Bulldogs, Bears at Bowl Saturday at Noon

Candler Rich, William Chism. (photo by Jack Warhola)
Candler Rich, William Chism. (photo by Jack Warhola)

Yale Looks To Add Momentum in Week 8

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Week No. 8 of the 2013 Yale football season has the Bulldogs (4-3, 2-2 Ivy) hosting the Brown Bears (5-2, 2-2) at noon Saturday at Yale Bowl on the Class of 1954 Field. The Bulldogs and Bears meet in a contest that airs live on the Yale Football Radio Network - including WELI Radio (AM-960) - and on the Ivy League Digital Network.

So much for home field advantage; the visiting team has won 13 of the last 17 meetings heading into the 118th between Yale and Brown. The Bulldogs may be up 78-34-5, but the Bears have won nine of the last 14. Of the 117 meetings, only 32 have come at Brown Stadium, where the Blue is 19-10-3. The two rivals met in New Haven 32 consecutive years (1926-57) and Yale has a 59-24-2 advantage at the Bowl.
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. 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 '13 led all tacklers with five solos and eight overall.  

Deon Randall's 26-yard TD reception gave the Blue a 16-6 lead at 7:59 of the second quarter and were the last points Yale needed to vanquish Columbia last week at Yale Bowl in a 53-12 win. However, Randall's was the first of seven straight scores, including six TDs, on a record-breaking day of firsts that helped Yale even its league mark. Henry Furman completed 22 of 30 passes for 275 yards and three scores while his running backs accumulated a season-high 294 rushing yards. That total included a school-record, 94-yard run by Kahlil Keys (137 total) and 101 by Candler Rich. The Lions scored in the first half on an interception return. The Yale defense made four sacks and two interceptions while LB Darius Manora had six solos and seven overall tackles.
TB John Spooney, who had 232 rushing yards and was Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week, scored on runs of 93 and 94 yards and Alex Norocea kicked two field goals as Brown beat Penn at Providence 27-0 last week. The Bears defense, led by Emory Polley's (Ivy League Defensive Player of Week) two interceptions, forced three picks and had four sacks.

The Bulldogs were just looking for a first down and better field position in the third quarter against Columbia when Kahlil Keys (Petaluma, Calif.) took a handoff from Henry Furman near Yale's six yard line. The junior TB broke outside, went through a tackle and then sprinted ahead of three defenders for a school-record, 94-yard TD run. That broke Denny McGill's record of 93 yards against Dartmouth in 1956 on the same field.

Chris Smith '13 became the first Ivy player to return two kickoffs for TDs in a game during Yale's 27-24 win at Providence in 2010… The Elis played spoiler in 2008 against league unbeaten Brown and came back to New Haven with a 13-3 win. The clincher was a 78-yard pass play from Brook Hart '11 to Peter Balsam '11... Ralph Plumb '05 set a Yale record with 258 receiving yards in 2004 at Providence... The Bears and Bulldogs combined for a series-record 99 points in the 2003 game at Yale Bowl, a 55-44 Brown victory that included four TD grabs for Bear WR Lonnie Hill... DB Ben Blake '00 blocked Brown's PAT attempt in the closing seconds of the 1999 game as the visitors attempted to tie the game. However, Bear TB Mike Powell picked up the loose ball and lateraled to FB Rob Scholl, who rambled into the end zone for the two-point conversion and a 25-24 victory... WR Jake Borden '00 hauled in a 27-yard TD pass from Joe Walland '00 with six seconds left as Yale pulled out a 30-28 game at Providence in 1998... Chris Hetherington '96, a Yale QB who later became an NFL fullback, rushed for 166 yards and passed for 223 in a win over Brown in 1995... In a matchup of defending co-champions, Yale's goal-line stand prevented the Bruins from converting a first-and-goal from the two-yard line with under a minute to play in a 10-9 Eli victory at the Bowl in 1977... The two teams combined for 37 punts in a 1941 Brown (7-0) win.

The Bulldogs were flagged for an end zone celebration in the fourth quarter against Columbia, and it was a penalty approved by head coach Tony Reno. That's because the backup tailback who rushed for a score has been an inspiration to many Elis. Senior Tate Harshbarger (Pico Rivera, Calif.) was not recruited by Yale, but came out for the team in 2010 and then broke his leg in the first JV game. Harshbarger, who has been a key scout team performer, returned last fall and has been a favorite among his teammates. He got his first varsity carries (6, 41 yards) on Nov. 2 and scored on a 14-yard run.

Winning teams take the ball away much more than they give it up. The young Yale team is a classic case of how this works. The Bulldogs won their first three games of 2013 and turned over their opponents nine times compared to three Eli turnovers. Over the three consecutive losses, Yale turned it over 11 (7 fumbles) times while forcing just six by opponents.  The Blue is +3 compared to opponents overall this fall.

Yale's opponent next week has the only perfect (4-0) Ivy record. Princeton, which already has a win over Harvard, beat up Cornell last Saturday, but it's still a tough road ahead with Penn, the Elis and Dartmouth to close out the campaign. The Crimson and Quakers are 3-1 in league play and hoping for a Tiger mistake, while the Blue, Brown and Big Green have 2-2 marks and are running out of time. The Big Red and Lions remain winless.

Deon Randall leads the Blue in all receiving categories including receptions (56) and yards (543). His seven TD catches rank seventh at Yale for a single season. He entered the season without a TD at Yale Bowl and now has seven in three games this fall. He had nine catches for 60 yards and two scores against Fordham. Randall, ranked No. 6 in the FCS with 8.0 grabs per game, scored four consecutive touchdowns in the second half of a 38-23 win over Cornell on Sept. 28 that earned him the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week and the Gold Helmet (top D1 player) by the New England Sports Writers.  Randall, a junior wide receiver who scored his first points at Yale Bowl that day, helped Yale break open a halftime tie with 28 second-half points in the Elis' league opener. Three of his scores came through the air, from eight, 23 and 44 yards. Randall, a San Diego, Calif., native who was All-Ivy in 2011, caught a career-high 11 passes for 148 yards and ran the ball three times for 18 yards and another score (10 yards) against the Red. The three TD receptions tied a school record, while the four scores were one shy of the Yale mark shared most recently by Mike McLeod against Holy Cross in 2007. Randall also saw his first collegiate snaps on defense this fall as a DB.

Senior WR Chris Smith (Midlothian, Va.), who is third on the team in receptions, sat out the last three weeks with an injury. He clinched the win at Cal Poly with a diving, 28-yard catch in the end zone on third down with 3:24 left in the fourth and Yale up by a touchdown. The 2011 All-Ivy League pick returned to the lineup after missing last season and has 16 catches for 182 yards and a 27.9 average on kickoff returns. He is Yale's career leader in kickoff return yardage with 1,691, while he sixth in receptions with 108. Smith's two returns for TDs at Brown in 2010 as a sophomore are an Ivy League record. Smith (in photo by raphotos.com) had his best day receiving at Lafayette in 2011 with seven grabs for 174 yards.

Sophomore SS Cole Champion (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) leads the Blue with three interceptions and four fumble recoveries. He is second on the team in tackles and had his best day as a collegian in the win at Cal Poly; he led all tacklers with 14 (6-8) while recovering a fumble and picking off two passes. He had 23 yards in interception returns as the Yale defense held a high powered Mustang offense to 37 total yards in the second half while not allowing a point. For that performance, he was named FCS National Player of the Week by The Sports Network and beyondsportsmadness.com, while also earning Ivy League co-Defensive Player of the Week. Champion had a career-high 10 solos and 12 overall stops against Cornell on Sept. 28. Champion earned a starting safety spot early in 2012 and was the leading returning tackler (46-25-71) from last fall. Champion, an all-state football linebacker and lacrosse midfielder at St. Thomas Aquinas High, is the school's career tackles leader and was part of two "national championships."

Senior Henry Furman (Portland, Ore.) has a team-high six rushing TDs this fall, three more than any teammate, despite sitting out the Penn game with an injury. That's the most QB rushing TDs for a Yalie since Alvin Cowan had seven in 2003. Furman is third among Ivy players in points responsible for with 84. He had a unique start to the 2013 season, leading his team on scoring drives his first five series behind center while rushing for a TD on four of them. Furman set a school record on Sept. 28 against Cornell with an .805 (29-36) completion percentage while accumulating 353 yards and three scores. In the opener at Colgate, he scored three times (25, 1, 33) on four rushing attempts. He got the natural hat trick by making them consecutive scores, all in the first half. They were his first career rushing TDs; he had one receiving TD in 2012. The last Yale QB to run for three scores was Cowan in 2002 vs. San Diego. Furman, who also completed 11 of 17 passes for 129 yards at Colgate, was a JV quarterback in 2010 and 2011. He made a successful transition to receiver in 2012 and had nine catches, including a TD, as a backup. After three QBs went down in the 2012 Penn game, he jumped in and played the last four Saturdays. His first collegiate start at any position came at QB against Princeton when the former Lincoln High (Portland, Ore.) School star completed 18 of 28 passes for 184 yards and a score as Yale's most valuable offensive player. Furman, who worked at the Yale Alumni Magazine last summer, threw for 5,000 yards and 43 TDs before coming to Yale.


Sophomore QB Morgan Roberts (Charlotte, N.C.) got his first collegiate start at Penn and completed 20 of 34 passes for 193 yards and a pair of scores. This came after backing up senior Henry Furman the first five games and getting regular action. Roberts has two TD passes in each of the last two games. Roberts (16-33, 142, 2 TD), who has played in every game, made a successful debut at Colgate by engineering three scoring drives in the second half of a victory at Hamilton. Roberts played at Clemson last fall as a red-shirt freshman and was the No. 3 signal-caller.

Junior WR Grant Wallace (St. Louis, Mo.) is second on the team this fall in receptions with 24 and TDs with two. He had a big day at Penn with eight catches for 104 yards, while his 50-yard TD catch against Columbia was the longest Yale pass play of the season. He was second last fall with 35 grabs for 371 yards and three scores. He made the school's top 10 in single-game catches with 11 for 118 yards and a score at Harvard last November. Wallace, the son of former Bulldog Bob Wallace '78, had four catches at Dartmouth.
Junior All-America candidate Tyler Varga (Kitchener, Ont.), who sat out the last two weeks with an injury, is second among Ivy runners and 10th in the FCS with 121 yards per game. He had a 236-yard rushing day (3rd best at Yale) at Colgate in the opener and then had 105 against Cornell.. For the Sept. 21 performance, he was collegesportsmadness.com Ivy Offensive Player of the Week and beyondsports.com FCS Running Back of the Week. He led the nation with 199.4 all-purpose yards per game in 2012 and was the Ivy League leader with 119 rushing yards per game (10th in FCS). Varga rushed for over 100 yards in eight of his 11 Yale games. His 220 at Columbia in 2012 was sixth best for a Bulldog player and got him FCS national RB of the week from College Football Performance Awards. He was the first Yale newcomer to run for triple digits in his debut since Mike McLeod in 2005.  Varga, who played at the University of Western Ontario in 2011, also competed in track & field, swimming, basketball and baseball as a kid. 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').

32 – RICH
Freshman Candler Rich (Newnan, Ga.) is averaging 5.8 per carry as the backup to Tyler Varga. Rich, who has a pair of 100-yard games in starts the last two weeks, scored his first three collegiate TDs against Columbia and earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors. He rushed for a pair and caught a scoring pass in the 53-12 win on Nov. 2. Rich's career-high was 159 rushing yards – including a 58-yard run – and a TD against Fordham.
Junior Kyle Cazzetta (Slate Hill, N.Y.) is having an All-Ivy type season at two positions. He is 9-for-12 on field goals, including a pair of career-best 46-yarders, while he is averaging 39 yards per punt. His nine FGs are the most by a Yalie since 2007. Cazzetta tops the Ivy League with 1.3 field goals per game. On Oct. 5 at Cal Poly, he landed three great punts inside the 10-yard line, including a 68-yarder. He averaged 44.8 on five punts and earned Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week. Cazzetta connected on both (46, 31) field goal attempts in week one, and the 46-yarder was the longest for a Yalie since Tom Mante split the uprights from 54 (Ivy record) in 2009. Cazzetta was named to numerous pre-season all-conference teams after averaging 40 per punt and landing 13 inside the 20 in 2012. His best outing was at Brown with a 46.1 average on seven kicks and four inside the Brown 20, including a 72-yarder (3 yards shy of school record). He was No. 16 (2nd in region) on Phil Steele's FCS pre-season national list of punters.

40 - PALIN (Captain)
Senior DE Beau Palin was a NFF Scholar-Athlete candidate and a semifinalist for the William Campbell Trophy. He was elected captain of the Bulldogs at the conclusion of the 2012 season. Palin (Oconomowoc, Wis.), who is third on the team in tackles this fall, played TE his first two years before switching to defense in 2012. His five sacks were second on the team in 2012. His best day as a Bulldog was a six-solo performance in a win over Penn in 2012. Palin is also very involved in the Warrior-Scholar Project, which helps war veterans and non-commissioned officers who are leaving the service make the transition to college life. His brother, Drew, also played football at Yale.

Junior LB William Vaughan (South Orange, NJ) leads the team with 40 solos and 61 overall tackles. His career-best outing came at Hanover on Oct. 12. Vaughan made 20 overall tackles including seven solos, and he was credited with a sack when he chased down the Dartmouth QB and forced an intentional grounding late in the first half.

Two All-Ivy League seniors, a pair of juniors and a sophomore combined to prevent a sack in the first four games while playing almost every snap of the season on the offensive line.

Seniors: LT 79 Wes Gavin (6-6, 286, San Diego, Calif.), C 60 John Oppenheimer (6-0, 264, Menlo Park, Calif.)
Juniors: RT 70 Ben Carbery (6-5, 287, Oak Park, Ill.), LG 67 William Chism (6-3, 277, Ridgeland, Miss.)
Sophomore: RG 50 Luke Longinotti (6-4, 265, Burlingame, Calif.).

Here are some other notes on Yale offensive linemen.
LT Wes Gavin had numerous scholarship offers but came to New Haven and became Yale's freshman MVP in 2010 before getting All-Ivy honors in 2012… He 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. Both of Gavin's parents are under 5-foot-8… John Oppenheimer, who moved over from the defense his sophomore year and became an All-Ivy center in 2012, played both sides of the line in high school. An active member of the Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive at Yale, he made a live-saving marrow donation last spring and went to Washington, D.C. this past summer to speak to members of congress about the need for funding. His father, Peter Oppenheimer, is Apple's senior vice president and Chief Financial Officer… LG William 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). Carbery, who was Yale's freshman MVP in 2011, is the son of Paul '83 and Sherry '83 Carbery. His aunt, Patti Carbery '86, played basketball and softball at Yale. Luke Longinotti, who played in all 10 games last year as a newcomer, was a three-sport (thrower, basketball) athlete in high school. His father, Ron, swam at Stanford and his mom, Libby, was varsity golfer at Stanford. His sister was a volleyball player at Columbia.

Yale has garnered a number of individual honors already in 2013. The New England Football Writers pick a Division I Gold Helmet Award recipient each week, and the Elis had winners in consecutive weeks: WR Deon Randall (Cornell) and SS Cole Champion (Cal Poly). The win over then No. 18 Cal Poly helped the Blue take three (Champion - defense, PK/P Kyle Cazzetta – special teams, CB Spencer Rymiszewski - rookie) of the four Ivy League player of the week awards, a very rare occurrence. Meanwhile, Champion, who had two interceptions and a fumble recovery against the Mustangs, was selected as national defensive player of the week by The Sports Network. Yale has had six players earn league player of the week this fall after Candler Rich was rookie of the week on Nov. 4.

Yale's first five rushing attempts against Columbia netted -8 yards; the Elis finished with 294 on the ground… Freshman DB Dale Harris, who missed the first five games with an injury, got his first collegiate start against Columbia and had four solos and five overall stops… Henry Furman, Eric Williams and Logan Scott all took snaps behind center against the Lions… DB Nick LaTesta and LB Andrew Larkin got their first career interceptions last week.

There has never been more of a freshman impact on a Yale varsity team than in 2013. Four freshmen are starting on defense with six on the two-deep. CB Spencer Rymiszewski (West Chester, Pa.) blocked a punt and had six tackles at Cal Poly on the way to Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors. FS Robert Ries (Cincinnati, OH), the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for Sept. 28, had 4-5-9 and an interception against Cornell. He also has two interceptions. DE Victor Egu (Concord, Calif.) had a sack and a forced fumble on the same play at Cal Poly. PK/P Bryan Holmes (Holland, Mich.) has been booming kickoffs and all four went for touchbacks at Dartmouth. CB Foyesade Oluokun (St. Louis, Mo.) made five solos and had seven overall stops on defense against Colgate. TB Candler Rich (Newnan, Ga.) has played in every game and has two starts. WR Robert Clemons (Laguna Beach, Calif.) had his first collegiate touch against the Rams and went 64 yards on a kickoff return.

One hundred and nine former Yale students have become college football head coaches, though no Elis currently serve that role. However, the 2013 Vanderbilt University football team includes two coaches who are former Yale receivers. Bob Shoop '88, a 25-year veteran of college coaching, is the defensive coordinator. Chandler Henley '06, the captain of the 2006 Ivy Champions, is in his second year as an offensive graduate assistant coach. In addition, former Yale offensive lineman Kyle Metzler '03 is the offensive tackles/tight ends coach for Dartmouth. A.J. Haase, a tight end at Yale and a 2009 graduate, is the defensive line coach at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.

Next season marks the 100th anniversary of Yale Bowl, which opened for the playing of the 1914 Harvard game. The cornerstone event of the season-long celebration is the Sept. 27 contest with Army, an old rival that helped fill the famous stadium on numerous occasions. Army and Yale last met in 1996 at West Point, the last game in New Haven was 1988. The Bulldogs have played 598 games and are 374-204-20 in the Bowl.

Yale has gone five 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.
Tony Reno, the Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach of Yale Football, and some of his players are at world famous Mory's (306 York Street) every Tuesday (Sept. 17 through Nov. 19) 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.

Legendary coach Carm Cozza and Ron Vaccaro '04 call the action of Yale Football this fall on the flagship station – both ESPN Radio (AM 1300) and WELI (AM 960) – for the new Yale Football Radio Network. The broadcast can also be heard on Talk of Connecticut radio stations WDRC (AM 1360 Hartford), WWCO (AM 1240 Waterbury), WMMW (AM 1470 Meriden), WSNG (AM 610 Torrington) and WDRC (FM 102.9 HD -3 Hartford). You can also hear the games on iHeart radio and on espnradio1300.com. Cozza, who handles the color commentary, is the career victory leader among Ivy League coaches and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. This is his 16th season in the booth after a 32-year head coaching tenure during which he led the Bulldogs to 10 Ivy League Championships. The play-by-play is done by Vaccaro (follow @yalevoice on Twitter for Yale football updates), entering his ninth season as the voice of the Bulldogs. He has been covering the team since his freshman year in 2000. Vaccaro has won five Emmy Awards for his work with NBC Sports and Olympics and is the editorial director for NBC Sports and the NBC Sports Network. He has covered a total of five Olympics. His TV on-air work includes the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the 2009 World Swimming Championships and college hockey.

The Fordham and Brown home games and all of the road league games except Dartmouth and Princeton can be seen on the Ivy League Digital Network (www.ivyleaguedigitalnetwork.com). Cozza and Vaccaro call the games from the Bowl, while the home team announcers work Yale's away games.

The home or league road games not available on the digital network are on national TV or internet. Yale's Oct. 12 contest at Dartmouth aired on Fox College Sports. YES Network had the Columbia game, the Princeton game is on ESPN3, while NBC Sports Network has The Game on Nov. 23.  

A recent tradition continues with Yale football radio broadcasts in 2013. Every third quarter, Vaccaro and Cozza are joined by a former Yale player on the Yale Football Radio Network. Ex-Bulldog running back Bill Primps '71 was in the booth at Colgate. Doug Johnson '74, an ex-Eli guard and center, came up for Cornell.  Former Yale QB Chris Hetherington '96 (11 years in NFL) was at the Cal-Poly game, while record breaking WR Ralph Plumb '05 is set for Dartmouth. Ryan Fodor '09, a QB for the Blue, saw an undefeated Fordham team at the Bowl. Jim Dwyer '80, who played on two Ivy champs, talks Lions and Bulldogs. Jake Stoller '11, in the Steelers camp two summers ago, will see the Brown game. Keith Bassi '78, a two-time Ivy champion, will talk about the Tigers. QB Kevin Rogan, 40 years after leading Yale to a 35-0 victory over Harvard in 1973 to deny the Crimson a championship, comes to the booth for The Game.

The WYBC Sports Staff, led by director Evan Frondorf '14, covers all games on wybcx.com and on AM 1340. Their coverage includes a pre-game show 30 minutes prior to kickoff and interviews with Tony Reno and different players each week.
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. Check with Steve Conn at least 24 hours in advance.

There are three 1 p.m. games confirmed for this fall: Yale beat Milford Academy on Oct. 20; the Elis have a Nov. 10 game at Brown and host Harvard on Nov. 22.

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.

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 fifth season at Foxboro. Graham, a Waterbury, Conn., native, was a member of Yale's 1999 Ivy title team. Michael McDaniel '05 is in his seventh NFL campaign and third with the Washington Redskins. He also coached the Houston Texans and Denver Broncos.

"Inside Ivy League Football," a weekly online radio show dedicated to Ivy League football, returns for its third year for the 2013 season but now has a new home on The Ivy League® Digital Network. Airing Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and hosted by Dan Loney and Brian Seltzer, "Inside Ivy League Football" takes an in-depth look at all the on-field gridiron action and all the news and notes surrounding football in the Ancient Eight.   Each episode is packed with highlights, statistics and expert analysis in its 'Around the Ancient Eight' segment. With its interview segments 'Program Profile' and 'Alumni Spotlight,' the show visits with players, coaches and administrators who impact Ivy League football, both past and present in exclusive one-on-one conversations. Fans and alumni can engage with the show via Facebook (facebook.com/InsideIvyLeagueFootball) and Twitter (@insideivyfb, #IvyFootball) and contribute content for its 'Social Media Mash' segment with chances to win prize packs courtesy of The Ivy League. Check IvyLeagueSports.com each week for this season's episode schedule and guest lineups. Every episode from the first two seasons are also available on The Ivy League® Digital Network at IvyLeagueDigitalNetwork.com.

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There are three significant changes in the Yale football program this season. One the fans will notice, the other two are less obvious. There are new Nike uniforms. The "Y-Dog" logo has been taken off the shirt and the stripe on the pants is nothing like the double blue stripes that ran the full length in recent years. The other two changes are in facilities. Clint Frank Field has a new FieldTurf surface, and the varsity strength & conditioning room at the Payne Whitney Gym has been completely renovated with an efficient training system and a synthetic turf track running through the middle of the room.

The following players were elected to the team's leadership council: seniors Beau Palin, John Oppenheimer, Cam Sandquist and Hank Furman; juniors Tyler Varga, Will Chism, Grant Wallace and Will Vaughn; sophomores Eric Williams, Cole Champion, Sebastian Little and Austin Reuland.

Yale's home opener vs. Cornell was Youth Day, Yale Family Weekend and Coach To Cure MD Day… The Fordham game was New Haven Chamber of Commerce and Walter Camp Football Foundation Day at the Bowl… Heroes Day and Yale Employee Day were the co-promotions when Columbia came to town… The season finale against Harvard marks the "Fill The Bowl" campaign.

filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director