Practice Begins Aug. 20

Practice Begins Aug. 20

Bulldogs Scrimmage Union on Sept. 4

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- There are anxious Bulldogs in New Haven hoping to grab a title, but it's not about the Westminster Kennel Club Show coming to the Elm City. The 2010 Bulldogs of Yale Football hit the field for practice the first time this summer on Aug. 20 from 2 to 4 p.m.

The Elis, with almost every on-field workout in that same time slot behind the baseball stadium and on the adjacent Clint Frank Field, practice eight straight days at 2 p.m. before having an Aug. 28 scrimmage. Yale has just one practice per day, but there are also meetings, walk-through sessions and weight-room workouts.

The only non Blue-White scrimmage of the pre-season takes place on Sept. 4 at noon when Union College comes to the Yale Bowl and the Class of '54 Field. There is no admission charge for that event.

The Blue, led by captain Tom McCarthy and Tom Williams, the Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach of Football, looks to improve on its 4-6 campaign last fall. The first game that counts is Sept. 18 against Georgetown, the first of six home games this fall.

Yale, which has all six of its home games streamed live on with audio from WELI Radio (Carm Cozza, Ron Vaccaro), was picked fourth in the 2010 Ivy League Pre-Season Media Poll and gets its first Ancient Eight test a week later at Cornell.

Three of Yale's seven league games will air live on TV. Yale on YES is back for 2010 with three (Fordham, Penn, Columbia) straight home games that can be seen live on many cable systems as well as DirecTV, AT&T U-verse and Verizon FiOS. The Yale-Harvard game on Nov. 20 at Boston is the Ivy League Game of the Week on Versus, the national sports cable TV company.

All of the faces on the sideline will look familiar this fall despite one coaching change. Williams' coaching staff remains intact except for the return of former Yale offensive lineman and assistant coach Kyle Metzler '03, who is handling the tight ends and the recruiting. Metzler took the post formerly held by Mike Sanford, the new quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator at Western Kentucky University.


By Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director