May 12, 2003

Brent Grinna, Christian Garnett and Kyle Slager Named 2003 Football Captains

May 12, 2003

Brown football coach Phil Estes announced that seniors Kyle Slager (Columbus, OH), Brent Grinna (Postville, IA) and Christian Garnett (Darien, CT) have been elected tri-captains for the 2003 season.

Slager, the nation's fifth leading passer last season, finished the 2002 season with 230 completions (8th in the Ivy record book) for 2,609 passing yards (T-15th in Ivy record book). He tied two NCAA I-AA records when he connected on 20 of 20 first half passes against Rhode Island, equaling the NCAA record for consecutive passes completed in a game, and consecutive passes completed to start a game. He completed on an Ivy League record 44 of 58 passes for 497 yards and three touchdowns against URI. His 497 passing yards, an Ivy League record for a non-Ivy game, was just four yards shy of the Ivy League record of 501 yards passing.

Grinna is a punishing fullback, who can also catch the ball coming out of the backfield. He ran for 106 yards last season and made 15 catches for 123 yards and a touchdown. Grinna, who recently won the Brown Athletics Cliff Stevenson Award, is a volunteer in a South Providence library, where he is an instructor of English as a second language, and a volunteer in the Woonsocket Community Outreach program.

Garnett had a breakthrough season last season for the Bears defensive line. The 6-2, 250 Garnett led the Bears with seven tackles for a loss, while his 36 total tackles were tops among the Bears' defensive line. He had a season high eight tackles against Princeton, including three tackles for a loss against the Tigers.