April 30, 2003
Providence, Rhode Island - Head coach Phil Estes and the Brown Football team will culminate 12 days of spring football practice with the Annual Brown vs. White Spring Football Game on Saturday, May 3rd at Brown Stadium, beginning at 12:00 noon. The game is free and open to the public.
While last year's 2-8 record and 2-5 Ivy League mark was disappointing to the Brown faithful, closer inspection reveals that it was an anomaly. The Bears were just a play away in virtually every loss to having a solid season, with four of Brown's five Ivy League losses coming by a combined 11 points. Brown's football program had been the most successful program in the Ivy League for eight straight years, from 1994-2001.
Estes has his work cut out for him this season to restore the Brown program to its upper echelon status with the loss of 16 starters and 29 lettermen.
The key to the Bears' high-powered offense is the quarterback position, and senior Kyle Slager looks to have another record-breaking season at the helm. Slager, the nation's fifth leading passer last season, finished the 2002 season with 230 completions (8th in the Ivy record book) and 2,609 yards (T-15th in Ivy record book).
Since 1996, Brown has been known as Receiver U., with three first team All-Americans and several NCAA receiving leaders grabbing footballs for the Bears. With Chas Gessner, the nation's number one receiver, moving on to the New England Patriots, the next great wide receiver for the Bears could come from a crop of several talented underclassmen Sophomore Jarrett Schreck, who was the Ivy League's Rookie of the Week after making some key receptions vs. Columbia last year, and 6-4 sophomore Lonnie Hill, look to be this year's impact wide receivers.
Despite the loss of its top three tacklers from a year ago, coach Estes is optimistic about his linebacking corps with the return of senior Jermain Griffin and junior Angel Guiterrez to the outside. The Bears will have to replace both inside linebackers, but will be buoyed by the return of senior Andrew Gallagher, who missed all of last season due to injury. On the defensive line, 6-2, 250 senior Christian Garnett made seven tackles for a loss was tied for first on the 2002 team, while his 36 total tackles were tops among the Bears' defensive line. Brown's defensive secondary returns two of three starters, including two-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week Jason Ching, and senior Darren Carmon.