Wisconsin Native Picked By Teammates
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Beau Palin, who started every game this fall at defensive end, has been named captain of the 2013 Yale Football Team. A team vote in the hotel the night before the season finale made Palin the first Wisconsin native to take the storied program's top leadership position.
Palin, Yale's starting tight end last season, moved over to defense this fall and became a regular on the front. He earned the 2012 team's "hammer" award for hardest hits. His five sacks were second on the squad, while he finished with 25 solo tackles and 43 overall.
"It's a tremendous honor to be appointed a leader of men I respect so much. I learned a lot from the guys who came before me," said Palin, who was announced as the 2013 captain at tonight's team banquet at Yale Commons. "This is a tremendous responsibility, but I'm very confident there are other leaders on this team. It's all about uniting the guys together and focusing on one goal."
The new team leader's best defensive day as a Bulldog was six solos in the Oct. 20 win over eventual league champion Penn at Yale Bowl, but he's not as excited about his own accomplishments as he is about the Elis moving forward.
"We will continue to focus on improving, and I cannot wait to take the next step with this group of men as one team on one page with one goal in mind," said Palin, whose play on both sides has allowed him to gain the respect of more Bulldogs than most Yale captains.
The Oconomowoc, Wis., native, is the 136th elected Yale football captain. He is the fifth linebacker over the last six years, including three straight, to be named to the post. Palin also makes it seven straight defensive players, though he wasn't always on that side of the ball. He caught eight passes for 54 yards, including three against Brown, as an end his sophomore year.
Palin is wearing the uniform number of some Yale greats. Two-time Ivy MVP John Pagliaro '78 and All-American Kevin Czinger '81 wore No. 40, so did 1949 captain Levi Jackson '50, the first black to play football at Yale. The last team captain to don it was linebacker Chris Gaughan '91, who made it three (Carmen Ilacqua '86, Don Lund '89) No. 40s in six years as linebacker captains.
"The Men of Yale made an incredible choice as their leader for the 2013 season. Our players selected Beau from an unbelievable group of men," said Tony Reno, the Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach of Yale Football. "Beau Palin bleeds Yale Blue and has demonstrated exceptional leadership and motivation on and off the field. He always places the team and his teammates before himself. He is a tireless worker and is willing to raise the bar every day to achieve our goals. I am excited for Beau and for all of Yale Football."
Palin earned 12 varsity letters from football, hockey and baseball at the University School of Milwaukee. He made 129 tackles in nine games at linebacker his senior year and earned a spot in the Wisconsin Coaches Association Senior All-Star Game.
Palin is not the first college football captain in the family. His father, Drew, captained the 1974 Stanford squad as a defensive lineman. His grandfather, Lenox G. Palin, played football at Princeton and graduated in 1950. Beau followed his brother, Drew '06 (RB/LB), to the Yale football program after a year at Phillips Academy Andover, where he continued his three-sport participation. The other college athletes in the family are his older brother, Tyler, who played football at Carleton College, his older sister, Holly, a two-sport athlete at Northwestern and a younger brother who is playing football at Dayton.
"I wouldn't be where I am today, or who I am today, without the positive role models in my life. They've given me advice on how to be a better player and be a good teammate." said Palin, an ecology and evolutionary biology major who resides in Jonathan Edwards College.
Filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director
Jack Warhola image of Palin tackling the Harvard QB on Nov. 17