BULLDOGS END NON-IVY SLATE AT LEHIGH
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- 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).
Yale leads the series with Lehigh 14-5 but the Mountain Hawks have taken five of the last seven including a 28-21 OT win in the last Bethlehem meeting. The Bulldogs won the last two games, both at Yale Bowl, and will try to win their first game ever at Goodman Stadium this Saturday.
Mike McLeod '09 broke his own school record by rushing for 276 yards and two touchdowns, including a career-long 55-yard scoring run, to lead Yale to a 23-7 win in 2007 at Yale Bowl. Lehigh gave Yale its first deficit of the season as quarterback Sedale Threatt scored from 1-yard with 3:40 remaining in the first quarter. After Yale's Alan Kimball made a 20-yard field goal, the Bulldogs took the lead for good when McLeod scored on a 16-yard burst around the end with 6:33 left in the half. McLeod's 55-yard touchdown four minutes into the second half made it 17-7 before Kimball made field goals of 26 and 38 yards to close the scoring. Yale rushed for 421 total yards.
BULLDOGS AIR IT OUT
Brook Hart (State College, Pa.) threw for 390 yards (6th all-time at Yale) and three touchdowns in a 38-7 victory over Dartmouth at Yale Bowl on Oct. 10. Hart was 28 for 40 and connected with WR Jordan Forney (Bloomington, Ind.) on two scoring plays while hitting WR Chris Smith (Midlothian, Va.) on a 73-yard TD strike. The Elis had 520 yards on offense while holding Dartmouth to 127 in the Green's 16th straight loss. DB Geoff Dunham (Dallas, Texas) had 4-2-6 while captain and LB Paul Rice made five solo stops to lead the Yale defense.
LEHIGH BLANKS HOYAS
Chris Lum threw three touchdown passes as Lehigh beat Georgetown 27-0 on Oct. 10. Lum competed only eight of his 19 attempts, but threw a 17-yard scoring pass to Craig Zurn, a 7-yarder to Jake Drwal and a 3-yard scoring pass to De'Vaug Gordon. The Mountain Hawks also held the Hoyas to 125 yards of offense and sacked Isaiah Kempf eight times, including three by linebacker Matt Cohen. Jay Campbell had 20 carries for 111 yards and the Mountain Hawks rushed for 219 as a team.
Filling in for the injured Gio Christodoulou (Miami, Fla.), Chris Smith (Midlothian, Va.) had a busy day against the Big Green. The freshman WR/return man had 138 all purpose yards. He caught three passes for 82 yards, including a 73-yard scoring play (9th longest at Yale) for his first collegiate points. Smith returned four punts for 30 yards, a kickoff for 21 and ran twice for five yards. His 25-yard punt return was the longest for an Eli this year.
Tom Williams was named the Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach of Yale Football last January and came to New Haven after spending two seasons as an assistant for the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars. Williams has 11 seasons of college coaching experience. He is the 33rd Yale head football coach but just the third in the last 44 years.
WILLIAMS AFTER LAST SATURDAY
"It feels good to win, but it really feels good when the guys earn it. That's something that we've talked about -- the last couple weeks we haven't earned victories because we've done things that have caused us to not win. To go out and play a fairly complete game was something I think our team needed for our confidence, but also to show what we're capable of doing when we play the way we're capable of playing."
Tom Williams takes part in two media events each week. The Yale segment of the weekly Ivy League media teleconference is 11:53 AM on Tuesdays, while he and some of his players are at the Yale Bookstore every Tuesday at 2 p.m. for the Dick Galiette Press Conference, which can be seen a few hours later on sportingnewsct.com.
Tom Williams, off to a 2-2 start, begins his Yale career following a full spectrum of success in debut seasons. The best debut campaign for a Yale head coach was the first, Walter Camp (13-0 and National Champs) in 1888. The next 20 coaches enjoyed comparable success in the early years of the sport. However, wins for new coaches in the later part of the 20th century did not come so easily. Two of the five Eli mentors since 1950 had better than .500 marks, Jordan Olivar (7-2 in 1952) and John Pont (6-3 in 1963). Herman Hickman went 4-5 in 1948, Carm Cozza was 3-6 in 1965 and Jack Siedlecki was 1-9 in 1997.
Making his first start since last November, junior QB Brook Hart (State College, Pa.) had a career-best outing in the win over Dartmouth. He completed 28 of 40 passes for 390 yards and three TDs with no interceptions and just one sack. His 390-yard day is the sixth best ever at Yale, while his 73-yard connection with Chris Smith is the ninth longest for a Bulldog scoring play. Hart was named Walter Camp Yale Player of the Game. He started the last five games of 2008 while establishing a Yale record, 62.1 completion percentage. Hart is currently first in the Ivy and third in the FCS with a 171.01 passing efficiency.
SPECIAL TEAMS SHINE
Tom Mante (Westford, Mass.) had a special day against Dartmouth with a test of his versatility. Mante was perfect on five PATs, split the uprights on his only (34 yard) FG try and punted four times for a 35.8 average. What might separate him from all other specialists on that day were his extra duties, which led to Yale scores. Mante took off on a fake punt and ran 17 yards for a first down late in the third quarter. He also placed a perfect on-side kick.
PLAY OF THE DAY
Senior H-B John Sheffield (Portland, Ore.) tied his career-best with eight catches last Saturday, but his second quarter catch on third down may have been the most significant play for Yale. Sheffield hauled in a quick Brook Hart toss, on third-and-nine from the Yale 46, before meeting three Dartmouth defenders two yards short of a first down. The Yale receiver carried the Big Green players for three yards past the first down markers to set up the Bulldogs' first score of the day.
HIT OF THE GAME
Sophomore FS Geoff Dunham (Dallas, Texas), who led the Elis with six (4-2) total tackles, made the most noise with his hit on Big Green RB Nick Schwieger. The 205-pound safety came up the middle with force before putting his shoulder into the 205-pound RB at midfield during the third quarter.
MOST ACROBATIC PLAY
When Dartmouth's starting QB went out with an injury in the second quarter, the last thing sophomore DB Drew Baldwin (Alexandria, Va.) expected was the backup to throw deep. On the second play of the Dartmouth series, Conner Kempe fired a perfect spiral toward his receiver, who had Baldwin tight on his back. As the ball arrived, Baldwin leaped in front of the Big Green player and snagged the ball out of the air. He held on as he hit the ground for his second career interception and one of the most spectacular plays of the young season.
The Bulldogs had two long TDs called back last Saturday. One was an 82-yard interception return by junior DB Adam Money (Whiteland, Ind.), who got called for holding prior to the pick. The other was a 17-yard scamper by Jordan Farrell (Orland Park, Ill.). The Big Green scored after the Money penalty, and the Bulldogs punched it in after a Yale holding call negated Farrell's run.
RB Alex Thomas (Ansonia, Conn.) has been waiting for his chance to show his skills. After a year of playing primarily JV and early injuries in 2009, Thomas finally got legitimate touches last week. He ran four times for 28 yards, including a five-yard score, and caught three passes for 26 more.
Junior WR Jordan Forney (Bloomington, Ind.) had his best day of 2009 with four catches for 60 yards and a pair of scores. He caught a 24-yarder from Brook Hart with 44 seconds left in the second quarter before snaring a four-yard TD pass in the third to put the game away. He is the only Bulldog with two TD catches in a game this year. He had two TDs against Princeton in a 14-0 win last year at the Bowl.
The 390 passing yards for Yale was the most ever by a Bulldog passer against Dartmouth... Yale's 520 yards of offense vs. the Green were the most for the Elis since a 570-yard day at Columbia in 2005 (The Blue had 519 against Lehigh in 2007)... QB Patrick Witt's (Wylie, Texas) 23-yard run against Cornell is the longest by a Bulldog this year... Yale has outscored Dartmouth 122-24 over the last three games.
WR Allen Harris (Detroit, Mich.) established a Yale record for catches by a freshman in a game with five last week. Another rookie, Chris Smith (Midlothian, Va.) had three catches, which is more than any frosh has ever had before last Saturday. Yale's career reception leader Ralph Plumb '05 had two total catches his freshman season while former NFL player Eric Johnson '01 caught four balls his rookie year.
ABARE IS A HIT
Senior DB Larry Abare (Acton, Mass.) leads the Blue with 19 solos and 29 overall stops, including a season-high 7-4-11 against Lafayette. His twin, Bobby '09, an All-America LB, is now a graduate assistant coach for the LBs at Wagner College (2-2, 1-0 NEC).
SCOTT ON PATH
Yale senior RB Brandon Scott (Chatsworth, Calif.), a biomedical engineering major, has enjoyed his first varsity snaps this fall with five carries for 17 yards. Scott has also enjoyed working on his career over the summer. This past break he worked at a drug delivery research lab that specialized in researching anti-cancer drugs. Scott's focus was researching ways to include an MRI contrast agent in a drug delivery system with hope that that drug administered in the system could be detected in a host via MRI.
OFFICER AND GENTLEMAN
Junior LB Jesse Reising (Decatur, Ill.), who has been out with an injury, took part in officer candidate school with the U.S. Marine Corps last summer and plans to join the marines after graduation. He lost 20 pounds during the grueling training. Reising, who played in all 10 games last fall, was class valedictorian at Eisenhower High School.
BALSAM FINDS BALL
Junior WR Peter Balsam (Orland Park, Ill.) had a second straight week of getting his hands on or around the ball often. Against Dartmouth, he had two catches, recovered Yale's on-side kick and made two special teams tackles. The week before against Lafayette, he caught three passes, recovered a Lafayette fumble on the opening kickoff and caught a three-yard TD pass.
MANTE ATTACKS RECORD BOOKS
Senior P/PK Tom Mante (Westford, Mass.), Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week two of the first three weeks, tied the Ivy League record with a 54-yard FG against Cornell on Sept. 26. He had a 50-yard FG at Georgetown the week before. Mante, an NFL prospect, also has punts of 73 and 65 yards and he recovered one of his own on-side kicks. Mante now shares the league long FG mark with five others, but no kicker had reached from that distance since 1976. In addition, no Ivy kicker has hit 50-yard field goals on consecutive Saturdays. Otis Guernsey drop kicked a 54-yarder for the Bulldogs in 1915. Mante, who is third in the Ivy with a 40.4 average, also had a school record 12 punts against the Big Red (six inside the 20) on the way to Walter Camp Yale Player of the Game honors. Mante was an All-Ivy selection at both positions last fall.
The Yale defense ranks fourth in the FCS and No. 1 among Ivies with just 70.75 rushing yards allowed per game. The Elis are second in the league and ninth in the FCS in total defense (240.5) and second/12th in scoring defense (15.6).
WITT HAS 3 STARTS
Sophomore QB Patrick Witt (Wylie, Texas), who started the first three games this fall, has 50 completions, 456 yards and three TDs. His busiest day was 21-for-54 (180 yards) against Cornell. The last time a Yale QB attempted 54 passes was in 2005 against Holy Cross when Jeff Mroz '05 went 33-for-56 with 333 yards in a 22-19 loss.
Two Yale assistant coaches spent time last summer at NFL training camps as intern coaches. Kefense Hynson, who works with Yale's receivers, was with Oakland. Ikaika Malloe, the Joel E. Smilow '54 Defensive Coordinator, worked with Jacksonville... Mike Sanford, the mentor for the Yale TEs and a former Boise State QB, is the son of UNLV football head coach Mike Sanford. The Rebels are 2-3 after falling at the University of Nevada last week... Student assistant coach Isaiah DeLeon-Mares, who worked at the Warrick Dunn Foundation, also worked with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last summer.
Paul Rice (Cleveland Heights, Ohio), a senior LB who is second on the team with 24 total tackles, is the 132nd Yale football captain. He came to Yale as a talented RB but moved to defense when asked to his freshman year. Rice, who has 139 total career tackles and six interceptions, started at CB the last three years before moving to LB this season. His father, Lou Rice, played defense for Harvard.
Brown QB Kyle Newhall out-dueled Holy Cross' All-American Dominic Randolph and established a new Ivy League record with 46 completions on 61 attempts, while accumulating 431 passing yards in the Bears' 34-31 upset win over the Crusaders... Princeton LB Scott Britton recorded 16 tackles, including 2.5 for losses, and a sack against the No. 1 rushing offense in the nation in the Tigers' 21-14 double-overtime loss to Top 25 foe Colgate... Harvard freshman running back Treavor Scales scored the first two rushing touchdowns of his career, running for 92 yards on 23 carries (4.0 yards per carry) in the Crimson's 28-10 win at Cornell... WR/RS Austin Knowlin had a record day in Columbia's 24-21 loss to Lafayette. He broke Columbia's all-time receptions record with five catches for 55 yards. He also had five kick returns for 146 yards.
SNAP WITH SPIRAL
Senior DT Matt Kelleher (Southington, Conn.) has handled the long snapping in the first three games. Kelleher, the former Connecticut State Player of the Year as a QB, moved to defense his third year at Yale after injuries prevented him from taking any offensive snaps. He was a starter on defense last year but an injury this fall has limited him to snapping duties.
FATHER OF FOOTBALL
For the 10th straight season, the Walter Camp Football Foundation honors Yale's game MVP as the Walter Camp Yale Player of the Game. This award is handed out both at home and on the road. Walter Camp (class of 1880), commonly known as the father of American football, captained two Yale teams and coached five others. He compiled a 67-2-0 record and won three national titles as coach. Senior RB Jordan Farrell (Orland Park, Ill.) earned the first award in 2009 with a 5.4 average per carry and two scores at Georgetown. Week No. 2 went to senior PK/P Tom Mante (Westford, Mass.), who tied the Yale record with a 54-yard FG and punted a Yale record 12 times with six inside the Cornell 20-yard line. Week three and four went to QB Brook Hart (State College, Pa.), who came off the bench to complete 13 of 17 passes against Lafayette before throwing for 390 yards in his first start of 2009 against Dartmouth.
Yale has an 84-22-3 record against Patriot League teams, including 1-1 this fall. The Elis have played Bucknell (3-1), Colgate (25-10-3), Fordham (4-1), Georgetown (3-0), Holy Cross (27-4), Lafayette (7-1), Lehigh (14-5) and Towson (1-0).
Seven former Yale football players are working in the game this fall, either in the college or pro ranks. Mike McCaskey '65, chairman of the Chicago Bears, Buffalo head coach Dick Jauron '73, Bob Wallace '78 (Executive V.P. and General Council, St. Louis Rams) and New England assistant coach Pat Graham '01 are the Bulldogs in the NFL. Bob Shoop '88, defensive coordinator at William & Mary, Merchant Marine Academy offensive coordinator Kyle Metzler '02 and Bobby Abare '09, linebackers coach at Wagner, work at colleges.
Six-foot-2, 235-pound senior H-B John Sheffield (Portland, Ore.) leads the team with 25 catches and 248 yards and is 22nd in the nation with six grabs per game. Media preparing to cover Yale games ask where he lines up. Sheffield can be found in the backfield, in the slot, next to a tackle on the line or split out wide. An H-Back (don't confuse it with HB for halfback), also known as a power back, is a hybrid combining the TE and FB positions. Sheffield has 90 career catches (7th at Yale), while his one rushing attempt was a lateral pass that turned into a seven-yard TD against Penn in 2008.
NO. 28 WATCHING
When freshman RB Mordecai Cargill (Cleveland, Ohio) got his first collegiate carry, a 10-yard run in the first half, he probably didn't know the significance of the moment. Cargill, who wears No. 28 and has 34 carries and a 3.5 average, didn't know what numbero wore that number until one of his teammates told him. Mike McLeod '09, who owns every Yale rushing record wearing the same number, was two rows from the surface of Multi-Sport Field watching his first game as an alum. "I learned of my jersey number the same time the rest of the freshmen did. The first thing Lou Scigliano (assistant equipment director) said was that I have big shoes to fill," said Cargill. "I found out who wore No. 28 on my recruiting visit, and I'm honored that the coaches' expectations of me are high enough for them to give me this number. My expectations of myself are higher still, and with due respect to Mike McLeod, I look forward to creating my own legacy with No. 28."
BULLDOGS LOVE BOWL
Yale is 364-192-26 overall in 582 games played at the Bowl. The Elis are 124-74-4 in Ivy games. Yale has had seven perfect and 11 undefeated seasons in the Bowl since it opened in 1914.
Three members of the Yale coaching staff have ties to Hawaii, and Tom Williams has instituted Hawaiain Fridays in the football office. Any staffers caught without a Hawaiian style shirt on a Friday on the third floor of Ray Tompkins House is subject to a one dollar fine. Sophomore OL Gabriel Fernandez (Honolulu) is the first Yale football player from Hawaii in 10 years. WR Jimmy Bennett '00 (Honolulu), who played on the 1999 Ivy League championship squad, was the last Eli from the 50th state.
A survey of this fall's Yale squad revealed interesting character traits about its members. Here are the results of the voting on Bulldog players:
Most Humorous: H-B John Sheffield (Portland, Ore.)
Most Intelligent: QB Rich Scudellari (Saratoga, Calif.)
Most Vocal: DB Larry Abare (Acton, Mass.)
Most Likely to be US President: DL Patrick Moran (Alexandria, Va.)
Unusual Hobby: RB Rodney Reynolds (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.), gospel-rap singing
Best Singer: WR Lars Knudsen (Whitefish Bay, Wis.)
Strongest: RB Alex Thomas (Ansonia, Conn.)
Seven current Bulldogs have brothers who play or played Yale football. Current Yale football brother combinations include junior OLB Sean and freshman QB Scott Williams (Portland, Ore.) and junior DB Marcus and senior OLB Jack Wallace (Germantown, Wis.).
COUNTRY BOY WITH GIFT OF GAB
Can you picture a 290-pound guy in bib overalls running an auction? If you could, it might be freshman OL Jeff Marrs (Garden Prairie, Ill.), who grew up on a farm of about 2,000 acres near Rockford, Ill. Marrs, his brother and grandfather are all auctioneers. The 6-foot-3, 290-pound former all-state lineman is part of a young offensive line.
The Yale junior varsity football team fell to Dean last Sunday at Clint Frank Field. Sophomore WR Chris Morris (Dallas, Texas) had 10 catches for 124 yards to lead the Yale offense. Freshman QB Dez Duron (Shreveport, La.) threw for 181 yards, completing 17 of 28 passes. Freshman RB Taylor Stib (Scottsdale, Ariz.) had 67 yards on 11 carries. Freshman LB Will McHale (Old Greenwich, Conn.) and sophomore LB Ben Ashcraft (Charlotte, N.C.) recovered fumbled punts. A pair of freshmen DL, Charles Holmes (Portland, Ore.) and Nick Daffin (Cincinnati, Ohio), had sacks. The Yale JVs were suppose to play again this Sunday at 1 p.m. against Navy Prep, but the game has been canceled.
YALE ON TV
Eight Yale football games will air live on TV this fall, including four of five home games. Yale on YES is back for a second season with three straight Ivy League games (Columbia, Brown, Princeton) on the network of the New York Yankees. The YES Network, available nationally on DirecTV, Verizon's FiOS service and on select cable systems, is the country's No. 1 regional sports network. Two contests (Cornell, Harvard) will be broadcast on Versus, the national cable home of the National Hockey League that is in more than 73 million homes. Other Yale games aired in 2009 include Penn (Comcast), Lafayette (RCN) and Lehigh (Service Electric 2).
The Bulldogs have begun a tradition befitting the school responsible for shaping the game of football. Prior to every home game, Coach Williams gathers the team under the Walter Camp Field Memorial to remind the Bulldogs of their proud heritage before they walk with the Yale Band and Bulldog fans to the Bowl. Walter Camp '1880, who coached the Blue (67-2) for five seasons and was instrumental in shaping the rules as we know them, is commonly referred to as the father of American football.
NEWS/Talk 960 WELI broadcasts all Yale football games on AM (960) and online at weli.com. Yale football coaching legend Carm Cozza, a 2003 College Football Hall of Fame inductee, is in his 12th season as the color commentator for WELI broadcasts. Ron Vaccaro '04 returns for his fourth year as play-by-play announcer. Vaccaro is a two-time Emmy Award winner for his work with NBC Olympics, his primary employer since 2004. His on-air resume also includes the 2008 Beijing Olympics for NBC and the 2009 World Swimming Championships for Universal Sports. Sideline reporter Alex Goldberger '08, engineer Tom Ivanovich and spotter Kevin Guarino add the finishing touches to the broadcasts.
2006 Yale captain Chandler Henley '06 will join Carm Cozza and Ron Vaccaro in the WELI radio booth for the third quarter this Saturday at Lehigh. Henley led the 2006 Elis to an Ivy title with a team-high 42 catches for 578 yards.
WYBC (AM 1340) also covers each game. WFAN Radio personality Bob Heussler, WYBC's Director of Football Radio Broadcasts, and Anthony Brooks '03 MM, the station's sports coordinator, lead a talented group of Yale students who can also be heard on wybc.com. Yale football is also included in WYBC's Monday night sports lineup from Lansdowne Bar & Grill (179 Crown Street). At 8 pm, Tom Williams, the Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach of Yale Football, makes a weekly appearance on "Yale Sports Monday."
Another way to listen to Yale games live is by calling TEAMLINE at 800.846.4700 and using Yale's code 5682.
BULLDOGS AT BOOKSTORE
The Dick Galiette/Yale Football Press Conference has moved from the Course at Yale back to campus with the first edition on Sept. 15. The new location is the Yale Bookstore, which will host this event for 10 Tuesdays at 2 p.m. Coach Williams and a selection of players will take part in the press conferences that are streamed live by Sportingnewsct.com. They will take place on the second floor where all the book signings are done. The press conferences are open to the public, but questions for Williams and his players are limited to the working media. The Yale Bookstore is also the sponsor of the Yale Sports Hotline (203.432.YALE), where Yale fans get game-day scores without going to their computers.
Ron Vaccaro '04 hosts a series of video netcast interviews, which will include the Yale football team and other Yale athletics content, on yalebulldogs.com. Vaccaro also has a set of audio netcasts featuring the team for Apple iTunes users at itunes.yale.edu.
YORKSIDE AT BOWL
Media take note... The Yale Bowl may be in West Haven, but the press box has a taste of New Haven with Yorkside Pizza & Restaurant serving slices and salad on home Saturdays. Rather than interrupting your work with a lunch at halftime, the food is now served on its arrival before kickoff.
IVY WEEKLY TELECONFERENCES
The Ivy League will hold a weekly football coaches' teleconference every Tuesday during the 2009 season beginning September 15 and running through November 17. Each teleconference will begin at 11 a.m. ET. Each coach will be available for a seven-minute window to preview his team's upcoming opponent and answer questions from the media. A replay of the teleconferences will be made available on www.IvyLeagueSports.com. To access the call, use the following (877) 548-7906 and Passcode: 9204583.
Ivy Teleconference Schedule
11:04 am Phil Estes, Brown
11:11 am Norries Wilson, Columbia
11:18 am Jim Knowles, Cornell
11:25 am Buddy Teevens, Dartmouth
11:32 am Tim Murphy, Harvard
11:39 am Al Bagnoli, Penn
11:46 am Roger Hughes, Princeton
11:53 am Tom Williams, Yale
TRUE BLUE ROSTER
The 2009 Yale football roster includes 60 high school football captains and 41 captains of other sports. The Elis also list 52 National Honor Society members, six student body presidents, six valedictorians and three salutatorians.
Release Filed by Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD & Sports Publicity Director