2009-10 Yale Men's Football News

June 24, 2010
Two More Added to Yale's Class of 2014
The Yale Football Team announced two additions to the class of 2014 bringing the total for the new class to 28. The additions include Loomis Chaffee School quarterback Jake Semones (in photo), the son of Yale football assistant coach Doug Semones, and receiver/defensive back Brandis Yarrington (Ann Arbor, Mich.).

June 22, 2010
Yale on YES Returns in 2010
Yale on YES is back for the 2010 football season. Three consecutive games from the famous Yale Bowl (Class of ’54 Field) will air live on the YES Network this October. This is the third straight year Yale has partnered with the nation’s most-watched regional sports network.

June 9, 2010
Flanders, Metzler Coach at Lauren's First-and-Goal Camp
Rick Flanders, Yale's associate head coach of football, and Bulldog assistant Kyle Metzler were among the more than 250 coaching volunteers at the seventh annual Lauren's First and Goal Football Camp at Lafayette College on June 6. Nearly 1,700 high school football players attended and helped raise more than $67,000 for Lauren's First and Goal Foundation for pediatric brain tumor research, cancer services and family support.

June 3, 2010
Class of 2014 Announced
Twenty-six members of Yale Football’s Class of 2014 were introduced today. It is the first full class recruited by Tom Williams, the second-year Joel E. Smilow ’54 Head Coach of Yale Football. The full class of newcomers will be 28, but two have yet to matriculate.

May 22, 2010
Yale Honors Six Seniors and One Team with Annual Awards at Senior Student-Athlete Reception
Six seniors and one team were honored by the Yale Athletics Department with awards at the annual senior student-athlete reception Saturday afternoon at the Lanman Center in Payne Whitney Gymnasium. The women's fencing team earned the Brodhead Award for highest team grade point average. Travis Henry (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.) of the football team and Allison Mak (Richmond Hill, Ont.) of the gymnastics team were the recipients of the Ford Student-Athlete Community Outreach Award. Chris Labosky (Tallmadge, Ohio) of the men’s cross country and track & field teams and Julia Weiser (Houston, Texas) of the field hockey team were the recipients of the Kiphuth Student-Athlete Distinction Award. Stephanie Colantonio (Watertown, Mass.) of the field hockey team and Ben Wescoe (La Jolla, Calif.) of the men’s golf team were the recipients of the Meyer Humanitarian Award.

April 24, 2010
Blue-White Ends 2010 Spring
The Yale football team finished off its spring practice schedule in fine fashion today with its Blue-White Scrimmage at Yale Bowl. Approximately 500 fans turned out on the sun-splashed afternoon and saw plenty of big plays on both sides of the line.

April 23, 2010
Burrell to Receive Polly Sweeten “Excellence In Sports” Award
Former Yale football and baseball coach Sam Burrell will be given the Polly Sweeten “Excellence In Sports” Award at the third annual Farnam Neighborhood House Sports Celebrity Breakfast on May 6, at 7:15 AM at Amarante’s Sea Cliff.

April 22, 2010
Bulldogs Do It Again! More than 900 Register for Life-Saving Marrow Donor Test, Setting Another Record
The Yale football and women’s ice hockey teams were facing a major challenge as they headed into their second annual “Get in the Game. Save a Life.” marrow donor testing drive Thursday afternoon at Commons. The Bulldogs had tested a record 704 people at last year’s drive -- and since all of those people were now already in the National Marrow Donor Program’s Be the Match Registry, the two teams would have to find hundreds upon hundreds of new registrants this year in order to meet their goal of saving lives and keeping their record intact. The teams came up with a game plan, starting work on the project weeks in advance. And they got a reminder of just how important their work was earlier this week, when women’s ice hockey forward Mandi Schwartz learned that she would have to return home to Saskatchewan to battle cancer again. Just hours after Schwartz left New Haven, the Bulldogs rallied together and shattered their own record by signing up 911 potential donors.

April 22, 2010
Metzler Returns to Yale
Kyle Metzler ’02 has been named Yale Football’s new tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator. Metzler, who coached and served as video coordinator for the Bulldogs from 2003 to 2005, returns to Yale after four seasons at the United States Merchant Marine Academy, where he served as offensive coordinator, offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator.

April 21, 2010
Marrow Donor Testing Drive Thursday at Commons, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The final preparations are in place for the marrow donor testing drive that the Yale football and women’s ice hockey teams will lead on Thursday, Apr. 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Commons. The testing consists of a simple cheek swab. The drive is free, open to the public and includes pizza and light lunch refreshments. The drive is part of the “Get in the Game. Save a Life.” campaign for the National Marrow Donor Program. Thousands of patients with leukemia and other life-threatening diseases depend on resources like the NMDP’s Be The Match Registry to find a match. That includes Yale women’s ice hockey forward Mandi Schwartz, who has been seeking a match ever since being diagnosed with leukemia.

April 14, 2010
Special LIVE Yale Football Show on Monday Night
On Monday, Apr. 19, at 7 p.m., yalebulldogs.com will present a special live video stream of "For God, for Country and for Yale Football: LIVE!" free of charge for viewers as the countdown to the annual Blue-White Spring Game on Saturday, April 24 continues. Monday's program will feature interviews with coaches, players and alums, and will be hosted by Ron Vaccaro '04, the Voice of Yale Football and a two-time Emmy winner for his work with NBC.

April 9, 2010
Marrow Donor Testing Drive to be featured on WTNH Saturday Morning
The countdown is on for the marrow donor testing drive that the Yale football and women’s ice hockey teams will lead on Thursday, Apr. 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Commons. In the spirit of breaking the record Yale established last year, when more than 700 potential life-saving donors signed up, the Bulldogs are taking an even more proactive approach this year. Last week, after an introductory meeting with an official from the National Marrow Donor Program and a speech from a recipient whose life was saved by a marrow donor, members of both teams stuck around Ray Tompkins House to pre-assemble hundreds of donor kits. That will save valuable time for everyone on the day of the drive itself. This Saturday, Yale women’s ice hockey player Mandi Schwartz, a leukemia survivor, is scheduled to appear on New Channel 8 WTNH’s “Good Morning Connecticut Weekend” at approximately 6:30 a.m.

April 6, 2010
Yale Spring Outlook
Footballs zoomed all over the field, coaches blew whistles and student-athletes lined up to run plays wearing shorts, practice jerseys and helmets. The first day of Yale spring football practice began at 7 a.m. today on the fields behind the baseball stadium and ended with some stretching at 9. If you go out to watch one of the 11 practices or the April 24 Blue-White Game, here’s what you need to know by position.

April 5, 2010
For God, for Country and for Yale Football with Ron Vaccaro ‘04
Thermometers in New Haven are registering numbers three touchdowns north of the current presidential approval rating, and that means it’s time for spring football practice to get underway. This is the first in a regular series of features, both written and video, I’ll be contributing to Yalebulldogs.com. While many will focus on the 2010 Bulldogs, an equally strong goal for this space is to highlight the tradition of Yale Football.

March 30, 2010
Spring Ball Begins April 5
The 2010 Yale football season may be almost six months from kicking off, but on-field preparations are set to begin Monday, April 5, the first of 12 spring practice dates. The first 11 are practices on the fields behind the baseball stadium before the Blue-White scrimmage takes place on April 24 in Yale Bowl. The scrimmage time has yet to be determined but it will likely begin at 2 p.m.

March 12, 2010
Yale Trio to Participate in NFL Pro Day
Three members of the Yale football team will be participating in the Bulldogs’ Pro Day workout at 1 p.m. on March 25. Tight end A.J. Haase, defensive end Travis Henry and All-Ivy punter and placekicker Tom Mante will perform for scouts from the National Football League at Coxe Cage in New Haven.

March 9, 2010
Marrow Donor Testing Drive Set for Thursday, Apr. 22 at Commons
The Yale football team and Yale women’s ice hockey team will lead a marrow donor testing drive Thursday, Apr. 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Commons, located on the corner of College Street and Grove Street in New Haven. The drive is free, open to the public and includes pizza and light lunch refreshments. News Channel 8 anchor Ann Nyberg will be on hand at the start of the drive to greet participants. The drive is part of the “Get in the Game. Save a Life.” campaign for the National Marrow Donor Program. Thousands of patients with leukemia and other life-threatening diseases depend on the NMDP’s Be The Match Registry to find a match. The testing, which consists of a simple cheek swab, has a special meaning for the Yale athletics department because Bulldog women’s ice hockey player Mandi Schwartz (Wilcox, Sask.) is a leukemia survivor and is in need of a marrow donor.

February 5, 2010
2010 Bulldogs Have 6 Dates in Bowl
For the first time since 1998, the Yale football team has six home games scheduled. The 2010 Bulldogs will play six times in Yale Bowl while competing in four road contests.

December 18, 2009
Sheffield, Mante Earn FCS Academic Honor
Yale seniors John Sheffield (Portland, Ore.) and Tom Mante (Westford, Mass.) were named to the 12th annual Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star Team.

December 2, 2009
Defeat Forged Qualities Marking Captaincy, Yale Captain Paul Rice

December 2, 2009
Rice, Mante Named All-New England
Yale Football seniors Paul Rice (Cleveland Heights, Ohio) and Tom Mante (Westford, Mass.) were named to the 2009 FCS All-New England Team as selected by the New England Football Writers.

December 1, 2009
Ten Bulldogs Earn Fall Academic All-Ivy Honors
Ten Yale student-athletes were honored today, as the Ivy League released its list of those selected for Academic All-Ivy recognition in fall sports. Eligible student-athletes include all starters or key reserves on officially recognized varsity teams that have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

November 24, 2009
9 Bulldogs Earn All-Ivy Status
Nine members of the Yale football team were named to the 2009 All-Ivy League Team announced today, including first-team selections TE John Sheffield (Portland, Ore), LB Paul Rice (Cleveland Heights, Ohio), DB Adam Money (Whiteland, Ind.) and P Tom Mante (Westford, Mass.).

November 22, 2009
Annual Banquet Provides Closure for 2009 Season
The Yale football team held its annual post-season banquet Sunday afternoon at Commons. The Bulldogs saluted the 23 seniors on the team while also announcing the team award winners and introducing the 2010 captain, senior defensive lineman Tom McCarthy (Chester, N.J.).

November 22, 2009
Tom McCarthy Elected 133rd Yale Football Captain
Senior defensive lineman Tom McCarthy (Chester, N.J./Delbarton) has been elected captain of the Yale football team for the 2010 season after a vote by team members. McCarthy, the 133rd captain in Yale's history, was introduced at the annual team banquet Sunday at Commons.

November 21, 2009
126th Edition of The Game Saturday at Noon
The Yale football team (4-5, 2-4 Ivy) might be looking at this Saturday's season finale with Harvard (6-3, 5-1) at Yale Bowl and the Class of '54 Field as a chance to level the record, but it is fighting for much more. The Bulldogs, trying to snap a two-game skid, hope to grab the rivalry bragging rights for the first time in three years and an edge in the off-season recruiting battles. The 126th edition of The Game can be seen live on Versus and heard on WELI (AM-960, 960weli.com), WYBC (AM-1340, wybc.com) and on Sirius Satellite Radio. Carm Cozza and Ron Vaccaro '04 begin the commentary on WELI at 11:45 a.m. A video stream that includes their call will be available on yalebulldogs.com within an hour of the final whistle.

November 21, 2009
Harvard’s Late Comeback Decides The Game, 14-10
Harvard quarterback Collier Winters’ 32-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Chris Lorditch with 1:32 remaining capped a late comeback for Harvard and gave the Crimson a 14-10 win in the 126th edition of The Game Saturday afternoon at the Yale Bowl, Class of 1954 Field. The Crimson scored twice in the final 6:46 after being kept off the scoreboard on their first seven drives of The Game by the Yale defense, including a goal-line stand by the Bulldogs in the third quarter.

November 20, 2009
How’s Mandi Doing?
It has been almost a year since Yale senior forward Mandi Schwartz was diagnosed with leukemia, and seven months since her women’s hockey teammates joined with the Yale football team for a record-setting marrow donor testing drive – a drive that helped save another leukemia patient’s life. As both of those teams get set to battle archrival Harvard this weekend in New Haven, Schwartz remains home in Saskatchewan, where she returned for treatment. But she is still very much on the minds of her many friends at Yale, and she recently checked in with some good news.

November 20, 2009
Harvard Wins The JV Game, 35-26
An early 14-0 deficit proved too much for the Yale junior varsity football team to overcome, and the Bulldogs fell to Harvard 35-26 in The JV Game Friday afternoon at Clint Frank Field. Sophomore wide receiver Chris Morris had a pair of touchdown catches for the Bulldogs.

November 18, 2009
The Improbable ’69ers

November 18, 2009
A Busted Hand, Big Teeth, The Nerd: Remembering the Ivy Champs of 1999

November 18, 2009
Parking Passes Sold Out For Saturday
All parking lots at Yale Bowl for this Saturday's Yale-Harvard football game are completely SOLD OUT. There will not be parking available on game day at Yale Bowl without a parking pass. Visitors to the Bowl on Nov. 21 who were not able to secure a parking pass in advance, should not come to the Bowl expecting to park on-site. Instead, there are numerous convenient parking options available to fans and FREE shuttle bus service to and from the Bowl is provided from two downtown locations. There is also a park and walk option available to fans in lots within one mile of the Yale Bowl. All of these options are detailed below.

November 18, 2009
It’s Not “THE” Game

November 18, 2009
The Perfect Match

November 14, 2009
H-Y-P Begins with Tigers
Yale football team (4-4, 2-3 Ivy), with two games left on the 2009 schedule, looks for an H-Y-P title with games against the Tigers (2-6, 1-4) and Crimson the next two weeks. This Saturday the Bulldogs are at Princeton Stadium for a 1 p.m. kickoff. This is the last of three straight Yale on YES games. The YES Network is found on many cable systems, DirecTV (631) and Verizon's FiOS service. Fans outside the footprint of YES Network can see a live stream on goprincetontigers.com and listen on WELI (AM-960, 960weli.com) and on WYBC (AM-1340, wybc.com).

November 14, 2009
Princeton Holds Off Yale, 24-17
The last three weeks of the Yale football season have been marked by a pattern of late comebacks by the Bulldogs. Unfortunately, Saturday's effort at Princeton came up just short. A pair of touchdowns in the second half cut an 18-point Eli deficit down to just four points with 11:42 to play, but Princeton tacked on a field goal and denied a late drive by Yale to finish off a 24-17 win at Princeton Stadium.

November 13, 2009
Playing for Someone Else

November 13, 2009
Making A Statement

November 13, 2009
Red, White and Blue Bulldog

November 7, 2009
Bulldogs, Bears at Bowl Saturday at 1
The Yale football team (4-3, 2-2 Ivy), coming off a 23-22 win at Columbia, looks for consecutive league wins when the Brown Bears (4-3, 2-2 Ivy) come to Yale Bowl this Saturday at 1:00. This is the second of three straight Yale on YES games. The YES Network is found on many cable systems, DirecTV (631) and Verizon's FiOS service. Fans outside the footprint of YES Network can see a live stream on yalebulldogs.com. The stream includes audio from WELI's broadcast (AM-960, 960weli.com). The game can also be heard on WYBC (AM-1340, wybc.com).

November 7, 2009
Late Comeback Falls Short vs. Brown, 35-21
For a moment, it looked as if the Yale football team was about to pull off another fourth-quarter comeback reminiscent of their rally from a 12-point deficit at Columbia the week before. The Bulldogs trailed Brown 35-21, but they had scored on two of their last three drives when they got to the Bear six-yard line with just over three minutes to play Saturday afternoon at the Yale Bowl, Class of 1954 Field. But the Bears got the play that they needed -- a leaping interception in the end zone by cornerback AJ Cruz -- and were able to finish off the Bulldogs without any further threats.

November 3, 2009
Saturday’s Yale-Brown Football Game to be Video Streamed On-line
The Yale Athletics Department will offer a video stream of this Saturday’s Yale-Brown game, featuring the broadcast team of Ron Vaccaro ’04 (play-by-play), Carm Cozza (color commentary) and Alex Goldberger ’08 (sideline) on yalebulldogs.com. The video stream will be available for $6.95. It can also be purchased as part of Yale’s All-Access package that includes home basketball, ice hockey and volleyball games for $49.95.

November 2, 2009
Kenney Center, Jensen Plaza
A revered, 95-year-old American sports venue has received a grand entrance fitting its national historic landmark status. The Kenney Center and Jensen Plaza are finished and officially open this Saturday for the Yale-Brown football game at Yale Bowl and the Class of ’54 Field. These two additions, to be officially dedicated the morning of the Nov. 21 Yale-Harvard game, constitute the final phase of the $30 million restoration of the facility.

November 2, 2009
Money Earns Ivy Honor
Junior Adam Money (Whiteland, Ind.), a defensive back and kick returner for the Yale football team, has been named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week after making a number of key plays in the Elis' 23-22 win at Columbia last Saturday.

November 1, 2009
JV Team Beats Bridgton 34-26
The Yale junior varsity football team ran for 283 yards, including 184 from freshman running back Taylor Stib, en route to a 34-26 win over Bridgton Academy Sunday afternoon at Clint Frank Field. Stib had touchdown runs of seven and 79 yards. He also caught three passes for 40 yards and completed a 56-yard pass to sophomore wide receiver Chris Morris.

October 31, 2009
Yale On YES Begins at Columbia
The Yale football team (3-3, 1-2 Ivy) kicks off the Yale on YES package with a 1 p.m. game this Saturday against Columbia (2-4, 1-2) at Lawrence Wien Stadium. The YES Network is found on many cable systems, DirecTV (631) and Verizon's FiOS service. The Bulldogs-Lions clash can be heard on WELI (AM-960, 960weli.com) and WYBC (AM-1340, wybc.com).

October 31, 2009
Thrilling Fourth-Quarter Comeback Lifts Yale to 23-22 Win at Columbia
Senior tight end A.J. Haase’s 10-yard touchdown catch with 58 seconds to play -- Yale’s third touchdown of the fourth quarter -- capped an improbable Bulldog comeback and finished off a 23-22 win at Columbia Saturday afternoon. The Elis got turnovers on Columbia’s final three drives of the game, plus a touchdown-saving tackle from junior cornerback Adam Money, to pull out the victory after trailing by 12 points with just over six minutes left.

October 28, 2009
Looking to Give Back

October 28, 2009
Special Weapon

October 28, 2009
Special Bulldog

October 28, 2009
Unique Transition

October 28, 2009
Bulldog Determination

October 28, 2009
Former Elis Still Playing Games

October 28, 2009
Almost Nothing Stops Football in the Bowl

October 28, 2009
Commitment To Future

October 28, 2009
Late Starts Don't Slow This Bulldog

October 28, 2009
Friendship Survives Dream

October 28, 2009
French Audible

October 28, 2009
The Morning Champion

October 24, 2009
Elis Head to Philly For Ivy Showdown
The Yale football team (3-2, 1-1 Ivy) returns to Ancient Eight play and the conference stretch run with a 3:30 game at Penn this Saturday. This Ivy showdown featuring the league's top two defenses at venerable Franklin Field can be seen live on Comcast Network (Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, DC only) and heard on WELI (AM-960, 960weli.com) and WYBC (AM-1340, wybc.com). There will not be a live streaming of the game.

October 24, 2009
Penn Tops Yale 9-0 on Rainy Day in Philly
Two tough defenses went to battle in the rain at Franklin Field Saturday afternoon, and when all was said and done the game was determined in a span of less than two minutes late in the first quarter. A field goal and an interception return for a touchdown gave Penn a 9-0 win over Yale.

October 22, 2009
Parking Plans Changed For Yale-Harvard Game
The Yale Athletic Department is pleased to announce a new parking and shuttle plan for the November 21 Yale-Harvard football game at Yale Bowl. The following plan has been implemented to control heavy traffic in the vicinity of Yale Bowl caused by overwhelming interest in recent Yale-Harvard football games. In addition, the Department of athletics at Yale is confident this plan will improve the game day experience for all of its fans.

October 17, 2009
Elis End Non-League Slate at Lehigh
The Yale football team (2-2, 1-1 Ivy) completes its 2009 non-league slate with a 12:30 game at Lehigh (1-4, 1-0 Patriot League) this Saturday. This Ivy vs. Patriot contest at Goodman Stadium can be seen live on SE2 TV (Lehigh Valley only) and on lehighsports.com and heard on WELI (AM-960, 960weli.com) and WYBC (AM-1340, wybc.com).

October 17, 2009
Rice’s TD is All Yale Defense Needs; Elis Blank Lehigh 7-0
He’s now known as one of the top linebackers in the Ivy League, but back in high school Yale senior Paul Rice was a running back in addition to playing defense. Rice still knows what to do when he gets the ball in his hands, and he showed that with a 40-yard touchdown run on a fake punt early in the third quarter Saturday afternoon at Lehigh. That was enough for a 7-0 Bulldog win, as Yale became the first team since 1986 to shut Lehigh out.

October 11, 2009
JV Team Falls to Dean, 35-0
The Yale junior varsity football team fell to Dean 35-0 Sunday at Clint Frank Field. The Bulldogs trailed 9-0 just before halftime and had the ball on the one-yard line, but Dean broke up a pass there as time expired and then took control of the game in the second half.

October 10, 2009
Big Green Coming to Bowl
The Yale football team (1-2, 0-1 Ivy) is back in league play this Saturday with a noon kickoff against Dartmouth (0-3, 0-1) at Yale Bowl. The game, featuring the teams with the most Ivy League titles, will be live streamed through yalebulldogs.com and can be heard on WELI (AM-960, 960weli.com) and WYBC (AM-1340, wybc.com).

October 10, 2009
Hart’s Big Day Fuels 38-7 Win Over Dartmouth
Potential started turning into reality for the Yale offense on Saturday, and the end result was the Bulldogs’ highest point total in more than a year. Junior quarterback Brook Hart threw for 390 yards (the sixth-highest total in Yale history), including three touchdowns, to lead Yale to a decisive 38-7 victory over Dartmouth at the Yale Bowl, Class of 1954 Field. The biggest play of the day was a 73-yard touchdown to wide receiver Chris Smith, one of several freshmen who made their presence known on Saturday.

October 5, 2009
Saturday’s Yale-Dartmouth Football Game to be Video Streamed On-line
The Yale Athletics Department will offer a video stream of this Saturday’s Yale-Dartmouth game, featuring the broadcast team of Ron Vaccaro ’04 (play-by-play) and Carm Cozza (color commentary), on yalebulldogs.com. The video stream will be available for $6.95. It can also be purchased as part of Yale’s All-Access package that includes home basketball, ice hockey and volleyball games for $49.95.

October 4, 2009
JVs Fall at Brown, 13-8
The Yale junior varsity football lost at Brown 13-8 Sunday afternoon. The Bulldogs got a touchdown pass from freshman quarterback Dez Duron to sophomore receiver Lars Knudsen, and a two-point conversion run from freshman tailback Taylor Stibb, but that was all the scoring for the day. All the scoring for both teams came in the first half, as Brown had a touchdown run and two field goals.

October 3, 2009
Lafayette Beats Yale 31-14 on Rainy Saturday at Yale Bowl
Yale got the start it wanted Saturday afternoon against Lafayette, forcing a Leopard fumble on the opening kickoff that set up a Bulldog touchdown 3:22 into the game. But Lafayette responded by reeling off 24 straight points between the start of the second quarter and the start of the fourth, eventually coming away with a 31-14 win on a rainy day at the Yale Bowl, Class of 1954 Field.

October 2, 2009
First Stone Placed at Jensen Plaza
The first of 337 stones including the names of 3,449 Yale football players was put in place at the Jensen Plaza late last week as Yale Athletics Director Tom Beckett looked on wearing his hard hat and construction vest.

September 29, 2009
Lafayette Comes to Bowl Saturday at Noon
For the first time in 19 seasons, the Lafayette football team is coming to West Haven to take on Yale. The Bulldogs, who opened Ivy League play with a 14-12 loss to Cornell at the Bowl, and Leopards can be seen live on the Lafayette Sports Network (LSN) and heard on WELI (AM-960, 960weli.com) and WYBC (AM-1340, wybc.com). This Saturday's kickoff at the Bowl is at noon.

September 28, 2009
Youth Day a Huge Success
Yale’s Department of Athletics hosted its annual Youth Day this past Saturday. More than 250 children from the Greater New Haven area joined Yale student-athletes for a day of games, contests and the chance to play at the historic Yale Bowl.

September 28, 2009
Tom Mante Claims Second Straight Ivy League Weekly Honor
For the second consecutive week, the Ivy League has honored Yale senior punter and placekicker Tom Mante as the Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week. Mante, a 2008 All-Ivy honoree at both kicking positions, tied an Ivy League record with a career-long 54-yard field goal on Saturday afternoon against Cornell.

September 27, 2009
Junior Varsity Shuts Out Milford Academy, 8-0
Freshman tailback Taylor Stibb turned a short screen pass from freshman quarterback Dez Duron into a 40-yard touchdown in the second quarter, and that was all the scoring the Yale junior varsity’s defense needed on a rainy Sunday afternoon at Clint Frank Field against Milford Academy. Sophomore outside linebacker Matt Battaglia forced a safety in the fourth quarter to finish off the 8-0 shutout.

September 26, 2009
Big Red Edges Bulldogs 14-12
An 81-yard touchdown on Cornell’s first play from scrimmage provided a rough start to Saturday’s game for Yale at the Yale Bowl, Class of 1954 Field. But the Bulldog defense then proceeded to shut the Big Red down, allowing only 85 yards of total offense the rest of the way, and the offense found itself in a position to tie the game after a 1-yard touchdown run by sophomore quarterback Patrick Witt made the score 14-12 Cornell with no time left on the clock in the fourth quarter. But the Bulldogs could not complete the two-point conversion, and Cornell came away with the win in the Ivy League opener for both teams.

September 25, 2009
Governor Rell Proclaims Saturday Tom Williams Day In Connecticut
Governor Jodi Rell has proclaimed Saturday Tom Williams Day in the state of Connecticut. Williams, the Joel E. Smilow ’54 Head Coach of Football, makes his Yale Bowl debut when the Bulldogs host Cornell at noon.

September 22, 2009
Bulldogs Home, Ivy Opener Saturday at 12
The home opener for the Yale football team (1-0, 0-0 Ivy) against Cornell (1-0, 0-0) this Saturday features a pair of teams with opening-day wins looking to kick off the Ancient Eight campaign with a victory. The Yale-Cornell game, part of 2009 Yale Youth Day, can be seen live on Versus and heard on WELI (AM-960, 960weli.com) and WYBC (AM-1340, wybc.com).

September 21, 2009
Mante Earns Ivy League Honor
Senior punter/placekicker Tom Mante (Westford, Mass.) earned Yale’s first award of 2009 when he became the season's first Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week. Mante had a great opening day during the Bulldogs’ 31-10 win at Georgetown last Saturday.

September 19, 2009
Bulldogs Roll Past Georgetown in Opener, 31-10
The season opener at Georgetown Saturday afternoon saw Yale benefit from a two-headed running attack, an efficient passing game, a tenacious defense and some spectacular special teams plays. It all added up to a 31-10 win in the debut of Tom Williams as Yale’s Joel E. Smilow ’54 Head Coach of Football.

September 18, 2009
Follow Yale-Georgetown on Twitter
Fans looking to follow the Yale football team’s season opener Saturday now have another option: twitter. Regular updates from Georgetown’s Multi-Sport Field will be posted during the game on Yale football’s twitter page, http://www.twitter.com/yalebulldogfb

September 15, 2009
Williams Era Begins in D.C.
[The official start to] The Tom Williams era begins Saturday, Sept. 19, when the Yale football team opens the 2009 season at Georgetown. The Bulldogs and Hoyas, who have already played two games, kick it off at 1 pm at Multi-Sport Field. The game can be seen live streamed on GUHoyas.com and heard on WELI (AM-960, 960weli.com) and WYBC (AM-1340, wybc.com).

September 14, 2009
Dick Galiette/Yale Football Press Conference to Be Held Weekly at The Yale Bookstore
The Dick Galiette/Yale Football Press Conference has moved from the Course at Yale back to campus, with the first edition being held tomorrow at 2 p.m. The new location for the weekly event is The Yale Bookstore, which will serve as host for the next 10 Tuesdays at 2 p.m. throughout the football season.

September 11, 2009
Bulldogs Welcome at Landsdowne
A dog-friendly restaurant and bar is open in New Haven this fall. Yale coaches and athletes will frequent Lansdowne Bar & Grill (179 Crown Street) Monday nights, starting Sept. 14, from 7-9 for WYBC Radio’s sports lineup.

September 10, 2009
Calling All Bulldogs
Approximately 90 members of the Yale football team worked their phones last night to call all season ticket holders and thank them for supporting the Bulldogs.

September 5, 2009
Bulldogs Shine In Scrimmage at Bowl
The Yale football team’s real test of the 2009 pre-season went well as the Bulldogs outscored Union College 36-14 at Yale Bowl and got fine performances on both sides of the ball during the four-quarter scrimmage.

September 2, 2009
Bulldogs Have Morning Bite
The dew on the grass glistened from the angle of the sun as the Yale football team warmed up for its second day of 7:30 AM practice on Clint Frank Field.

August 29, 2009
Saturday's Scrimmage Still On
The Yale football scrimmage scheduled for 12:30 today at Clint Frank Field will go on as planned despite the rain.

August 21, 2009
The Heat Is On
The weather wasn’t perfect for the first day of Yale football practice, but the 2009 Bulldogs enjoyed a great start to the season.

August 21, 2009
Follow Yale, Coach Williams on Twitter
There is another way to keep up with the 2009 Yale football team and hear from Tom Williams, the Joel E. Smilow ’54 Head Coach of Yale Football. Williams will regularly post comments on twitter during summer camp and the regular season that can be seen at www.twitter.com/yalebulldogfb.

August 18, 2009
Football Practice Begins Friday
Anticipation for a new era in Yale Football has reached a crescendo and fans don’t have much longer to wait to get a look at the Bulldogs. The first practice of the 2009 Yale Football season is Friday, Aug. 21, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Clint Frank Field and the other fields next to Yale’s baseball stadium.

August 11, 2009
Bulldogs Picked 4th in Ivy Media Poll
A new era in Yale Football begins with a middle of the pack prediction from the Ancient Eight media. Tom Williams, the Joel E. Smilow ’54 Head Coach of Yale Football, whose first team as a head coach was picked fourth in the 2009 Ivy League Football Preseason Media Poll released today, wasn’t interested at all in the prognostications.

July 30, 2009
Football Ticket Sales Start Friday
Football tickets will go on sale to the general public Friday for the 2009 Yale football season, the first for Tom Williams, the Joel E. Smilow ’54 Head Coach of Football. Both single game and season tickets, along with single game and season parking, will be available when online sales start at midnight. The ticket office opens at 9 a.m. Friday.

July 23, 2009
Yale on YES Returns in 2009
The 2009 Yale Football Team will have three straight Ivy League contests broadcast live on the YES Network for the second straight season as part of a package called Yale on YES.

July 23, 2009
Williams Speaking at Aug. 5 Chalk Talk
Tom Williams, Yale’s Joel E. Smilow ’54 Head Coach of Football, will take part in a panel discussion entitled “Chalk Talk, College Football in New Haven on Aug. 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Hula Hanks Island Bar, 216 Crown Street in New Haven.

July 15, 2009
Bulldogs Add Two High-Profile Players
In addition to the 30 freshmen who join the program next month, the 2009 Yale Football Team has added transfer student-athletes Patrick Witt and Gabriel Fernandez. Both players are eligible this fall.

July 9, 2009
Williams, Yale Football To Be Featured on ESPN Today
Tom Williams, the Joel E. Smilow ’54 Head Coach of Yale Football, will be interviewed today on ESPN’s College Football Live as part of the network’s segment called 50 States in 50 Days. Connecticut, featuring Williams and the legendary Yale football program, airs today on ESPNU at 3:30 p.m. ET and on ESPN2 at 8:30 p.m ET.