Providence, RI – Head Coach Phil Estes and the football team will conclude 12 days of spring football practice with the Annual Brown vs. White Spring Football Game on Saturday, April 26th at Brown Stadium, starting at 12:00 noon. The game is free and open to the public.
Following a draft earlier in the week, the Bears were split into two teams, Brown and White, with a full scrimmage expected to take place on Saturday. A team barbeque for players and parents will follow.
The Bears earned their sixth straight winning season in 2013, posting a 6-4 overall mark, and coach Estes will look to rebuild its entire offensive unit with the loss of 11 starters.
"Our team had a very productive spring," said Estes. "We were able to experiment both positionally and with some of our schemes, and were pleased with what we found out about this team. I was pleasantly surprised by all three quarterbacks, and how they performed with the football team. All three give us something special, which will make for a very interesting fall camp."
The spring practice battle at the quarterback position has been between junior Marcus Fuller, sophomore Seth Rosenbauer and freshman Kyle Moreno. The Bears will also see some new faces at tailback and the wide receiver position. Freshman wide receiver Alex 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 football history to earn first team all-league honors.
Sophomore Andrew Coke ran for 292 yards a year ago, while junior Brian Strachan, who made 33 catches as a wide receiver a year ago, and has been training at the tailback position to give the Bears depth. Brown's offensive line is buoyed by the return of sophomore John Heile and junior Nicholas Codrea saw considerable snaps at tackle and guard positions.
Estes and defensive coordinator Mike Kelleher have made some position changes on the defensive side of the ball with positive early results.
Brown's defensive core is strong with leadership coming from junior All-Ivy inside linebacker and two-year starter Dan Giovacchini (66 tackles). Several more players were impressive in the spring, including junior linebacker Xavier Russo (46 tackles, 3 sacks), sophomore Chad Berry (34 tackles), who is moving from linebacker to defensive end, junior Eric Armagost (53 tackles), who will make the move to corner to safety, and sophomore free safety Will Quigley (18 tackles).