Providence, Rhode Island - Brown received two first place votes in the 2011 Ivy League Preseason Media Poll and was picked to finish fourth overall behind Penn, Harvard and Yale. The Bears have captured two Ivy Championship in the last six years, and finished second in the Ivy standings a year ago with a 5-2 league mark.
Defending Ivy Champion Penn was at the top of the poll with 129 points and 12 first place votes, followed by Harvard (118 points), Yale (95 points), Brown (90 points), Dartmouth (73 points), Cornell (45 points), Columbia (31 points) and Princeton (31 points).
The Bears' offensive fortunes could hinge on the successful return of first team All-Ivy quarterback Kyle Newhall-Caballero, who was able to play in parts of just two games last year before being sidelined due to injury. In 2009, Newhall-Caballero 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). Brown's offense also returns first team All-Ivy wide receiver Alex Tounkara, who ranked among the nation's top wide receivers with 61 receptions, 18th best in the country and second in the Ivy League, senior honorable mention All-Ivy wide receiver Jimmy Saros, senior honorable mention All-Ivy tailback Mark Kachmer, and senior honorable mention All-Ivy center Jack Geiger.
Brown's defensive unit returns six starters, including three All-Ivy players, led by first team All-Ivy junior defensive back AJ Cruz, who made 33 tackles and led the Bears with eight pass break-ups, senior second team All-Ivy safety Steven Peyton, who led the Bears' defense in 2010 with 79 total tackles, 7th best in the Ivy League, and honorable mention All-Ivy defensive end Clayton McGrath, who led the Ivy League in tackles for a loss with 13.5 for a loss of 41 yards. The Bears defensive secondary ranked number one in the Ivy League in pass efficiency defense.
Brown opens its 2011 season on Saturday evening, September 17 at Stony Brook in the first of three night games. The Bears begin Ivy play on Friday evening, September 23 at Harvard. Coach Phil Estes' squad plays at Brown Stadium for the first time on Saturday evening, October 1, under the lights against Rhode Island, in the battle for the Governor's Cup, presented by Dexter Credit Union.
2011 IVY LEAGUE FOOTBALL PRESEASON MEDIA POLL
PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
First-Place Votes in Parentheses
1. Penn (12) 129
2. Harvard (2) 118
3. Yale (1) 95
4. Brown (2) 90
5. Dartmouth 73
6. Columbia 45
7. Cornell 31