Providence, Rhode Island – Head coach Phil Estes and the Brown Football team have been preparing for the 2012 season with 11 days of Spring Practice. All of the hard work will culminate in the annual Brown-White Spring Football Game, presented by LifeFitness and OfficeMax, on Saturday, April 28 at Brown Stadium, starting at 10:00 a.m.
For the first time ever, Brown fans who can't make it to Providence Saturday morning can watch a live stream of the game on brownbears.com through its streaming provider, America One.
While Estes has several holes to fill due to graduation, he's excited about the progress the squad has made in the spring.
"I'm very pleased with an extremely productive spring," said Estes. "While we've experimented a lot with our personnel, we've been delighted with the results and were able to confidently fill a number of holes. We were also successful in keeping as many players as possible healthy for the fall."
Three-time All-Ivy and All-New England defensive back AJ Cruz '13 is the leader of the Bears defense and is also an effective kick and punt returner. Defensive back Emory Polly '14, already a two-year contributor, is having an outstanding spring. Brown is stacked at defensive line with the return of Ross Walthall '13, Michael Yules '14, Brett Polacek '13, Steven Fox '13 and Patxi Colburn '13.
Mark Kachmer '13, a two-time All-Ivy tailback who set a Yale Bowl record with a 95-yard run from scrimmage, leads a deep and explosive running attack. Tailback John Spooney '14, the Ivy League sprint champion in the 100 and 200 meters, provides break-away speed for the squad as evidenced by his 81-yard touchdown run vs. Cornell. Spiro Theodhosi '12.5, who twice ran for 100 or more yards in 2009, but missed the last two years due to injury, will also have a major impact.
While the Bears lost several talented wide receivers due to graduation, Tellef Lundevall '13, led the squad with 51 catches a year ago and is expected to have an All-Ivy season. Jordan Evans '14 has stepped up and the Bears expect to have veteran wide receiver Jonah Fay '12.5 return to the lineup. Second team All-Ivy offensive tackle Jack Templeton '13 is the leader of the Bears' offensive line that averaged 364.5 yards in total offense and posted 23.6 points per game.
The Bears kicking game will be in the hands of Alex Norocea '14, who has kicked 22 field goals over the last two years.