Perry Takes Over Alma Mater, Brown Starts Perry Era at Bryant
Are you ready for some football! Brown opens its 142nd season of intercollegiate football with a road game against Bryant on Saturday, September 21 at Beirne Stadium in Smithfield, R.I. The cross-state matchup will mark the debut of former Ivy League Player of the Year James Perry '00 as head coach of the Bears, who promises to introduce a fast-paced, up-tempo style on both sides of the ball. The James Perry era kicks-off at 3:00 pm on Saturday.
Bears' Opening Day Items:
• Brown opens its 142ndseason of intercollegiate football on Saturday afternoon against the Bryant Bulldogs, who will be playing their fourth game.
• Bears' head coach James Perry '00 has returned to his alma mater to lead the Brown football program. He's been able to find success throughout his career, posting a 23-7 record as a three-year starter at quarterback at Brown and throwing for an Ivy League record 9,294 career yards. He led the Bears to their first Ivy title in 28 years (1999), while being named the Ivy League Player of the Year and Bulger Lowe Award winner as the outstanding player in New England. He was named the Ivy League's Player of the Week an Ivy record nine times throughout his career. As the quarterbacks coach at Brown, Perry earned an Ivy Championship ring in 2008. He also won Ivy League titles as Off. Coordinator at Princeton in 2013 and 2016. He comes to Brown from Bryant where he was the head coach for two years and was 2-0 in season opening games as a head coach.
• Brown returns 14 starters (8 off./6 def.) from a year ago.
• Brown and Bryant have met four times, dating back to 2013, with the Bears holding a 3-1 series advantage. Brown has won the last two meetings, including a 28-23 decision in 2017. In 2015, Bryant came away with a 20-16 win over the Bears in Providence.
• Next week's Ivy League opener vs. Harvard on Friday, September 27 at Harvard Stadium (7pm) will be the 119thmeeting between the two Ancient Eight universities, and will be broadcast nationally on ESPNews.
Fast and Faster:Head coach James Perry has developed a dynamic and fast style of offense that translates into points on the scoreboard. In two years as head coach at Bryant, Perry's squad averaged 30.3 points per game his first year and 32.5 points per game in 2018, scoring a school record 56 points in its final game against Howard. His 2013 offense at Princeton set league records for points (43.7) and yards (511.6) per game.
Team Leaders: Defensive tackle Michael Hoecht '20 (Oakwood, OH) and offensive lineman Nick Allsop '20 (North Easton, MA) have been voted team captains. Hoecht is the third player in Brown history to captain the Bears for two seasons, joining Marcus Fuller'15.5 and Kyle Newhall-Caballero'12 as two-year captains.
Non-League Opener:Brown opened its season against Yale from 1976-1999, with each Ivy League school opening in league play. In 2000, the league schedule changed and the Bears opened the season against the University of San Diego in Providence, RI. The 2001 game against the Toreros in San Diego, CA was canceled due to the 9/11 terrorist attack, with the Bears actually opening the season against Harvard the following week.
Guiding the Ship: Junior quarterback EJ Perry (Andover, MA), a transfer from Boston College, who saw action in five games for the Eagles last season, has emerged as the Bears' starter. Perry, the Massachusetts state record holder for single season touchdown passes (47), threw for 98 yards with 12 completions against Clemson in 2018. Junior quarterback Michael McGovern (St. Louis, MO) led the Ivy League with 220.20 passing yards per game in 2018, while throwing eight touchdown passes. McGovern will also see considerable action. Junior Mitchell Jonke (Lucas, TX) is also expected to see action. Expect the Bears to have multiple quarterbacks on the field at the same time.
Three Key Dates:Following Brown's September 21 season opening game at Bryant, the Bears will play at Harvard in a nationally televised game broadcast on ESPNews on Friday evening (7pm), September 27, in the Ivy opener for both teams. Perry's squad plays its first home game on Saturday, October 5, hosting Rhode Island in the 104th Governor's Cup game at Brown Stadium (12:30pm).
Deep at Wide Receiver:All three of the Brown starting wide receivers return to the lineup to give the Bears a speedy and dynamic receiving corps. Senior All-Ivy LJ Harriott (Central Islip, NY) led the group with 31 receptions and 413 receiving yards last year. Junior Scott Boylan (Bakersfield, CA) had 30 catches for 355 yards and also ran for 157 yards, while senior Jakob Prall (Tipp City, OH) registered 25 catches for 394 yards and two touchdowns. Senior Demitri Jackson (Nashua, NH) with six catches, and junior Dan Gemmell (Andover, MA) with four catches will also contribute.
Pyne – Ivy Leader In Tackles:Bears' senior outside linebacker Brendan Pyne (Bradenton, FL) led the Ivy League in solo tackles (48) in 2018 and is the Ivy League's returning leader with 8.4 tackles per game. He registered a career-high 14 tackles vs. Columbia and 10 tackles vs. Cornell and Yale.
Plowing the Road:The Bears return four of five starters to the offensive line, led by senior tackle and All-Ivy selection Phil Lynch (Milton, MA). Senior Nick Allsop (North Easton, MA) returns at guard, junior tackle Chad Broome-Webster (Orlando, FL) at tackle and senior Toby Okwara (Charlotte, NC) at center. Senior James Carnevale (North Andover, MA) and junior Tucker Barnes (Hahira, GA) have also emerged as top linemen.
The Defensive Backfield:The Bears' defensive backfield looks solid with the return of sophomore corner Charlie Dallape (San Francisco, CA), sophomore safety Clay Perrin (Pflugerville, TX), junior free safety Davis Bak (Tampa, FL) and junior corner BJ Ubani (West Covina, CA). Perrin ranked 15thin the Ivy League with 53 total tackles. Dallape earned a starting role late in the season and had 10 tackles. Ubani had 12 tackles and an interception last year, while Bak ranked seventh on the Brown team with 38 tackles.
The Running Game:After an injury-ridden season in the offensive backfield, the Bears look to capitalize on a talented rushing attack in the new offense. Sophomore Allen Smith (Westerville, OH) led the Bears in rushing with 175 yards, despite missing four games. He also caught six passes for 70 yards. Senior Andrew Bolton (Troy, NY) also looks for a starting role after running for 90 yards last season. Sophomore Will Such (Cranston, RI) ran hard in the team scrimmage vs. Yale and has switched from linebacker to running back.
The Kicking Game:Senior Dawson Goepferich (Holt, MO) returns to the lineup after handling most of the kick-off duties a year ago. He is listed first on the depth chart at place kicker and punter.
Hoecht Anchors Defensive Front:Two-year team captain defensive tackle Michael Hoecht (Oakwood, OH) led the Bears with four quarterback sacks in 2018 and his 69 total tackles were third on the Brown team and 10th in the Ivy League. Hoecht had 6.5 tackles for loss overall. With 12.5 career sacks, Hoecht will be pursuing Brown's all-time record of 19 sacks by Louis Ames (1998-2000). Junior Ryan Putman (Greenville, SC) looks to claim a defensive end starting nod after making 34 tackles and four tackles for a loss. Senior Elijah Pierre (Rockland, MA) will look for a starting role on the inside (13 tackles), while junior Jarred Daul (Portland, OR), who had seven tackles, will move from the outside to an inside position. Junior Callum Flanders (Braintree, MA) has transitioned from tight end to defensive end and looks to start.
Brown's All-Time Career Sack Leaders
1. Louis Ames (1998-2000) 19
2. Richard Jarvis (2014-2017) 17.5
3. Brett Atkins (1993-94) 16
4. James Develin (2006-2009) 15
5. John Prassas (1978-1980) 14.5
-- Michael Hoecht (2016-present)12.5
Bears' Coaching Staff:Bears' head coach James Perry has put together a veteran and dynamic coaching staff to mentor the Brown football team: Offensive Coordinator: Vinny Marino (Connecticut '92);Defensive Coordinator:Tim Weaver (Davidson '90); Running Backs: Eric Bunker (Amherst '12); Defensive Line: Michael Donovan (Bentley '11); Outside Linebackers: Willie Edwards (Johnson & Wales '03); Offensive Line: Michael McCarthy (Widener '07); Quarterbacks: Seitu Smith (Harvard '15); Tight Ends & Recruiting Coordinator: Ryan Mattison (Boston College '03); Defensive Backs and Special Teams Coordinator: Darryl Jackson (San Diego '93); Offensive Quality Control: Heather Marini (Monash '14); Defensive Quality Control: Daniel Modelski (Illinois College '17); Director of Football Operations: Andrew Goodman (Penn State '12); Coordinator of Football Operations & Player Development: Paul Frisone (Western New England '93).
Freshmen Make The Grade:Brown's opening day depth chart has eight freshmen listed as back-ups: tight end Chris Boyle (Columbus, OH), tackle Hunter Keneley (San Clemente, CA), linebacker Ethan Royer (Hilliard, OH), wide receiver Hayes Sutton (Norcross, GA), corner Jalen Fisher (Northridge, CA), safety Josh Ofili (Katy, TX), corner Cooper DeVeau (Foxboro, MA) and kicker Jacob Kopeld (Morristown, NJ).
More Linebackers:Overall, Brown's linebacking corps features seven of the top eight players from a year ago. On the inside, junior Kingsley Ejiogu-Dike (Brockton, MA) made 28 tackles, including three for a loss, in a starting role. Sophomore Jason Medeiros (Rehoboth, MA) registered 46 tackles in significant field action. Senior Alexander Hughes (Long Valley, NJ) made 15 tackles on the outside. Senior Jared Cutlip (Sterling Heights), who had six tackles last year, will also look to see time at linebacker.
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Bears In The NFL: Brown has two of its former players on NFL team rosters once again in 2019. Fullback James Develin '10, an engineering concentrator and defensive end at Brown, enters his seventh season with the New England Patriots. A Pro Bowl selection in 2017, Develin is the New England Patriots' starting fullback for four of the last five years, including the 2014, 2016 and 2018 Super Bowl Championship teams. Zak DeOssie '07 is a two-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time Super Bowl Champion (2007, 2011) for the New York Giants. Coming into the 2019 season, DeOssie is the 2nd-longest tenured Giants player, behind Eli Manning.
ESPN+ Broadcast Talent:Calling Brown's five home games on ESPN+ are former ESPN, ABC and NBC Sports broadcaster Allen Bestwick, who will call the play, and ABC6 Sports Anchor Nick Coit, who will provide the analysis.
The James Perry Coaches Show at Hope Street Pizza:For the latest on the Brown Football team, listen and watch the James Perry Coaches Show every Thursday evening, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., on WPRV-AM 790 and hosted by Scott Cordischi, the play-by-play voice of Brown football. Brown fans are invited to attend the show at Hope Street Pizza, listen live on WPRV-AM 790, and watch the show on Facebook Live. All of the James Perry Coaches Shows will be held at Hope Street Pizza, located at 720 Hope Street, on the East Side of Providence. Fans and supporters are invited to attend.
Listen To Brown Football:Brown's 10-game football schedule will be aired throughout Rhode Island and Southern New England on WPRV-AM 790 (Providence). The Brown football broadcast team features Scott Cordischi calling the play-by-play, and John Anderson P'11 P'18 providing the color commentary.
Next Week:Brown and Harvard will meet for the 119thtime and open the 2019 Ivy season next Friday evening, September 27 at Harvard Stadium. The game will be broadcast on ESPNews with kick-off at 7:00 pm with Bill Spaulding calling the play and Jack Ford providing the analysis.