November 10, 2012

Senior Salute With Tigers in Town

Princeton at Yale, Saturday at Noon

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Some still refer to it as the "Big Three," others know it as the first of two rival weeks for the Bulldogs with Princeton coming to Yale Bowl this Saturday. Yale's 2012 home finale, the last opportunity for 23 seniors to sink their cleats into the Class of 1954 Field, is a noon kickoff that can be seen on YES Network and heard on WELI (AM-960, weli.com) and wybcx.com (student).

 

SERIES

One hundred and ten 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 135th meeting, second only to the Lehigh-Lafayette (147) rivalry. Some Old Blue put more emphasis on this rivalry than THE Game. Yale leads 74-50-10 overall and has taken eight of the last 10.

 

LAST MEETING

QB Patrick Witt '12 completed 26 of 33 passes for 379 yards and three scores as Yale beat Princeton 33-24 last year in New Jersey. Witt and WR Jackson Liguori (Pacific Palisades, Calif.), who had 10 catches for 123 yards, helped the Elis rack up 500 yards of total offense and overcome a 178-yard rushing day by Princeton RB Chuck Dibilio.  Alex Thomas '12 ran 20 times for 90 yards, including a 62-yard score, while  LB Jordan Haynes '12 and DB Geoff Dunham '12 registered 14 and 10 tackles, respectively.  

 

BLUE SLOWED BY BROWN

The Bulldogs rushed for 201 yards, including 104 from Tyler Varga, but couldn't get enough production from their passing game in a 20-0 loss at Providence last week. A banged up Eric Williams (4-for-15) tried to get the ball in the air but he got hit too often. LB Will McHale led all tacklers with five solos and eight overall.

 

VARGA

Yale sophomore Tyler Varga (Kitchener, Ont.) leads the nation with 199.4 all-purpose yards per game, while he is the Ivy League leader with 119 rushing yards per game (9th in FCS). Varga has rushed for over 100 yards in five of his seven games (9 yards shy vs. Cornell, 4 vs. Penn) and is the only Ivy player to rush for more than 200 in a game this season. His 220 at Columbia are sixth best for a Bulldog player and got him FCS national RB of the week from College Football Performance Awards. He was 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, leads the Blue with 839 rushing yards and seven TDs. The 5-foot-11, 220-pound back (also played some QB) was a star track & field 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').

 

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

Penn                26-96               0          2-15                 1-21

Columbia         25-220             3          0-0                   3-39

Brown              20-104             0          1-3                   3-66

Totals               1 49-839          7          12-81               20-476

 

TIGERS EDGED BY QUAKERS

Princeton, which held leads of 13-7 and 21-14, had a chance to remain in first place last week when Penn came to New Jersey. The Tigers trailed by seven with 10 minutes left and suffered three straight turnovers to drop a 28-21 decision to the Quakers. Princeton compiled 444 yards of total offense, including 272 passing yards (2 TDs) by QB Connor Michelsen.

 

NOTABLE GAMES IN SERIES

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.

 

12 ATTEMPTS

For three straight weeks, Yale had nine different offensive players catch passes. That streak ended at Columbia with a bunch of injured QBs when the Blue attempted 12 passes, completing one each to four different players. The QBs were still banged up last week as Yale completed four of 18 attempts.

 

CITY OF ROSES

They must subscribe to the "next man up" motto in Portland. Eric Williams and fellow Portland native Henry Furman attempted all the Yale passes at Brown. Furman, a JV quarterback the last two years who moved to WR this year and has nine catches, completed three of eight throws at Columbia. He threw for 5,000 yards and 43 TDs at Lincoln High School. Another Portland guy, sophomore TE Michael Leunen (5 catches, 2 TDs), has been a solid target this fall.

 

RUSSELL

Senior WR Derek Russell (Newton, Mass.) is the team's top holder for kicks, a backup receiver and sees other special teams action. When Yale's starting quarterback went down with an injury on the game's third series vs. Penn (he missed the last two weeks), Russell took over as the QB before completing 13 of 20 passes, including a score, and running the ball 11 times for 61 yards and a TD as Yale knocked off Penn 27-13 at Yale Bowl. The former high school QB connected with HB Elijah Thomas on a four-yard scoring play in the third quarter to put the Bulldogs up 17-7 and then added the clinching TD on a three-yard run in the fourth. Russell has been a patient and loyal Bulldog, waiting for three years 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. 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. Russell's brother, Sam, is a linebacker doing a post-graduate year at Cheshire (Conn.) Academy this year.

 

MCHALE

Senior LB Will McHale (Old Greenwich, Conn.) leads the Blue with 61 overall tackles. McHale, who has started 28 straight games since his sophomore year, has 195 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.

 

CARGILL   

Senior RB Mordecai Cargill (Cleveland, Ohio) is Yale's active career rushing leader with 1,536 yards. He is second on the team in rushing yards and average and has three games with better than a 6.0 average.

 

SANDQUIST

Junior WR Cameron Sandquist leads the team with 39 catches and 404 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 now leads the team in solo tackles. He notched a career-high nine solos (10 overall) against Lafayette and then had 8-3-11 vs. Penn. He also leads the Blue with four 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.

 

PANICO

Senior PK Philippe Panico (Boston, Mass.), the Oct. 20 Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week, split the uprights twice against Penn, including a career-long 43-yarder. His other boot was from 42 and he now has five field goals this fall. He has made 19 three-pointers and has 113 points over four seasons.

 

CAZZETTA

Sophomore Kyle Cazzetta (Slate Hill, N.Y.) enjoyed a career-best day at Brown last week. He punted seven times with a 46.1 average and had four that landed inside the Brown 20, including a 72-yarder (3 yards shy of school record). He has had three straight strong performances.

 

INTERCEPTIONS

Yale has picked off three passes this fall: Collin Bibb (Georgetown), Brian Leffler (Penn) and Kurt Stottlemyer (Columbia). Leffler's, Yale's only pick at the Bowl, went for 47 yards and led to a victory. Bibb's interception clinched the win at D.C. If not for a late fumble against the Lions, all three would have led to victories.

 

SACK

Junior LB Beau Palin (Oconomowoc, Wis.) leads the Blue with five sacks and 32 yards. He has 20 solos and 37 overall stops.

 

NATIONAL TITLES

Yale hasn't won a national championship since 1927, but there are three current Bulldogs who earned national titles before coming to New Haven. Junior LB Chris Brady's 2009 Don Bosco Prep (NJ) team finished first in the national prep poll rankings. Senior LB Dylan Drake and freshman DB Cole Champion were teammates on the 2008 St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) team that earned the mythical national championship.

 

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

Penn                NG Chris Dooley '13

Columbia         LB Brian Leffler '13

Brown              DT Nick Daffin

 

WILLIAMS

Freshman Eric Williams (Portland, Ore.) started seven games this fall and has played in almost all of six. He missed the Columbia game with an injury. 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 1,056 passing yards and six TDs. 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

Penn                            1         4           12      0          0

Columbia                     DNP

Brown                          4          15        22        0          2

Total                            112      184      1056    6          14

 

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 and now has 16 straight starts, 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 BACK

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 have ended his college career. Powers, a former star quarterback at Hopkins School in New Haven, was not thinking that way. "I have a hunch I have not played my last snap," said Powers three weeks ago. The veteran defender had his arm wrapped last weekend at Brown and made one tackle. Powers has 16 solos and 27 overall tackles this year.

 

NEWCOMERS

The starting QB (Williams or Varga) is a newcomer and two of the top three 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 11 new guys on the Yale two-deep depth chart. 


IVY

Penn turned Princeton over three times in the fourth quarter to preserve a 28-21 score. The Quakers had to overcome two deficits in a game pitting two teams with one league loss at Princeton Stadium. Dartmouth traveled to Ithaca on bad weather day and thumped the Big Red 44-28 Harvard, who meets Penn this week in a showdown for first place, destroyed Columbia at Boston, 69-0, including 35 second quarter points.

 

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. Those schools are a combined 15-12 this fall.

 

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

Nov. 3             Tyler Varga                  TB

 

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 played 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 3,539  names  of Yale football players listed on 346 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.

 

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), Kurt Stottlemyer and Michael Leunen (Penn) and Philippe Panico and Beau Palin (Columbia). The media luncheon did not take place the Brown week but is back for the Princeton week.

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), Kevin Callahan '91 (Lafayette), Chris Denny-Brown '07 (Penn), Patrick Witt '12 (Columbia) and Ralph Plumb '05 (Brown). Steve Skrovan '79 (Princeton) and Fred Danforth '73 (Harvard) are 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. Some practices may be closed. Check with Steve Conn to confirm they are open before heading out there. 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.

 

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 (900th win vs. MSU, Oct. 20) to catch up playing three or four games more than Yale each season. The Bulldogs are second with 871 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. 16 in the latest FCS polls. The Mustangs are 7-2 overall and 5-2 in the Big Sky Conference. The only two games the Blue has played on the West Coast were against USD.

NEXT WEEK
The 2012 season comes to an end next week at Harvard Stadium.

 

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