March 16, 2005
Providence, RI - Head football coach Phil Estes will begin initial preparation for Brown's 128th season of intercollegiate football with 12 days of Spring Football Practice, beginning April 8, and culminating with the Annual Brown vs. White Spring Game on Saturday, April 30 at Brown Stadium.
If the number of returning starters and All-Ivy players to the lineup is any indication of potential success, coach Phil Estes' 2005 Brown football team will have the tools to make a legitimate run at the Ivy League championship. After fielding a young team with raw talent a year ago, the Bears return of nine All-Ivy players - five on offense, three on defense and one special teams - and 18 starters (eight offense, eight defense, 2 special teams) overall.
Estes returns three of the top skill people in the Ivy League, beginning with senior All-American and Walter Payton Award candidate Nick Hartigan, the Bears runningback who established new Brown records for points (102) and touchdowns (17) in a season a year ago, and needs just over 500 yards to become Brown's all-time career rushing leader.
Brown's receiving corps may be the strongest in the Ivy League with return of two All-Ivy players - senior first team All-Ivy Jarrett Schreck, the league leader in receiving yards, and junior second team All-Ivy Lonnie Hill, the league's leader in receptions two years ago. Add second team All-Ivy tight end David Turner to the mix and the Bears have a formidable pass-catching group.
Brown's defense ranked second in the Ivy League a year ago (316.4 yards per game) and will be led by All-American and first team All-Ivy junior linebacker Zak DeOssie, the Ivy League's fourth leading tackler with 98 total tackles, including 53 solo stops. Senior James Frazier, a second team All-Ivy selection, led the Ivy League with 14 tackles for a loss of 61 yards, and was second in the Ivy League with nine quarterback sacks. Frazier registered a season high 10 tackles against Cornell, and had three quarterback sacks against Harvard. Senior Jamie Gasparella, also a second team All-Ivy selection, emerged as one of the top cover cornerbacks in the Ivy League, making 58 total tackles.
All practices are open to the public, including High school Coaches and prospective student-athletes, to come and watch the Bears continue their quest for the Ivy League title. A 12th practice will be added at a later date.
2005 Brown Spring Practice Dates: Friday, April 8th, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9th, 10:00 a.m. Sunday, April 10th, 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 15th, 3:30 p.m. Saturday ,April 16th, 10:00 a.m. Sunday, April 17th, 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 22nd, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23rd, 10:00 a.m. Sunday, April 24th, 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 29th, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30th, Spring Game @ Brown Stadium, 12:00 noon