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Bulldogs Host Union Saturday at Noon

Bulldogs Host Union Saturday at Noon

Pre-Season Scrimmage at the Bowl

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Practice started two weeks ago and the Yale Football Team is ready to hit something other than Blue and White. The 2010 Bulldogs get that opportunity Saturday at noon when Union College comes to Yale Bowl and the Class of 1954 Field for a scrimmage (free admission).

This is the annual pre-season scrimmage, typically held on Labor Day Weekend, which has included opponents like the Dutchmen, Princeton, Plymouth State, New Hampshire, Villanova and others over the years. Other than switching sites every year with Princeton during most of the Jack Siedlecki era, almost every pre-season scrimmage has been held at Yale Bowl.

The plan is for three quarters of this Saturday's scrimmage to be run like a regular game with the rest situations the coaches are looking to work on. Rosters for both teams will be available in a few spots around the stadium.

The Bulldogs, 4-6 in 2009 under Tom Williams, the Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach of Football, have to wait two more weeks to start the 2010 regular season. Georgetown comes to New Haven on Sept. 18 for a noon kickoff.

"When you go against each other [Blue vs. White], you recognize the tendencies. It will be great to run things against someone else," said Williams. "You know what they say, familiarity breeds contempt."

Union is coming off an 8-3 (6-1 conference) record that included wins in three of its last four games in 2009. The Dutchmen open next Saturday at Ithaca College.

"We respect what they [Union] have done as a team and a program and we know they will come here excited to play us in the Yale Bowl," said the Yale head coach.

Yale's mid afternoon practices gave way to 7:30 a.m. workouts the day classes began this week, and it appears the Elis are ready to hit and get hit by someone else. Starting positions and backup jobs could be impacted by Saturday's performance as the coaches make evaluations to determine their depth charts.

"We've reached that point where we are starting to push each other around and tempers are short," said Williams. "It will be great for them to take out some of that frustration on someone else."


Filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director


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