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Roy Collins. (photo by Jack Warhola)
Roy Collins. (photo by Jack Warhola)

Yale at Lehigh Saturday, 12:30


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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale football team (2-0, 1-0 Ivy), which opened the season with two wins at home, goes on the road for the first time in 2011 with a 12:30 game this Saturday at Lehigh (3-1, 1-1 Patriot), ranked 13th in the latest The Sports Network/ FCS Top-25 College Football Poll. The Bulldogs and Mountain Hawks square off at Goodman Stadium in a game that airs live on WELI (960 AM, Radio and in the Lehigh Valley on Service Electric 2 TV. The game is also available as a video pay-per-view event on

Yale leads the series with Lehigh 15-5 but the Mountain Hawks have taken five of the last eight. The Bulldogs won the last three games, which followed five straight Lehigh wins. Yale is looking for its second (1-3) win at Goodman Stadium.

Two offenses averaging over 400 yards and 37 points square off in an Ivy vs. Patriot showdown. Lehigh's passing and total offense numbers are top five in the FCS and provide the Yale defense with its greatest challenge to date.


Offense                   Yale        Lehigh
Rushing Yards        139.0        128.5
Passing Yards        263.0        357.8
Total Offense        402.0        486.2
Scoring                   37.0        37.8

Rushing Yards        138.5        123.0
Passing Yards        271.0        277.0  
Total Defense        409.5        400.0
Scoring                     22.0        29.5

QB Patrick Witt (Wylie, Texas) threw for 246 yards and two scores while running for another in Yale's 37-17 Ivy League opening win over Cornell before 14,345 at Yale Bowl and the Class of 1954 Field last Saturday. Witt completed 24 of 33 passes including a five-yard TD toss to WR Allen Harris (Detroit, Mich) on Yale's first drive of the day and a 13-yard scoring pass in the third quarter to WR Cameron Sandquist (Redmond, Wash.). The senior went over the 4,000-yard career passing mark while Harris enjoyed a career day with eight catches for 107 yards, while nine different Bulldogs caught passes. The Bulldogs (2-0, 1-0 Ivy) jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the opening quarter after RB Mordecai Cargill (Cleveland, Ohio) plowed into the end zone from a yard out and Philippe Panico (Boston, Mass.) connected on a 32-yard FG. Cornell (1-1, 0-1), which got 271 passing yards from QB Jeff Mathews and 95 on the ground from RB Grant Gellatly, got a touchdown and a field goal to close the gap to 17-10 early in the third, but couldn't keep the Yale offense off the field long enough. Senior RB Alex Thomas (Ansonia, Conn.) put the game away with a 58-yard TD run early in the fourth. Senior CB Drew Baldwin (Alexandria, Va.) led all tacklers with nine solos. Junior LB Will McHale (Greenwich, Conn.) and FS Geoff Dunham (Dallas, Texas) chipped in nine overall stops, while sophomore SS Nick Okano (Los Angeles, Calif) picked off his first collegiate pass. The teams combined for 831 yards of total offense and 41 first downs on a steamy but rainless afternoon.

RB Keith Sherman had a game-high 81 yards and also scored on a 73-yard pass play as Lehigh beat Liberty 27-24 at home last Saturday. Mountain Hawks QB Chris Lum threw for 300 yards, and his primary targets, Ryan Spadola (7-121, 1 TD) and Jake Drwal (7-69) were the only Lehigh receivers with more than one catch. Walt Aikens picked off two Liberty passes and returned one of them 33 yards.

Paul Rice '10 scored the only points of the game on a 40-yard touchdown run on a fake punt early in the third quarter at Lehigh on Oct, 17, 2009 as Yale became the first team since 1986 to shut Lehigh out. "We wanted to give our players a chance to make a play," said Tom Williams, Yale's Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach of Football, of the decision to call the fake on fourth-and-11 at the Lehigh 50. "It wasn't the call that made the play. Paul made the play." Rice looked right at home with the ball in his hands when he took the snap from senior defensive lineman Matt Kelleher while, several yards behind Rice, senior punter/place kicker Tom Mante leaped up as if the snap had gone over his head. The two teams combined for seven turnovers, including three fumbles lost by Lehigh, on a cold and rainy day. The Mountain Hawks were 0-for-13 on third down conversions.

Harvard beat Brown 24-7 last Friday night at Boston to open Ivy play. Yale's win over Cornell was the only other league game last week. The rest of the Ancient Eight did not fare so well. Dartmouth fell at Sacred Heart 24-21, Columbia lost to Albany 44-21, Bucknell rolled over Princeton 34-9 and Penn fell to Villanova 30-21. Patriot League teams have won five of the eight games against Ivy teams this fall.

Yale received 55 votes in the latest The Sports Network/ FCS Top 25 Poll. The Bulldogs have not appeared among the top 25 teams since 2007. Sacramento State was No. 25 with 424 votes. Lehigh is the only Yale opponent currently among the top 25. Harvard (4 votes) was the only other Ivy team listed.

Yale led the nation in 2010 with better than 24 yards per kickoff return, and there has been similar success this season. The Bulldogs currently are second in FCS with a 35.0 average, less than a yard behind Northern Arizona (35.9).

The Bulldogs went from 13 penalties for 118 yards against Georgetown to just one infraction for 10 yards against Cornell. The one penalty last week came on a hold by an offensive lineman.

Sophomore WR Cameron Sandquist's first two collegiate receptions went for scores against Columbia at home last October. He now has five catches at Yale and three have produced TDs. He caught a 13-yard scoring toss from Patrick Witt in the third quarter against Cornell. Sandquist holds five records at Redmond High School, including season receiving yards (970) and season receptions (66).

Allen Harris' best day before last week was four catches and a TD against Penn in 2010. Last week against the Big Red he doubled that with eight catches for 107 yards including a five-yard scoring play in the first quarter.

Junior WR Chris Smith (Midlothian, Va.), who leads the team with two TD catches and 19.3 yards per catch, is one of the premier kick return men in the league with a 32.7 mark this fall, Smith, the first player in Ivy history to run back a pair of kickoffs for TDs in the same game (last year at Brown, span of 2:23), ranks fourth in Yale career KOR yards with 1,025. His 732 yards in 2010 are a single-season record. Smith is also the only Yale player with two career kickoffs for TDs.

Senior WR Gio Christodoulou (Miami, Fla.), who had 38 catches for a team-best 563 yards last fall, came back to Yale this fall using a medical hardship waiver from 2009. He has a league-best 11.9 punt return average this season while 688 career return yards (2 TDs), rank third at Yale. He also has 23 kickoff returns for 553 yards (just shy of 10th).

Senior QB Patrick Witt (Wylie, Texas) was named Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week for the second time after his outing against Cornell. He owns the top efficiency rating (165) and has the most TD passes (5) among Ivy signal-callers and is moving up the school's career records lists. He is now sixth with 25 TD passes, third with 397 completions and fourth with 4,201 yards. He was a 2010 second-team All-Ivy selection who led the league in passing yards (2,216), yards/game (246.2), completions (212) and attempts (351) and was the only QB to complete more than 60% of his passes (60.4%). Witt, the largest starting signal caller in the Ivy League, was seventh in the FCS in completions/game (23.56) and 15th nationally in passing yards/game (246.22) last year. Elected to the team's Leadership Council, Witt became the first transfer (Nebraska) student at Yale to start immediately at QB since World War II (when transfers were common). He is also an outstanding student (3.91 GPA) who has written for the Yale Daily News, is a member of the Intercultural Affairs Council and has done some prison ministry work. Witt, Yale's candidate for National Football Foundation & Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete honors, has been endorsed by his school as a 2011 Rhodes Scholar candidate and a Mitchell Scholarship candidate. He also won the Francis Gordon Brown Prize, one of the school's highest undergraduate accolades, awarded to the student in the junior class in Yale College who most closely approaches the standards of intellectual ability, high manhood, capacity for leadership and service to the University set by Francis Gordon Brown, who captained Yale Football's "Team of the Century" in 1900.

Junior PK Philippe Panico (pronounced pa-NEE-ko) is 2-for-3 on field goals, including a career-long, 39-yarder against the Hoyas, and is 8-for-10 on PATs. The Boston native connected on 17 of 18 PATs and six of 14 field goals in his first year of varsity kicking in 2010. 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. Panico, who had a 47-yard FG in the 2011 pre-season scrimmage, also swings a golf club well, playing for the Yale team as a freshman and leading his foursome to the lowest score at Yale Football Association Golf Outing in August. He had his photo taken with 2011 U.S. Open Champion Rory Mcllroy when the Yale team was at this year's New Haven Open tennis tournament.

As expected, senior captain Jordan Haynes (Folsom, Calif.) has been all over the field in two games this year. His 13 solos and 16 overall stops rank among the top three on the squad. Last year he led (102) the Elis and was second among Ivy players in tackles from his linebacker position. The 2010 first-team All-Ivy and All-New England pick has 143 career tackles. The National Football Foundation High School Scholar-Athlete from Folsom, Calif., is the first Yale captain from the Golden State in 56 years. Haynes scored Yale's first TD of 2010 on a four-yard fumble return late in the first quarter on Sept. 18 against Georgetown.

Senior Geoff Dunham (Dallas, Texas), one of the largest DBs in the Ivy League at 6-foot-3, 233 pounds, started every game at FS last year and was third on the team with 31 solo tackles and 47 overall. His best day was 7-2-9 vs. Penn in 2010, and he scored the first TD of his football career on a fumble return against Princeton. He also had 7-2-9 against Cornell this fall. A biomechanical engineering major, Dunham interned in cancer research at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 2007 and 2008 and spent some of a summer at Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter, Fla., doing the same thing. He stayed on the Yale campus last summer to take organic chemistry class.

Alex Thomas (Ansonia, Conn.), nicknamed "Train," is Yale's active career rushing leader. Despite working within a rotation of backs for the last two-plus seasons, Thomas has accumulated 1,106 yards with four 100-yard games in his career. His career-high is 137 (best day for a Yalie in 2010) yards on 19 runs (7.2), including a 42-yard TD, against Columbia. He is also Yale's active career receiving leader (42) among the RBs. His 47-yard run at Cornell in 2010 was the longest run by a Bulldog last fall, while his 58-yard TD scamper vs. Cornell is the longest this season. Thomas, a former Ansonia High School star, is the most prolific (8,279 yards, 114 TDs) runner in Connecticut High School history. The nickname stems from his "train" tattoo, a word based on scripture verses that refer to training both physically and spiritually.

RB Deon Randall (San Diego, Calif.) carried the ball twice for 17 yards last week and had four catches for 50 yards. He also had one kickoff return for 49 yards while leading the team with 116 all-purpose yards.

John Powers (Hamden, Conn.) grew up around Yale and played Saturday mornings on a hill overlooking Yale Bowl. He has made the biggest hits on opponents in each of the first two games this fall. As a Hopkins QB, he passed for 2,050 yards and ran for 1,250 with 50 TDs in the Fairchester League. Powers, now a backup DB, was the Eli who took the pitch and rambled for 15 yards on the 4th-and-22 fake punt against Harvard in 2009 as a freshman.

DE Austin Pulsipher (Temecula, Calif.) has accomplished more than the average college senior. After playing on the 2006 JV team, he spent two full years (2007, 2008) in greater Taipei, Taiwan on a Mormon mission where he became fluent in Mandarin Chinese and served in many leadership roles. Pulsipher, whose father played football at BYU, organized and taught a drug rehabilitation program while managing the finances of over 150 missionaries. He is also the only married member of the Yale football team; he arrived a few days late for football this summer because of the wedding (Aug. 13th in Newport Beach, Calif.). Sebastian Swett '09, was one of the groomsmen and the honeymoon was in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Pulsipher, 23, the oldest player on the roster, had 10 tackles as backup last year with his first varsity letter.

The left side of the offensive line includes sophomore T Wes Gavin (San Diego, Calif., 6-5, 275) and G Colin Kruger (Sarasota, Fla., 6-3, 300), although sophomore James Talerico (Boca Raton, Fla., 6-4, 265) got the start at G against Cornell. G Gabe Fernandez (Honolulu, HI, 6-0, 273) and T Roy Collins (Carbondale, Ill., 6-5, 260) are on the right. John Oppenheimer (Menlo Park, Calif., 6-0, 265) played DT as a freshman last fall before switching to center in the spring.

They don't want their names called on the PA system on game days, but that doesn't mean they don't deserve recognition. Here are some notes about Yale's starting five offensive trench guys. LT Wes Gavin's father, Bob, ran the two-mile event at the Missouri High School State Championships and the marathon during the 1975 Kansas Relays. He and his wife are under 5-foot-8. Their son 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. He had offers from SDSU, Portland State, the military academies and the rest of the Ivy League … LG Colin Kruger, who might be the strongest guy on the team, had had offers to play at other FCS schools including Stanford… RG Gabe Fernandez, a mechanical engineering major who transferred from UCLA after his first year, was a very good soccer player in high school. His senior year's soccer team won the DII state title before he gained 30 to 40 pounds for football. His brother played offensive guard at Harvard… C John Oppenheimer, who moved over from the defense last spring, played both sides of the line in high school. His father, Peter Oppenheimer, is Apple's senior vice president and Chief Financial Officer… RT Roy Collins, who was a prep star at Choate Rosemary Hall, came to Yale as a TE. He was in the New Haven chapter of the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame. His first cousin, Gerome Sapp, played at Notre Dame and then with the Colts and the Ravens (2003-2207). His mother's cousin, Burgess Owens, played at the University of Miami and with the Jets and Raiders (1973-1982)… G James Talerico captained two of the three sports he earned varsity letters in high school.

Here are the awards handed out to Yale players after two weeks:

Ivy League Offensive Player of Week
9/17    Patrick Witt (co)
9/24    Patrick Witt
9/17    Patrick Witt
9/24    Patrick Witt

That's the 2011 team slogan and what is printed on the backs of the team t-shirts this fall.

QB Patrick Witt and LB Jordan Haynes were honorable mention selections on the Consensus Draft Services 2011 FCS Pre-Season All-America team. They were also selected as a preseason All-American by the FCS Senior Scout Bowl committee.  Haynes was a first-team North squad pick while Witt was HM. The FCS Senior Scout Bowl is a post-season all-star game showcasing senior players from the FCS.  This game, presented by the Collegiate Development Football League (, is held Dec. 1 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Five freshmen have seen action this season. Kyle Cazzetta (Slate Hill, N.Y.), the punter, is Yale's lone newcomer starter. OL Ben Carberry (Oak Park, Ill.) and William Chism (Ridgeland, Mississippi) have had snaps as backups. DB Nick LaTesta (Wood Ridge, N.J.) and RB Wynston Bouknight (Upper Marlboro, Md.) have been on special teams. Thirty-one members of Yale's Class of 2015 joined the Bulldogs this summer. The newcomers, representing 15 different states, include 15 defensive players, 16 on offense and a number who have played on both sides during their high school careers. The offensive linemen and defensive backs (6 each) outnumber any other position recruited in this class. The Class of 2015 is spread evenly across the U.S. with California (4) having the most. Connecticut has three, which does not include the Elis who attended Choate Rosemary Hall after growing up outside the Nutmeg State.

Yale's last game against a nationally ranked team was in 2010 vs. Penn (27-20 L)… Yale has scored 37 points in both games and leads the Ivies in scoring… The 74 points by the Blue is the most in the first two games since the 2007 Elis racked up 79… Mordecai Cargill leads the Ivy League with 18 points… WR Allen Harris was responsible for six of Yale's first downs last week while RB Deon Randall (San Diego, Calif.) had five… After going 3:13 in the opener with no TV, the Elis and Cornell played for just 3:05 with four TV timeouts per quarter.

Two former Bulldogs are coaching in the NFL this season. Dick Jauron, who has spent 33 years in the NFL, playing and coaching, is the new defensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns (2-1). Last year he coached the Philadelphia Eagles' defensive backs. 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 an assistant coach for the 2-1 New England Patriots. Graham, a Waterbury, Conn., native, was a member of Yale's 1999 Ivy title team.

Patrick Graham '01, a coaching assistant with the New England Patriots the last two years, was named linebackers coach for 2011 by head coach Bill Belichick. Graham served as a defensive assistant coach last season. After a playing on the defensive line at Yale, he served as a graduate assistant at Wagner (2002-03) and then spent three seasons at Richmond, serving as the defensive line coach in 2004 and the tight ends coach in 2005 and 2006. He was a graduate assistant at Notre Dame in 2007 and 2008 prior to joining the Patriots.

There are four Yale players who will play three times this season in their home state (Lehigh, Lafayette, Penn). The Pennsylvania Bulldogs are OL Alex Birks (Pittsburgh), DB Ryan Falbo (Moon Township), LB Brian Leffler (Newtown) and OL Mike McInerney (Blue Bell).

For the 14th consecutive season, all 10 Yale Football games can be heard live on New Haven's News/Talk 960 WELI-AM and free online at 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 seventh 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 into your phone's browser or by typing "iheartradio" in the app search field on your phone and is free of charge.

Tom Williams, the Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach of Football at Yale, is in his third season at Yale and his third as a head coach overall. Williams is 13-9 overall with the Bulldogs and 1-0 against Lehigh. He came to New Haven after two seasons as an assistant with the Jacksonville Jaguars and is in his 14th 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.

There was a time not too long ago that you could find a half dozen Yale football players who were also varsity baseball players. There might also be six competing in track & field, a few playing lacrosse and a guy or two rowing for the heavyweight program. For many reasons, those days are log gone. The current Yale football roster includes just one player, L.J. Hunt (Stratford, Conn.), who is on another team roster. Hunt, a DB, was the captain of the St. Josephs lacrosse team and will play for Eli head coach Andy Shay.

Dartmouth owns the most Ivy League titles since league play officially began in 1956. Yale trails Penn by one for second, one championship in front of Harvard.

No    Team            Last Title
17   Dartmouth    1996
15   Penn             2010
14   Yale              2006
13   Harvard        2008
 9    Princeton      2006
 4    Brown          2008
 3    Cornell         1990
 1    Columbia     1961

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. 13 through Nov. 15) 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 ( if you would like to attend.

All five home games this season are video streamed (pay per view) on 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.

Yale on YES includes three broadcasts this fall on the YES Network. The YES games are Saturday, Oct. 29 (Yale at Columbia), Saturday, Nov. 5 (Brown at Yale) and Saturday, Nov. 12 (Yale at Princeton). All three games begin at noon ET. This is the fourth straight fall the Bulldogs appear on the network home for New York Yankees baseball. YES broadcaster Chris Shearn handles the play-by-play, with color commentary coming from former Ivy League and National Football League lineman Ross Tucker and former Yale defensive back Jack Ford '72, a well-known author and TV personality.

Yale football airs live on VERSUS three times this fall. The next one is when Yale travels to Franklin Field to take on defending Ivy champions Penn on Oct. 22. Yale Bowl on Nov. 19 is the setting for the final VERSUS telecast and the 128th edition of The Game. All three contests are noon kickoffs. Randy Moss, a new member of NBC's award-winning horse racing team and contributor to NFL Network, will serve as the play-by-play announcer for all VERSUS Ivy League games and will be joined in the booth by Ross Tucker as lead analyst.

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… Alex Thomas (Ansonia, Conn.) and Ansonia native John Coughlin (Yale Football Office) have 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. They have also visited schools in the valley... Senior CB Drew Baldwin (Alexandria, Va.), co-chair of the Yale Black Men's Union Community Outreach Committee, is in his fourth 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. Classmate Jordan Haynes works closely with Baldwin on the project.

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.
77         players were captains of their high school football team
52        players were captains of another sport in high school
62         players were a national honors society member
 8         players were class president at their high school
 9       players were student body president at their high school
 9       players were class valedictorian at their high school
 4      players were class salutatorian at their high school

The following Yalies have distinguished themselves according to a vote by their teammates.

DB Josh Grizzard (Sr, Zebulon, N.C.)… most humorous
DB Geoff Dunham (Sr, Dallas, Texas)… most intelligent
DL Jake Stoller (Sr, Shaker Heights, OH)… most vocal leader (not captain)
DL Pat Moran (Sr, Alexandria, Va.)… most likely to be U.S. President
DB Dez Duron (Jr, Shreveport, La.)… most interesting activity (musician) & best singer
RB Alex Thomas (Sr, Ansonia, Conn.)… strongest player (pound-for-pound)
DB Drew Baldwin (Sr, Alexandria, Va.)… 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.

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.

The Ivy League is sometimes referred to as the "Ancient Eight" because its members are among the oldest schools in the country. The nicknames within the league include four animals (Bulldogs, Lions, Tigers, Bears), three colors (Red, Green, Crimson) and the Quakers.  Yale teams also use the nickname Elis (original benefactor Elihu Yale).

Soon, everyone coming to the Bowl will know Yale's primary (Bulldogs) nickname.  A three-and-a half foot tall, 600-pound bronze statue of Handsome Dan will be placed outside in the Jensen Plaza and serve as the top spot to have photos taken around the famous venue. A slightly smaller bronze dog, which first appeared in 2010 in the Kenney Center where Yale players could touch it before heading to the field, now sits in the lobby of Payne Whitney Gym.

Yale was the first football team of any type to reach 800 wins when it beat Dayton 42-6 on Sept. 16, 2000. It wasn't hard for Michigan (888) to catch up playing three or four games more than Yale (866) each season.

The Yale Junior Varsity has a six-game home schedule. The Elis play on Clint Frank Field across Derby Avenue from Yale Bowl. Here are the remaining games.

Date        Opponent        Time
Oct. 9        Milford Academy        2:00
Oct. 30        Bridgton Academy    1:00
Nov. 18        Harvard            1:00

Nate Lawrie '04 (49ers), Shane Bannon '11 (Chiefs), Tom McCarthy '11 (Falcons) and Chris Blohm '11 (49ers) were in NFL camps this summer. All but Blohm saw action in exhibition games. Bannon, an HB who was drafted by Kansas City in the seventh round and is currently on the taxi squad, had the first and final carry of the opening pre-season contest in August. McCarthy, a free agent DL in the Atlanta Falcons camp, made two tackles in a pre-season game. Lawrie, a TE who has NFL experience but played in the UFL the last two years, signed with the 49ers in August and made a catch in their last exhibition game.

Jesse Reising '11, a starting LB for Yale last fall who was seriously injured at Harvard in the 2010 season finale, is still recovering from a collision with Crimson TB Gino Gordon that left the Bulldog with arm nerve damage. Reising's U.S. Marine Corps career is on hold, but the licensed pilot is still serving his country. He is currently in Afghanistan working as a contractor while he plans a non-profit organization with Yale classmate Nick Rugoff. "Operation Opportunity" will provide personalized prepatory services for the children of fallen service members.  "It's the means by which I hope to redirect the outpouring of support I have gotten since my injury towards the service members who are now serving in my place. I have been thinking, since all the e-mails and all the support started pouring in, how could I harness this support for some greater good."

Yale, which last played in the Golden State in 2005 at the University of San Diego, has another trip to California planned. On Oct. 5, 2013, the Bulldogs will play against Cal Poly Tech at San Luis Obispo. The only two games the Blue has played on the West Coast were against USD.

The Ivy League Office is launching a weekly online radio show, "Inside Ivy League Football." "IILF" will take an in-depth look at the action and the news and notes surrounding Ivy football. The 10-episode show airs Wednesdays at 7 p.m. on ( It will be available on-demand via BlogTalkRadio and Fans and alumni will be able to interact with "Inside" via its social media platforms -- Facebook (Inside Ivy League Football) and Twitter (@insideivyfb) -- as well as provide ideas and content for the show's 'Twitter Talk/Facebook Fodder' segment. Selected episodes will feature Ivy football trivia with chances to win Ivy League-branded merchandise or a gift certificate to the League's official online store at The show will be hosted by two veteran Ivy broadcasters, Dan Loney and Brian Seltzer.  

filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director