March 12, 2004
Providence, RI - Brown head coach Phil Estes will begin initial preparation for Brown's 126th season of intercollegiate football with 12 days of Spring Practice, beginning April 9th and culminating with the Annual Brown vs. White Spring Game on Sunday, May 2nd.
Armed with the return of 8 starters on offense and 7 on defense, the Bears are optimistic about their Ivy League title hopes, following a second place finish in the Ivy standings. Brown finished 5-5 overall last season, winning four of its last five games.
For the last 10 years, Brown's offense has been synonymous with an explosive aerial attack, All-American wide receivers, and record-setting quarterbacks. But as explosive as its offense has been, Brown unveiled a powerful rushing attack last year, featuring first team All-Ivy runningback Nick Hartigan, who led the nation in rushing with 149.8 yards per game. Hartigan set a single-season Brown rushing record with 1,498 yards, the most ever by an Ivy League sophomore, breaking the previous mark of 1,409 yards by Cornell's Ed Marinaro in 1965.
The biggest question to answer in the spring is at quarterback, where the position is wide open with the graduation of Kyle Slager, the third leading passer in Brown history. Four players - junior Matt Hostetler, senior Nick Marietti and sophomores Joe DiGiacomo and Anthony Vita - will battle for the starting nod throughout the spring.
The entire offensive line returns intact, led by senior Will Burroughs, an honorable mention All-Ivy selection. The Bears also return senior Lawrence Rubida, a second team All-Ivy selection in 2002, who missed all of last year due to injury.
Brown ranked second in the Ivy League in total defense, yielding 369.2 yards a game in 2003, and the Bears return 7 of 11 defensive starters. Senior All-Ivy linebacker Anjel Gutierrez led the Bears defense with three interceptions last season, and ranked fourth with 64 total tackles. Brown's secondary returns intact with junior corners Jamie Gasparella and Jason Ching returning along with senior safety Craig Young.
2004 Spring Practice Schedule Practice #1 Friday, April 9 3:30 PM Practice #2 Saturday, April 10 9:00 AM Practice #3 Wednesday, April 14 3:30 PM Practice #4 Friday, April 16 3:30 PM Practice #5 Saturday, April 17 9:00 AM Practice #6 Sunday, April 18 9:00 AM Practice #7 Wednesday, April 21 3:30 PM Practice #8 Friday, April 23 3:30 PM Practice #9 Saturday, April 24 9:00 AM Practice #10 Wednesday, April 28 3:30 PM Practice #11 Friday, April 30 3:30 PM Practice #12 Sunday, May 2 1:00 PM SPRING GAME >at Brown Stadium
All dates and times are subject to change.