Bears Open Spring Football Practice On April 6

April 4, 2007

Providence, Rhode Island - Brown University Head Football coach Phil Estes will begin initial preparation for Brown's 130th season of intercollegiate football with 11 scheduled days of Spring Football Practice, beginning Friday, April 6, and culminating with the Annual Brown vs. White Spring Game on Saturday, April 28 at Brown Stadium.

Armed with the return of six starters on offense and eight starters on defense, Estes will look to return the Bears to their Ivy championship form of two years ago with a strong, experienced defense and a talented, but young offense.

With a bevy of talented wide receivers in the program, Estes may look to throw the ball more in 2007, as the Bears return to their Receiver U. moniker. Senior Paul Raymond is a two-time Ivy League/Heptagonal indoor champion in the 60-meter dash, who had a break-out year in 2006, making 45 receptions for 654 yards, both fifth in the Ivy League. Sophomore Buddy Farnham, who finished with 14 receptions for 191 yards, was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week after a strong performance against Rhode Island, while sophomore Bobby Sewall is another speedy wide-out, who grabbed 7 receptions for 55 yards, and played a key role in Brown's win over Penn. At tight end, 6-3 sophomore Colin Cloherty is a big, rugged player, who made 18 receptions for 244 yards and four touchdowns as a wide receiver a year ago.

On the defensive side, Brown returns eight starters, including three All-Ivy players. At inside linebacker, senior Eric Brewer earned All-Ivy honors after making 82 total tackles, eighth best in the Ivy League. Brown's defensive secondary is headed by senior All-Ivy safety Jose Yearwood, senior corner back Matt Mullenax and junior corner back Darrell Harrison. Three of four starters return to the Bears' front line, headlined by senior end Patrick Fisher, senior All-Ivy tackle Kai Brown and junior tackle Joseph McPhee.

Brown's kicking game may be the best in the nation with the return of three-time All-Ivy punter and All-New England kicker Steve Morgan, one of the top kickers in Ivy League football history. Morgan's 211 career points as a kicker rank third best in Ivy League football history, while his 39 career field goals are also third in the Ivy League record book.

All practices will be held at the Erickson Athletic Complex, and are open to the public.

2007 Brown Spring Practice Dates:
Friday, April 6,  3:30 pm
Saturday, April 7,  9:00 am
Wednesday, April 11, 3:30 pm
Friday, April 13,  3:30 pm
Saturday, April 14,  10:00 am
Sunday, April 15,  10:00am
Wednesday, April 18,  3:30 pm
Friday, April 20,  3:30 pm
Saturday, April 21,  10:00 am
Sunday, April 22,  10:00 am
Saturday, April 28	SPRING GAME at Brown Stadium, 1:00 pm