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Senior Salute & More at 2010 Team Banquet

Jordan Haynes. (photo by Kevin McCarthy)
Jordan Haynes. (photo by Kevin McCarthy)

Haynes Introduced as New Captain


NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The 2010 Yale football team gathered for the last time less than 24 hours after Saturday's season finale in Boston to celebrate the 27 members of the senior class as part of the official team banquet in the Yale Commons. The Bulldogs also announced the team award winners and introduced 2011 captain Jordan Haynes (Folsom, Calif.).

Several hundred people were on hand, including players, coaches, support staff and parents. The festivities began with a blessing from Pastor Denny Duron, father of sophomore QB Dez Duron (Shreveport, La. ). Dez, a talented vocalist, followed the blessing with an impressive song that brought smiles to everyone's faces. The introductions were handled with great articulation and perspective from Ron Vaccaro '04, the play-by-play voice of Yale Football on 960 WELI.

The seniors, by position group, were given an opportunity to thank the family, coaches and support staff members who played significant roles in their Yale Football experience. The only missing senior was LB Jesse Reising (Decatur, Ill.), who was in a Boston hospital recovering from an injury in The Game. Everyone in attendance was patiently waiting for word on his status following the second-half collision he had with a Crimson player.

Tom Williams, the Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach of Football, told the crowd that Reising was going to be fine and he was kept overnight in the hospital for pre-cautionary measures. Williams was emotional in his senior send-off, especially when updating Reising's status and speaking about captain Tom McCarthy '10 (Chester, N.J.).

"This group is the reason why we had the success we did this year. They changed the culture that's defined the team. Every member of the class has been a leader at times," said Williams, the second-year Yale mentor. "Tom [McCarthy] sat down with me during the summer and outlined what he wanted for the team. He followed through on everything he planned. His passion, energy and drive are what got us much of our success."

Video coordinator Dan Rowe worked the wee hours of Sunday morning to produce an action-packed, 18-minute season highlight video that was shown during the banquet. Many of the best memories of the 2010 season were elicited by the combination of music and "big" plays by the Bulldogs.

The team voted for its new leader Friday night in Boston, and Williams introduced Haynes as the new captain to close out the proceedings.

"It's an incredible honor for me, and I have a tough act to follow," said the linebacker who led the 2010 tea with 59 solo tackles and 102 overall stops and shared the team MVP award with senior WR Jordan Forney (Bloomington, Ind.). "We are all very sore after 10 games this season, but all I could think about last night was getting back on the field. I can't wait to get in the weight room."

2010 Season Yale Football Team Awards

Ted Blair Award
Given to the most valuable player on the varsity team in memory of Edwin Foster (Ted) Blair '24.
LB Jordan Haynes '12 (Folsom, Calif.) & WR Jordan Forney '11 (Bloomington, Ind.)

Jordan Olivar Award
Given to that senior, other than the captain, who, through his devotion to Yale football, has earned the highest respect of his teammates.
SS Adam Money '11 (Whiteland, Ind.)

Woody Knapp Memorial Trophy
Given to that outstanding member of the football team who best typifies the cheerful disposition, leadership qualities, and unselfish devotion to others which characterized Woody's life and accomplishments at Yale.
QB Brook Hart '11 (State College, Pa.)

Robert Gardner Anderson Award
Given to the player who best exemplifies Bob's interest in the sport by combination of skill, spirit and pride in accomplishment.
SS Adam Money '11 (Whiteland, Ind.)
FB Andrew Pappas '11 (Kingsport, Tenn.)

Norman S. Hall Memorial Trophy
Given to an individual for outstanding service to Yale football, in memory of Norman Hall '30.
LB Jordan Haynes '12 (Folsom, Calif.)

Gregory Dubinetz Memorial Trophy
Given to the lineman who best exemplifies the spirit of Greg Dubinetz as a player and person. TE Chris Blohm '11(San Francisco, Calif.) & DT Joe Young '11 (Shrewsbury, Mass.)

Charles Loftus Award
Given to the most valuable freshman.
RB Deon Randall (San Diego, Calif.) & OL Wes Gavin (San Diego, Calif.)

Chester J. LaRoche Award
Given to that senior who, by his character, academic talents and concern for others, did the most for Yale.
LB Jesse Reising '11 (Decatur, Ill.)

Ledyard Mitchell Award
Awarded for proficiency in kicking.
PK Philippe Panico '13 (Boston, Mass.)

Jim Keppel Award
(Offensive Back of the Year)
Given to the offensive back who best exhibited Jim's work ethic, pride and dedication to Yale Football, as well as his ability to enrich the lives of his friends and teammates.
H-B Shane Bannon '11 (Southbury, Conn.)

Ryan LoProto Award
(Defensive Back of the Year)
Awarded to the player on the Yale Football Team who best exemplifies Ryan's passion and competitive spirit, skill in the defensive secondary, and devotion to teammates.
CB Chris Stanley '11 (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Ted Turner Award
(Offensive Lineman of the Year)
OL Jake Koury '11 (Dublin, Ohio)

Defensive Lineman of the Year
DE Sean Williams '11 (Portland, Ore.)

Hammer of the Year
LB Jordan Haynes '12 (Folsom, Calif.)

Specialist of the Year
DB John Powers '13 (Hamden, Conn.)


filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director