April 6, 2012

Brown Football Kicks-Off Spring Practice

Providence, Rhode Island – After back-to-back second place finishes in the Ivy League standings, head coach Phil Estes and the Brown football team will look to make a run at the Ivy League Championship, beginning with the launch of Spring Practice.  Brown kicks-off three weeks of Spring Football on Friday, April 6, beginning at 3:30 p.m. at Berylson Family Fields, and culminate with the annual Brown vs. White Spring Game on Saturday, April 28 at Brown Stadium.

Estes will use the spring to look to fine tune his offensive and defensive scheme and to fill a number of positions on both sides of the ball.

The leader of the Brown defense is three-time All-Ivy corner back AJ Cruz '13, one of the most respected players in the Ivy League. The versatile defensive back ranked fifth on the Brown team with 60 total tackles and led the Bears with three interceptions, second best in the Ivy League.  Cruz returned a kick-off 83 yards for a touchdown against Dartmouth, and led the Ivy League in kick-off returns, averaging 31.15 yards per return, fourth best in the nation.

Other key defensive players returning are linemen Ross Walthall '13, Michael Yules '14, Brett Polacek '13, Stephen Fox '13 and Patxi Colbern '13,  along with linebacker Stephen Zambetti '13 and defensive secondary members Emory Polley '14, Anthony Franciosi '13 and Benjamin Noury '13.

Offensively, Mark Kachmer '13 is a two-time All-Ivy tailback, who led the Bears in rushing with 569 yards on 126 carries. He rushed for a career high 192 yards against Yale, including a Brown and Yale Bowl record 95-yard run for a touchdown, the fourth longest run in Ivy football history.  Tailback John Spooney '14, considered the fastest man in the Ivy League after winning the Ivy Championship in the 100 and 200 meters, showed that he can play at the highest level after rushing for 156 yards against Cornell, including an 81-yard touchdown run from scrimmage.

 

Wide receiver Tellef Lundevall '13, returns to the lineup after making a team high 51 catches for 516 yards.  Lundevall has tremendous athleticism (he also plays basketball for Brown), with exceptional jumping ability.

 

Second team All-Ivy offensive tackle Jack Templeton '13 took the majority of snaps and played a key role in the Bears' offense that averaged 364.5 yards in total offense and posted 23.6 points per game. The Brown offensive line allowed just 13 sacks for the season. 

 

2012 Brown Football Spring Practice Schedule

Fri.       4/6     3:30 p.m.

Sat.      4/7     9:00 a.m.

Wed.   4/11   3:30 p.m.

Fri.       4/13   3:30 p.m.

Sat.      4/14   9:00 a.m.

Sun.     4/15   9:00 a.m.

Wed.   4/18   3:30 p.m.

Fri.       4/20   3:30 p.m.

Sat.      4/21   9:00 a.m.

Wed.   4/25   3:30 p.m.

Fri.       4/27   3:30 p.m.

Sat.      4/28   10:00 a.m.      Brown vs. White Spring Game at Brown Stadium

All practices are open to the public and subject to change. Please call the football office for details.

2012 Brown Football Schedule

 

9/15   Sat.      at Holy Cross

9/22   Sat.      HARVARD

9/29   Sat.      at Georgetown

10/6   Sat.      at Rhode Island

10/13 Sat.      at Princeton

10.20  Sat.      CORNELL

10/27 Sat.      at Penn

11/3   Sat.      YALE

11/10 Sat.      at Dartmouth

11/17 Sat.      COLUMBIA

 

Head Coach:  Phil Estes