Quakers Come To Bowl Saturday

Bulldogs Try To Stay in Ivy Race

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Since the Ivy League began naming champions in 1956, there have only been two winners with a pair of losses, the last one coming 20 years ago. The Yale football team has 14 championships, but none have come with more than one loss. Thus the Bulldogs (1-4, 0-2 Ivy) have been pushed to the brink with the Penn Quakers (2-3, 2-0) coming to the Bowl for a noon kickoff. The Ancient Eight contest airs live on NBC Sports Network, WELI (AM-960, weli.com) and wybcx.com (student).

 

SERIES

Yale leads the series against the Quakers 44-34-1, though Penn has won 16 of the last 20 meetings. The Blue's last win over Penn at Yale Bowl was a 17-14 OT game in 2006. Three of the last nine meetings have gone to OT. 

 

LAST MEETING

RB Alex Thomas '12 rushed for 204 yards and scored a TD but it wasn't enough to get Yale a win at Penn in a 37-25 decision. The Bulldogs had a 20-10 advantage heading into the fourth quarter but gave up four scores to fall for the first time in Ivy play. WR Chris Smith '13 caught six passes for 148 yards and two TDs while accumulating a game-high 202 all-purpose yards. Injuries prevented both Thomas and Smith from finishing the game. QB Patrick Witt '12 completed 15 of 29 throws for 258 yards a pair of scores. LB Will McHale had a game-best 11 solos and 13 overall tackles. The Quakers totaled 528 yards including 277 on the ground. 

 

LEOPARDS SLIP PAST BLUE

Mark Ross caught eight passes for 105 yards, including a 10-yard scoring play to put the visitors ahead for good late in the third quarter as Lafayette held off Yale 20-10 at Yale Bowl last week. Ross, whose game-winner came with 3:58 left in the third, also caught a 32-yard, fourth-down pass with under three minutes to play that helped put the game away. Both throws were made by Andrew Shoop, who completed 20 of 33 passes for 243 yards and two scores despite being sacked four times. Yale senior NG Chris Dooley had two of the sacks, while freshman DB Cole Champion led the Blue with nine solos and 10 overall tackles. Lafayette (4-2) didn't win the statistical contest but won the most important battles, including the final score and turnovers. The Leopards forced four Yale interceptions (2 by Shane Black) and only turned it over once when they had the ball. The Bulldogs (1-4) had the edge in first downs (26-14), total offense (392-315) and possession time (34-26), but couldn't come up with the big plays (0-2 on fourth down) when needed most. The biggest play of all was a fourth and one from the Lafayette 28 late the fourth with Yale down four points.  Senior RB Mordecai Cargill (14-98) was stopped for a loss and the visitors took over from there. Bulldog sophomore RB Tyler Varga led all runners with 100 yards (23 attempts) on the ground and 90 more between receptions (2) and kickoff returns (73 yds). Yale QB Eric Williams (23-34, 209) was sacked three times and threw four interceptions despite connecting with nine different Eli receivers.

 

QUAKERS GET PAST LIONS

Penn trailed visiting Columbia by 10 with just under 10 minutes to play last Saturday before marching back to grab a 24-20 win. Billy Ragone (Cheshire, Conn.), who had three TD passes, completed a six-yard pass to Lyle Marsh (7-80) in the back of the end zone with 50 seconds left to put the Quakers ahead. Columbia drove deep into Penn territory but the clock ran out after a pass play connected inside the 5-yard line. That's where junior DB Dan Wilk made a game-saving tackle. Sebastian Jaskowski (8-2-10) led all Quakers in tackles.

 

PENN NOTES

QB Billy Ragone is the only player in the Ivy League this year who leads his team in rushing and passing… P Scott Lopano has a league-best 44.4 average… The Quakers also lead the league in red zone efficiency, fourth-down conversions and possession time… Ragone is one of four Connecticut kids on the roster: DB Evan Jackson (Hamden, Choate); DL Ernie Rosato (Greenwich); and TE Mitchell King (Essex).

 

MATCHUP 

On paper, this is a very even matchup that could make for an interesting one on the Class of 1954 Field. The contest features two quarterbacks with the ability to punish a defense for sending too many people at them. The decisions those guys make (Penn and Yale are 7,8 in turnover margin in the league) when forced out of the pocket could be the difference. The experience edge certainly goes to the Penn signal caller.

 

NOTABLE GAMES IN SERIES
2007: Yale's goal-line stand followed a TD run by Mike McLeod '09 in the third OT of an Eli win, the first for the Blue at Penn since 1900… 2006: Alan Kimball's '08 35-yard field goal in OT gave Yale a 17-14 victory at New Haven... 2003: Playing its first modern OT game, Yale fell to Penn at Franklin Field (34-31) after erasing a 31-10 deficit. The Blue tied the game with 32 seconds left but had a FG attempt blocked in the extra session... 1991: Nick Crawford '92 rushed for a Yale QB record 204 yards in a 31-12 Bulldog win at New Haven... 1987: WR Bob Shoop '88 (currently Vanderbilt's defensive coordinator) capped off a miraculous comeback at Yale Bowl with a last-second TD reception in a 28-22 Yale victory... 1969: Jack Ford `72 (provides color for Yale on YES games) intercepted a Penn pass and went 77 yards for a score in a 21-3 Yale win... 1958: Herb Hallas '59 set a school record with a 94-yard punt return, but it was the only points in a 30-6 Quaker win.

 

9 RECEIVERS

For the second consecutive week, Yale had nine different offensive players catch a pass. Thirteen have receptions this fall but only two (WRs Cameron Sandquist, Grant Wallace) are in double digits. Five Bulldogs have caught TD passes, including two each from Sandquist and TE Michael Leunen. 

 

PORTLAND PASS 2

For the second straight week, two Portland natives, freshman QB Eric Williams and sophomore TE Michael Leunen, connected on Yale's offensive touchdown. Williams (Jesuit High) and Leunen (Westview) played against each other in 2009 with Jesuit taking the contest, 24-23. Williams was a sophomore receiver that year, Leunen a senior tight end. The two schools met two weeks ago at Williams' old stomping grounds and the result was: Jesuit 42, Westview 7.

 

CARGILL BACK     

After getting hurt early in game two and sitting out the third week, senior RB Mordecai Cargill (Cleveland, Ohio) has come back strong the last two weeks with 194 yards combined. He had 98 yards and a 7.0 average against Lafayette last week sharing snaps with Tyler Varga. The week before against Dartmouth, he got the start and had most of the attempts, running for 96 yards and catching two passes. 

 

MCHALE

Senior LB Will McHale (Old Greenwich, Conn.) leads the Blue with 24 solo, 40 overall tackles and three stops for lost yardage. McHale, who has started 25 straight games since his sophomore year, has 174 career tackles and three interceptions. He was second-team All-Ivy last fall. The 6-foot-1, 236-pound defensive leader with Sunday football potential comes from a college football family. Both his father and grandfather played at Notre Dame.

 

VARGA

Yale sophomore Tyler Varga (Kitchener, Ont.) leads the Ivy in both all-purpose (208) and kickoff (26.9) yards while ranking second and 17th respectively in the nation. Varga has rushed for over 100 yards in three of four games. He is the first newcomer to run for triple digits in his Yale debut since Mike McLeod in 2005.  Varga, who played at the University of Western Ontario in 2011, had a season-high two TDs in the season opener at Georgetown. The 5-foot-11, 220-pound back was a star track & field (sprinter, triple jump, thrower) athlete who also competed in swimming, basketball and baseball. Varga was a star regional sprinter and jumper, but injured his leg and was convinced by his coach to help the team by throwing the shot (45', 6.5") and javelin (110'). He excelled at both.

 

Varga's 2012 Season

Opponent        Rush Yds        TD       Rec Yds          KOR  

Georgetown    21-103             2          1-6                   3-65      


Cornell             13-91               0          3-9                   4-93

Colgate            21-125             2          3-31                 3-119  

Dartmouth       DNP

Lafayette         23-100             0          2-17                 3-73

 

SANDQUIST

Junior WR Cameron Sandquist leads the team with 26 catches and 311 yards this season, including a career-best 10 catches against Colgate. He entered the season with 21 career grabs and kicked off 2012 with a bang. In the opener at Georgetown, he connected on a school-record, 98-yard pass play in the second quarter. Sandquist, who has six career TD grabs, scored on his first two collegiate receptions as a freshman in 2010 against Columbia. He is equally famous for his role as shortstop on the 2004 Little League World Series Northwest (Redmond LL) Team.

 

CHAMPION

Freshman DB Cole Champion (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) has worked his way into a starting safety spot and notched a career-high nine solos and 10 overall stops against Lafayette. He is second on the team with 21-9-30 for the season and leads the Blue with three pass breakups. Champion was an all-state football linebacker and lacrosse midfielder at St. Thomas Aquinas High. He is the school's career tackles leader and helped them earn "national championships" in 2008 (with current teammate LB Dylan Drake '13) and 2010. He has played on stages as big as Cowboys Stadium and against opponent running backs as talented as South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore and Florida State's James Wilder.  Not surprisingly, nine of his former teammates are playing Division I football, five in the FBS and four Ivy Leaguers. His father, Gregg Champion, played football at New Hampshire.

 

BULLDOG BITES

The last time a Yale team began its Ivy slate 0-2 was in 1997, the first year under Jack Siedlecki… Yale's 26 first downs, 54 rushing attempts and 88 total plays last week were season-highs… The Yale defense forced a season-high eight punts last week… NG Chris Dooley's two sacks and three TFLs last week were a Yale season-high… P Kyle Cazzetta landed a pair of kicks inside the Lafayette 20…  The Blue is looking for its first interception since Collin Bibb saved the season opener with a pick late in the fourth quarter.

 

NEW MENTOR
Tony Reno, the Joel E. Smilow'54 Head Coach of Yale football, is in his first head coaching position after cutting his teeth in the Ivy League the last nine seasons. He was a Bulldog assistant under Jack Siedlecki (2002-08) and coached for the Crimson the last three falls. This isn't the first time an Italian-American, former Bulldog assistant in his mid 30s took over the Yale program.  Carm Cozza did it in 1965 and amassed an Ivy record 179 wins 32 years later.

ROSTER
The Yale roster included 111 names when players reported to campus on Aug. 15. Seventeen Elis have dropped off that roster since, primarily due to injury. Yale's 94 players are the fewest on an Ivy League roster this fall. 

 

TEAM LEADER

Each week the Yale football team elects someone to be its "team leader" for that Saturday. Here are the Bulldogs who have earned the most respect of their teammates that week.

 

Game               Player

Georgetown    RB Mordecai Cargill '13

Cornell             DB Collin Bibb '13

Colgate            DB John Powers '13

Dartmouth       OL Roy Collins '13

Lafayette         DB Kurt Stottlemyer '13

 

WILLIAMS

Freshman Eric Williams (Portland, Ore.) is learning how to play quarterback at the college level the old fashioned way. He's getting knocked down a lot, learning from his mistakes and figuring out the defenses and tempo of the new level while having some success thinking on his feet. Against Colgate, he rushed for 114 yards (threw for 171) to become the first Yale QB to rush for triple digits since Sept. 21, 2002. Williams has completed better than 64 percent of his passes for 1,022 yards in five games. Williams, the brother of Yale football players Scott '13 and Sean '11, and the son of former NFL player, Larry (Browns, Patriots, Saints, Chargers), became Yale's first freshman starter behind center since Mike McClellan '01 (first Eli rookie QB to start a varsity game since World War II) in the 1997 season opener at home against Brown. Williams was the starting QB at Jesuit High School in Portland for two years before his family moved, and he spent his senior campaign at St. Ignatius near Cleveland. One of the assistant coaches on the St. Ignatius team was former Yale captain Rory Hennessey '05.

 

Williams in 2012

                                    Com.   Att.      Yds     TD       Int.

Georgetown                19        30        250      1          3

Cornell                        27        37        211      1          2

Colgate                        21        40        171      2          3

Dartmouth                   17        24        181      1          0

Lafayette                     23        34        209      1          4

Total                            107      165      1022    6          12

 

OL
Seven players have seen most of the action, including one senior, three juniors, two sophomores and a freshman. The senior is RT Roy Collins (6-5, 266, Carbondale, Ill.). The juniors are LT Wes Gavin (6-6, 286, San Diego, Calif.), C John Oppenheimer (6-0, 264, Menlo Park, Calif.) and LT Kyle White (6-7, 268, Pompton Plains, NJ). The sophomores are RG Ben Carbery (6-5, 287, Oak Park, Ill.) and LG William Chism (6-3, 277, Ridgeland, Miss.), while the lone newcomer was RG Luke Longinotti (6-4, 265, Burlingame, Calif.). Gavin and Carbery combined to win freshman MVP honors the last two years.

OL NOTES
Two tight ends and two defensive tackles have been moved over to solidify this unit over the past few years. Here are some notes on Yale offensive linemen.

 

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 … C John Oppenheimer, who moved over from the defense his sophomore year, 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. Collins is a type 1 diabetic who wears an insulin pump during practices and games.  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)… LG Wiliam Chism owns a fire wood business back home in Mississippi. His father, Brad Chism, played football at Millsap College and was a Rhodes Scholar. He is President of Zata|3 Consulting, a Washington, D.C.-based direct voter contact firm. The younger Chism had offers from every Ivy school and several other FCS institutions… RG Ben Carbery was a National Merit finalist and the captain of his high school's Scholastic Bowl team, which finished 17th at the 2010 National Academic Quiz Tournament national championship (he was 8th in the individual competition). He is the son of Paul '83 and Sherry '83 Carbery. His aunt, Patti Carbery '86, played basketball and softball at Yale.

 

POWERS OUTAGE

Senior DB John Powers (Hamden, Conn.) was in the middle of his fourth season as a force on special teams and in the defensive backfield when he suffered a serious arm injury against Dartmouth that could end his college career. Powers, a former star quarterback at Hopkins School in New Haven, is not thinking that way. "I have a hunch I have not played my last snap," said Powers, who has 15 solos and 26 overall tackles this year.

 

NEWCOMERS

The starting QB is a newcomer and the top two ground gainers are also first-year Bulldogs. Twenty-five percent of the team's receptions are from new players. While the class of 2016 has only two players making a lot of tackles this fall, you can still say the Bulldog newcomers have made a major impact. There are an unprecedented eight new guys on the Yale two-deep depth chart, including six on offense. Fifteen newcomers were on the travel squad the first two weeks, and there have been times with four first-year players on offense at the same time.

 

RUSSELL

Senior WR Derek Russell (Newton, Mass.) has been a patient and loyal Bulldog, waiting for a chance to make an impact for the varsity. Russell, who passed for 2,100 yards and 21 TDs his senior year at Newton South High, has bounced around different positions at Yale before settling into his first collegiate varsity role this fall as the top holder, a punt protector and a backup receiver. At Cornell he caught three passes for 27 yards. Against Dartmouth he completed one of two passes on fourth-down plays, including a fourth-down, 18-yard score to Dylan Drake on special teams in the second quarter. He also ran the ball twice for seven yards against the Big Green while catching two passes for 15 yards.


IVY

Princeton, picked to finish at the bottom of the league standings, is one of three 2-0 Ivy teams heading into Saturday. The Tigers stunned many by blanking Brown last week at Old Nassau, 19-0. Columbia, also slated for the southern part of the Ancient Eight standings, was leading Penn most of the day before it slipped away against the Quakers at Franklin Field last week. Meanwhile, other Ivy squads finished off non-league schedules. Harvard smacked Bucknell at Boston, 35-7, Cornell just got by (41-38) Monmouth at Ithaca and Dartmouth fell at home to Sacred Heart, 27-10.

 

PATRIOT

All of Yale's non-league games were against Patriot League squads this fall. The Blue beat Georgetown and lost to Colgate and Lafayette.

 

AWARDS

Three Bulldogs were honored after week one of the season, one from the Ivy and the other from the website collegefootballperformance.com.

 

Ivy League:     RB Tyler Varga (Sept. 15), Rookie of the Week

CFPA:             LB Will McHale, WR Cameron Sandquist (Sept. 15)

                        RB Tyler Varga (Sept. 29)

YALE'S IVY LEAGUE HONOR ROLL PICKS

These players had performances worth noting each week, but did not have the numbers to get player of the week.

 

Date                Player                          Pos.

Sept.  17          Will McHale                LB

                        Cameron Sandquist     WR

Sept. 24           Austin Reuland           WR

Oct.  1             Tyler Varga                 RB

Oct. 8              Eric Williams               QB

Oct. 15                        Chris Dooley               DL

 

NEW DIGS
Yale Football has a new player lounge on the third floor of Ray Tompkins House replete with couches, tables, desks, games, TVs and life-sized images on the walls.

RETRO
The Yale helmets have a slight "retro" look this fall with a change in the "Y" on the sides. Instead of having the "Y" outlined with a white line and then an outer blue edge, a thinner blue "Y" now stands alone, showcasing the look from the late 1960s through the 1980s.

 

100TH

The 100th anniversary of Yale Bowl will be celebrated during the 2014 season. Planning for the celebration has just begun. The bulk of the activity will take place on Sept. 27 when the Bulldogs host Army for the first time since 1988 (last meeting was 1996).


NOT A SCHEDULE TYPO
For the second straight fall, the Elis hosted Dartmouth and play at Columbia. According to the league, the Ivy schedule format changed in 2008. In order to make the necessary changes and follow the scheduling parameters, these two game sites had to remain for a second straight year.

SET IN STONE
There are 3,543 names of Yale football players listed on 345 stones in Jensen Plaza outside Yale Bowl. The names include the first Bulldog squad in 1872 through the class of 2012.

 

ALUMNI NEWS
Former Yale QB Stone Phillips '77, who anchored NBC's Dateline for 15 years, launched a new website this fall,  stonephillipsreports.com... Ex-Eli captain Rory Hennessey '05 is the founder of Altum Athletico, LLC, a U.S. shoe company that has a "barefoot" design... Two former Yale receivers are coaches on the 2012 Vanderbilt University football squad. Bob Shoop '88, a 24-year veteran of college coaching, is the defensive coordinator. Chandler Henley '06, the captain of the 2006 Ivy Champions, is a graduate assistant coach… 2009 Yale captain Paul Rice '10 is a graduate assistant football coach at Georgia Tech… Former OL Kyle Metzler '03 is the tight ends coach for Dartmouth... Former Eli QB Bob Verduzco '90 is a first-year offensive coordinator for the Galesburg-Augusta (Mich.) High School football team that ended a 32-game losing streak on Sept. 20.

 

THE VOICE

Dez Duron '13, a former reserve Yale QB and the team's best singer, took a leave from school last year to pursue a spot on NBC's hit singing show The Voice. He was selected this fall by Christina Aguilera to compete on her team. Despite that, the Bulldogs voted him the "best singer" on the team this fall.

 

BULLPUPS
The Yale JV has three games left this fall: Oct. 28 vs. Bridgton Academy; Nov. 4 at Brown and Nov. 16 at Harvard. All games are 1 p.m., while home contests are played at Clint Frank Field.

ANCIENT EIGHT CROWNS
Dartmouth owns the most Ivy League titles since league play officially began in 1956. Yale and Harvard trail Penn by one for second.

No.      Team                           Last Title
17        Dartmouth                   1996
15        Penn                            2010
14        Yale                             2006
14        Harvard                       2011
 9         Princeton                     2006
 4         Brown                         2008
 3         Cornell                                    1990
 1         Columbia                     1961

OT

Yale has gone four straight seasons without a tie after regulation time. The Elis are 4-3 in OT games overall since its first, a 34-31 loss at Penn in 2003.The last OT game was a 26-20, triple-extra-session win at Penn in 2007.

 

TUESDAYS AT MORY'S
Tony Reno, 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. 11 through Nov. 12) at noon for the Dick Galiette Yale Football Media Luncheon. This event is limited to media only. Please contact Yale Sports Publicity Director Steve Conn (steven.conn@yale.edu) if you would like to attend. The following Yale players have attended the luncheon: Chris Dooley, Mordecai Cargill (Georgetown); Eric Williams, John Powers (Cornell) and Allen Davis, William Chism and Cole Champion (Colgate) and Ryan Falbo, Roy Collins and Grant Wallace (Dartmouth), Cameron Sandquist and Blake Thomson (Lafayette).

STREAMING BULLDOGS
All five home games this season are video streamed on yalebulldogs.com through Yale's All Access with Ron Vaccaro (follow @yalevoice on Twitter for Yale football updates)
and Carm Cozza providing the call for both All Access and WELI Radio. All home games are live broadcasts except for Penn.

 

3RD QUARTER

A recent tradition continues with Yale football radio broadcasts in 2012. Every third quarter, home and away, Vaccaro and Cozza are joined by a former Yale player on WELI. Here's who has been on this fall: Dave Sheronas '93 and Dan Urban '93 (Georgetown), Gary Wilhelm '74 (Cornell), Jake Stoller '12 (Colgate), Rory Hennessey '05 (Dartmouth) and Kevin Callahan '91 (Lafayette) with Chris Denny-Brown '07 (Penn) up next.

 

STUDENT BROADCAST

To hear a Yale student broadcast of Yale football games, tune into wybcx.com. Each pre-game show includes an interview with Tony Reno.

 

PRACTICE
The Bulldogs, off on Mondays, are on the field from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through 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 is no student-athlete scheduling conflicts. All schedules are subject to change.

YALE ON YES
Yale on YES includes three broadcasts this fall on the YES Network. The YES games are Columbia, Brown and Princeton. This is the fifth 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 Yale defensive back Jack Ford '72, a well-known author and TV personality, and ex-National Football League and Princeton lineman Ross Tucker.

NBCSN
Yale football airs live on NBC Sports Network three times this fall. The Cornell, Penn and Harvard games will be shown by the TV group previously branded as VERSUS. The studio team of Liam McHugh, Doug Flutie and Hines Ward provide pre- and post-game coverage on NBC and/or NBC Sports Network every Saturday of the college football season. The NBC Sports Network has televised 17 Ivy League football matchups featuring all eight schools over the past four (2008-11) seasons.

 

MEDIA GUIDE

While schools are getting away from producing "media guides," both printed and digital, most of the information you once got with the Yale media guide is still available upon request or by looking on yalebulldogs.com. The following links are available on the football home page.

 

YORKSIDE IN BOWL
The Yale Bowl press box has a taste of New Haven with Yorkside Pizza & Restaurant serving slices, pasta and salad to the media on home Saturdays.

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 (896 wins) to catch up playing three or four games more than Yale each season. The Bulldogs are second with 870 victories.

BULLDOGS AT NFL CAMPS
Shane Bannon '11 (Chiefs) and Jake Stoller '12 (Steelers) were in NFL Camps right up to the start of the 2012 regular season. Bannon, an H-Back on the Kansas City practice squad in 2011, suffered an injury midway through this year's camp before being released. Stoller, a defensive lineman, made it all the way to the final day of teams reporting their regular-season rosters.

NFL COACHES
Three former Bulldogs are coaching in the NFL this season. Dick Jauron '73, who has spent 34 years in the NFL as a player (25 interceptions, Detroit & Cincinnati) and coach, is in his second year as the defensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns. He has also coached in Jacksonville, Green Bay, Chicago, Detroit, Buffalo and Philadelphia. Jauron, the 2001 AP Coach of the Year with the Bears, was an NFL head coach three times, most recently with the Bills (2006-09). Pat Graham '01, a former Yale tight end and defensive lineman, is a defensive assistant coach for the New England Patriots. He is in his fourth season at Foxboro. Graham, a Waterbury, Conn., native, was a member of Yale's 1999 Ivy title team. Michael McDaniel '05 is in his sixth NFL campaign and second with the Washington Redskins. He also coached the Houston Texans and Denver Broncos.

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 play against Cal Poly Tech (San Luis Obispo), ranked No. 1 in the latest College Sporting News Gridiron Power Index. The Mustangs are 6-0 overall and 4-0 in the Big Sky Conference. The only two games the Blue has played on the West Coast were against USD.

NEXT WEEK
After four straight home games, the Elis take to the road next week with a  12:30 kick at Columbia.

 

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 2012 breakdown.
50         players were captains of their high school football team
35         players were captains of another sport in high school
41         players were a national honors society member
 4         players were class president at their high school
 4         players were student body president at their high school
 5         players were class valedictorian at their high school
 4         players were class salutatorian at their high school

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

OL William Chism (So, Ridgeland, Miss.)… most humorous
TE Michael Leunen (Jr, Portland, Ore.)… most intelligent
TB Mordecai Cargill (Sr, Cleveland, Ohio)… most vocal leader (not captain)
DB John Powers (Sr, Hamden, Conn.)… most likely to be U.S. President
DE Beau Palin (Jr, Oconomowoc, Wis.)… most interesting activity (Capt. America, water skiing)  
DE Allen Davis (Sr, Grand Praire, Texas)… best singer
DB Collin Bibb (Sr, San Antonio, Texas)… strongest player (pound-for-pound)
DE Beau Palin (Jr, Oconomowoc, Wis.)… most involved in community outreach

INSIDE IVY FOOTBALL
"Inside Ivy League Football" runs all 10 Wednesdays of the season at 7 p.m. on BlogTalkRadio.com (blogtalkradio.com/inside ivyleaguefootball). It will be available on-demand via BlogTalkRadio and IvyLeagueSports.com. Fans and alumni can 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 shop.ivyleaguesports.com. The show will be hosted by two veteran Ivy broadcasters, Dan Loney and Brian Seltzer.  

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filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director

 
 
 
 
 

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