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Providence, Rhode Island - It's been 300 days since Brown last stepped onto the gridiron, but the Bears are ready to launch their 133rd season of intercollegiate football Saturday, September 18th, against Stony Brook. The Ivy League is the last Division I conference in the country to open the season, and coach Phil Estes' team will be facing Stony Brook, who already has two games under its belt.
Brown and Stony Brook have met twice before, with the two teams exchanging victories. Last year, Stony Brook earned a 21-20 win at home over the Bears. Brown came away with a 17-7 victory over the Seawolves at Brown Stadium in 2008. Next year's game will be played in Stony Brook, NY on September 17, 2011, in the final game of a four-year series.
Lighting Up The Night: Brown will host Harvard next week, Saturday, September 25, in the first ever night game at historic Brown Stadium. Brown installed temporary lighting for the Saturday evening Homecoming match-up against the Crimson, with game time slated for 6:00 p.m. Four banks of Musco lights will illuminate Brown Stadium, with two banks of temporary lights towering above the stadium on either side of the field. Advanced sales for the game are already at a modern day record level.
All-Ivy Returnees: The Bears return four of their 15 All-Ivy players from a year ago, including first team quarterback Kyle Newhall-Caballero '11, second team corner back AJ Cruz '13, second team running back Zach Tronti '11 and second team punter Nate Lovett '12.
The Bears welcome the quick return of second team All-Ivy tailback Zack 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 in 2009 and missed the remainder of the season… A year ago, senior tri-captain Kyle Newhall Caballero made his Brown debut by completing his first 11 passes against Stony Brook, and went on to earn first team All-Ivy honors… With the departure of All-Ivies Buddy Farnham and Bobby Sewall, head coach Phil Estes has developed a cadre of outstanding wide receivers to carry on the "Receiver U." moniker for Brown. Seniors Matt Sudfeld and Alex Tounkara, and junior Jimmy Saros are the presumptive heirs to Brown's wide receiver dynasty… 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… Freshman Alex Norocea (pronounced nor-row-cha) will handle the place kicking duties for the Bears. The 5-11, 165 first-year player has impressed the coaching staff in the pre-season with his accurate booting… Senior tri-captain Patrick Conroy, a two-year starter, returns to anchor the left side of the Bears offensive line at tackle… Senior tri-captain and inside linebacker Andrew Serrano, made 32 tackles a year ago and is Brown's second leading returning tackler.
14 New Faces In Bears' Starting Lineup: The Bears will feature several new faces in the starting lineup on both sides of the ball. Brown will start eight new players on defense, including junior Clay McGrath (DE), sophomore Ross Walthall (DT), senior John Anderson (DT), senior Jeremy Raducha (DE), senior Cameron Cotton (OLB), senior Chimso Okoji (ILB), junior Mel Farr (CB) and junior Stephen Payton (S). On offense, six players will earn starting roles for the first time: sophomore Jackson Freeman (TB), junior Jimmy Saros (WR), junior Evan Johnson (LG), junior Jack Geiger (OC), senior John Cook (RT) and senior Alex Tounkara (SE).