The Polar Bears finished the 2018 season with a 1-8 record, earning their lone victory of the season against Bates on November 3. In February, the Polar Bears brought in new head coach B.J. Hammer, most recently the head coach at Allegheny College. Hammer turned around the Allegheny football program from a 1-29 stretch three years prior to his arrival to a 6-4 squad last fall.
On offense, the Polar Bears will look to quarterback Austin McCrum to take the reins full-time in his second season. McCrum threw for 1,406 yards and eight touchdowns last year.
Bowdoin will rely heavily on the legs of Nate Richam-Odoi, who battled injuries in 2018 to finish with 526 yards rushing (131.5/game).
McCrum's top returning target is All-NESCAC tight end Bo Millett, who finished with 30 catches for 396 yards and five touchdowns in 2018.
Defensively, the Polar Bears boast a veteran linebacking corps that includes co-captains Franny Rose (66 tackles in 2018).
Along with senior Joe Gowetski, who returned from his injury-shortened sophomore season to post a team-high 73 tackles as a junior.
On special teams, returner Brendan Ward was named All-NESCAC last fall and is a unique threat for the Polar Bears. His 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Hamilton last season was the longest in program history.
BOWDOIN VS. HAMILTON SERIES HISTORY
The teams have played 35 times with Hamilton holding an 20-15 advantage all-time. Hamilton has won three straight meetings after a three-game Bowdoin winning streak in the series. Recently, home field advantage has proved crucial; the host team has won nine of the last 11 meetings.
Fans can follow all of the statistics from Saturday’s game on their smartphones by downloading the Bowdoin Front Row app in the iTunes Store or on Google Play. Links to live statistics and video coverage of the contest can be found in the app, as well as push notifications and alerts on all of your favorite Polar Bear teams. For fans unable to attend games at Whittier Field, all Bowdoin home games will be carried live online in HD - with instant replay - on the Northeast Sports Network (www.nsnsports.net).