Bulldogs, Tigers Noon at Princeton on YES
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Its chances for a piece of a league title may have been dashed last week, but the Yale Football team (4-4, 3-2 Ivy) can look to games against its biggest rivals for extra motivation the last two weeks of the 2011 season. This Saturday at noon Yale and Princeton renew the second longest rivalry in college football at Princeton Stadium. The game airs live on the YES Network and on WELI (960 AM) Radio.
One hundred and seven years ago, a young rivalry featuring two of the venerable powers of the gridiron made history by playing in the first game captured on film. Thomas Edison's camera focused on Yale's 12-5 win at Princeton that November day, and the rivalry has developed into the second-longest in college football. This week marks the 134th meeting, second only to the Lehigh-Lafayette (146) rivalry. Some Old Blue put more emphasis on this rivalry than THE Game. Yale leads 73-50-10 overall and has taken seven of the last nine.
BROWN BEATS BLUE
Kyle Newhall-Caballero threw three TD passes and Mark Kachmer ran for 192 yards and two scores as Brown beat Yale 34-28. The Bears (7-1, 4-1 Ivy), who rushed for 191 yards including a school-record, 95-yard TD dash by Kachmer to open the scoring, never trailed and had leads as big as 27-7 and 34-14. The Bears' defense, led by Brett Wyman's nine solo tackles, held the home team to seven rushing yards on 24 attempts. The Bulldogs turned the ball over four times but still made a late surge that fell short. Yale QB Patrick Witt completed 34 of 46 passes for 370 yards and two TDs but was picked off three times and sacked three times.
DIBILIO SHINES IN TIGER LOSS
RB Chuck Dibilio, the four-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week, rushed for 130 yards on 29 carries but Princeton fell 37-9 to Penn at Philadelphia. Dibilio now has 824 yards this season, the most for a true freshman in Ivy League history and remains in the hunt for the Ancient Eight rushing title, never won by a first-year player.
Yale got a 57-yard fumble return for a touchdown by FS Geoff Dunham and a 16-yard TD pass from QB Patrick Witt to TE Chris Blohm in a 14-13 win over Princeton last year at the Bowl. The Bulldogs' defense shut down Princeton's offense for the final 32 minutes, allow
ing the Tigers only 64 yards on their final eight possessions.
NOTABLE YALE-PRINCETON GAMES
The ball burst after it was kicked during the first meeting in 1873 and it took 30 minutes to replace it... Princeton's James Haxall drop kicked a school-best 65-yard field goal in a 2-1 Tiger win in 1882... Playing both ways for the entire game, Yale's "Iron Men" ended Princeton's 15-game win streak with a 7-0 win in 1934 at New Jersey... Yale held the orange and black to one first down and minus-four yards rushing in a 20-14 Bulldog win at Princeton in 1945... The 1953 Bulldogs erased a 17-0 Princeton halftime lead and won 26-24... RB Don Gesicki '76 completed a 97-yard pass play to Gary Fencik at Princeton in 1975 in the longest pass play in Yale history as the Blue won 24-13... 1981 was the battle of Bob Holly (Princeton QB) vs. Rich Diana '82 (Yale RB). Holly, who scored the winning TD with 4 seconds left, threw for a school-record 501 yards while Diana set the Yale record with 222 rushing yards in a 35-31 Tiger win at Princeton... Kevin Moriarty '86 hauled in a 14-yard pass from Mike Curtin '86 with 5 ticks on the clock in Yale's 27-24 win in 1984... The 1995 Elis spoiled an undefeated season by winning at Princeton behind QB Chris Hetherington '96 (229 total offense)... The Bulldogs, who tied the game on a 22-yard TD pass from Alvin Cowan '05 to Chandler Henley '06 with no time left on the clock in the fourth quarter, won a double-OT game at Princeton in 2003 by recovering a fumble after Yale kicked a field goal. The Tigers took a 34-31 decision at the Bowl in 2006 that led to the two teams sharing the Ivy crown.
AROUND ANCIENT EIGHT
In the other games, Harvard beat Columbia 35-21 at New York, while Dartmouth slipped past Cornell 33-24 at Hanover.
Penn is at Harvard at noon on Versus… Columbia is at Cornell at 12:30… Dartmouth plays at Brown at 12:30.
Six Bulldogs have good reasons to remember last Saturday. Sophomore RB Deon Randall (San Diego, Calif.), junior RB Mordecai Cargill (Cleveland, Ohio), sophomore WRs Jackson Liguori (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) and Cameron Sandquist (Redmond, Wash.), sophomore TE Beau Palin (Oconomowoc, Wis.) and sophomore FB Keith Coty (LaMirada, Calif.) all had career-highs in catches against Brown. Liguori also had his first collegiate TD on a three-yard pass play. Coty had a TD catch called back for a penalty.
Junior RB Mordecai Cargill (Cleveland Heights, Ohio), who had a career-high rushing outing two weeks ago, didn't have a big day on the ground against Brown but managed to haul in a career-best eight passes for 90 yards and a score. He earned Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week and the New England Football Writer's Gold Helmet Award for Oct. 29 when he rambled for 230 yards, the fourth best performance by a Yale runner. He's the first Gold Helmet winner from Yale since Philippe Panico got it last October. His 42 carries were the most since Mike McLeod had 40 against Lehigh in 2007 and are the most (tie with Tyler Smith, Bucknell) by an FCS back this season. That total is four attempts short of the school record set by Rich Diana (46-222) against Princeton in 1981.
Junior WR Chris Smith (Midlothian, Va.), who has missed two games this season with injuries, has distinguished himself as one of the top receivers ever in Yale football. He is the only Eli to have three straight 100-yard games, while his 322 yards over two (Dartmouth, Penn) and 422 over three (Lafayette, Dartmouth, Penn) are both Yale records. His four 100-yard games are the second most in the history of the program. Billy Brown '02 had all five of his in 2001, but Smith is the only Bulldog receiver to have a TD in every game he has gone triple digits. On Oct. 22 at Penn, he had a game-high 202 all-purpose yards and while scoring twice on pass plays. His has 92 career catches are seventh at Yale. On Oct. 15 he earned the College Football Performance Awards National FCS Wide Receiver of the Week Honor with a career-high seven catches for 174 yards and one score. He also returned kickoffs for another 107 yards. He is the only Ivy player with four 100-yard receiving days 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), took over as Yale's career KOR king with a big day (93) against Brown on Nov. 5. His 732 yards in 2010 are a single-season record. Smith is also the only Yale player with two career kickoff returns for TDs.
Smith's 2011 Numbers
86.0 ypg (2nd Ivy, 19th FCS)
155.2 AP ypg (1st Ivy, 9th FCS)
4.0 rpg (10th Ivy)
174 receiving yards vs. Lafayette (most in Ivy 2011)
163 KOR yards vs. Georgetown (most in Ivy 2011)
92 catches (7th)... 1,287 receiving yards (10th)... 8 TDs (2 from top 10)... 1,448 KOR yards (1st)
Patrick Witt (Wylie, Texas), Yale's senior quarterback, has been the focus of many feature stories over the last week because of his schedule on Nov. 19. The Bulldogs play Harvard at noon that day in the Bowl, but Witt is slated for an interview with the Rhodes Scholarship Committee at some point on the 19th in Georgia. NBC Nightly News featured the Yale QB and his conundrum on Nov. 7, and nobody knows what will happen at this point. Witt will be in New York on Dec. 6 when the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame has its 54th annual awards dinner. He has been named one of the 16 scholar-athlete winners, which carries an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship, and is a finalist for the 2011 William V. Campbell Trophy, the highest academic honor bestowed on a football player. Witt, picked among 127 candidates for NFF honors after nominations were taken in September, has a 3.91 GPA in history and has been Yale's starting QB the last three seasons. Already the career leader at Yale with 499 completions and 841 attempts, the 6-foot-4, 230-pound signal-caller ranks second in yards (5,428) and is fourth with 33 TD passes. The team's offensive leader is one of 11 Yale student-athletes ever to be honored at this NFF event. The last was defensive back Casey Gerald '09, who spoke on behalf of the 16 recipients at the event hosted by the famous Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Manhattan. He was elected to the team's leadership council soon after becoming the first transfer (Nebraska) student at Yale to start immediately at QB since World War II (when transfers were common). Witt has written for the Yale Daily News, is a member of the Intercultural Affairs Council and has done some prison ministry work. Witt 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.
Witt's Yale Career Numbers
499 completions (1st)... 841 attempts (1st)... 5,428 yards (2nd)... 33 TDs (4th)
Three Yale senior DTs with uniform numbers in the 90s form an important Bulldog triumvirate. This trio is not only on the field often, they also serve a significant leadership role. No. 98 Jake Stoller (Shaker Heights, Ohio), No. 92 Pat Moran (Alexandria, Va.) and No. 93 Reed Spiller (Portsmouth, N.H.) are the gunners for the punt unit, line up next to each other on kick returns and rotate through the middle of the defensive line. Stoller leads the team with five sacks. His father, James K. Stoller, a Yale medical school graduate, spoke at a Morse College Master's Tea in October. Dr. Stoller is Executive Director of Leadership Development and Head of Cleveland Clinic Respiratory Therapy; he is a member of the Staff in the Respiratory Institute and holds the Jean Wall Bennett Professorship in Emphysema Research at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. Moran took last year off to recuperate from an injury and work on his father's (Jim Moran, Virginia) congressional campaign. Spiller, known as the quickest of the defensive linemen, was a three-sport captain at Portsmouth High School. His father played football at Georgetown.
As expected, senior captain Jordan Haynes (Folsom, Calif.) has been all over the field this year and is fifth among Ivy players with 8.8 tackles per game. He has 49 solos and 70 overall tackles. 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 represented the West as a National Football Foundation High School Scholar-Athlete. The political science and international studies major is the first Yale captain from the Golden State since Thorne Shugart (Los Angeles) led the 1954 Bulldogs.
Senior WR Gio Christodoulou (Miami, Fla.) is Yale's career punt return yardage leader with 831, which is also top among active FCS players. He was the Oct. 10 Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week after returning four punts for 106 yards in the win over Dartmouth. He is second in the Ivies with a 10.2 average, while his 106 return yards vs. Dartmouth are the most for an Ivy player this fall. Christodoulou is in the mix of talented receivers getting snaps but only has three catches this fall after having 38 for a team-best 563 yards last fall. He came back to Yale this fall using a medical hardship waiver from 2009. He also has 23 kickoff returns for 553 yards (shy of 10th on career list).
Alex Thomas (Ansonia, Conn.), nicknamed "Train," is one of six players in the history of Yale football to run for more than 200 yards in a game. His career-high 204 (best day for a Yalie since Mike McLeod, 276 vs. Lehigh, 2007) yards on 30 runs against Penn was the first time a RB has run for more than 200 against the Quakers since 1997. Yale's active career rushing leader with 1,594 yards and seven 100-yard games, Thomas, who has sat out the last two weeks with an injury, is also Yale's active career receiving leader (49) among the RBs. His 47-yard run at Cornell in 2010 was the longest run by a Bulldog last fall, while his 74-yard TD scamper vs. Dartmouth is the longest this season in the league. 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.
Deon Randall (San Diego, Calif.) is listed as a RB on the Yale roster and a WR on the depth chart, but you could see him lining up at any skill spot. He leads the team with 35 catches while his 403 yards are second best after a career-best eight catches for 102 yards against Brown. Randall is third on the squad with 35 runs for 157 yards.
Senior FS Geoff Dunham (Dallas, Texas), Yale's active career leader with four interceptions, scored his only collegiate TD against Princeton last year at the Bowl on a fumble return. Dunham, who wears the same number (11) and has a similar body type to starting QB Patrick Witt, shares the team-high of two picks this fall. He is third on the squad with 40 solos and 49 overall tackles. One of the largest DBs in the Ivy League at 6-foot-3, 223 pounds, he started every game 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 but he also had 7-2-9 against Cornell this fall. A biomedical 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 an organic chemistry class.
FRONT AND CENTER
The left side of the offensive line includes freshman T Ben Carbery (Oak Park, Ill., 6-5, 275) and senior G Colin Kruger (Sarasota, Fla., 6-3, 300). Senior G Gabe Fernandez (Honolulu, HI, 6-0, 273) and junior T Roy Collins (Carbondale, Ill., 6-5, 260) or sophomore James Talerico (Boca Raton, Fla.) are on the right. Sophomore John Oppenheimer (Menlo Park, Calif., 6-0, 265) has been the starting center all season.
GETTING TO KNOW THE OL
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. 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 (2003-2007). His mother's cousin, Burgess Owens, played at the University of Miami and with the Jets and Raiders (1973-1982)… LT Ben Carberry captained his high school's scholastic bowl team at the national academic quiz tournament. He is following in the footsteps of his aunt, Patti Carbery '86, who was a four-year starter on both the Yale varsity basketball and softball teams… RT James Talerico, who started the Cornell game at guard and then got injured, made his second start of the year against Columbia, this time at tackle. At Pope John Paul II High in Boca Raton, Fla., he captained two of the three sports he lettered in.
Junior PK Philippe Panico (pronounced pa-NEE-ko) is 6-for-10 on field goals, including a career-long, 39-yarder against the Hoyas and the Big Green, and is 20-for-25 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.
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… Senior LB Nick Schneider (Cincinnati, OH) was one of seven friends at Yale's Saybrook College who founded ReadySetLaunch, a non-profit consulting organization that provides one-on-one college tutoring for underprivileged students. Schneider serves as director of external relations and manages relationships with potential donors in the community. His first year, he helped raise $50,000 in the Chase Community Giving Challenge.
Ivy League Offensive Player of Week
9/17 QB Patrick Witt (co) vs. Georgetown
9/24 QB Patrick Witt vs. Cornell
10/29 RB Mordecai Cargill vs. Columbia
Collegefootballperformance.com (FCS Players of Week)
9/17 QB Patrick Witt
9/24 QB Patrick Witt
10/8 RB Alex Thomas, DT Jake Stoller, PR Gio Christodoulou
10/15 WR Chris Smith (National WR of the Week)
10/22 WR Chris Smith, QB Patrick Witt, RB Alex Thomas
10/29 RB Mordecai Cargill (National RB of the Week)
Seven freshmen have seen action this season. P Kyle Cazzetta (Slate Hill, N.Y.), OL Ben Carbery (Oak Park, Ill.) and William Chism (Ridgeland, Mississippi), DE EJ Conway (Luthersville, Md.), DB Nick LaTesta (Wood Ridge, N.J.), RB Wynston Bouknight (Upper Marlboro, Md.) and LB Tyler Manu (Meridian, Idaho). 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 finished 1-2 against Patriot League opponents this fall, beating Georgetown (8-2) and falling at Lehigh (8-1) and Lafayette (4-5). Those three teams are a combined 20-8 this fall.
IN THE TWO-DEEP
There are 17 seniors listed among the players on the offense/defense on the two-deep depth chart. Thirteen juniors and sophomores are included with just three newcomers. This does not include special teams.
The Game is a 12:07 kickoff on Versus next week at Yale Bowl.
Despite having a punt blocked, freshman punter Kyle Cazzetta (Slate Hill, NY) had a 38.0 average with two inside the 20 against the Bears… Yale has 13 sacks this fall and seven interceptions… The Blue has outscored opponents in the first and third quarters… 13 Elis have caught passes this fall.
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. 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 New England Patriots. Graham, a Waterbury, Conn., native, was a member of Yale's 1999 Ivy title team.
CATCHING THE BULLDOGS
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 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 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 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.
3RD QUARTER VISIT
Former Yale standout Keith Bassi '78 joins Vaccaro and his former coach in the WELI Radio booth this Saturday to help commentate on the third quarter of the game. Hank Higdon '63 (Harvard) is slated for The Game.
ANCIENT EIGHT CROWNS
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
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. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to attend.
CLASS OF '54 FIELD OF STREAMS
All five home games this season are video streamed (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.
YALE ON YES
Yale on YES includes three live broadcasts this fall on the YES Network. The other Yale on YES games were at Columbia and at home against Brown. 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 (Cornell, Penn, Harvard) times this fall, including The Game on Nov. 19. Randy Moss, a new member of NBC's award-winning horse racing coverage team and contributor to NFL Network, serves as the play-by-play announcer for all VERSUS Ivy League games and is joined in the booth by Ross Tucker as lead analyst.
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.
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
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.
YORKSIDE IN BOWL
The press box has a taste of New Haven with Yorkside Pizza & Restaurant serving slices, pasta 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.
BRONZE IS NOT THIRD
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.
MOST COLLEGE FB WINS
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 (891) to catch up playing three or four games more than Yale (867) each season.
BULLDOGS IN THE NFL THIS FALL
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 practice 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."
CALIFORNIA HERE WE COME
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 at San Luis Obispo. The only two games the Blue has played on the West Coast were against USD.
INSIDE IVY FOOTBALL
The Ivy League Office has a weekly online radio show, "Inside Ivy League Football," which takes 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 BlogTalkRadio.com (blogtalkradio.com/insideivyleaguefootball). It's available on-demand via BlogTalkRadio and IvyLeagueSports.com.
filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director