Providence, Rhode Island - In a testament to the successful program Phil Estes has developed and nurtured at Brown, the Brown football team has been picked to finish third in the Ivy League Preseason Media Poll, despite losing three players to the National Football League. Harvard was chosen first in the preseason poll with 128 points, followed by Penn (124), BROWN (95), Yale (83), Columbia (61), Princeton (55), Dartmouth (39) and Cornell (27).
The Bears kick-off their 2010 season with a non-league home game against Stony Brook on Saturday, September 18.
Brown's much-anticipated Ivy League opener will take place at home against Harvard the following week, Saturday, September 25, in the first ever night game at Brown Stadium. Advanced sales for the game are already at a modern day record level.
The Bears return four All-Ivy players from a year ago, headlined by record-setting first team All-Ivy quarterback and tri-captain Kyle Newhall-Caballero. He directed the Ivy League's top passing offense and etched his name into the Brown and Ivy record book after completing 259 of 413 passes for 2,709 yards and 18 touchdowns.
The Bears' rushing attack will be in the hands of second team All-Ivy tailback Zack Tronti, who was the Ivy League's second leading rusher with 70.2 yards per game (564 yards). Senior tri-captain Patrick Conroy, a two-year starter, returns to anchor the left side of the Bears offensive line at tackle.
On the defensive side, senior tri-captain and inside linebacker Andrew Serrano made 32 tackles a year ago and is Brown's second leading returning tackler. Second team All-Ivy sophomore corner back AJ Cruz, 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.
Brown's kicking game is in good hands with the return of All-Ivy junior punter Nate Lovett, who averaged 39.9 yards per punt for the Bears, third best in the Ivy League, while also handling the kick-off duties.
2010 IVY LEAGUE FOOTBALL PRESEASON MEDIA POLL
PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
First-Place Votes in Parentheses
1. Harvard (10) 128
2. Penn (6) 124
3. Brown 95
4. Yale (1) 83
5. Columbia 61
6. Princeton 55
7. Dartmouth 39
8. Cornell 27