Brown Football Opens Pre-Season Camp

Aug. 23, 2001

Providence, RI - Expectations are high for the Brown University football team as fourth-year head coach Phil Estes welcomes 103 players to the beginning of pre-season camp. The Bears will undergo physical testing on Friday, August 24, followed by an evening practice. Double sessions start on Saturday, August 25.

Last year's squad set an all-time Ivy League record with 375 points scored, posting a 7-3 overall record and finishing third in the Ivy standings with a 4-3 mark. Estes, who has 23 victories in his first three seasons, joins Penn's Al Bagnoli as the only coaches to win that often in their first three years since the official formation of the Ivy League back in 1956.

Brown's football program has been the most successful in the Ivy League over the past seven years. Its 47-23 overall record since 1994 is tops in the league with the Bears winning the Ivy Championship in 1999.

Although Brown's record-setting offense will need a new quarterback, Estes is convinced he has all the ingredients to keep the Bears' offense running on all cylinders. Estes will probably look to senior Kyle Rowley for the quarterback role in his offense that set an Ivy League record with 4,832 total yards. Rowley, who battled eventual starter Eric Webber down to the final day of pre-season practice last year, completed 8 of 14 passes for 98 yards last year in a back-up role. He seems to have the inside track and the necessary experience with Brown's complex offense.

"Kyle's is an extremely capable quarterback, who knows our offense inside and out, and has been with our program for four years," said Estes. "He came very close to earning the starting quarterback spot a year ago after an outstanding pre-season."

Brown's running attack might be the best in the league with the return of first team All-Ivy tailback Michael Malan, who set a Brown rushing record with 1,213 yards last season. Malan established a new Brown record for rushing touchdowns in a season with 13, and finished the season with 90 points, tying Brown's all-time record for scoring. The versatile Malan ran for 100 or more yards five times in 2000, including a 243 yard rushing performance against Cornell.

The receiving corps will need to fill the shoes of All-American Stephen Campbell, who set an NCAA I-AA record with 120 catches last year. The Brown coaching staff believes that junior Chas Gessner has the size, speed and determination to follow in Campbell's footsteps. The 6-5, 210 Gessner, the 1999 Ivy League Rookie of the Year, was an honorable mention All-American selection last season, making 52 catches for 500 yards and 5 touchdowns.

Plowing the road for the Brown skill players is a record-setting offense line that was completely rebuilt last year and loses just one player, All-American tackle Drew Inzer, who now plays for the New England Patriots. Headlining the offensive line is senior Dan Startsman (6-3, 295) and junior Nick Bardo (6-4, 285), both honorable mention All-Ivy selections.

The Bears boast a strong place kicking game with senior Sean Jensen, an honorable mention All-Ivy selection, jumping on board the record train last season, setting a new Brown record for extra points in a season with 44, while booting 5 of 6 field goals. He also handled Brown's punting duties last year.

Brown's top defensive player a year ago started the season as a quarterback, but quickly showed his mettle as a hard-hitting safety. Junior Bobby Parisien, an honorable mention All-Ivy selection, headed the Brown defense with 71 tackles for the season. Converting to safety just before Brown's first game,

Brown's linebacking corps went through some growing pains last season but improved drastically as the season progressed. Senior outside linebacker Uwa Airhiavbere, an honorable mention All-Ivy choice, enjoyed an outstanding season, making 42 tackles overall, including 12 tackles for a loss of 50 yards, and 4.5 quarterback sacks.

Senior tri-captain Dewey Ames (6-5, 240) is a physical and athletic presence on Brown's front line, and is the lone starter returning at tackle. Ames, who made 21 tackles, two for a loss, in limited play last year, could be one of the top linemen in the Ivy League.

BROWN UNIVERSIRTY FOOTBALL - 2001 PRE-SEASON PRACTICE SCHEDULE

Friday, August 248:30 a.m.PhysicalTesting
7:30 p.m.Practice - helmets
Saturday, August 258:45 a.m.Practice - helmets
3:30 p.m.Practice - helmets
Sunday, August 268:45 a.m.Practice - helmets
3:30 p.m.Practice - helmets
Monday, August 278:45 p.m.Practice - full pads
3:30 p.m.Practice - full pads
Tuesday, August 288:45 p.m.Practice - full pads
3:30 p.m.Practice - full pads
Wednesday, August 298:45 p.m.Practice - full pads
3:30 p.m.Practice - full pads
Thursday, August 308:45 p.m.Practice - full pads
3:30 p.m.Practice - full pads
Friday, August 318:45 p.m.Practice - full pads
3:30 p.m.Practice - full pads
Saturday, September 11:00 p.m.Pre-Season Intersquad Scrimmage
At Brown Stadium
Sunday, September 23:30 p.m.Practice - full pads
Monday, September 31:00 p.m.TEAM PHOTO DAY - Brown Stadium
7:00 p.m.Practice - full pads

All practices are held at the Erickson Athletic Complex unless otherwise noted.