that two members of the department -- including coaching assistant/linebackers coach Ryan Paganetti, a Dartmouth grad with a degree in economics -- communicate with (Coach Doug) Pederson in-game.Whatever Paganetti and the Eagles have been doing, it has worked. From the story:
The results of the fourth-down bids have been overwhelmingly in favor of the Eagles. According to ESPN Stats & Information, they have scored a touchdown or field goal on 13 of the 18 drives in which they converted a fourth down, totaling 85 points (4.7 points per drive). The times they went for it on fourth down and didn't convert, the opposing team didn't score a single point on the subsequent drive.
•Also a game away from (another) Super Bowl is former Dartmouth linebacker and captain Bronson Green '14, the the New England Patriots’ site operations manager who is shamed into showing off his Super Bowl ring whenever he visits practice.
Jonathan DiBiaso, the record-setting quarterback from Everett High School in Massachusetts who transferred to Tufts after injuries helped derail his career, spent last fall as an assistant coach at Catholic Memorial High School in Massachusetts. That's a note in a story about his father, legendary coach John DiBiaso, taking over as the school's head coach next season. (LINK)
•Penn wide receiver Justin Watson is playing in the East-West Shrine Game today and learned this week he's been invited to play in the Senior Bowl next week. Also invited to the Senior Bowl is Brown defensive end Dewey Jarvis.
•Dartmouth back Wyatt Omsberg, who helped the Big Green to four consecutive conference championships, has made history as the first Ivy League player ever chosen in the first round of the MLS Super Draft. He was taken 15th by Minnesota. (LINK)
From the Dartmouth release:
Omsberg becomes the fifth player in program history to be drafted by the MLS after Stefan Cleveland was drafted by the Chicago Fire in 2017. Lucky Mkosana was selected by the Fire as well as the No. 23 overall pick in 2012, and former Big Green players Daniel Keat and Bobby Meyer also played in the MLS.