Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Recruits Officially Announced

Dartmouth has released its list of incoming football recruits and video highlights HERE. The list is the same as has been posted earlier on BGA Daily with a couple of walk-ons added and a few hometowns corrected.

Student-AthletePosHtWtHometownHigh School/Previous
Tyler AddisonDB6-0185New Orleans, La.Destrehan
Tanner AionoOL6-6300Bonita, Calif.Francis Parker
Nigel AlexanderLB6-1215Orlando, Fla.Dr. Phillips
Ross AndreasikLB6-1205Glen Ellyn, Ill.Glenbard West
Jordan ArgilagosRB5-10175Lawrenceville, Ga.Wesleyan School
D.J. AveryDB5-10160Douglasville, Ga.Douglas County
Davis BriefK/P6-1180Warwick, N.Y.Warwick Valley Central
Micah CroomDB6-2195Cerritos, Calif.La Mirada
Ben CulmerOL6-5300Vienna, Va.Langley
Hamilton DayOL6-7240Shadyside, Md.DeMatha Catholic
Justin DouglasQB6-1195Irmo, S.C.Dutch Fork
Drew EstradaWR5-1180Argyle, TexasArgyle
Colton ForsterLB6-3215Napa, Calif.Napa
Jared GerbinoQB6-4220Rush, N.Y.Rush Henrietta
Michael GordonDB6-1170Tampa, Fla.Choate Rosemary Hall (Conn.)
Hunter HagdornWR6-0175Manvel, TexasManvel
Zachary HawkinsWR6-1195Rockville, Md.The Bullis School
Brandon HesterWR5-11180El Cajon, Calif.Christian
Grant JaffeLS6-4220Laguna Hills, Calif.Santa Margarita Catholic
Arthur KaslowLB6-2220Calabasas, Calif.Calabasas
Mason KochRB5-9205Coralville, IowaWest
Niko LalosDE6-4240Copley, OhioSt. Vincent-St. Mary
John LassOL6-5280Cherry Hill, N.J.Cherry Hill East
Andrew LemkuilLB6-2200West Hartford, Conn.Kingswood-Oxford Wyverns
Jordan McGriffDT6-2325Willingboro, N.J.Hun School
Matthew Norton, Jr.K/P5-11190Sullivan’s Island, S.C.Porter-Gaud
Jake PallottaQB6-1190Canton, OhioJackson
Caylin ParkerRB6-0200Belle Chasse, La.Belle Chasse
Anders PetersonOL6-5250Leesburg, Va.Tuscarora
Connor RempelTE6-4210Monmouth Beach, N.J.Shore Regional
Ryan RoeggeDB6-2200Marietta, Ga.George Walton Comprehensive
Seth SimmerDT6-3250Powder Springs, Ga.Harrison
Tamerick SimpsonDE6-3215Tampa, Fla.Berkshire Prep
Tucker SpearsTE6-4235Dakota Dunes, S.D.Avons Old Farms (Conn.)
Isiah SwannDB6-0185Queen Creek, Ariz.Chandler



What You Need To Know

The emails were flying around yesterday asking about the difference between being an undrafted free agent and getting a tryout or attending a minicamp without a contract. Fortunately, a loyal reader was doing some Googling and shared a link that does a pretty good job of explaining it. Check out the story on NJ.com.

In short, an undrafted free agent who signs a contract gets a small signing bonus but nothing else in the contract is guaranteed unless the players makes the team each ensuing year of the contract.

An undrafted player who comes to a minicamp without a contract will receive food, lodging and a small per diem with hopes of being one of the few who after two or three days gets a contract offer.
STATS adds a little more explanation along with a listing of FCS free agents HERE.
The Boston Globe writes about four Harvard players headed to NFL camps while mentioning Dartmouth's Jacob Flores signing with the Packers, Vernon Harris with the Chiefs and Dalyn Williams earning tryouts. In all, eight Dartmouth players will have been in pro camps this spring.
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Dartmouth's In Town Again
(Editor's note: This first appeared on BGA Premium.)
The Friends of Dartmouth Football has announced the sixth annual Dartmouth’s In Town Again series featuring Buddy Teevens visiting nine cities from coast to coast between May 9 and May 26.

While he’s the head ball coach, Teevens makes sure the meet-and-greet is about more than a game.

“Certainly, a lot of folks want to hear about football but whether it’s LA, San Francisco, Dallas or Houston it’s a good opportunity to talk about the school,” he said. “People love the institution. It’s a chance to tell them all the good things that go on. Bad press gains the most attention, but there’s a lot of good things that are happening.

“Certainly, I’ll be talking about our program and what we did last year. The fun thing is, there were six games televised nationally so people saw a lot of them. Winning a championship is refreshing for people who have been supportive and who have been waiting a long time for that. It’s also a chance to  talk about some of our young guys.”

And it’s a chance to continue to spread the no-tackling-in-practice gospel.

“There’s a lot of conversation about concussive head injury nationally so we can let people know what we do and how it started,” Teevens said. “There’s a lot of curiosity about it. We’re getting a lot of calls from a lot of different people about it and what it means to our players. We’re just doing a very, very good job keeping people healthy.”

From a Friend’s Group Mailing:Coach Teevens will once again travel to several cities to meet with loyal supporters of Dartmouth Football.  He will talk about spring practice, this year's recruiting class, program updates and a "what-to-look-for" preview of the upcoming season.
All are welcome and we hope you can join us if we are coming to your area.  Please see below for details and kindly RSVP so that the hosts can plan ahead. Each is event is $35 and all proceeds directly support the Friends of Dartmouth Football.
Monday, May 9 - Boston, MA
Reception at Clery's (113 Dartmouth Street, Boston, MA) from 6:00-8:00pm. To RSVP, please Click Here. 
Hosted by the Friends of Football.
Tuesday, May 10 - Summit, NJ
Reception at Canoe Brook Country Club (1108 Morris Turnpike, Summit, NJ) from 6:00-8:00pm. To RSVP, please Click Here.
Hosted by Ish McLaughlin '88.
Wednesday, May 11 - New York, NY
Reception at The Liberty (29 W 35th St, New York, NY) from 6:30-8:30pm. To RSVP, please Click Here. 
Hosted by the Friends of Football.
Thursday, May 12 - Greenwich, CT
Reception at Innis Arden Golf Club (120 Tomac Ave., Old Greenwich, CT) from 6:00-8:00pm. To RSVP, please Click Here.
Hosted by Ryan Spayde '94.
Saturday, May 14 - Los Angeles, CA
Reception at Bel-Air Bay Club (16801 Pacific Coast Hwy, Pacific Palisades, CA) from 2:00-5:00pm. To RSVP, pleaseClick Here.
Hosted by Tim Meier '91 and Dennis Durkin '93.
Sunday, May 15 - Palo Alto, CA
Reception at the home of Peter & Anne Anderson P'18 (2080 Tasso St, Palo Alto, CA) from 5:00-7:00pm. To RSVP, pleaseClick Here. 
Hosted by Peter & Anne Anderson P'18.
Tuesday, May 17 - Houston, TX
Reception at the home of Geoff Bracken '81 (606 West Friar Tuck Lane, Houston, TX) from 6:00-8:00pm. To RSVP, pleaseClick Here. 
Hosted by Shelley and Geoff Bracken '81.
Wednesday, May 18 - Dallas, TXReception at the home of Fraser Marcus '76 (4254 Ridge Road, Dallas, TX) from 6:00-8:00pm. To RSVP, please Click Here.
Hosted by Fraser Marcus '76.
Thursday, May 26 - Fort Lauderdale, FLReception at Shula's Hotel & Golf Club (6842 Main St, Miami Lakes, FL 33014) from 6:00-8:00pm. To RSVP, please Click Here. 
Hosted by Dave Shula '81.
A Dartmouth football program video:


Check BGA Premium tonight for coverage of spring practice No. 10.
And finally, for those of you who have been following along, it has been a crazy morning here on the shoulder of Moose Mountain. There's a painter upstairs blaring heavy metal while he works on two bathrooms. The tile guy is outside my office door working in the kitchen and playing what I think is flamenco music. A plumber is here working on our well. And the assessor just came through with a clipboard taking notes on everything we've been having done over these past seven months. Oh yeah, the stone people are coming tomorrow to install a countertop in the master bath. It's getting a little crazy. I take that back. It has been a little crazy. OK, a lot crazy. ;-)


Monday, May 02, 2016

More NFL/CFL

Stopped by the football office and here's what we know at this point, with the newer information at the top . . .

* Defensive back Andrew Donahue will attend the Denver Broncos minicamp.

* Receiver/returner Ryan McManus will take part in a New England Patriots minicamp.

* Corner Chai Reece has survived the first round of cuts at the CFL Free Agent Camp.

* Defensive lineman AJ Zuttah has been invited to three mini-camps, including the Tennessee Titans and Atlanta Falcons. (The third might be the Houston Texans.)

* Quarterback Dalyn Williams will work out for the Cincinnati Bengals as well as the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears.

* As reported earlier, corner Vernon Harris has signed with the Kansas City Chiefs.

* Center Jacob Flores has earned a contract with the Green Bay Packers.

* Defensive end Cody Fulleton will go to minicamp with the Seattle Seahawks.

More news as it becomes available.

Flores To Packers

Jacob Flores, Dartmouth's 6-foot-4, 290-pound center, has signed a contract with the Green Bay Packers and will report to their minicamp this weekend.

Thanks and keep 'em coming!

Fulleton Getting His Shot

Add Cody Fulleton to the list of former Dartmouth players who will be getting a look from an NFL team.

The 6-foot-2, 285-pound defensive end who opened eyes at the Dartmouth Pro Day with 38 reps in the bench press (41 if you include three that were disallowed) will be attending his hometown Seattle Seahawks mini-camp Friday through Sunday.
A STATS story reports that the FCS surpassed its recent average of 18 draftees this year with 20 selections.

The story includes this on one of the Ivy League's two selections:
MR. SURPRISE
Few projections had Princeton tight end Seth DeValve getting selected in the draft. Not only did he get drafted, but the Cleveland Browns scooped him up in the fourth round with the 138th overall pick.
That's the earliest selection for a Princeton player in the modern draft era.
He battled injuries each of the past two seasons. After playing in only two games in 2014, he withdrew from Princeton to regain his senior season, and then returned last fall to catch 33 passes for 337 yards and a touchdown in only six games.
But DeValve posted strong numbers at Princeton's pro day last month and wound up giving the Ivy League program a draft selection for the third time in the last four years.
The other Ivy draftee was Harvard offensive lineman Cole Toner, chosen by the Cardinals in the fifth round.

Proving it's never too early to start talking about next year, STATS goes on to cite the CBS Sports' early positional rankings for next year and two Ivy Leaguers figure among the top 10 players nationally at their positions – including FBS players:

• Cornell's Chris Fraser is ranked sixth among punters.
• Harvard wide receiver Anthony Firkser is ranked seventh at fullback.
Michigan, Wisconsin, Pitt, Cal, Syracuse, Duke, Kansas, UConn.

Dartmouth is in heady company in the chase for Connecticut linebacker Ben Mason, who will announce his decision tomorrow. Dartmouth is not the only Ivy on his list, however. Harvard, Penn and Columbia are also among the 19 schools who have "offered" the two-time all-state selection from Newtown. Find the story HERE (and thanks for the link).
It certainly didn't take new Dartmouth men's basketball coach David McLaughlin long to haul in his first recruit. Introduced just Wednesday, McLaughlin landed New Jersey sniper Brendan Barry a day later. Barry averaged 25.7 points last winter while making the all-state first team. Find the story HERE.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

NFL News

Eagle eyes have uncovered a little news about two Dartmouth seniors chasing their pro football dreams. (Thanks for the help ;-)

• Corner Vernon Harris has signed with the Kansas City Chiefs.

• Quarterback Dalyn Williams will have tryouts with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears.

More to come when it comes this way . . .

Disappointing Draft

OK, here's how it works. When the NFL draft comes around, add up the number of Ivy League players being labeled potential draft picks, divide the total by that sum and in a good year add one. By that definition this was a good year.

Chosen from the Ancient Eight this year were 6-foot-4, 245-pound Princeton receiver Seth Devalve by the Browns in the fourth round (138th overall) and 6-5, 306 Harvard offensive tackle Cole Toner, chosen in the fifth round by the Cardinals.

That's it.

Devalve wasn't  highly regarded on the pre-draft sites, in part because his 33 receptions for 337 yards and one touchdown last fall left him out of the Ivy League top 10 in each of those categories. (His numbers suffered because of injuries that cost him the better part of four games.)

No word yet on the Dartmouth pro hopefuls, but four other Ivy products have agreed to free agent deals so far according to internet reports:

Harvard
Adam Redmonds, OT, Colts
Anthony Fabiano OG, Ravens
Ben Braunecker TE, Bears

Penn
Ryan O’Malley TE, Raiders

Expect news to break before long about Dartmouth players signing or agreeing to tryouts.

Now, to put things in perspective, here's a partial list of schools not exactly known for football that have already had players agree to free agent deals:

Ferris State
Wingate
Gannon
Cumberlands
Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Shepard
Sioux Falls
Michigan Tech
Nassau
Mars Hill
Campbell
Incarnate Word
Kutztown
Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Ruston
Wesley

Go figure.
Dartmouth baseball swept Harvard yesterday in Massachusetts and closes out the regular Ivy League season with a doubleheader against the Crimson in Hanover that has been postponed until Tuesday. With a sweep the Big Green will grab the Red Rolfe (north division) title over Yale. A split would mean a playoff with the Bulldogs and a double-dip would see Yale take the title. Dartmouth has won the Rolfe for eight years running.

Dartmouth softball, meanwhile, dropped two games at Harvard yesterday to fall a game behind the Crimson with two games left between the rivals. They also will play Tuesday in Hanover with Dartmouth needing a sweep to win the north and Harvard needing just one win to clinch.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Draft Primer

It's Day Three of the NFL draft with rounds 4-7 on tap. By most accounts defensive lineman AJ Zuttah seems to be the best bet to end Dartmouth's drought in the draft.

The last Big Green draft pick was tight end Casey Cramer, who was chosen by Tampa Bay in 2004 as a fullback and played in a total of 36 games for the Panthers, Titans and Dolphins before retiring following the 2008 season.

Dartmouth in the NFL/AFL Draft:
2004 – TE Casey Cramer, Buccaneers, 7th round, 228th pick
1998  – LB Zack Walz, Cardinals, 6th round, 158th pick
1978 – DE Gregg Robinson, Jets, 6th round, 143rd pick
1976 – LB Reggie Williams, Bengals, 3rd round, 82nd pick
1976 – WR Tom Fleming, Browns, 17th round, 465th pick
1971 –  DB Willie Bogan, Colts, 8th round, 207th pick
1968 – DB Gordie Rule, 11th round, 299th pick
1963 – LB Don McKinnon, Patriots
1960 – RB Jake Crouthamel, Chargers
1939 – RB Bob McLeod, Dodgers

The Harvard duo of tight end Ben Braunecker and offensive tackle Cole Toner are widely regarded as the Ivy League's most likely draft picks.

No Ivy Leaguers were chosen last year.

Ivy League Draft Picks By School Since 2000
4 – Yale
3 – Harvard
3 – Princeton
2 – Brown
2 – Cornell
1 – Dartmouth
1 – Penn
0 – Columbia

Ivy Draft Picks Since 2000, starting with the most recent:
2014 – Princeton DT Caraun Reid, 5th round, 158th pick, Detroit Lions
2013 – Cornell T JC Tretter, 4th round, 122nd pick, Green Bay Packers
2013 – Harvard TE Kyle Juszczyk, 4th round, 130th pick, Baltimore Ravens
2013 – Princeton DE Mike Catapano, 7th round, 207th pick, Kansas City Chiefs
2011 – Yale FB Shane Bannon, 7th round, 223rd pick, Kansas City Chiefs
2010 – Brown DT David Howard, 7th round, 241st pick, Tennessee Titans
2007 – Brown LS Zak DeOssie, 4th round, 116th pick, New York Giants
2006 – Harvard QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, 7th round, 250th pick, St. Louis Rams
2005 – Cornell OG Kevin Booth, 6th round, 176th pick, Oakland Raiders
2004 – Yale TE Nate Lawrence, 6th round, 181st pick, Tampa Bay Bucs
2004 – Dartmouth TE Casey Cramer, 7th round, 228th pick, Tampa Bay Bucs
2002 – Penn OT Jeff Hatch, 3rd round, 78th pick, New York Giants
2001 – Princeton OT Dennis Norman, 7th round, 222nd pick, Seattle Seahawks
2001 – Yale DB Than Merrill, 7th round, 223rd pick, Tampa Bay Bucs
2001 – Yale TE Eric Johnson, 7th round, 224th pick, San Francisco 49ers
2000 – Harvard LB Isaiah Kacyvenski, 4th round 119th pick, Seattle Seahawks

Ivy League Draft Picks By NFL Team Since 2000
3 – Tampa Bay
2 – Seattle Seahawks
2 – Kansas City Chiefs
2 – New York Giants
1 – Baltimore Ravens
1 – San Francisco 49ers
1 – Oakland Raiders
1 – St. Louis Rams
1 – Tennessee Titans
1 – Green Bay Packers
1 – Detroit Lions
You can't buy publicity like this piece in the Chicago Tribune:



That's Colin Boit, left, and Charles Mack, right, tackling the MVP in a Chicago Tribune editorial.