Friday, July 27, 2018

Back At It

New Jersey's Shore Network is carrying a terrific story on incoming Dartmouth tailback Zack Bair spun out of his play in the 41st annual Shore Sports Network All-Shore Gridiron Classic.

From the story (LINK):
The Caseys’ star finished with 52 yards and a score on 9 carries as part of a star-studded backfield in Monmouth County’s 28-14 win over Ocean County at Brick Memorial to end his standout career on his terms after an injury derailed his senior year.
Bair had racked up 1,087 yards and 15 touchdowns on only 79 carries in just over six games for an outrageous 13.7 yards per carry before his season-ending injury. 
And . . .
Bair had been training with Val Barnaby at ESSA Sports Training in Tinton Falls since his injury, so there was no trepidation when he first stepped on the field for practice this week. The coaches at his future home, Dartmouth College, also gave him the green light to play in the all-star game.
“I’m back to 100 percent, so it felt good to be back out there,’’ he said. 
And . . .
The coaching staff selected Bair as this year’s Monmouth County recipient of the prestigious Sam Mills Award, named for the player who best embodies the perseverance and character of the late Sam Mills, a Long Branch legend who starred as a linebacker for the New Orleans Saints in the 1980s.
Dartmouth's two Patriot League opponents are not expected to make much noise in the PL race according to the conference's preseason poll, which looks like this (LINK):

Colgate (11 first-place votes), 71 points
Lehigh (3), 63
Fordham, 45
Holy Cross, 40
(tie) Bucknell, 31
(tie) Lafayette, 31
Georgetown, 13

Several players from both Holy Cross and Georgetown were chosen to the preseason all-Patriot League first team however:

Holy Cross
Wide receiver Blaise Bell
Defensive lineman Teddy Capsis
Defensive lineman Neil Vorster
Linebacker Ryan Brady

Defensive lineman Khristian Tate
Non-Specialist Player Ahmad Wilson

Green Alert Take: The non-specialist player was listed under specialists. Consider me confused.
Flo Football has announced its Ultimate, Indisputable, Indubitable 2018 FCS Preseason All-America team. (Caveat emptor!)

The only Ivy Leaguer named to the first team was Harvard offensive lineman Larry Allen, one of the two players on the offense to get a writeup. It went like this:
Larry Allen III is not your average FCS offensive lineman. For starters, he’s Larry Allen III—as in, the son of Hall of Famer and three-time Super Bowl champion Larry Allen II. He also passed on offers from programs like Arizona State and Colorado in favor Harvard, and it’s safe to say things have worked out nicely for all parties involved.
Yale running back Zane Dudek was named to the second team and Princeton wide receiver Jesper Horsted to the third team.