Thursday, March 30, 2017

Good News

What some of us have known for a while is now official. Chris Rorke '89, the Dartmouth quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator since 2011, is the new head football coach at Tabor Academy, near Cape Cod.

From the Tabor website:
Joining us in 2017, Chris comes to Tabor after 28 years of collegiate experience. Most recently, he spent the last six years as Quarterback Coach at his alma mater, Dartmouth College. He joins the College Counseling Office as well as taking on the head coaching duties for the Tabor football team. Chris and his family are very excited to be a part of the Tabor community.
The move to the prep ranks brings Rorke full circle. He is a graduate of Brooks School, where he played for his father, Dan.

With Rorke taking over the program at Tabor, all three of the three coaches not returning to the Dartmouth sidelines this year have found a home. In addition to Rorke, tight ends coach Kyle Metzler has joined the staff at Penn and running backs coach Chad Nice will coach at Cornell, his alma mater.
It's Pro Day in Hanover today. Check out BGA Daily either later today or first thing tomorrow for coverage. In the meantime, check out the videos produced by the Dartmouth football program after the 2016 and 2014 Pro Days.



Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Old Friends

There are days when I wonder if I'll be able to find anything of interest for BGA Daily and sitting down at the keyboard this morning I thought this would be one of them. Not so.
Former Dartmouth assistant Jarrail "JJ" Jackson is the new wide receivers coach at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. UCO, which has a student body of about 17,000, plays at the Division II level.

JJ emailed that in addition to working with the wide receivers, he'll be "heavily involved with the offensive game plan."

A former star receiver for the Oklahoma Sooners, Jackson turned Oklahoma into an absolute Dartmouth recruiting hotbed after arriving in Hanover in 2006. He also had great success finding talent in his home state of Texas where he recruited a quarterback you may have heard of. Fellow by the name of Dalyn Williams.

Football Scoop has a note on JJ landing at UCO HERE.
A story in The Dartmouth looking at the school's "relationship culture of the past" centers around Carolyn '93 and Pete Chapman '91.

Pete was captain of Buddy Teevens' 1990 Ivy League championship team and an All-Ivy League first team defensive lineman as a senior.

Prominent in the story are linebacker George Neos '93 and Shon Page '90, the Ivy League player of the year at running back.

Green Alert Take: On a personal level, it was fun for me to read this story because I covered Pete Chapman's career when he played at Dartmouth and he couldn't have been more gracious and helpful – then and now.
The PhinPhanatic website has a story under the headline, Who is Dolphins Defensive Coordinator Matt Burke? The story is broken down into segments with this under the subheading, Playing Days:
Hardly anything is known about Matt Burke’s playing career aside from the fact that he played safety at Dartmouth. Dartmouth is a top-20 academic school (Wall Street Journal has them 16th) and Burke played on part of the undefeated Ivy League championship team in 1996.
The Miami Herald has a story about Rich Stuart stepping down as Belen Jesuit football coach after 34 years. You may not know Stuart's name or be familiar with Belen, but Ivy League football coaches certainly are. From the story (italics are mine):
The Wolverines have won three consecutive district titles, six overall and were a state runner-up in 2009. During that span, Stuart has helped 155 student-athletes make it to the college level including 19 to Ivy League schools.
Former Dartmouth captain Peter Pidermann '10, linebacker Diego Fernandez-Soto '12, defensive back Anthony Diblasi '12 and nickel Frankie Hernandez '16 all played for Stuart at Belen.
Back to Football Scoop, which takes a look at a study released by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons that includes this:
 “While American football has been both scientifically and colloquially associated with the highest concussion rates, our study found that girls, and especially those who play soccer, may face a higher risk,” said lead author and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine orthopedics professor Dr. Wellington Hsu. “The new knowledge presented in this study can lead to policy and prevention measures to potentially halt these trends.”
In short, Football Scoop writes:
Girls suffer more concussions than boys when competing in high school sports and girls’ soccer in particular is the most dangerous sport for head trauma, according to a newly-released study. 
Also from the Scoop:
The study found the rate of concussions to be increasing faster than the rate of growth across all high school sports.
Green Alert Take: Keeping in mind that I am most definitely not a scientist of any kind, I'll take issue with the wording in that last excerpt. Here's how it might read if I wrote it:
The study found the rate of concussion diagnoses to be increasing faster than the rate of growth across all high school sports.
Green Alert Take II: I'm going out on a limb with this, but my suspicion is that with the far greater awareness of the danger of concussion high school sports have actually started to become safer, but more attention to the issue has resulted in athletes being properly diagnosed with concussions that may previously have been missed.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Closing In On It

Spring practice is slated to begin one week from today. A reminder that the 12 sessions allowed by the Ivy League will be held on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and Saturday mornings, weather (and other variables) permitting. The culminating Green-White "game" is slated for Saturday, April 29.

Memorial Field was still snow covered as of last night but a few rainy days, some sun and near-50 degree temperatures Sunday and Monday – along with a little help from the college – should have it ready to go.
Dartmouth's Pro Day is slated for Thursday. Linebacker Flo Orimolade, safety Charlie Miller and longsnapper Graydon Peterson, all seniors, will be joined by graduated wide receiver Ryan McManus and corner Chai Reece. Also expected to take part are University of New Hampshire offensive lineman Andrew Lauderdale, safety DeAndrade, running back Dalton Crossan and tight end Jordan Powell.
Like the NFL Combine, Pro Days have caught the attention of the masses and the league has responded. The NFL.com website now lists where and when Pro Days are taking place. Here's the list for Thursday, straight off the NFL site:
Ball State, Boise State, California (Pa.), Chattanooga, The Citadel, Dartmouth, Georgia Southern, Florida Atlantic, Louisville, North Texas, Prairie View A&M, Sam Houston State, Texas A&M, Western Illinois, Yale.
A quick glimpse at the work going on in Floren Varsity House, courtesy of the Dartmouth football office, shows even the kickers hitting the iron ;-)


Da Bears have returned to the Dartmouth neighborhood. Make that the bears, a momma and two cubs. The Dartmouth has a report.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Enjoy

The core of the 2015 Ivy League champion Dartmouth football team was the 2016 senior class. CLICK HERE for a look back at the high school highlight video (below) produced by the football office to introduce the class.


Oh, and in case you are wondering, quarterback Dalyn Williams' highlights begin at the 11:25 mark ;-)
The Dartmouth does a pretty good job on a roundup of spring sports HERE. The paper also has a Q&A with baseball coach Bob Whalen HERE.
Speaking of Dartmouth baseball, the Hartford Courant has a story about a familiar name in Big Green baseball history under the headline, MetroHartford Alliance Leader Oz Griebel's Passion To Leave City In Better Shape. Griebel '71, even mentions his Big Green baseball coach in this excerpt from the story:
Griebel, who was nicknamed Oz in high school (it came from sitcom star Ozzie Nelson), was captain of his high school football and basketball teams in New Jersey and pitched for the 1970 Dartmouth baseball team that represented New England in the College World Series.
"I think the idea of being involved in competitive sports, especially if you get great coaching as I did from Tony Lupien, makes you understand that no matter how good your individual stats are, what really matters is that you have to work together to win. In that sense, it does apply to what we are doing at MetroHartford." 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Did You Know . . .

Did you know that the Dartmouth football team already has a 2017 Wikipedia page? I didn't ;-)



There's more to it than this. Check it our HERE.

In case you are wondering, there are pages for a bunch of Dartmouth football seasons. The guess here is you would enjoy checking out THIS ONE:

The Chicago Tribune has a story about the Naperville, Ill., Patriots youth football program starting to resemble another set of Patriots with its ninth national championship team. The story mentions that 14 players from the 2012 eighth grade national championship run signed to play college football this, including Dartmouth-bound Tommy Ciesla, a 6-foot-3, 240-pound defensive lineman from Neuqua Valley High School.
Speaking of going on to college sports, yesterday morning I happened to run into Dylan Moye, former video coordinator for the Dartmouth football program. I almost had to do a double-take because he has lost 70 pounds.  Dylan reports he is now happily working in the athletic department at New Hampton School, the New Hampshire prep school powerhouse that has sent more than 70 players to the college football ranks since 2000, and nearly 90 players to the college basketball ranks in the same timespan.
Have you been paying attention to what the Dartmouth baseball team has been doing down south?

Yesterday's second win over No. 26 Central Florida in as many days combined with two victories over then No. 17 Miami gave the Big Green four wins over nationally ranked teams this spring, a school record. Central Florida came into the series with an 18-4 mark including a 16-2 record at home. The only home losses prior to its games against Dartmouth came against Florida State.

Dartmouth (10-5) wraps up its series with UCF today at noon.

The Big Green kicks off Ivy League play Saturday and Sunday with doubleheaders at Penn and Columbia and is slated to open the home season April 8 and 9 with twinbills against Princeton and Cornell.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Going The Distance

There aren't many Division I schools in the country where football players can do foreign study during the school year and still have their summer to train for the upcoming season. Thanks to its quarter system Dartmouth is one of the rare ones.

Big Green players can be "on" in the fall for their season, and "on" for spring football but take the winter term abroad.

Australia and New Zealand have been popular destinations for Dartmouth football players in recent years (video) but that's not all. In addition to running back Vito Penza enjoying his winter in Italy (photo) and others in distant lands, quarterback Jack Heneghan was in London and offensive lineman Matt Kaskey in Toulouse in the south of France.

The pair met up in Paris:

Heneghan, left, and Kaskey. Click to enlarge.
Joining Flo Orimolade, Charlie Miller, longsnapper Graydon Peterson and other Dartmouth pro hopefuls in Thursday's Pro Day in Hanover according to a story in the Concord Monitor will be University of New Hampshire offensive lineman Andrew Lauderdale, safety DeAndrade, running back Dalton Crossan and tight end Jordan Powell.
Speaking of former UNH players, Alexander Morrill, a 6-foot-2, 304-pound offensive lineman from nearby Lebanon, will be hiking the Appalachian Trail this summer. (LINK) The AT will take him directly past the south end zone of Memorial Field, past the Hanover Co-Op and Dartmouth softball field, and eventually within a long spiral of the World Headquarters of BGA here on Moose Mountain.
And as long as the subject is long-distance hiking . . .

That Certain Dartmouth '14 who grew up at the BGA World Headquarters, will take time off from her responsibilities with the National Park Service beginning in late spring to hike the 2,659-mile Pacific Crest Trail along the spine of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges from Mexico to Canada. After spending the fall driving a snow coach out of Old Faithful she has resumed her duties as an educational ranger at park headquarters in Mammoth Hot Springs and will be there until heading out on the PCT. In case you are wondering, she majored in earth science at Dartmouth with a minor in education.

Friday, March 24, 2017

It's Miller Time

Flo Orimolade isn't the only graduating Dartmouth senior getting an NFL look. So is All-Ivy League safety Charlie Miller, whose time in the 40 has opened a lot of eyes. The NFL Draft Scout site lists him with a 4.45 but a low of 4.35 and a high of 4.54, whatever that means ;-)

NFLPA Game scout Josh Buchanan is high on the former Big Green standout, Tweeting (italics are mine):
Top 5 non FBS SS: 1.Lorenzo Jerome SFPA 2.Austin Tennessee Stevenson 3.Charlie Miller Dart 4.Nick Morrow Greenville IL 5.Casey DeAndrade UNH
Scroll down this NFL Draft Line posting for an analysis of Miller.


To watch Miller's highlight reel (above), CLICK HERE.

For what it's worth Buchanan, the NFLPA Game scout, also is high on Oriomolade, Tweeting:
Grambling's Chad Williams is very good as well. He deserved a combine invite along w/ Dartmouth's Folarin Orimolade. Both should make teams.
Draft Countdown has Flo the No. 31 available inside linebacker in the country, sandwiched between players from Penn State and South Carolina. (LINK)

Draft Countdown has Harvard's Anthony Firkser as the No. 4 fullback available, Cornell's Chris Fraser as the No. 9 punter, Penn's Alek Torgersen as the No. 12 quarterback and Harvard's Max Rich as the No. 36 offensive tackle.

Click to enlarge.
Naperville North High School in Illinois holds its Signing Day ceremony in March to recognize more athletes. Among the no fewer than 18 players going on to play some level of college football is 6-foot-3 260-pound offensive lineman Evan Hecimovich, who will be in Hanover the next four years.


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Catching Up With Flo

Former Dartmouth linebacker Flo Orimolade talks about his St. Vincent Sports Performance training regimen in anticipation of his upcoming pro day and the NFL draft:



Flo also made the Steel City Underground 2017 NFL Draft All-Names team along with others such as Chunky Clements, Younghoe Koo, Fish Smithson and Maximo Espitia. Find that team HERE.
Pro Player Insiders' updated list of the 2017 NFL Draft Top 500 has Orimolade coming in at No. 414. While you may not be impressed by that consider that he's one spot below Penn State starting linebacker Brandon Bell and among the first 10 players listed after him are former standouts at Oklahoma State, Auburn, Colorado State and Michigan.

Penn quarterback Alek Torgersen comes in at No. 299, Harvard tight end Anthony Firkser at 383 and Cornell punter Chris Fraser at 447 in the PPI list.