Providence, R.I. - Brown's 140th season of intercollegiate football kicks-off on Saturday, September 16 against Bryant at Brown Stadium in coach Phil Estes' 20th season at the helm. Estes has coached the Bears to three Ivy League titles and finished in the top half of the Ivy League in 16 of his 19 seasons. Phil's 112 career wins (112-77) are 10th in Ivy League history, while his 76 career Ivy wins are the most ever at Brown and sixth in the Ivy record book. There will also be a familiar face on the opposing sideline - former Ivy League Player of the Year James Perry '00, who led the Bears to the Ivy title in 1999. His banner is hanging under the home grandstand at Brown Stadium.
Bears' Opening Day Items:
• Last year, Brown posted a 4-6 overall record, 3-4 in the Ivy League, good for fourth in the league standings.
• Brown returns 11 starters (5 off./6 def.) from a year ago.
• The Bears have posted .500 or better seasons under head coach Phil Estes in nine of the last 10 seasons. Estes' squads have finished in the top half of the Ivy League in 16 of his 19 seasons at Brown.
• In 19 years prior to Estes becoming the head coach at Brown, the Bears posted a 72-104-4 (.409) overall record. Estes has compiled a 112-77 overall mark (.610) since becoming Brown's head coach in 1998.
• Estes is 13-6 lifetime in season-opening games, including eight wins in his last 11 opening-day games.
• Brown and Bryant will be meeting for the fourth time with the Bears holding a 2-1 series advantage. Last year, Brown rallied from a 21-0 first quarter deficit to roll past Bryant, 35-27, in its season opening game. In 2015, Bryant came away with a 20-16 win over the Bears in Providence.
• Next week's Ivy League opener vs. Harvard at Harvard Stadium will be the 117th meeting between the two Ancient Eight universities.
• Brown will play just four home games at Brown Stadium in 2017, with its fifth home game being played at Fenway Park against Dartmouth on November 10th at 8:00 pm on the NBC Sports Network.
• The Bear Den: Brown students will have a new special area to cheer on the Brown football team at Saturday's season opening game against Bryant, The Bear Den, located in the end zone at Brown Stadium. The Bear Den, presented by Coca Cola, is located in front of the video scoreboard at the stadium and is only open to Brown students with ID. On Saturday, the first 200 Brown students will receive free tee-shirts, food, and Coca Cola products. In addition, a live DJ will be on the field starting at 11:30 am.
The Records: Brown opens its 140th season of intercollegiate football on Saturday against the Bryant Bulldogs, who will be playing their third game. Bryant (1-1), a member of the Northeast Conference, is coming off a 60-12 loss to Maine last week. The Bulldogs opened their season on September 2 with a 49-41 come-from behind victory over Merrimack.
Bears Elect Captains: Senior All-Ivy defensive end Richard Jarvis (Watertown, MA) and junior inside linebacker Isaiah Thompkins (Middletown, CT) have been elected captains of the 2017 Brown football team.
Non-League Opener: Brown opened its season against Yale from 1976-1999, with each Ivy League school opening in league play. In 2000, the league schedule changed and the Bears opened the season against San Diego in Providence, RI. The 2001 game against the Toreros in San Diego, CA was cancelled due to the 9/11 terrorist attack, with the Bears actually opening the season against Harvard the following week. Brown has posted a 12-5 record in non-league openers since 2000.
Duncan Takes The Helm At QB: Junior Nick Duncan (St. Louis, MO) has emerged as the starter at quarterback to open the season. Duncan saw varsity action against Columbia last season and completed 7 of 16 passes for 62 yards, while rushing seven times for 52 yards. He'll be backed-up by Thomas Linta (Branford, CT), who threw for 1,074 yards and six touchdowns on 110 completions last year.
Jarvis Anchors Defensive Line: Senior DE Richard Jarvis (Watertown, MA) returns to the lineup after earning First Team All-Ivy, All-New England and FCS All-Star honors. He led the Ivy League with 18.5 tackles for a loss and recorded a team-high 7.5 sacks in 2016. The Bears feature a slew of experienced defensive linemen, including junior DT Daryle Banfield (Bronx, NY) (25 tackles), junior DT Grant Varner (Grandview Heights, OH) (29 tackles), sophomore DE Michael Hoecht (Oakwood, OH) (18 tackles), senior DT Tom Kutschke (Lake Forest, IL) (4 tackles), junior DT Zach Genaway (Medford, NY) (14 tackles) and senior DE Keegan O'Hern (Syracuse, NY) (12 tackles).
Offensive Line: One of the major strengths of the offensive unit is its offensive line with the return of four starters, senior OT Christian Montano (Orange, CT), senior OT Clay Eubank (Coto De Caza, CA), junior OG Toby Okwara (Charlotte, NC) and junior OG Logan Winders (Springfield, IL), along with senior C Zach Marti (Miami, FL), senior OG Austin Werkheiser (Rosewell, GA) and senior OT Jared Shimberg (Tampa, FL).
Coughlin Leads The Secondary: Senior FS Connor Coughlin (Medford, NY) returns to the starting lineup after making 53 tackles a year ago, including five for a loss. Senior Terrell Smith (Newtown Square, PA), who had 25 tackles, and junior Sebastian Dovi (Newark, DE), who made 37 tackles, look to hold down the corners.
The Kicking Game: Bears' head coach Phil Estes will look to senior Ben Rosenblatt (Newton Center, MA) to handle the place kicking duties. A transfer from Trinity, who joined the Brown squad for its last three games of 2016, Rosenblatt was named Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week after games vs. Yale and at Dartmouth. His 52-yard field goal at Dartmouth was the 9th-longest in Ivy League history and 2nd-longest in Brown history. Junior Ryan Kopec (Alpharetta, GA) took over the punting duties at midseason last year and is expected to continue in a starting role.
Where's Harriott?: Bears' sophomore Livingstone "LJ" Harriott (Central Islip, NY) is one of the most versatile members of the Bears' offense and may line up in a number of positions, including quarterback, running back and wide receiver. He rushed for 336 yards and two touchdowns in six games last year, threw two passes and caught three passes. He was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week after a career-best game vs. Yale, rushing for 92 yards on 12 carries and recording his first touchdown on a 52-yard run
Brown Head Coach Phil Estes: Since Phil Estes became head coach of the Bears in 1998, his Brown football teams have captured three Ivy League titles (1999, 2005, 2008), finished second four times, third five times, and overall have finished in the top half of the Ivy League in 16 of his 19 seasons, while compiling an impressive 76-57 Ivy mark (.600), 112-77 (.610) overall. Estes' 76 career Ivy League wins are the most ever at Brown and rank sixth in the Ivy League record book, while his 112 career wins overall rank 10th all-time in the Ivy League. Estes' 189 career games coached at Brown are ninth in Ivy football history. Estes, the 19th head coach in Brown history, is the second winningest coach in Brown football history, guiding the Brown football program to an unprecedented level of success, winning three Ivy League Championships, including Brown's first ever Ivy outright title in 2005. He has also coached and recruited Brown's only four Ivy League Players of the Year – Sean Morey '99, James Perry '00, Nick Hartigan '06 and Buddy Farnham '10. In the 19 years Estes has coached on the East Side, five of his players have gone on to win Super Bowl rings. The select fraternity includes two-time champion James Develin of the New England Patriots (2015, 2017), two-time winner Zak DeOssie of the New York Giants (2008, 2012), the Pittsburgh Steelers' Sean Morey (2006) and New England Patriots' Drew Inzer (2001) and Chas Gessner (2003).
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)
2013 Brown 6-4 3-4 (Fourth)
2014 Brown 5-5 3-4 (Fifth)
2015 Brown 5-5 3-4 (Fourth)
2016 Brown 4-6 3-4 (Fourth)
Inside Backers: Bears' defensive coordinator Mike Kelleher expects junior ILB Isaiah Thompkins (Middletown, CT), junior ILB Jordan Anderson (Knoxville, TN) and junior Daniel Aidman (Austin, TX) to step into starting roles. Thompkins ranked seventh on last year's team with 34 tackles, including four for a loss and a quarterback sack. Anderson made six total tackles a year ago.
Wide Receivers/Tight End: Despite losing its top three receivers from a year ago to graduation, sophomore Jaelon Blandburg (Orange County, CA) (13 rec.), senior Isaac Whitney (Venice, FL) (12 rec.), sophomore Demitri Jackson (Nashua, NH) (6 rec.) and sophomore Jakob Prall (Tipp City, OH) (6 rec.) should be ready to fill the gap. Junior TE Anton Casey (Bethesda, MD), who made 30 receptions, is Brown's top leading returning pass catcher.
Running Downfield: The development of a strong rushing attack has been a priority of the Brown coaching staff with junior David Moodie (Sanford, FL) (158 yards) and senior Jalen Broome (University Park, MD) (146 yards) at the head of the class.
Newcomers To Watch: Several freshmen are expected to contribute immediately, with WR/PR/KOR Scott Boylan (Bakersfield, CA), DE Ryan Putman (Greenville, SC) and LB Caleb Hill (Easley, SC) expected to get some early season action. In addition, freshman Timothy Forester (Oak Hill, VA) will handle the long and short snapping duties.
Bears In The NFL: Brown has two of its former players on NFL rosters in 2017. Fullback James Develin '10, an engineering concentrator and defensive end at Brown, enters his fifth season with the New England Patriots. He was the New England Patriots starting fullback in 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2016-17 including the 2015 and 2017 Super Bowl Championship teams. Zak DeOssie '07 is a two-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time Super Bowl Champion (2008, 2012) for the New York Giants. Coming into the 2017 season, DeOssie is the 2nd-longest tenured Giants player, behind Eli Manning.
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Family Matters: Senior kicker Brett Estes (East Greenwich, RI) is the son of Bears' head coach Phil Estes. He is expected to challenge for both kicking and punting duties.
Watch The Bears on the Ivy League Network: All of Brown's home games (except those blacked out by national TV) and its Ivy League away games can be viewed on the Ivy League Network (ILN), available on computer, mobile and tablet devices all without the use of an app. Packages for Brown's channel are $89.95 for 12 months, $34.95 for four months, $10.95 for one month and $9.95 for a single day. Packages for the League-wide channel, which features everything the network has to offer, are $119.95 for 12 months, $49.95 for four months and $15.95 for one month.
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.
The Phil Estes Show at Hope Street Pizza: 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. on WPRV-AM 790 and hosted by Scott Cordischi, the play-by-play voice of Brown football. Brown fans are invited to attend the show at Hope Street Pizza, listen live on WPRV-AM790, and watch the show on the Ivy League Network (ILN) and Facebook Live. All of the Phil Estes Shows will be held at Hope Street Pizza, located at 720 Hope Street, on the East Side of Providence.
Next Week – Brown Opens Ivy League Schedule At Harvard: Brown will open its Ivy League schedule next Saturday, September 23, traveling to Boston, MA to battle Harvard at Harvard Stadium. Kick-off is 12 noon in a game televised on NESN-Plus.