Aug. 22, 2004
Providence, RI - Seventh-year head football head coach Phil Estes will welcome 99 players to the beginning of Brown's 2004 pre-season camp. The Bears will undergo physical testing on Monday, August 23 at 10:00 a.m., with full practice beginning on Tuesday, August 24, with split squad practices at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Estes' squad will open its season at home on Saturday, September 18 against Albany (NY), opening with the Great Danes for the second straight year. The Bears will scrimmage Dartmouth on Saturday, September 4 at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. Brown won four of its last five games last year to finish 5-5 overall and earn a second place finish in the Ivy League standings with a 4-3 league mark. Armed with the return of eight starters on offense and seven on defense, the Bears are optimistic about their Ivy League title hopes. For the last 10 years, Brown's offense has been synonymous with an explosive aerial attack, All-American wide receivers and record-setting quarterbacks. But as explosive as its offense has been, Brown unveiled a powerful rushing attack last year, featuring All-American Nick Hartigan (Fairfax Station, VA), who led the nation in rushing with 149.8 yards per game, and established a single-season Brown rushing record with 1,498 yards, the most ever by an Ivy League sophomore, breaking the previous mark of 1,409 yards by Cornell's Ed Marinaro in 1969. The quarterback position is wide open with the graduation of Kyle Slager, with four players - junior Matt Hostetler (Ellicott City, MD), senior Nick Marietti (North Muskeegon, MI) and sophomores Joe DiGiacomo (Doylestown, PA) and Anthony Vita (West Babylon, NY) - battling for the starting nod. The entire offensive line returns intact,, led by senior tri-captain Will Burroughs (Yuma, AZ), an honorable mention All-Ivy selection, played a key role in the development of last year's young offensive line, and helped block for 408.5 yards in total offense Brown ranked second in the Ivy League in total defense, yielding 369.2 yards a game in 2003, and the Bears return 7 of 11 defensive starters. Senior outside linebacker Anjel Gutierrez (Bellflower, CA) had a break-through season in 2003 and earned honorable mention All-Ivy honors. Brown's secondary is solid with the return of junior corner Jamie Gasparella (New Hudson, MI), along with senior safety Craig Young (Windermere, FL). Sophomore Gavin Logan, who starred at South Kingstown High School, is expected to step into a starting role in the Bears' secondary.
BROWN UNIVERSIRTY FOOTBALL - 2004 PRE-SEASON PRACTICE SCHEDULE <
Monday, August 23 10:00 a.m. Physical Testing Tuesday, August 24 1:00 p.m. Split Practice 3:00 p.m. Split Practice Wednesday, August 25 9:00 a.m. Split Practice 11:00 a.m. Split Practice Thursday, August 26 1:00 p.m. Split Practice 3:00 p.m. Split Practice Friday, August 27 :00 a.m. Split Practice 11:00 a.m. Split Practice Saturday, August 28 8:30 a.m. Practice 3:00 p.m. Practice Sunday, August 29 2:30 p.m. Practice Monday, August 30 8:30 a.m. Practice 3:00 p.m. Practice Tuesday, August 31 2:00 p.m. Practice Wednesday, September 1 8:30 a.m. Practice 4:00 p.m. Practice Thursday, September 2 8:30 a.m. Practice Friday, September 3 10:00 a.m. Practice 7:00 p.m. Pre-Game walk-through Saturday, September 4 1:00 p.m. Pre-season game vs. Dartmouth At Phillips Exeter Academy (NH) Sunday, September 5 3:00 p.m. Practice Monday, September 6 11:00 a.m. Team Photo Day (media invited) Brown Stadium 3:00 p.m. Practice Tuesday, September 7 FIRST DAY OF CLASSES 3:30 p.m. Practice All practices are held at the Erickson Athletic Complex unless otherwise noted 2004 Brown Football Schedule 9/18 Sat. ALBANY 1:00 p.m. 9/25 Sat. HARVARD (YES Network) 12:00 p.m. 10/2 Sat. at Rhode Island 12:00 p.m. 10/9 Sat. at Fordham 1:00 p.m. 10/16 Sat. at Princeton 1:00 p.m. 10/23 Sat. CORNELL** (TV - Cox3) 1:00 p.m. 10/30 Sat. at Penn 1:00 p.m. 11/6 Sat. YALE (TV - Cox3) 12:30 p.m. 11/13 Sat. at Dartmouth 12:30 p.m. 11/20 Sat. COLUMBIA (TV - Cox3) 12:30 p.m. **Homecoming