Monday, August 31, 2015

Dartmouth's MVP At Practice

Heights And Weights

Heights and weights have been adjusted on the Dartmouth roster page. Here are some of the more significant changes from the first roster posted this preseason:

Up 45 pounds
Sophomore offensive lineman Ben Hagaman to 6-5, 270

Up 30 pounds
Senior tight end Jonathan Moran to 6-5, 260

Up 25 pounds
Senior offensive lineman Josh Clark to 6-5, 315

Up 20 pounds
Senior wide receiver Dan Gorman to 6-4, 220
Junior defensive back Darius George to 6-1, 200
Sophomore linebacker Justin Edwards to 6-2, 245
Sophomore linebacker Brock Bacon to 6-2, 235
Senior offensive lineman Brendan Johnson to 6-6, 300
Sophomore defensive end Rocco DiLeo to 6-3, 265

Up 15 pounds
Senior linebacker Will Konstant to 6-3, 230
Senior defensive end Cody Fullerton to 6-3, 280
Sophomore tight end Stephen Johnston to 6-4, 235

Up 10 pounds
Senior safety Frankie Hernandez to 5-9, 205
Senior running back Brian Grove to 5-11, 205
Senior safety Troy Donahue to 6-1, 205
Sophomore running back Forrest Town to 5-11, 200
Sophomore tight end Cam Poole to 6-4, 230
Junior safety Charlie Miller to 6-0, 185
Senior safety David Caldwell to 6-0, 205
Sophomore linebacker Eric Meile to 6-1, 225
Sophomore tight end Cam Skaff to 6-4, 245
Junior defensive end Brandon Cooper to 6-1, 270
Sophomore defensive lineman Nick Tomkins is at 6-3, 265
Senior defensive lineman AJ Zuttah is at 6-2, 295

Down 10 pounds
Junior linebacker Alex McCrory to 6-0, 230

Down 15 pounds
Senior linebacker Eric Wickham to 6-3, 235
Junior offensive lineman Jack Friedman to 6-3, 285
Sophomore defensive lineman Davaron Stockman to 6-0, 330
Junior defensive lineman Zach Husan to 6-2, 265

Down 20 pounds
Junior defensive end Michael Warren to 6-4, 265

Down 25 pounds
Sophomore offensive lineman Patrick Flathers to 6-4, 260

Significant freshman adjustments
Freshman heights and weights can be notoriously off because of bad information to begin with, so take the starting weights here with a grain of salt:
Linebacker JJ Jefferies was listed at 6-2, 190 and is 6-2, 245.
Quarterback Bruce Dixon IV was listed at 6-4, 205 and is 6-4, 230.
Quarterback Scott Lloyd was listed at 6-3, 210 and is 6-2, 195
Quarterback Vito Penza was listed at 6-3, 225 and is 6-2, 215
Wide receiver Jarion Brown was listed at 6-1, 170 and is 6-1, 185
Wide receiver Emmanuel Soto was listed at 6-2, 190 and is 6-0, 180
Linebacker Nathan Nunez was listed at 6-2, 225 and is 6-2, 235
Tight end Kevin Barrett was listed at 6-6, 215 and is 6-5, 235
OL Matt Kaskey was listed at 6-6, 295 and is 6-7, 310
D end Jimmy McHugh was listed at 6-3, 265 and is 6-3, 235
OL John Kilcommons was listed at 6-3, 295 and is 6-4, 285
DL Brandon Chu was listed at 6-0, 290 and is 6-1, 300
DE Kalil Washington was listed at 6-2, 220 and is 6-2, 230
DL Jackson Perry was listed at 6-2, 275 and is 6-2, 290
Linebacker Harrison Farber was listed at 6-2, 210 and is 6-3, 220

Height and Weight Trivia
The smallest player is 5-6 freshman tailback Matthew Shearin
The tallest player is 6-7 offensive lineman Matt Kaskey
There are 28 players under 6-feet tall
There are 96 listed at 6-feet or taller
There are 31 players listed at 6-4 or taller
There are 38 players listed at less than 200 pounds
There are 37 players listed at 250 or more pounds
There are eight players listed at 300 or more pounds

Sunday, August 30, 2015

You'll Get A Kick Out Of This

High school senior and Dartmouth commit Davis Brief of Warwick, N.Y., has been ranked, "the top combo prospect in the northeast for the class of 2016 and one of the top specialists nationally for his class," according to Special Teams Solutions. Find his STS bio HERE and the Sept. 1 punter rankings that have him first HERE.
Speaking of special teams standouts, Pete and Charlie Gogolak, who pioneered soccer-style kicking and forever changed kicking in the 1960s, are this year's co-recipients of the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award. Pete kicked at Cornell and Charlie at Princeton. Find a story HERE.

Here's what you may not know.

A third brother, John Gogolak, kicked at Dartmouth, where he was a classmate of Dartmouth coach Buddy Teevens '79. Unfortunately for John, there was a fellow by the name of Nick Lowery '78 ahead of him and he never lettered for the Big Green.

If you have the patience to scroll around on the page, you can read an interesting AP story about the Gogolaks and see a picture of 8-year-old John kicking a ball on a Google News page from the March 20, 1966 Reading Eagle HERE.
The Tennesseean has a thorough story about the STRIVR virtual reality system being used at Vanderbilt, Dartmouth and a handful of other colleges as well as several NFL teams. Derek Mason, the Vandy coach who knew STRIVR founder Derek Belch when he coached at Stanford, offered a thought that really gets to the heart of what STRIVR does. He said:
It’s one thing to see it on film from a bird’s eye view. But to watch it live inside the play, they can see what their techniques were and if their alignments were correct and see the pace of the play ...
Having worn the headset, I think Mason used the perfect word. It does put you inside the play.

Something from the story I did not know even with all the reading I've done about the system. STRIVR stands for :
Sports Training in Virtual Reality
Speaking of high-tech equipment being used by Dartmouth football, a friend shared an SBNation commentary (?) on the MVP motorized tackling dummy that appears under the headline:
Dartmouth's invincible football robot is good but probably capable of evil
I'm back out at practice this morning. Check in with BGA Premium tonight for coverage of the first day in full pads. And once more, with feeling ;-) . . .

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Saturday, August 29, 2015


Dartmouth's freshmen show their, uh, moves in this quick video I pulled together:

The players will be back on the field this morning at 8:30 and as always thee will be a story on BGA Premium later in the day. It should be an interesting one if I can catch up to the player I hope to write about.
Freshman defensive tackle Jackson Perry played his high school football at national powerhouse Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas. Here's the Gorman hype video:

2015 Bishop Gorman Hype Video from Bishop Gorman on Vimeo.
The first televised college football game of the season will be on ESPN today at 3:30 when North Dakota State and Montana meet up in a showdown of FCS powerhouses.

The FBS season kicks off Thursday night with eight televised games. The North Carolina-South Carolina game is one that should be fun watching.
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Friday, August 28, 2015

Dartmouth's Smart Dummy On NPR

Check out the story and video HERE.

No. 2 Is No. 1

With the start of the preseason the Dartmouth football office has released its No. 1 play of the 2014 season video and it's a terrific choice.

The top highlight is Ryan McManus' 60-yard punt return for a touchdown at the Yale Bowl last year. Not only was it the only Ivy League punt return for a touchdown a year ago, but Ryan was escorted the last few yards by his brother, Danny, and their high school teammate at St. Thomas Academy, Paddy Clancy. It was one of two touchdowns McManus scored (the other came on a 30-yard pass) in the Big Green's 38-31 victory.

A case can be made that McManus' return changed the complexion of a game to that to that point had been almost all in Yale's favor. Enjoy!

The 2015 Ivy League football media guide is now available HERE. While you won't find much information on current players in the league it's a wealth of statistical history of the Ivy League.
WMUR TV has a short report on Dartmouth's robotic tackling dummy that features a few comments from former defensive tackle Elliot Kastner, the engineering graduate and one of the creators of the MVP. Here's the report:

In addition to the dozens and dozens of local papers that have picked up the Associated Press story on the MVP, it also has appeared in the New York Times and Washington Post.
BGA Premium had a look at a key position change last night and will consider a novel aspect of preseason practice at Dartmouth tonight.
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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Pay Attention

When it comes to predictions, this is the one that deserves a little extra attention.

The STATS FCS page used to be part of The Sports Network where it was edited and largely written by Craig Haley. As a former beat writer covering Princeton, Craig knows the Ivy League and has good contacts around the league and the East. When he writes about the Ivies he knows what he's talking about.

STATS has been posting its conference roundups/predictions and now it's the Ivy League's turn. The headline on its Ivy story: Ivy Preview: Dartmouth sets sights on Harvard in title race.

Haley points out that Dartmouth once had an overwhelming lead over the rest of the Ivies in terms of championships won. He notes that with Penn having won nine titles and Harvard eight since the last time the Big Green won it all (1996) the honor of having the most championships is up for grabs. Dartmouth has won 17 titles while Harvard and Penn have won 16 apiece.

So who does Haley have winning it all this  year? After writing, "This year's race figures to go to the end again," he posts his prediction:
1. Harvard2. Dartmouth3. Yale4. Brown 5. Princeton6. Penn7. Cornell8. Columbia

Find the full report HERE.

The NBC affiliate in Burlington, Vt./Plattsburgh, N.Y., reports on Dartmouth's MVP in a video report you can watch HERE.
The MVP is showing up everywhere. Venerable US News & World Report picked up the AP story HERE and has it HERE.
A quick bit from last night's BGA Premium:
Joining the Dartmouth coaching staff this fall are three quality control assistants. Former Westfield State standout running back Don Jones will work on the offensive side, former Arkansas Razorback safety Matt Hewitt will be on the defensive side and Danny O’Dea, a former head coach at The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey, will be quality control for special teams.
Also new to the program is Joe Gilfedder, a former Springfield College graduate assistant who will help Spencer Brown with football strength and conditioning.
Coaches are always looking for different ways of livening up the preseason when practice starts to drag. At Holy Cross, former Dartmouth assistant Steve Cully took part in a WWE-type wrestling match. Check out the story and video at this LINK:

Click HERE to watch the video.
Speaking of former Dartmouth assistants . . .

Don Farnham, who coached at Dartmouth in the late 1980s and went on to spend 13 years as the head coach at Maine's Brewer High School, has joined the staff at Division III Husson in Maine. (LINK)
Rolling Stone has a lengthy look at Super Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson that includes this:
Harrison Wilson III, a Dartmouth football star and a UVA law graduate, is central to his son's creation myth. Harrison waited until after law school to try out for the San Diego Chargers and still almost made the team. He played catch with his son on mornings before school and made it to nearly every one of his games. "Harrison Wilson could do no wrong" has always been the narrative. His son's image is just as carefully burnished, with only a hint of imperfection . . . 
Find the full story HERE.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

AP Chimes In On MVP

And here's a video I put together . . .