Date Posted:09/20/2002, 8:00AM
The Bowdoin College Polar Bears open their season against Williams College on Saturday. The Polar Bears are in their third season under Head Coach Dave Caputi. Caputi (1-15 in two seasons) was the offensive coordinator for the Ephs from 1987-1999. Caputi has never coached against his former team, as the Polar Bears and Ephs have not faced eachother since 1999.
- The Polar Bears return seven starters on offense, and five on defense in 2002, including quarterback Justin Hardison (West Hartford, Conn.), who passed for over 1,000 yards and five touchdowns last season. The defensive corps will be led by Jeb Boudreau (Waltham, Mass.), who led the squad with 60 tackles last year.
- The Polar Bears struggled in their first three games of the 2001 season, losing all three by a combined score of 90-7. Bowdoin found their offense in the second half of the season, however, and averaged 27.2 points per game in their final five contests.
- The 2002 season will likely not get any easier for Bowdoin, as the Polar Bears open with Williams (8-0), Amherst (7-1) and Tufts (6-2), the top three teams in the NESCAC in 2001.
- The Polar Bears and Ephs have not faced eachother since the 1999 campaign, when Williams took a 42-0 win behind the offense of then-assistant coach Dave Caputi. Williams has won the last 12 meetings, with the last Bowdoin victory coming in 1979 (7-0). The teams first met in 1890, when the Ephs took a 50-0 win.
COACH CAPUTI CONNECTIONS
- Caputi joined Williams in the 1987 season and became the offensive coordinator the following year, helping the Ephs post a 84-9-3 mark since 1988. In 1999, he helped Williams surge to a 7-1 record and capture the conference crown. In addition, Caputi helped develop quarterback Sean Keenan, who was invited to the NFL scouting combine and was signed by the Arizona Cardinals. While at Williams, Caputi was also the softball coach, helping the Ephs record a 242-112 mark over 12 seasons - seven of which were 20-win campaigns. A 1981 graduate of Middlebury, Caputi has coached at Amherst (twice), Tufts and his alma mater. As a quarterback for the Panthers, he earned the starting job his senior season and helped Middlebury post a 6-1-1 record.
NUMBERS & NOTES
- Bowdoin has 29 first-years on their roster. That makes up approximately 42% of their opening-day roster.
- The Polar Bears have strong ties with the Bay State as 38 players (55%) call Massachusetts their home.
AROUND THE NESCAC
- It is opening weekend for everyone in the New England Small College Athletic Conference, and perhaps one of the most intriguing matchups will be in Hartford, where Colby will play at Trinity. Middlebury will host Wesleyan in a battle between solid squads, while Hamilton will travel to Tufts and Bates will play at Amherst.