Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Dalyn Williams Podcast



From the C.S. Podcast, which runs a little more than 18 minutes:
2016 NFL Draft Prospect, QB out of Dartmouth College, Dalyn Williams joined Chris Shanafelt on The C.S. Podcast on February 8, 2016 for an interview to talk about his overall experience quarterbacking the Big Green over the past 4 years, the College Gridiron Showcase in which he participated in last month, how he looks at having the "small-school" label as he pursues a professional football career, why an NFL G.M. should want him a part of their squad & more!
Dalyn notes that he is training in Boca Raton, Fla., and working hard on improving his 40 time. He says he will have his pro day at Dartmouth on April 2.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

A Look At The Defense

Here's a completely unofficial look at how the 2016 Dartmouth defense shapes up. Tomorrow: A look at special teams.
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Morgan Roberts had a terrific career after transferring from Clemson to Yale but transfers aren't always that successful.

Dartmouth discovered that several years before Buddy Teevens returned to Hanover when a potential Big Ten starter struggled after transferring to Dartmouth, eventually leaving the program during the season.

Towson, which will visit Dartmouth on Oct. 15, 2016, learned the same lesson a year ago when Kevin Olsen, a onetime top-100 recruit who had transferred  from the Miami Hurricanes, was dismissed from the Tiger program before ever playing a game. (LINK)

Turns out Towson is giving it another shot with the addition of Morgan Mahalak, a four-star recruit who redshirted one year at Oregon and ran the scout team last fall. Mahalak was the nation's fifth-ranked dual-threat quarterback as a senior according to Oregon Live.  (LINK)

Monday, February 08, 2016

Looking Ahead

With the regular-decision recruiting class unofficial but now pretty much identified, this is the way the Dartmouth offense appears to shape up for next fall. Check out the defense tomorrow. The key word: unofficial ;-)

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The Dartmouth Review has a lengthy look back at the 2015 Big Green football season with a quick glimpse ahead. The story includes this quote from Coach Buddy Teevens:
“People look at us and say, ‘Wow Dartmouth is a number one school in football and number one in terms of graduation rate. Man, it’s an Ivy institution with world class intellects and the football team is in that group while playing pretty physical and successful football. That’s where we’d like to be. We’ve got a number of engineers and pre-med kids with high 3.0’s, with 3.5’s, 3.6’s, 3.7’s in GPA. Our team GPA has been over 3.0 for the past 11 years. I want great players who are intellectuals at all times and great guy at all times. When people see my players, my kids, they say ‘Oh he’s in my class. Pretty cool dude.’ If you expect excellence and you preach and prod that and encourage that, you get what you ask for. I think that’s where we are right now.”
The Dartmouth writes about the fact that there will not be a snow sculpture on The Green for Winter Carnival this year. From the story:
“The main factor obviously was weather — the Green is greener now, there’s not really any snow,” chair of the Winter Carnival Council Harrison Perkins ’18 said. “The second factor was a lack of student support in building the actual sculpture in the past few years.”
Green Alert Take: Sorry, but I'm not buying the lack of snow argument. That has never stopped the sculpture before. In the past snow has been trucked in and that was a possibility this year. We live less than eight miles from campus and there's plenty of snow here. Around Dartmouth they like to say, "Lest the old traditions fail." They failed.
The beauty of having a DVR hooked up to your TV is the ability to zip through commercials. We didn't do that during the Super Bowl but I freely admit we started to think about it. You may disagree but here on the shoulder of Moose Mountain there was agreement that this was easily the least entertaining group of Super Bowl commercials in recent memory. The other advantage of a DVR? The ability to zip through overblown halftime shows. Thanks to the fast forward button while we didn't hear one note of halftime music we didn't miss a snap. 

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Super Sunday

Happy Super Bowl Day ;-)


Harvey Frommer, who does some teaching at Dartmouth, has a new book When It Was Just A Game: Remembering The First Super Bowl.
With a handful of graduating Dartmouth seniors having NFL dreams one site I came across has a Dartmouth player pegged for one of today's Super Bowl teams.

That would be DraftSite, which sees the Denver Broncos using their sixth-round selection to choose Dartmouth defensive tackle AJ Zuttah with the 219th overall pick. (LINK) It's as speculative as speculative can be, but on this Sunday it's fun stuff.
Speaking of the draft, another site called Pro Player Insiders posted its NFL Draft Small School Position Rankings prior to last season. Here are Ivy League players mentioned by school. Where they make the top rankings their rank is listed. Otherwise they are the "Others to watch."

DARTMOUTH
No. 5 DT AJ Zuttah
QB Dalyn Williams
LB Will McNamara
LB Zach Slafsky
CB Vernon Harris

(Notably missing is Cody Fulleton, who is deserving of being on the list.)

COLUMBIA
Toba Akinleye

CORNELL
CB Jarrod Watson-Lewis
OG Zach Wilk

HARVARD
No. 1 C Anthony Fabriano (7th round)
No. 4 TE Ben Braunecker
No. 5 OT Cole Toner
OT Adam Redman
TB Paul Stanton, Jr.

PENN
TE Ryan O'Malley

PRINCETON
No. 2 WR Seth DeValve
No. 3 FS Anthony Gaffney
OT Britt Colcolough
TB DiAndre Atwater
RS Dre Nelson

YALE
QB Morgan Roberts
SS Cole Champion

Enjoy the commercials ;-)

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Simply Beautiful

Here's a guarantee. If you have a soft spot for Dartmouth you are going to share a link to this video with someone else. It's that beautiful. My goodness what you can do with a drone and some ridiculously amazing scenery!

(By the way, if I'm recruiting for Dartmouth, I'm going to make sure potential Dartmouth students and student-athletes see it.)



Have a nice weekend!

Friday, February 05, 2016

Signing Week ;-)

Signing Day photos continue trickling in. Again, thanks to all for sharing . . .

Linebacker Andrew Lemkuil
Defensive Back Isiah Swann
Here's an unofficial look at the Dartmouth recruiting class identified through Twitter, the recruiting sites newspapers and via emails. (Corrections and additions invited.)

QUARTERBACK
 
Cole Douglas, 6-1, 200 Irmo, S.C./Dutch Fork

Jared Gerbino, 6-4, 220 Rochester, N.Y./Rush-Henrietta
Jake Pallotta, 6-1, 190 , Massillon, Ohio/Jackson

RUNNING  BACK
Jordan Argilagos, 5-11, 185, Norcross, Ga./Wesleyan
Caylin Parker, 6-0, 205, Belle Chasse, La./Belle Chasse

WIDE RECEIVER
 
Tyler Addison, 6-1, 185, Destrehan, La./Destrehan
Drew Estrada, 6-0, 186, Argyle, Texas/Argyle
Hunter Hagdorn, 6-0, 180, Manvel, Texas/Manvel
Zach Hawkins, 6-2, 195, Potomac, Md./Bullis
Brandon Hester, 5-11, 180, El Cajon, Calif./Christian

TIGHT END
 
Hamilton Day, 6-6 1/2, 240 Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha
Connor Rempel, 6-4, 215, West Long Branch, N.J./Shore Regional
Tucker Spears, 6-5, 225, Dakota Dune, SD/Bishop Heelan/Avon Old Farms

OFFENSIVE LINE

Ben Culmer, 6-5, 300, McLean, Va./Langley
John Lass, 6-5, 280, Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill East
* Anders Peterson 6-6, 265, Leesburg, Va./Tuscarora
* Tanner Aiono, 6-5, 305, San Diego, Calif./Frances Parker

DEFENSIVE LINE
Jordan McGriff, 6-2, 300, Willingboro, N.J./Hun
Niko Lalos, 6-5, 239, Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary's
Seith Simmer, 6-4, 250, Kennesaw, Ga./Harrison
Tamerick Simpson, 6-3, 225, Miami, Fla./Berkshire/Miami Central

LINEBACKER 
Nigel Alexander, 6-2, 225, Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips
Ross Andreasik, 6-2, 210 Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West
Colton Forster, 6-3, 235, Napa, Calif./Napa
Arthur Kaslow, 6-3, 225, Calabasas, Calif./Calabasas
Andrew Lemkuil, 6-3, 210, West Hartford, Conn./Kingswood-Oxford
 
DEFENSIVE BACK 
DJ Avery, 5-6, 180, Douglasville, Ga./Douglas
Micah Croom, 6-2, 190, La Mirada, Calif./La Mirada
Michael Gordon, 6-2, 170, Marietta, Ga./Choate-Rosemary Hall
Isiah Swann, 5-11, 170, Chandler, Ariz./Chandler
Ryan Roegge, 6-2, 210, Marietta, Ga./Walton

KICKER/PUNTER

Davis Brief, 6-1, 180, Warwick, N.Y./Warwick Valley

LONGSNAPPER

Grant Jaffe, 6-5, 225, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif/ Santa Margarita

* Will enter as freshman this fall after two-year LDS mission
A story in the Napa Valley Register about linebacker Colton Forster "signing" with Dartmouth included this disappointing news:
Forster, unfortunately, suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee last week at Vintage during a basketball Big Game. He is still awaiting more results from an MRI and to hear from his orthopedist, but expects to redshirt next fall.
Not sure whether it was reporter error or a head coach at a prominent prep school making the mistake is uncertain, but quotes like this from an NJ.com story bring a grimace (italics are mine):
"Over the past two years, Jordan McGriff dedicated himself in the weight room and completely transformed his body. He is one of the most athletic linemen in the state. His work ethic in the classroom earned him the right to attend Dartmouth University. I think he could make an impact in the Ivy League right away."
Of course, that's not as hard to read as something else I came across digging up recruiting information. For the first time ever, I saw someone refer to, "The University of Dartmouth."

n case you are wondering how much people pay attention to recruiting at this level, Signing Day "hits" on BGA Daily were the highest since . . . last Signing Day. There were roughly five times as many hits as on a normal Wednesday during the offseason.
Boston.com writes about Bob Cordy, a starting guard on the nationally ranked 1970 Ivy League championship team, retiring from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
When the NCAA Football Rules Committee meets next week replay/targeting will be on the agenda according to an NCAA release. Speaking of which, don't be surprised if the Ivy League implements replay in football before long. It's already in use in basketball and ice hockey. The committee will also discuss the possible use of computers and tablets on the sidelines according to the release.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Safety First Features Buddy Teevens



The video is from the SafeKids website.

(Thanks to BGA-Indiana Division for sharing the link.)

Signing Day Wrap

While future Ivy Leaguers were taking part in Signing Day events yesterday the three non-conference opponents Dartmouth will face next fall were actually signing players.

The Big Green opens the season Sept. 17 at home against New Hampshire, which announced its new class HERE.

The next week Dartmouth will be at Holy Cross, which announced its fourth scholarship class HERE.

On Oct. 15 first-time opponent Towson will invade Memorial Field. The Tiger class is listed HERE.
An Inside Higher Ed story about Princeton's decision to relax the no-transfer rule that has been in place since 1990 includes this explanation, which ends with an eye-raising thought (italics are mine):
In the strategic plan, Princeton linked the resumption of transfer admissions to diversity goals. "Experience at other universities shows that transfer programs can provide a vehicle to attract students with diverse backgrounds and experiences, such as qualified military veterans and students from low-income backgrounds, including some who might begin their careers at community colleges," the plan says.
That may not be the only motivation. Princeton alumni have for years complained that the university's ban on transfer admissions has hurt athletic programs, as other Ivy institutions have admitted outstanding athletes as transfers.
The NCAA writes about Gail Koziara Boudreaux '82, the three-time Ivy League women's basketball player of the year once known as the all-time leading scorer (1,933 points, 21.7 career ppg) and rebounder (1,635 rebounds, 18.4 career rpg) in Dartmouth history, but becoming better known as the mother of emerging basketball star Evan Boudreaux '19.

An All-America in the shot put, Boudreaux has been called one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in American Business” by Fortune magazine and one of the ``100 Most Powerful Women in the World’’ by Forbes.
Jack Riley '44, who in 1960  led the U.S. Olympic hockey team to its first gold medal and twice was named as the NCAA Coach of the Year during a 36-year run at West Point, has died at 95. Find a story about a true Dartmouth legend HERE.
Defensive Back DJ Avery
And finally, one more picture and a huge thank you to those who shared photos and links to photos and news clips yesterday. It was a l-o-n-g day finding and posting pictures and hopefully it was fun for everyone to get a glimpse of the incoming group. Lots of green cake, too ;-)