ELIS SEEK 4TH STRAIGHT WIN
Yale Looks For Share of Ivy Crown
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – There is hope for a piece of an Ivy League title if the Bulldogs end the 2010 season at Harvard Stadium with a fourth straight win (The Elis do need good news "from high above Cuyuga's waters" to make that a reality). A rivalry called The Game began 135 years ago and celebrates its 127th edition with a noon kickoff Saturday. Yale-Harvard is the Ivy League Game of the Week on Versus and Sirius Satellite Radio (Ch. 130). The Game can also be heard on WELI Radio (AM-960), weli.com and wybc.com.
The Bulldogs lead the Crimson 65-53-8 heading into the 127th meeting but Harvard has won eight of the last nine. Yale is 28-24-5 at Cambridge, 30-28-3 at home and 7-1-0 at neutral sites. There have been 55 shutouts since the first meeting in 1875, and the Elis are 28-20-7 in those contests. The Blue has outscored the Crimson 1,685 to 1,539. Yale is 11-13-1 against the Cantabs when The Game has league title implications. This is the 26th time the result of this game could impact the Ivy League title for at least one side.
Both Yale and Harvard (6-3, 4-2) have experienced QBs (Patrick Witt, Y; Collier Winters, H) who played in last year's season finale and can put points on the board quickly. However, they are facing defenses -- led by team captains (DE Tom McCarthy, Y; DB Collin Zych, H) -- accustomed to creating turnovers (23 combined interceptions) and making big plays. Both have fast RBs (Gino Gordon, H; Alex Thomas, Y) – ranked second and third respectively among Ivy rushers -- who have gone for 100 yards in The Game.
OFFENSE Yale Harvard
Rushing Yards 121.8 214.0
Passing Yards 249.4 195.4
Total Offense 371.2 409.4
Scoring 22.6 27.2
DEFENSE Yale Harvard
Rushing Yards 108.0 100.8
Passing Yards 215.8 205.0
Total Defense 323.8 305.8
Scoring 20.3 18.4
YALE BEATS PRINCETON
TE Chris Blohm (San Francisco, Calif.) took a pass in the flat and rambled down the sideline from 16 yards out for the game's final TD, which put the home team up 14-10 late in the second quarter on the way to a 14-13 win over Princeton. The Eli defense took over from there, allowing just a second-half field goal. The senior end caught the pass from junior QB Patrick Witt (Wylie, Texas), Yale's only offensive score of the day. The Yale QB was 22-for-32 with 237 yards. Yale's other score came early in the first quarter when junior FS Geoff Dunham (Dallas, Texas) picked up a Meko McCray fumble, after a Jordan Haynes (Folsom, Calif.) hit, and sprinted 57 yards to make it 7-0. Princeton PK Patrick Jacob booted field goals from 33 and 35 yards while Connor Kelley hooked up with Trey Peacock on a 28-yard TD pass in the second quarter to put Princeton (1-8, 0-6) up. Yale senior LB Jesse Reising (Decatur, Ill.) had a team-high seven solos and eight overall tackles. Haynes, who picked off a second-quarter Andrew Dixon pass in the end zone, also had eight overall stops. Princeton LB Jon Olofsson led all tacklers with 13 solos and 14 total. He forced a fumble and recovered one of Yale's three dropped balls.
PENN BEATS HARVARD
Brandon Colavita rushed for 122 yards and two scores as Penn clinched a share of the Ivy title by beating Harvard 34-14 at Franklin Field. The Quakers led 10-0 at halftime and broke it open with 17 third-quarter points. The Crimson drove into Penn territory four times in the fourth quarter but got just seven points. The Quakers ended two of those drives with interceptions and also stopped Harvard on downs one time. Harvard RB Gino Gordon carried 21 times for 110 yards and a TD and Collier Winters completed 21 of 44 passes for 219 yards and a score but was intercepted three times.
The Bulldogs are alone in second place a game behind Penn (8-1, 6-0), which beat Harvard (6-3, 4-2) in Philadelphia last week. Yale needs a win at Boston, and Cornell to pull off the upset at Ithaca against the Quakers, to grab a share of the Ivy title.
Yale's combined margin of victory for its seven wins is 30 points. The Elis have had a pair of one-point victories, while three have come by three points. Twice the winning points were scored with no time left on the clock. Yale's two losses have been by a combined 10 points.
The Bulldogs amassed 206 yards combined on kickoff and punt returns against the Tigers. Senior WR Gio Christodoulou (Miami, Fla.), who caught two passes for 20 yards, took five punts for 90 yards, including a season-long 48-yarder. Sophomore WR Chris Smith (Midlothian, Va.), who returned a pair of kickoffs for TDs at Brown, almost broke another one but got pulled down after 37 yards. He finished with 116 yards on four attempts while catching six passes for 40 yards.
Junior FS Geoff Dunham scored the first TD of his football career (at any level) on his first fumble recovery of 2010. He scooped up a Princeton fumble on his own 43-yard line and raced to the end zone less than five minutes into the game. Dunham, who had 3-1-4 against the Tigers, is fourth on the team with 41 tackles. He may be tackling people on Saturdays, but this Bulldog is interested in saving lives off the field. The biomechanical engineering major interned in cancer research at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 2007 and 2008 and spent some of last summer at Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter, Fla., doing the same thing.
Sophomore RB Mordecai Cargill (Cleveland, Ohio), who had not played since running for 126 yards at Dartmouth in week No. 4, returned from an injury that required surgery and rambled for 21 yards on six carries. Cargill is second on the team with 255 yards but has a team-best 5.4 yards per carry among RBs. The Blue had been without its No. 2 (Cargill) and No. 3 (Javi Sosa) backs the last three weeks.
Alex Thomas (Ansonia, Conn.) has three 100-yard games this season and four in his career. He would have had another last week if not for a holding penalty that erased his 57-yard scamper in the second half. The junior nicknamed "A-Train" had a career-high 137 (best day for a Yalie this year) yards on 19 runs (7.2), including a 42-yard TD, against Columbia. He leads Yale with 639 rushing yards and six rushing TDs and is fifth with 23 catches. His 47-yard run at Cornell is the longest run by a Bulldog this fall. Thomas, a former Ansonia High School star, is the most prolific (8,279 yards, 114 TDs) runner in Connecticut High School history.
Yale offensive coordinator Brian Stark's system has been upgraded with depth and skill this fall, and one of the primary variables is freshman RB Deon Randall, who played three different positions at Francis W. Parker High School in San Diego. He has 109 rushing yards and 13 catches this fall. The 5-foot-8, 175-pound athlete also returns kickoffs (27.4) and punts (7.2).
LAST YALE-HARVARD GAME
Harvard QB Collier Winters' 32-yard touchdown pass to WR 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. The Crimson scored twice in the final 6:46 after being blanked on their first seven drives, including a goal-line stand by the Bulldogs in the third quarter. The game-winning TD came three plays after the Bulldogs attempted to catch Harvard off-guard by running a fake punt on fourth-and-22 from the Yale 25. Senior LB Paul Rice, who had been a part of two successful runs on fake punts earlier in the season, took the snap from center and pitched it to freshman DB John Powers, who took off down the left sideline. But Harvard DB Anthony Spadafino upended Powers seven yards shy of the first down.
SENIORS LOOK FOR FIRST
Yale's Class of 2011 looks for its first win over Harvard on Saturday. Only four classes (1916, 1923, 2005, 2006) have gone without a victory against the Crimson.
Sophomore PK Philippe Panico (pronounced pa-NEE-ko) had split the uprights on five straight field goal attempts before missing twice last week. He is now 6-for-13 this fall. His three-pointer with no time left at Dartmouth was the game-winner, while his 36-yard boot in the fourth quarter at Brown gave the Elis a three-point win. Things didn't start so well in his first season of varsity action. Panico, who is 14 for 15 on PAT, missed his first two collegiate field goal attempts and was just one for his first six before going on the streak. Panico should feel comfortable this Saturday, having gone to high school across the street (Buckingham Browne & Nichols) from Harvard Stadium and playing some games there.
ON THE MONEY
Senior SS Adam Money (Whiteland, Ind.) is the active career interception leader for Yale with eight, one shy of the school's career top 10 list. Money broke up two Princeton passes that were near picks last week. He leads the team with three this fall. Money has taken back two (77 vs. Brown '09, 60 vs. Georgetown '08) for scores. Money was a 2009 first-team All-Ivy pick. He has also performed well in the classroom with a 3.46 GPA (biology major) while interviewing at medical schools this fall.
You don't have to dig deep to find good stats on senior WR Gio Christodoulou (Miami, Fla.). He is second on the team with 35 catches but has a Yale-best 520 yards and a 14.9 average per catch. His 12.4 average on 16 punt returns are also a team-high and put him in position to challenge an old school record. The top Yale average for a season is 10.8 by Lou Muller in 1959. Christodoulou had a career-best nine catches for 124 yards against Georgetown on opening day. He has two career punt returns for TDs and moved ahead of former Chicago Bears great Gary Fencik '76 into third place on the school's career punt return list with 596 yards. His 553 career kickoff return yards rank 10th at Yale.
Junior LB Jordan Haynes (49-31-80), Yale's leading tackler, is second among Ivy players with better than 10 per game. He has led the Bulldogs in total stops in seven of eight games this fall. The National Football Foundation High School Scholar-Athlete from Folsom, Calif., also leads Yale in recovered fumbles (2) in his first year as a starter. Haynes scored Yale's first TD of the year on a four-yard fumble return late in the first quarter on Sept. 18.
In a span of 2:23 on Nov. 6 at Providence, Chris Smith set an Ivy League record by returning two kickoffs for TDs in the Yale win. No other league player had run back two for scores in a game. That helped Smith earn The Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS National and Ivy League Special Team Player of the Week honors. Smith is also the only Yale player with two career kickoffs for TDs. He scored on consecutive Brown kicks, the first 79 yards and the last 83. A Bulldog had not scored on a kick return since Steven Santoro went 94 yards against San Diego in 2006. His 689 kick return yards are already a school season record, while his 945 career yards rank fourth. Against Brown, Smith, who patterns himself after NFL receiver Wes Welker, leads Yale with 41 grabs on the year.
FAMOUS YALE-HARVARD MOMENTS
The Yale-Harvard series has seen its share of last-second wins, comebacks, outstanding performances, firsts and freaky plays. Here are some of the most memorable meetings:
1881: Yale tries the first on-side kick ever in football during a scoreless tie
1946: Elis overcome a 14-0 Harvard lead to win 27-14
1952: Yale student manager Charlie Yeager catches a PAT pass in a 41-14 Eli win at Cambridge
1968: QB Frank Champi completes a TD pass and a conversion play with no time left as Harvard gains a 29-29 draw at Cambridge and shares the Ivy crown with Yale
1972: Yale overcame a 17-0 first half deficit to win 28-17
1974: QB Milt Holt scored on a 1-yard run with 0:15 left in a 21-16 victory that gave Harvard a share of the Ivy title with Yale
1975: Mike Lynch's 26-yard FG with 0:33 left gave Crimson a 10-7 win and sole possession of the Ivy title
1995: Crimson Eion Hu scored from 2 yards out with :29 left in a 22-21 win
1999: WR Eric Johnson (21-244) scoops up a Joe Walland (42-67, 437) pass with :29 left to send Yale to a 24-21 win and an Ivy title
2005: Clifton Dawson ends the longest game in Ivy history in the 3rd OT with a two-yard run to give Harvard a 30-24 win at the Bowl
2009: Harvard scored twice in the final 6:46 to take a 14-10 game at Yale Bowl.
The average crowd for the last six games against Harvard at the Bowl is 53,401. The 2007 game had 57,248, which was the largest since 59,263 saw the 1989 contest.
IT STARTED HERE
The Game is responsible for a number of original events: Yale performed the first on-side kick against Harvard in 1881; Harvard's flying wedge was first seen in the 1892 contest; the first game in the Bowl was the 1914 meeting; the first crowd at an American sporting event over 80,000 was the 1920 game at the Bowl; and the first triple OT Ivy game happened in 2005 at Yale.
HILL BACK AT BOWL
Former Yale and NFL RB Calvin Hill '69 received the Doak Walker Legends Award last Saturday at halftime of the Yale-Princeton game. The award was created in 1998 as a tribute to the former SMU All-American and 1948 Heisman Trophy winner. Hill was recognized for his extraordinary career as a collegiate running back and his exemplary record of leadership in the community. Hill led Yale to Ivy League championships in 1967 and 1968 and was a first-round draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys in 1969, earning NFL Rookie of the Year and All-Pro honors in his inaugural year. In 1972, Hill became the first Cowboy back to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season. The four-time Pro Bowl selection played 12 seasons in the NFL. Hill was joined on the field by Yale President Richard Levin, Director of Athletics Tom Beckett, former Yale players Irving Jensen '54 and Erik Jensen '63 and Tom Williams, the Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach of Football.
BLUE, CRIMSON, TRANSFER
A pair of starters who transferred to Yale in 2009 have brothers who played at Harvard. QB Patrick Witt (Wylie, Texas) and OL Gabriel Fernandez (Honolulu, Hawaii), have families sharing rooting interests Saturday. Witt, who played at Nebraska in 2008, followed his brother, Jeff (QB, class of 2009), into the Ivy League. Fernandez, a former UCLA walk-on, watched his brother, Frank (2007) become a first-team All-Ivy offensive lineman before becoming a pro player in Japan.
Senior WR Jordan Forney (Bloomington, Ind.) is second on the team with 35 receptions but leads Yale with three TD receptions. His 93 receptions and 11 TD catches rank seventh at Yale. Over the last three weeks, Forney jumped over three different former NFL players (Calvin Hill '69 for TDs, John Spagnola '79, Gary Fencik '76 for receptions) on the school's career charts. Forney spent some of last summer teaching in a school on the Republic of Mauritius, a small island off of Africa and the home of former Yale player Vedant Seeam. It was Forney's first trip outside the U.S.
The Blue sacked opposing QBs 17 times this fall. DE and captain Tom McCarthy (Chester, N.J.) leads the team with four while DE Sean Williams (Portland, Ore.) has made three. Four other Bulldogs have been in on two or more takedowns. Twelve different Yale players have earned credit for solo or combined sacks.
WITT WORKING OFFENSE
Junior QB Patrick Witt (Wylie, Texas) joined an elite group of Yale QBs who have thrown for at least 3,000 yards. He has completed 60 percent of his passes for 2,018 yards and 12 scores this fall. Witt, whose parents are both commercial pilots, started eight of the nine games this year. He is the Ivy's top passer with 252 yard per game, while also leading the league in completions, attempts, completion percentage and total passing yards. Witt has 20 career TD passes (8th on Yale career list) to go along with a pair of rushing TDs this season. Witt was named Ivy League co-Player of the Week (35-55, 407) on Sept. 20 after he threw for 400 yards (6th time it has happened at Yale) and scored the winner against the Hoyas. A backup at Nebraska in 2008, Witt started six Yale games in 2009 and led the team with 1,449 yards and eight TDs. He is also an outstanding student (3.85 GPA) who writes for the Yale Daily News, is a member of the Intercultural Affairs Council and has done some prison ministry work.
Witt Ranks at Yale
Career: Attempts (565, 6th); Completions (333, 5th); TDs (20, 8th); Yards (3,467, 6th); Total Offense (3,352, 9th)
Season: Attempts (324, 4th); Completions (195, 3rd)
GOTTA HAVE HART
Senior QB Brook Hart (State College, Pa.) may be the most talented backup in the Ivy League. He made his only start of 2010 on Oct. 16 against Fordham and threw for 227 yards. His longest connection was a 47-yard throw to Chris Smith. Hart completed all three passing attempts on the winning drive that ended with his 29-yard scoring play to Jordan Forney in the fourth quarter. He shared (4 games) the starting duties last year with Patrick Witt and then took spring ball off to pitch for the Yale baseball team.
P Greg Carlsen, who has a 36.3 average and nine of his 23 punts downed inside the 20, was a freshman at the University of Florida last year and did not try out for the football team. He began missing the game while attending UF contests. That's when he decided to send his video around to some schools and see if anyone was interested in his services. Carlsen, who was No. 1 out of 702 in his high school class, owns his school's record for most punts (67) and yardage (2,407) in a season. He was a first-team all-county and all-metro punter for a two-time regional champion and a state runner-up squad in the football crazy Sunshine State.
FRONT AND CENTER
Yale QBs have been sacked 12 times in nine games, a far cry from the 32 given up in 10 games last fall. It's clear the offensive line has improved in 2010. Freshman Wes Gavin (San Diego, Calif., 6-5, 275) and senior Alex Golubiewski (Green Bay, Wis., 6-6, 280) have been the starting tackles most of the year. Juniors Colin Kruger (Sarasota, Fla., 6-3, 300) and Gabe Fernandez (Honolulu, HI, 6-0, 273) got the nods at guard the most this fall. Senior Jake Koury (Dublin, Ohio, 6-2, 270) is the starting center, but missed a few games and was replaced by junior Jeff Fell (6-5, 286, Garden City, N.Y.).
Fell, whose dad was a PK at Navy, was recruited as a DL after playing for the National Rugby team in high school. He traveled to England to play Portugal, Romania and Canada… Gavin's father, Bob, ran the two-mile event at the Missouri High School State Championships and the marathon during the 1975 Kansas Relays. Both of the 6-foot-5 lineman's parents are under 5-foot-8. He was named scholar-athlete by the San Diego chapter of the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame while also throwing the shot and discus in high school… Golubiewski played basketball in high school. The son of Polish immigrants and fluent in their language, he will head to law school after graduation… Kruger might be the strongest guy on the team. He had offers to play at FCS schools including Stanford… Fernandez, a mechanical engineering major who transferred from UCLA after his first year, was a very good soccer player in high school. His brother played offensive guard at Harvard.
WR Cameron Sandquist (Redmond, Wash.) is the only Yale freshman to score this fall with two TD receptions against Columbia. However, that's not what the 5-9, 155-pound receiver will remember most about the game. Sandquist's two catches against Columbia were the first of his career, and both went for scores from 10 and 15 yards out. No other Bulldog has had a two-TD catch day in 2010.
Eight Yale freshmen have cracked the varsity lineup this fall. San Diego natives OT Wes Gavin and RB Deon Randall, RB Elijah Thomas (Rochester, N.Y.), WR Cameron Sandquist (Redmond, Wash.), DT John Oppenheimer (Menlo Park, Calif.), TE Keith Coty, TE/LS Kyle Wittenauer (Richmond, Va.) and DB Nick Okano (Los Angeles, Calif.) are the class of 2014 Elis who have seen varsity action this fall. Gavin and Wittenauer (LS) are the only starters among the newcomers but Randall has seen regular action. Sandquist has the only points among the rookies, while Okano and Oppenheimer are the only two frosh with tackles. RUMBLIN', STUMBLIN'
Yale has returned two fumbles for TDs this fall, the most ever for an Eli team. Jordan Haynes went four yards against Georgetown and Geoff Dunham raced 57 against Princeton.
Three former Francis Parker (San Diego) High School scholar-athletes will be features at Harvard Stadium this Saturday. Yale's freshmen starters Deon Randall and Wes Gavin will be on the field again with Harvard's senior RB Gino Gordon. The small California school will be sending some officials to Boston to commemorate the meeting and take some photos.
Francis Parker is one of nine high schools in seven different states shared by Yale and Harvard players.
When freshman WR Cameron Sandquist (Redmond, Wash.) came to Yale and met classmate DB Max Napolitano (Camarillo, Calif.), they quickly figured out that they had both played in the 2004 Little League World Series. Sandquist's Northwest Team was there with Napolitano's West squad (they did not compete against each other). The same happened to seniors WR Jordan Forney and SS Adam Money, who played against each other in Indiana all-star youth baseball before joining Yale's class of 2011.
Despite missing two games, senior DE and captain Tom McCarthy (Chester, N.J.) has the most (28) tackles among the defensive linemen. He also leads the team with four sacks. McCarthy had a career-high 3-6-9 at Dartmouth while making 4-1-5 against Columbia, including three TFL and a forced fumble. The second-team All-Ivy pick last fall (4 sacks) was Yale's MVP of the defensive line. He earned a medical hardship from his freshman year and is now the fifth Yale captain since 2001 who has taken a fifth year of eligibility.
COSIDA ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT
Seniors Jake Koury (Dublin, Ohio) and Jesse Reising (Decatur, Ill.), have earned first-team 2010 CoSIDA Academic All-District honors. Koury, a center, is an economics major with a 3.65 GPA. He is a two-year starter who has helped the Bulldogs lead the conference in passing offense this fall. Reising, who has 3.75 GPA while majoring in political science and economics, is third on the team with 45 tackles in his first year as a starter. The Eli linebacker was a semifinalist for the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame's 2010 William V. Campbell Trophy.
Senior Shane Bannon (Southbury, Conn.) is Yale's H-back, the guy who can block, catch passes and run with the ball. He had a career-high six catches at Dartmouth and has 12 catches for 116 yards this fall. His first career carry resulted in a TD at Princeton in 2009, his first catch went for a score against Georgetown in 2008. Bannon, who nearly had to rule out playing in 2010 because of an injury, has not missed a practice in two years.
Will McHale is a third generation Division I linebacker. His father, John McHale (Executive VP of Major League Baseball), and grandfather played at Notre Dame… Senior DT Joe Young, who mentors kids at the Smilow Boys and Girls Club, is interested in medical school after graduation… Senior DT Reed Spiller, nicknamed "Speed Riller" because he so fast for a 290-pounder, works with a program called Ready, Set, Launch, which helps underprivileged kids and guides them on the college application process… There are eight Bulldogs with double-digit receptions and eight with TD catches… Yale has outscored opponents by 34 in the first half but has been outscored by 14 over the last 30 minutes this fall… Two Yale starters (DT Joe Young, Shrewsbury; PK Philippe Panico, Boston) are from Massachusetts, one Harvard player (OL Jim Deng, Old Saybrook) is from the Nutmeg State.
Yale has scored on the final play of the fourth quarter to win games twice this season. Patrick Witt dove into the end zone from a yard out to erase a deficit against Georgetown on the game's last play. Philippe Panico split the uprights at Dartmouth with no time left. The Elis have not won a pair of games in a season on the last play since 1937. In addition to the two wins on the last play, the Blue also has a one-point win over Fordham.
Two former Bulldogs are coaching in the NFL this season. Dick Jauron '73, who has spent 32 years in the NFL playing and coaching, is the new secondary coach for the 6-3 Philadelphia Eagles, 59-28 winners over the Redskins on Monday night. His unit is first in the league with 16 interceptions, they are tied for sixth in sacks with 26. Jauron was the 2001 AP Coach of the Year with the Chicago Bears and his most recent head coaching gig was at Buffalo. Pat Graham '01, a former Yale tight end and defensive lineman, is a defensive assistant coach for the 7-2 New England Patriots, who defeated the Steelers 39-26 on Sunday. The Pats' defense is tied for ninth in the league with ten interceptions and tied for first in the league with three interception returns for TD's. Graham was a member of Yale's 1999 Ivy title team.
CATCHING THE BULLDOGS
For the 13th consecutive season, all 10 Yale Football games can be heard live on New Haven's News/Talk 960 WELI-AM and free online at 960WELI.com. Ron Vaccaro '04 (play-by-play) and Carm Cozza (color) have the call, which can be heard on AM radio throughout Connecticut and across Long Island Sound, for their sixth season together. WELI's broadcasts can now also be accessed for free via the "iheartradio" application available on most "smart phones". It can be downloaded either by typing www.iheartradio.com into your phone's browser or by typing "iheartradio" in the app search field on your phone and is free of charge.
Every third quarter this season, a different former Yale player joined the WELI Radio broadcast. P.J. Collins '04 (Georgetown), Rick Fehling '74 (Cornell), Jay Pilkerton '09 (Albany), Kevin Kelly '78 (Dartmouth), Joe Walland '00 (Fordham), Bobby Fernandez '75 (Columbia), Matt Polhemus '08 (Penn), Chuck Mercein '65 (Princeton) and Bill Primps '71 (Harvard) are the 2010 lineup.
COZZA HONORED AT MIAMI, YALE
Former Yale Football Head Coach Carm Cozza, the winningest coach in Ivy League history and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, had the Yale football locker room named after him (Carm Cozza Complex) last Saturday during a dedication ceremony at the Smilow Center. He was honored at his alma mater, Miami University, on Oct. 23 for being one of the "Cradle of Coaches." Cozza, one of three former Miami players included in that weekend's events, had his statue unveiled in a ceremony at Yager Stadium prior to the Miami-Ohio University football game.
JOEL E. SMILOW '54 HEAD COACH OF FOOTBALL
Tom Williams, the Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach of Football at Yale, is in his second season at Yale and his second as a head coach overall. Williams is 11-8 overall with the Bulldogs and 0-1 vs. Harvard. He came to New Haven after two seasons as an assistant with the Jacksonville Jaguars and is in his 13th season of college coaching. Williams has worked at his alma mater, Stanford, Hawaii, Washington and San Jose State. He has been part of four Bowl Game appearances and two Bowl victories.
ANCIENT EIGHT CROWNS
Dartmouth owns the most Ivy League titles since league play officially began in 1956. Yale and defending champion Penn are tied for second with Harvard close behind.
No Team Last Title
17 Dartmouth 1996
14 Yale 2006
14 Penn 2009
13 Harvard 2008
9 Princeton 2006
4 Brown 2008
3 Cornell 1990
1 Columbia 1961
TUESDAYS AT MORY'S
Tom Williams, the Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach of Yale Football, and some of his players are at the world famous Mory's (306 York Street) every Tuesday (Sept. 14 through Nov. 16) at 2 p.m. for the Dick Galiette Yale Football Press Conference. This event is limited to media only. Please contact Yale Sports Publicity Director Steve Conn (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to attend.
FIELD OF STREAMS
All six home games this season were video streamed live (pay per view) on yalebulldogs.com through Yale's All Access with Ron Vaccaro and Carm Cozza providing the call.
The Bulldogs, off on Mondays, are on the field at 7:30 a.m. (until approx. 9:30) Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday behind the baseball stadium. Fridays are walk-through days either at Yale Bowl or on the road and times vary. Players and coaches are available for interviews with working media following the practice if there are no class conflicts. All schedules are subject to change. The Bulldogs head to Cambridge on Friday.
STUDENTS OF THE GAME
Broadcasts of Yale football, along with several other sports during the year, are available on the Yale student station, WYBC, and can be heard free on-line at wybc.com. Sports director LeRoy Cole '12 heads each broadcast.
YALE ON YES
Yale on YES was another big success for 2010 with three games from Yale Bowl broadcast live on the YES Network. This was the third straight fall the Bulldogs appeared on the network home for New York Yankees baseball.
SATURDAY'S TV TALENT
VERSUS has veteran sportscaster Ron Thulin calling the action, former Princeton standout Ross Tucker providing analysis and Lewis Johnson roaming the sidelines with in-game reports and interviews.
Five Bulldogs recently visited the Boys and Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley's Joel E. Smilow Clubhouse in Ansonia to help kids learn the importance of eating healthy and staying fit… Junior RB Alex Thomas (Ansonia, Conn.) and Ansonia native John Coughlin (Yale Football Office) spoke to 125 fourth graders this fall at John G Prendergast Elementary School in Ansonia... Junior CB Drew Baldwin (Alexandria, Va.), co-chair of the Yale Black Men's Union Community Outreach Committee, is in his third year of outreach work. Baldwin is responsible for creating the lesson plans and the calendar of events, working to promote personal growth and development through educational activities. "We try to do this through exposing the mentees to new ideas and experiences and, most importantly, through building lasting relationships between mentor and mentee. We work toward trying to help these high school kids become young men. In the Black Men's Union we measure success by how many lives we impact. Because our mentoring program puts us in a position to impact lives to a great extent, we take that responsibility very seriously," said Baldwin (31-8-39 last year with two interceptions), who has mentored over 30 kids. Classmate Jordan Haynes works closely with Baldwin on the project.
JV GAME FRIDAY AT 1
The Yale JV team ends its 2010 slate with a season finale at Harvard Stadium this Friday at 1.
REISING THROUGH CLOUDS
Jesse Reising (Decatur, Ill.), a senior LB who was a semifinalist for the 2010 William V. Campbell Trophy (NFF scholar-athlete award), is third on the team with 45 tackles after nine starts. His biggest play this year was a PBU on Columbia's last offensive play late in the fourth quarter, but he also had a big sack at Brown. Reising owns a 3.75 GPA with a focus on economics and political science. He may be locked in on his majors and football right now, but this Eli has his sights set on his country. The Bulldog defensive standout was home last summer taking classes to get his flight license before he completes Marine Corps Officer Candidate School next year. Reising recently spent time in Washington, DC, working closely with veterans' service organizations such as the Wounded Warrior Project, American Legion and Disabled American Veterans. Reising, the class valedictorian at Eisenhower High School, also participated in various community outreach activities through his Yale fraternity, including events to raise money to fight prostate cancer, Relay for Life, and making care packages for Navy SEALs in Afghanistan.
This season marks the 50th anniversary of Yale's last perfect football squad. The 1960 Elis, who shared the Lambert Trophy with Navy, were Ivy champions and ranked 14th in the final Associated Press poll, went 9-0. They were honored last weekend at the Bowl. Fifty-five players from that team celebrated the golden anniversary of the championship squad including Mike Pyle, a former NFL star with the Chicago Bears, Tom Singleton, Bob Blanchard, Hardy Will and Ben Balme, all members of the class of 1961. They received championship rings (something they did not hand out back then), pre and post-game receptions and a halftime ceremony.
INDIVIDUAL WEEKLY AWARDS
Here are the weekly league, conference or national awards garnered by Bulldogs:
The Sports Network/fathead.com FCS National Special Teams Player of Week: WR Chris Smith (11/8)
Ivy League Offensive Player of Week: QB Patrick Witt (9/20)
Ivy League Special Teams Player of Week: WR Chris Smith (11/8); WR Gio Christodoulou (11/16)
Ivy League Honor Roll: LB Jordan Haynes & WR Chris Smith (9/20); RB Alex Thomas (9/27, 11/8); WR Jordan Forney (10/3); QB Patrick Witt (10/11, 10/25, 11/16); DB Chris Stanley (10/11); LB Jordan Haynes (10/19); WR Jordan Forney (10/25)
ECAC Offensive Player of Week: QB Patrick Witt (9/20)
ONE BIG LOCKER ROOM
High on the facility wish list of Tom Williams was moving his team from multiple rooms at the Smilow Field Center to one large locker area. That wish came to fruition in the form of the Carm Cozza Complex. A dressing area designed by ProZone Lockers and meeting rooms for coaches and players highlight the complex that will also include a shrine to the hall of fame former Yale head coach.
LEADERS COME TO YALE
The annual survey of Bulldogs produced the anticipated results; Yale is a team full of leaders who produced as much off the field as they did on it. Here is the 201 breakdown.
81 players were captains of their high school football team
55 players were captains of another sport in high school
57 players were a national honors society member
8 players were class president at their high school
8 players were student body president at their high school
11 players were class valedictorian at their high school
2 players were class salutatorian at their high school
The following Yalies have distinguished themselves according to a vote by their teammates.
DB Josh Grizzard (Jr, Zebulon, N.C.)… most humorous
DB Geoff Dunham (Jr, Dallas, Texas)… most intelligent
DB Adam Money (Sr, Whiteland, Ind.)… most vocal leader (not captain)
LB Jesse Reising (Sr, Decatur, Ill.)… most likely to be U.S. President
QB Dez Duron (So, Shreveport, La.)… most interesting activity (musician) & best singer
RB Alex Thomas (Jr, Ansonia, Conn.)… strongest player (pound-for-pound)
WR Jordan Forney (Sr, Bloomington, Ind.)… most involved in community outreach
"Hawaiian Fridays" are the rule in the Yale Football Office. Show up without a Hawaiian shirt and you risk a fine. Three coaches (Tom Williams, Ikaika Malloe, Doug Semones) have worked in high school, college or pro football on the island while three players, Gabe Fernandez (Honolulu), Kolu Buck (Kaneole) and Jake Semones (Haleiwa), grew up there.
YORKSIDE IN BOWL
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.
filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director