Newhall-Caballero ‘11.5 signs with Oakland Raiders

Newhall-Caballero can expect sunnier days in Cali than in PVD

Although Commish Roger Goodell didn’t call out his name in April’s NFL Draft, quarterback Kyle Newhall-Caballero ‘11.5 kept working and was rewarded with a contract with the Oakland Raiders. Newhall-Caballero worked out for the Silver and Black this weekend; his signing was officially announced Tuesday in a press release from the club.

This past fall, Newhall-Caballero was named to the All-Ivy Second Team after throwing for over 2,300 yards and 18 touchdowns. He only played two games in 2010 due to a broken wrist, but the year before, Newhall-Caballero earned First Team All-Ivy honors and ranked second in all of college football with 25.9 completions per game.

He is the fourth quarterback on the Oakland roster behind starter Carson Palmer and high-profile backups in former Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart and Terrelle Pryor, who left Ohio State amid a scandal in 2011. But despite the current name recognition at the position already, head coach Dennis Allen said in an interview with Comcast Sports Net that Newhall-Caballero’s signing wasn’t “for charity” and that the team brings in “guys that we think have a chance to compete and have a chance to be decent football players.” Allen went on to describe Newhall-Caballero as “smart,” “athletic,” and having a “strong arm.”

For those who checked today, Newhall-Caballero and the Brown logo dominated the Raiders’ website, introducing the Black Hole to Bruno (we’ve got proof here).

Here’s a tip of the hat to Kyle for all the hard work he put in as a Bear that earned him this opportunity. Be sure to follow @BDH_Sports on Twitter to keep up with Kyle’s progress through OTA’s, minicamps, preseason, and beyond. You won’t want to miss watching them try to fit all 17 characters of his name on the back of his jersey… or if he’ll meet this guy.

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Ryan Garbutt ’09 Makes NHL Debut

Garbutt holding up a game puck from his first ever NHL game.

Last night, another former Bear skated out onto NHL ice — Ryan Garbutt ’09 made his career debut for the Dallas Stars as they took on the Phoenix Coyotes in a 2-1 overtime loss. Pressed into service by injuries, Garbutt was only on the ice for a little under six minutes. But in that short time, he made his presence known firing three shots on goal and registering three hits.

The 26-year old Garbutt was called up to the big club from Dallas’ AHL affiliate, the Texas Stars, where he put up 33 points in 50 games. His journey to the NHL has brought him all over North America, from his home in Winnipeg to Providence to three minor leagues and finally to Dallas. At Brown, Garbutt double concentrated in economics and sociology.

Garbutt joins Aaron Volpatti ’10 of the Vancouver Canucks and Harry Zolnierczyk ’11 of the Philadelphia Flyers as Brown alums to play in the NHL this season. Volpatti played in the Canucks’ first 23 games of the season, but a torn labrum injury required surgery that has left him shelved for the remainder of the year.

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Alums who do cool things: Colin Cloherty ’09 Scores TD for Jaguars

Two years ago today, Colin Cloherty ’09 was probably spending his Sunday like the rest of us during reading period–holed up in the stacks wondering how that 12-15 page paper was going to write itself in the next 18 hours. Fast forward two years, and the former history concentrator has traded in neocolonialism for an NFL touchdown.

After only being activated by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday, Cloherty scored his first career NFL touchdown Sunday when he scooped up a fumbled Tampa Bay punt and ran it 8 yards into the end zone. At the time, the Jags were trailing 14-0, and Cloherty’s score was a game-changer. Continue Reading

Zolnierczyk ’11 Scores First Career NHL Goal

Former Bears captain and Ivy League Player of the Year Harry Zolnierczyk ’11 scored his first career NHL goal in his first NHL game last night. Zolnierczyk (or Harry Z, as he’s come to be known in Philly) was recalled by the Philadelphia Flyers the night before, and in his first ice time as an NHL-er, put the icing on the cake of a Philadelphia rout over the Ottowa Senators with a sweet backhander late in the third period.

After joining the organization in March, Zolnierczyk has impressed and is making a strong case for a full time spot on the Flyers’ roster in the 2011-12 season. Keep an eye out for Harry, along with Vancouver Canuck Aaron Volpatti ’10, as these former Bears look to make Brunonia proud in the NHL.

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Football Ranked Fourth in Ivy League Preseason Poll

The annual preseason media poll projecting the Ivy League football standings was released Tuesday, with the Bears picked to finish fourth, rounding out the league’s top half in 2011. Last year, Bruno finished with a 5-2 conference record, good enough for a tie for second in the Ivy League. Penn finished its Ivy League schedule undefeated in 2010 and, with a current 12-game conference winning streak, is the poll’s pick to win the league and post the first three-peat in 19 years.  Continue Reading

Women’s Ice Hockey Coach of 22 Years Digit Murphy Retires

Since 1987, Margaret “Digit” Murphy has been a part of Brown women’s ice hockey. After a remarkable career that saw her break the record for most wins by a coach in Division I women’s hockey history, Murphy will retire, and for the first time since the 1989-90 season, the team will have a new head coach.

Though she will no longer be on the Bears’ bench, Murphy’s many accomplishments will continue to live on in Meehan Auditorium. During her tenure, she coached the team to 306 wins, six ECAC titles, five Ivy League titles, and three national championship games. She also won multiple coach of the year awards. A Rhode Island native, Murphy has also been involved in girls’ youth hockey in her home state, having helped start the Rhode Island High School Girls Hockey League.   Continue Reading