It’s a Bright Idea
Video Board Thrills Big Green
The perspiration flies as Dartmouth College linebacker Bronson Green, right, slams into teammate Tyler Stout during Sunday morning’s practice on Memorial Field. The Big Green is scheduled to hold two more workouts today as they prepare for their Sept. 21 season opener at Butler. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Purchase photo reprints »
Dartmouth freshman Jonathan DiBiaso rides an exercise bike during the Big Green’s Sunday practice. The Massachusetts native and Phillips Exeter Academy graduate is out for the season after undergoing elbow surgery, but will be a student manager this fall. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Purchase photo reprints »
Dartmouth College wide receiver Robbie Anthony (3) crashes into a padded bag held by teammate Dan Gorman during a Memorial Field workout on Sunday. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Purchase photo reprints »
Hanover — Dartmouth College football fans will see things in a whole new light this fall with the addition of a video scoreboard adjacent to Leverone Field House. The Big Green athletic department made the announcement earlier this week that a donation by 1963 graduate Stephen Lewinstein and his family allowed for the purchase of the 16-foot-high, 23-foot-wide LED screen.
“This is a phenomenal gift to our program,” coach Buddy Teevens said Sunday, after his team completed its first practice in full pads in advance of its Sept. 21 opener at Butler. “We want to run a first-class Division I football program, and all that stuff helps: the (stadium) lights, the (artificial) turf, the (practice and video) equipment and the help for our travel.”
Defensive lineman Cody Fulleton said the board will be a bonus for fans, who can now view replays and statistics as in all but one other Ivy League stadium. Only the Yale Bowl will lack such equipment once Dartmouth’s board goes up, possibly in time for the home opener on Sept. 28 against Holy Cross.
“People can see key moments in the game in detail,” the sophomore said. “It’s going to be a good recruiting tool, as well. It shows we’re becoming the big program that we want to be. We’re going to be a power in the league. and this goes along with that.”
Stephen Lewinstein is a part owner of the NBA’s Boston Celtics and Italy’s AS Roma soccer team. Memorial Field’s current scoreboard is 17 years old, but the venue has been improved in recent years with new turf, visitors-side stands and the adjacent Floren Varsity House. Originally built in 1893, the Big Green’s stadium now seats 13,000 for football.
Pedal Powered: Riding an exercise bike at Sunday’s practice was freshman Jonathan DiBiaso, a touted quarterback recruit out of Everett, Mass., who will serve as a student manager this fall. The lefthander has undergone two surgeries on a moving nerve in his throwing elbow since November and had that arm in a sling.
Because of the injury, DiBiaso cannot play his first year at Dartmouth, although he could later petition the Ivy League for a fifth year of eligibility. DiBiaso threw a state-record 103 touchdown passes in high school and prepped at Phillips Exeter Academy last season. The son of Everett High coach John DiBiaso chose Dartmouth over Harvard, Holy Cross and Pennsylvania.
Teevens said his baby-faced recruit can learn the playbook, talk with players and coaches during practice and assist with signaling in plays from the sideline. Per NCAA rules, he can’t be directly coached, but can practice on his own the various details he’s picked up through observation.
Digestion Suggestion: While discussing DiBiaso, Teevens had just finished the phrase, “He can digest the offense,” when a loud, guttural sound erupted behind him and defensive tackle Jeff Winthrop vomited at the edge of the Memorial Field track.
Fresh off a set of grueling sprints, Winthrop seemed untroubled by the experience, even communicating with his coach between bouts of regurgitation. He agreeably scooted backwards on his knees at Teevens’ request so that he wouldn’t befoul the artificial turf.
“Damn, what did you have for breakfast? Eggs?” Teevens asked, prompting a nod. “You might want to try oatmeal or something.
“Don’t forget your mouthguard down there. I’d wash it off, though. We all good now? Good work today.”
Winthrop, a dual citizen of the U.S. and Switzerland who grew up in Connecticut and attended St. Paul’s School in Concord, turned 21 on Sunday.
Injury Report: The numbers of walking wounded are increasing, an annual rite of preseason passage. Cornerback Paddy Clancy is most likely out for the season with a knee injury suffered Wednesday, and a growing number of his teammates are on crutches, limping or nursing injured upper-body parts.
Those sidelined Sunday included receivers Dan Gorman and Kirby Schoenthaler, defensive back Josh Winslow and tight end Jack Sheehy. Quarterback Dalyn Williams and tailback Dominick Pierre, both starters, have yet to be fully involved in practice while they overcome injuries suffered in the summer. However, Teevens said he’s not worried about their status.
Williams’ situation, however, is allowing backup Alex Park to make a better case for himself. The junior has been showing zip and touch on his passes, and the offense clearly rallies around his enthusiasm and charisma.
“He’s a starting quarterback in terms of his mindset,” Teevens said. “He’s sharper having been here for a season and a spring. He was here this summer and worked very hard on his timing with some of his receivers.
“The less repetition you have, the more rust you have in the pipes, but Dalyn’s right on top of it and he’s taking visual snaps every time we run a play. He’s throwing more, but it’s allowing Alex to get back some snaps he missed last season when he (was injured).”
Notes: Dartmouth is scheduled to conduct two-a-day practices three times this week, but Teevens sounded like he might alter that schedule, what with his troops being a bit banged up. … While discussing how his players have more agility and resilience while working out only in helmets and shoulder pads, the coach uttered the sentence, “We can practice harder and faster without our pants on,” then paused. “That doesn’t sound very good, does it?” he asked with a chuckle. … Penn has lost standout running back Lyle Marsh to academic issues, but word around practice was that Quakers fifth-year quarterback Billy Ragone, a Big Green killer in the past, is looking good in his recovery from a severe ankle and leg injury suffered last November. … Roger Hughes, a former Dartmouth assistant and Princeton head coach, had an unusual return to the college sidelines Saturday night. Hughes now guides Florida’s Stetson University, which is fielding a team for the first time in 57 years. The Hatters, however, had their opener against Warner halted because of lightning and rain in the second quarter. The contest was scheduled to resume Sunday afternoon.
Tris Wykes can be reached at email@example.com or 603-727-3227.