Saturday, August 31, 2019

Numbers Game

The odds of making an NFL team as an undrafted free agent are long and they caught up to former Dartmouth offensive tackle Matt Kaskey yesterday as the two-time All-Ivy League lineman was waived by the Los Angeles Rams.
The official Dartmouth football roster has been updated with a few significant changes in weight.

Watching practice it seemed clear that Jackson Perry had slimmed down and in fact the fifth-year defensive lineman is down 20 pounds to 280. Among the biggest gainers was offensive lineman John Paul Flores, up 25 pounds to 285.

Some of the biggest movers:

Defensive lineman Tobi Adedara plus 20 pounds to 225
Linebacker Landon McDermott plus 20 to 200
Offensive lineman Tanner Aiono plus 15 to 320
Defensive lineman Bobby Jefferson plus 15 to 275
Defensive lineman Seth Walter plus 15 to 255
Linebacker Joe Heffernan plus 15 to 225

Defensive lineman Jackson Yost down 25 pounds to 260
Defensive lineman Luca Di Leo down 20 to 295
Offensive lineman Ben Culmer  down 15 to 295
Safety Ryan Roegge down 10 to 195
Offensive lineman Zach Sammartino down 10 to 295

One year ago Dartmouth had 11 players tip the scale at 300 or more pounds. This year there are just four, led by defensive lineman Jordan McGriff at 335.

Last year defensive back Robert Crockett was the lightest player at 150 pounds. This year the Miami product has company as the lightest player at 150 pounds, joined by wide receiver Jamal Cooney, also out of Miami.

Matt Kaskey and Hamilton Day were the tallest players on the roster last year at 6-foot-7. This year offensive lineman Ethan Nurre has that honor, standing 6-9.

Replacing the graduated Matt Shearin as the smallest player this year are Crockett and fellow defensive back Maxwell McIntosh, both measuring in at 5-8. Shearin had the honors a year ago at 5-6.

Find the 2019 roster HERE.
There are a lot of mentions each week about high school players hearing from Dartmouth recruiters. Too many to mention them all, but as a Scrabble aficionado this one in New York's Newsday caught my eye: Olasunkonmi Agunloye of Lindenhurst, N.Y.

From Newsday:
The Division I offers have begun to pile up for Agunloye – a 6-6, 240 pound offensive tackle and defensive end. While he hasn’t yet determined which five of his 25 offers will turn into official visits, he has a pretty good idea that UCLA, Virginia, and an Ivy League school – perhaps Dartmouth – will be on that short list.
I had to chuckle because at least I have spellcheck. Good luck to the public address and radio people. That said, the potential Dartmouth recruit has nothing on a Yale defensive lineman by the name of Osorachukwu Ifesinachukwu. (And yes, I copy/pasted that one ;-)
Bruce Dixon, who had one start at quarterback for Dartmouth several years ago, seemed to have a good shot at being the starter at Hampton University this fall until . . . until former Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois transferred in. From the Virginian-Pilot:
(O)ut of respect for the other four quarterbacks on Hampton’s roster — Austin Bradley, Bruce Dixon, Isaiah Robinson and Dallas Hall — Francois didn’t come in like it was his job to lose.
Which of course it was . . .
Speaking of transfers, former Harvard quarterback Tom Stewart was beaten out for the starting job at Rice as a grad transfer. But starter Wiley Green completed just 7-of-14 passes for 62 yards in the Owls' 14-7 loss to Army. Stewart, who was in the running until the final week, may get his shot with another game like that.
Former Dartmouth receivers coach Cortez Hankton now at Georgia will get a look at one of the Ivy League's most dangerous threats of the pass few years tonight when the Bulldogs host Vanderbilt and Justice Shelton-Mosley. The former Harvard standout is listed as a potential starter at wide receiver and as the Commodores' starting punt returner.

And finally, among those at the Dartmouth women's soccer team's 2-1 win over Pitt were Big Green quarterback Jake Pallotta and his brother Jaret, a 6-5 quarterback at UMass. The younger Pallotta is a redshirt freshman for the Minutemen and because he wasn't on the travel squad for their opening game at Rutgers he was able to make the drive up I-91 to see his brother. (Thanks for the photo!)
It's back to work for the Dartmouth football team today with a 2 p.m. practice, the sixth session of the preseason.