Brown Faces Bryant In First Ever Matchup Between Ocean State Teams

Brown Faces Bryant In First Ever Matchup Between Ocean State Teams

Game Notes

Providence, R.I. -  Coming off its third straight Governor's Cup victory over URI, Brown (2-1) will stay in the Ocean State for the first ever match-up against Bryant (3-2) on Saturday, October 12, starting at 1:00 pm at Bulldog Field in Smithfield, Rhode Island. If you can't make it to the game, listen on WRPV AM-790 or with Scott Cordischi calling the play and John Anderson P'12 providing the analysis.

Bears Last Week:  Brown racked-up 471 yards of total offense and hoisted the Governor's Cup for the third straight year with a 31-14 win over URI in the 98th meeting between the two Ocean State schools at Brown Stadium Saturday evening. Senior John Spooney ran for 86 yards and two touchdowns on runs of 73 and two yards, while senior quarterback Patrick Donnelly completed 25 of 39 passes for 220 yards.

The Bulldogs:  Bryant (3-2) battled Stony Brook on the road before succumbing to the Seawolves, 21-13. The Bulldogs have earned wins over Holy Cross (17-16), Assumption (34-7) and Wagner (47-28), while also losing to Maine (35-22).

Back-To-Back Games vs. Ocean State Opponents: After beating Rhode Island last week in the 98th annual Governor's Cup game, Brown will have its first ever meeting against Bryant University in Smithfield, RI.  The Bulldogs compete in the Northeast Conference.

Michael Yules Named National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete Semifinalist:  Brown senior defensive lineman Michael Yules (South Dartmouth, MA) is among the record number of 170 football student-athletes announced as candidates for the 2013 National Football Foundation (NFF) National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments®.

Spooney 2nd Nationally In Scoring: Senior tailback John Spooney (Northfield, OH) is the nation's second leading scorer with 14.0 points per game, and ranks 28th nationally with 99.3 yards rushing per game.  Spooney rushed for 86 yards and two touchdowns vs. URI, including a 73-yard touchdown run on Brown's first play from scrimmage. His 73 yard run is the longest in the Ivy League in 2013. He ran for two touchdowns, caught a 24-yard TD pass, and rushed for 102 yards against Georgetown, all in the opening 30 minutes.  Spooney came back to run for 110 yards and had touchdown runs of 10 and 34 yards last week vs. Harvard.  The fastest man in the Ivy League, Spooney did not play football last season while exclusively running track.  Spooney, a three-time Heptagonal Champion in the 100-meters, ran for 375 yards on 73 carries in 2011. He had a breakout game against Cornell, rushing for 156 yards, including an 81-yard touchdown scamper.

Brown's Weekly Award Winners:

9/21/13            Alexaner Jette, PR                  Ivy League Rookie of the Week

John Spooney, RB                  Ivy League Honor Roll

                        Eric Armagost, DB                 Ivy League Honor Roll

9/28/13            John Spooney, RB                  Ivy League Honor Roll

                        Xavier Russo, LB                   Ivy League Honor Roll

10/5/13            Emory Polley, DB                  Ivy League Honor Roll

                        John Spooney, RB                  Ivy League Honor Roll

                        Alex Norocea, K                     Ivy League Honor Roll


Donnelly Keeps The Offense Rolling: The Bears feature one of the Ivy League's top quarterbacks with the return of senior captain Patrick Donnelly (Longmeadow, MA).  Donnelly led the Bears over URI by completing 25 of 39 passes for 220 yards, while rushing for 62 yards and a touchdown. He  opened the season by completing 19 of 27 passes for 197 yards and two touchdowns against Georgetown. He completed passes to 10 different wide receivers, and ran for 35 yards. Donnelly passed for 169 yards and a TD vs. Harvard, completing 21 of 33 passes.  Last year, Donnelly threw for over 300 yards twice, with 336 yards against Harvard and 312 yards against Ivy Champion Penn.  He ranked third in the Ivy League in total offense (236.8 yards per game) and passed for 2,264 yards and 15 touchdowns, while completing 61-percent of his passes (219-of-357).  Donnelly was named the Ivy League and New England Player of the Week for his effort against Dartmouth where he completed 20-of-32 passes for 233 yards, throwing for two touchdowns and running for two more.



1.         789         James Perry                          97-98-99

2.         520         Jason McCullough                 94-95-96

3.         517         Kyle Newhall-Caballero         09-10-11

4.         487         Michael Dougherty               06-07-08

5.         449         Kyle Slager                            02-03

6.         401         Joe DiGiacomo                                  04-05-06

7.         327         Patrick Donnelly               10-11-12

8.         306         Eric Webber                          97-98-00

9.         232         Joe Potter                             81-82-83

10.       226         Pete Beatrice                                    72-73-74


1.         9,294         James Perry                                   97-98-99

2.         6,739         Jason McCullough              94-95-96

3.         5,763         Michael Dougherty                        06-07-08

4.         5,475         Joe DiGiacomo                   04-05-06

5.         5,472         Kyle Newhall-Caballero      09-10-11

6.         5,007         Kyle Slager                                     02-03

7.         3,313         Eric Webber                                   97-98-00

8.         3,261       Patrick Donnelly              10-12-13

8.         3,015         Pete Beatrice                                 72-73-74

9.         2,954         Joe Potter                          81-82-83


Bears In The NFL:  Brown has two of its former players on NFL rosters in 2013.  Zak DeOssie '07 is a two-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time Super Bowl Champion for the New York Giants. Fullback James Develin '10 is on the New England Patriots' active roster.

Bear Facts: The Bears have won eight straight non-league games… Senior wide receiver Jordan Evans (Brentwood, TN) ranks 7th in the Ivy League with 5.3 receptions per game...Junior linebacker Xavier Russo (San Francisco, CA) intercepted his first career pass vs. Harvard, stopping a Crimson scoring drive and returning it 16 yards.  He finished with eight tackles, including a quarterback sack for a loss of 14 yards…Junior linebacker Zack Lattrell (West Newbury, MA) led the Bears with 11 tackles against the Crimson, including a tackle for a loss…Brown's first quarter onside kick vs. Harvard was recovered by sophomore Will Quigley (Marblehead, MA)…Junior wide receiver Brian Strachan's (Wellesley, MA) 22 yard touchdown reception against the Crimson was the first of his career.  He made six catches for 63 yards vs. URI…Senior wide receiver Alexander Phelan (Walpole, MA) made his first career touchdown reception with an 8-yard catch vs. Georgetown.

Veteran OL:  Three returning starters - senior first team All-Ivy tackle Cole Hooper (Oklahoma City, OK), senior All-Ivy guard Dan Austin (Franklin, TN), and senior left tackle Clay Paino (Tarpon Springs, FL) will anchor Brown's offensive line. The three were key cogs in the Brown offensive line that yielded just one sack per game in 2012, 18th best in the nation. With injuries to the offensive line and tailback position, the trio helped the offensive line to four straight games without a sack to end the season, and did not allow a sack in 7-of-10 games. In addition, Brown's 4.4 yards per rush ranked second in the Ivy League. The Bears will look for senior Nathan Svensson (Provo, UT) to step in at the center position, with senior Ryan McCourt (Scituate, MA) stepping in at guard.

Brown In The NCAA FCS Rankings (Top 20):

Field Goal Percentage             1st        Alex Norocea              1.000 (3-3)

Scoring                                    2nd       John Spooney             14.0 ppg.

Interceptions                           2nd       Emory Polley             0.7 per game

Pass Sacks                               4th        Michael Yules             1.3 per game

Passes Defended                     16th      Emory Polley              1.3 per game

Receptions Per Game             17th      Tellef Lundevall          6.7 per game

Norocea Gets His Kicks: One of the Ivy League's top kickers for the last three years, Bears' senior Alex Norocea (Hermosa Beach, CA) kicked a 27-yard field goal in Brown's win over URI and made two key tackles on special teams. Norocea booted a 32-yard field goal vs. Georgetown and a 23-yarder vs. Harvard, and has converted 34-of-48 career field goals.  He was the Ivy League's second ranked kick-scorer with 5.3 points per game, converting 9-of-11 field goals and 26-of-26 extra points in 2012.  Norocea booted 46-yard field goals vs. Penn and Yale, the longest in the Ivy League last year, and 12th longest all-time at Brown.



1.         324         Nick Hartigan                02-03-04-05

2.         290         Steve Morgan                04-05-06-07

3.         252         Michael Malan              99-00-01

4.         240         Sean Morey                              95-96-97-98

5.         229         Sean Jensen                              98-99-00-01

6.         218         Chas Gessner                            99-00-01-02

7.         195         Alex Norocea               10-11-12-13

8.         192         Stephen Campbell         97-98-99-00 

9.         186         Dave Fultz                                1894-97

10.       156         Bobby Sewall                06-07-08 

Lundevall Among Brown's All-Time Leading Receivers: At the head of the class of Brown's receiving corps is second team All-Ivy senior wide receiver Tellef Lundevall (Highland Park, IL), who made 10 catches for 85 yards in Brown's win over URI.  He opened the season with four catches for 46 yards against Georgetown and made five more receptions vs. Harvard. Lundevall had a terrific 2012 season for the Bears, making 72 catches for 718 yards. His 72 receptions were second in the Ivy League and rank 10th best in Brown football history. He also moved into fifth place in Brown career receptions with 155 catches. Lundevall's 7.2 catches per game ranked 14th nationally. He turned in a record-setting performance against Penn with 17 catches for 170 yards and a touchdown.  His 17 receptions rank sixth best in Brown football history.


1.         305         Stephen Campbell                      97-98-99-00 

2.         294         Chas Gessner                99-00-01-02

3.         251         Sean Morey                              95-96-97-98

4.         229         Buddy Farnham             06-07-08-09

5.         210         Bobby Sewall               06-07-08-09

6.         175         Tellef Lundevall                      10-11-12

7.         155         Lonnie Hill                               03-05-06

8.         145         Jarrett Schreck               02-03-04        

9.         127         Rodd Torbert                89-90-91

10.       116         Paul Raymond               04-05-06-07



  1.         3,850         Sean Morey              95-96-97-98

  2.         3,555         Stephen Campbell     97-99-99-00

  3.         3,408         Chas Gessner            99-00-01-02

  4.         2,895         Buddy Farnham         06-07-08-09

  5.         2,440         Jarrett Schreck          02-03-04

  6.         2,144         Lonnie Hill              03-05-06

  7.         2,141         Bobby Sewall           06-07-08-09

  8.         1,794         Tellef Lundevall     10-11-12

  9.       1,651         Rodd Torbert             89-90-91

  10.       1,483         Mike Geroux            88-89-90


Yules Ranks 4th Nationally In QB Sacks:  Senior defensive end Michael Yules (South Dartmouth, MA) picked-up where he left off last year and registered three quarterback sacks against Georgetown, while making five tackles overall. He ranks fourth in the nation and leads the Ivy League with 1.3 sacks per game. He also registered a sack in Brown's win over URI for the Governor's Cup. Yules had a breakout year for the Bears in 2012 and ranked 13th nationally with 13 tackles for a loss of 59 yards. He had 32 tackles overall, and ranked fourth in the Ivy League with 6.5 quarterback sacks. Yules, an Academic All-Ivy selection, was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week after he led the Brown defense that held Georgetown to one yard of total offense in the second half and zero first downs after halftime. He had two quarterback sacks for a loss of 13 yards and added another tackle for a loss against the Hoyas.


Polley 2nd Nationally In Interceptions: Senior All-Ivy defensive back Emory Polley (University Heights, OH) intercepted two passes in Brown's win over URI, while also making seven tackles. His 1.3 interceptions per game rank second nationally, while he ranks 16th nationally in passes defended. Last year, Polley intercepted four passes, second most in the Ivy League, and made 32 tackles for the season, including 22 solo stops. Polley had a season high six tackles against Harvard and Penn. The versatile Polley also returned kickoffs late in the season and averaged a team high 24.7 yards per return. He led the Ivy League in passes defended in 2012, knocking down 11 passes.


Brown Head Coach Phil Estes: 16th-year head coach Phil Estes, the 19th head coach and second winningest coach in Brown football history, has brought the Brown football program to an unprecedented level of success, winning three Ivy League Championships (1999, 2005 and 2008), including Brown's first ever outright Ivy title in 2005.  He helped guide Brown's Class of 2009 to two Ivy League titles, the first class in Brown football history to win two Ivy Championships. Estes' Brown teams have also finished second four times and third four times, while compiling an impressive 92-57 overall mark (.610) in 15 seasons.  He has also coached and recruited Brown's only four Ivy Players of the Year: Sean Morey '99, James Perry '00, Nick Hartigan '06 and Buddy Farnham '10. A former offensive coordinator at the University of New Hampshire, Estes was also the Bears' recruiting coordinator for four years (1994-1997) and coached the running backs for three years.


Phil Estes' Career Coaching Record:

Year    School      Overall Record    Ivy League Record

1998    Brown        7-3                        5-2 (Second)

1999    Brown        9-1                        6-1 (First)    Ivy League Champions

2000    Brown        7-3                        4-3 (Third)

2001    Brown        6-3                        5-2 (Third)

2002    Brown        2-8                        2-5 (Sixth)

2003    Brown        5-5                        4-3 (Second)

2004    Brown        6-4                        3-4 (Fourth)

2005    Brown        9-1                        6-1 (First)    Ivy League Champions

2006    Brown        3-6                        2-5 (Sixth)

2007    Brown        5-5                        4-3 (Third)

2008    Brown        7-3                        6-1 (First)    Ivy League Champions

2009    Brown        6-4                        4-3 (Third)

2010    Brown        6-4                        5-2 (Second)

2011    Brown        7-3                        4-3 (Second)

2012    Brown        7-3                        4-3 (Third)


Giovacchini Leads Linebacker Corps: Among the emerging players for the Bears, junior linebacker Dan Giovacchini (Acton, MA) registered a game high 10 tackles against URI, including eight solo stops and a tackle for a loss. He made three tackles in Brown's win over Georgetown and five tackles against Harvard. Giovacchini ranked sixth on last year's Brown team with 61 tackles, while his 13.5 tackles for a loss were second on the Brown team and fifth in the Ivy League.


Jette – Ivy Rookie of the Week:  Brown freshman wide receiver/return specialist Alexander Jette (North Attleboro, Mass.) was named the Ivy League's Rookie of the Week following Brown's win over Georgetown, returning four punts for 82 yards, averaging 20.5 yards per return. His 82 total punt return yards rank 11th on Brown's single-game list for most punt return yards. Jette, who had punt returns of 30, 22, 20 and 10 yards, also made his first collegiate catch for five yards.


Video Scoreboard At Brown Stadium: Brown Football's LED video display scoreboard from Daktronics has 15HD pixel spacing that shows live video and instant replays, scoring information, sponsor advertisements, vivid graphics and colorful animations.  Measuring more than 18 feet high by nearly 36 feet wide, the video scoreboard also displays a variety of marketing and promotional vignettes, real-time game statistics and player features.


The Phil Estes Show: For the latest on the Brown Football team, listen to the Phil Estes Show every Thursday evening, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., during the season on WPRV-AM 790. The show is hosted by Scott Cordischi, the play-by-play voice of Brown football, and will be broadcast live from area restaurants. The next three Estes Coaches Shows will be held at Hope Street Pizza, located at 772 Hope Street in Providence, on October 3, 10 and 17. The Estes Show can also be heard live on the internet on


How Do You Say That?

Armogost                                arm-a-gost

Billeci                                      bell-ee-see

Codrea                                     code-dray

Giovacchini                             joe-vack- keen-nee

Jette                                        jet-ee

Norocea                                   nor-row-cha

Ade Oyalowo                         oy-a-low-O

Polacek                                    pol-a-check

Polley                                      pah-lee

Senne                                       sen-ee

Strachan                                  stra-han

Stian Romberg             stee-N


Listen To Brown Football: Brown's 10-game football schedule will be aired throughout Rhode Island and Southern New England on WPRV-AM 790 (Providence). The Brown football broadcast team features Scott Cordischi calling the play-by-play, and John Anderson P'11 providing the color commentary.


Watch Live Video of The Bears On BrownBears.TV: Brown fans can watch a multi-camera HD broadcast of all Brown home games and away Ivy League contests on as part of the Ivy League Digital Network. Powered by NeuLion, the Brown Channel is a part of the Ivy League's completely redesigned, nine-channel digital network that includes an easy-to-navigate interface, a League-wide network schedule and new interactive features, such as simultaneous four-game viewing, full DVR controls and social media integration. These new features enhance the viewing experience for the expanded range of events and other content offerings, all of which are available on computer, mobile and tablet devices without the use of an app. Packages for BrownBears.TV are $89.95 for 12 months, $39.95 for four months, $10.95 for one month and $9.95 for a single day and include multi-camera HD coverage of all available home and Ivy away games in football, and men's and women's basketball. 


Three Brown Games To Be Televised on FOX College Sports: FOX College Sports (FCS) announced that it will televise seven Ivy League football games for the 2013 season. Three Brown games were selected for the schedule, including home games against Princeton and Penn, and the Bears' final regular season game at Columbia. 

Next Week – Bears vs. Princeton On National TV: Brown returns to Ivy League action again next Saturday, October 19, hosting Princeton under the lights at Brown Stadium.  The game will be televised live on Fox College Sports, starting at 6:00 pm.