Providence, Rhode Island - Following a third place finish in the Ivy standings, head coach Phil Estes will ready his team for a run at the Ivy League Championship with the launch of Spring Practice. The Bears kick-off 11 days of Spring Football on Friday, April 9th, beginning at 3:30 p.m. at Berylson Family Fields, and culminate with the annual Brown vs. White Spring Game on Saturday, May 1.
While the Bears’ offense graduated two of the finest wide receivers in Ivy football history in Buddy Farnham and Bobby Sewall, along with three All-Ivy linemen, Estes returns first team All-Ivy quarterback Kyle Newhall-Caballero, and the dynamic running duo of second team All-Ivy Zack Tronti and Spiro Theodhisi.
Newhall-Caballero etched his name into the Brown and Ivy record book after completing 259 of 413 passes for 2,709 yards and 18 touchdowns to lead the Ivy League. He ranked second in the nation in completions (25.9 per game), 10th in total offense (281.4 yards per game), and 12th nationally in passing yards (270.9 yards per game). His 259 completions rank seventh for a single season in the Ivy football history.
Tronti was the Ivy League’s second leading rusher with 70.2 yards per game (564 yards), before he was injured in the second quarter against Yale and missed the remainder of the game. He ran for 126 yards on 29 carries vs. Princeton, and came back vs. Cornell and ran for a career best 134 yards, including 104 in the second half. Theodhosi ran for 100 yards in back-to-back games for the Bears, first sparking the Brown offense by rushing for 167 yards on 25 carries in just three quarters of play vs. Yale, and then coming back to rush for 138 yards on 33 carries and a touchdown against Dartmouth.
The Bears will also look to fill some holes on defense, where five All-Ivy players graduated.
Second team All-Ivy corner back AJ Cruz ’13, Brown’s third leading defender with 57 total tackles, made a huge impact as a first year player for the Bears’ defense, and ranked 14th in the nation with 1.3 passes defended per game.
Senior inside linebacker Andrew Serrano (32 tackles) and senior outside linebacker Robert Gillett (31 tackles) also return to buoy the Bears’ defense.
Brown also returns All-Ivy punter Nate Lovett ’13, who averaged 39.9 yards per punt for the Bears, third best in the Ivy League, while also handling the kick-off duties. His 73-yard punt against Penn is the seventh longest punt in Brown football history.
2010 Brown Football Spring Practice Schedule
4/10 Sat. 10:00 a.m.
4/11 Sun. 10:00 a.m.
4/14 Wed. 3:30 p.m.
4/16 Fri. 3:30 p.m.
4/17 Sat. 10:00 a.m.
4/21 Wed. 3:30 p.m.
4/23 Fri. 3:30 p.m.
4/24 Sat. 10:00 a.m.
4/28 Wed. 3:30 p.m.
4/30 Fri. 3:30 p.m.
5/1 Sat. 11:00 a.m. Brown vs. White Spring Game at Berylson Family Fields
All practices are open to the public and subject to change. Please call the football office for details.
Pictured: Kyle Newhall-Caballero '11. photo by dspics.com