March 12, 2010

Yale Trio to Participate in NFL Pro Day

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — 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.

Haase, a receiving threat and special-teams standout from Bonne Terre, Mo., caught 15 passes for 237 yards and two touchdowns his senior season. He was also a key blocker for the Elis’ running game.

Henry is a linebacker who excelled in a 2009 starting role after earning two varsity letters as a special-teams player. The senior from Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., made 26 tackles this season. He also had a pair of fumble recoveries for a Yale defense that ranked among the top 25 FCS schools against the pass.

Mante is a five-time All-Ivy honoree, including the unanimous first-team All-Ivy punter in 2009 after leading the Ancient Eight with a 41.2 yards per punt average. He had 10 punts launched for over 50 yards and 17 punts that pinned opponents inside the 20. The senior, who started all 40 games during his Yale career, also earned 2009 laurels as the second team All-Ivy placekicker. Mante tied a Yale and Ivy League record with a 54-yard field goal against Cornell and also split the uprights with a 50-yard boot at Georgetown. The native of Westford, Mass., who also averaged 61.7 yards per kickoff and tallied four touchbacks, was the second team All-Ivy punter as a junior and also picked up All-Ivy honorable mention nods as both a punter and placekicker earlier in his career.

report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity

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