Aug. 17, 2007
Providence, RI - Two years removed from an Ivy League championship, 10th -year Brown head football head coach Phil Estes will welcome 103 players to the beginning of pre-season football camp with a refocus on both sides of the ball and a relentless pursuit to bring the Bears back to the top of the Ivy League standings. The Bears will undergo physical testing on Monday, August 20 at 10:00 a.m., with full practice beginning on Tuesday, August 22, featuring split squad practices at 8:30 a.m. and 10:40 a.m.
Brown fans can get a preview of the 2007 squad on Friday, August 31, when the Bears host Bryant College at Brown Stadium in a pre-season scrimmage, beginning at 12:00 noon. Estes' squad will open its 130th season of intercollegiate play at home against Duquesne on Saturday, September 15, and will begin its Ivy schedule under the lights on Saturday evening, September 22 against Harvard at 7:30 p.m.
Estes' squad will feature a strong experienced defense and a talented, but young offense. Junior quarterback Mike Dougherty will direct the Bears' offense and will have a bevy of a talented, fast and exciting wide receivers to throw to, including senior Paul Raymond, and sophomores Buddy Farnham and Bobby Sewall. Add talented 6-3 junior tight end Colin Cloherty to the mix, and Brown may decide to return to its wide-open passing offense of the late 1990's. Senior tailback Dereck Knight, a local Shea High School product, is Brown's top returning rusher with 213 yards on 49 carries, including a 96-yard rushing performance against Cornell. Junior tailback Jon Edwards saw action in three games last season, rushing for 23 yards on three carries. Senior All-Ivy guard Jimmy Tull, a two-year starter, will anchor the line. In addition, senior AJ Tracey, junior Matthew Adkins and junior Shane Kelley all saw starting roles throughout the season.
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. Hard-hitting junior linebacker Frank Nuzzo also returns after sitting out last season. Brown's defensive secondary is headed by senior All-Ivy safety Jose Yearwood, senior cornerback Matt Mullenax and junior cornerback 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.
BROWN FOOTBALL - 2007 PRE-SEASON PRACTICE SCHEDULE Monday, August 20 10:00 a.m. Physical Testing 2:00 p.m. Physical Testing
Tuesday, August 21 8:30 a.m. Split Practice 10:40 a.m. Split Practice
Wednesday, August 22 8:30 a.m. Split Practice 10:40 a.m. Split Practice
Thursday, August 23 8:30 a.m. Split Practice 10:40 a.m. Split Practice
Friday, August 24 8:30 a.m. Split Practice 10:40 a.m. Split Practice
Saturday, August 25 8:30 a.m. Practice - Full squad 3:00 p.m. Practice - Full squad
Sunday, August 26 2:00 p.m. Practice - Full squad
Monday, August 27 8:30 a.m. Practice - Full squad 3:00 p.m. Practice - Full squad
Tuesday, August 28 2:00 p.m. Practice - Full squad
Wednesday, August 29 8:30 a.m. Practice - Full squad 3:00 p.m. Practice - Full squad
Thursday, August 30 3:30 p.m. Practice - Full squad
Friday, August 31 12:00 p.m. Pre-Season Scrimmage vs. Bryant at Stadium
Saturday, September 1 No practice
Sunday, September 2 11:00 a.m. Practice - Full squad
Monday, September 3 1:00 p.m. Team Photo Day (media invited) Brown Stadium 3:30 p.m. Practice - Full squad
Tuesday, September 4 9:00 a.m. Practice - Full squad
Wednesday, September 5 FIRST DAY OF CLASSES 3:30 p.m. Practice - Full squad All practices are held at the Erickson Athletic Complex unless otherwise noted
2007 Brown University Football Schedule
9/15 Sat. DUQUESNE 12:30 p.m. 9/22 Sat. at Harvard 7:30 p.m. 9/29 Sat RHODE ISLAND 12:30 p.m. 10/6 Sat. HOLY CROSS 12:30 p.m. 10/13 Sat. *PRINCETON 12:30 p.m. 10/20 Sat. at Cornell 1:00 p.m. 10/27 Sat. PENN 12:30 p.m. 11/3 Sat. at Yale 12:30 p.m. 11/10 Sat. DARTMOUTH 12:30 p.m. 11/17 Sat. at Columbia 12:30 p.m.
Head Coach: Phil Estes