Providence, R.I. - Head coach Phil Estes and the Brown football team with kick-off 12 days of Spring Practice on Friday, April 4, culminating with the Annual Brown-White Spring Game on Saturday, April 26 at Brown Stadium, starting at 12 noon. Estes' squad will look to re-tool with a fresh approach after losing 11 starters on offense and seven more on the defensive side of the ball.
The Bears have some big shoes to fill, especially on the offensive side of the ball at the skill positions. What's guaranteed is a new starter at quarterback with junior Marcus Fuller and sophomore Seth Rosenbauer battling for the starting nod, and plenty of competition at the wide-out and tailback positions.
Freshman wide receiver Alexander Jette is the lone returning All-Ivy player on offense after being named First Team All-Ivy as kick returner, the first freshman in Brown history to earn first team all-league honors. He has explosive speed and could be a game changer for the Bears.
Junior Andrew Coke is the top returning tailback after rushing for 292 yards a year ago, looking to replace graduating senior John Spooney, the Ivy League's top rusher. Senior Brian Strachan made 33 catches as a wide receiver a year ago and is expected to move to tailback in the spring. Junior John Heile and senior Nicholas Codrea saw considerable snaps at tackle and guard and will anchor the offensive line.
Senior All-Ivy inside linebacker and two-year starter Daniel Giovacchini returns to headline the defensive unit after leading the Brown team with 66 total hits. Junior Chad Berry, Brown's most physical player, will move from inside linebacker to defensive end where he could end up being a dominant player in the league. Joining Giovacchini on the inside is senior Xavier Russo, who had 46 tackles and three quarterback sacks. Junior defensive tackle Ludovic Richardson (18 tackles, 2.5 TL) is also an impact player, who earned a starting role a year ago.
In the defensive secondary, senior Eric Armagost returns after intercepting two passes and making 53 total tackles, but is expected to make the move fom safety to outside linebacker. Senior Patrick O'Neill (29 tackles), and Jacob Supron (28 tackles) have considerable experience at defensive back, while junior Will Quigley made 18 tackles at safety.